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Olympus OM-D E-M1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the build quality and image quality are overall positive. The portability and responsiveness are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative views about the storage and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 review


The 16-megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 ($1,400, body only) is the company's latest flagship mirrorless camera. Amazingly it costs even more than one of our favorite higher-resolution DSLRs, the 24-megapixel Nikon D7100. The E-M1 replaces the Olympus Four...

Quality 16-megapixel CSC ; Excellent built-in EVF ; Superior ISO capability

Much too expensive ; Top video quality only 1080/30p ; Great images, but not full-frame level

The new Olympus flagship, the OM-D E-M1, is a very good 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera, but its price tag is too high when you consider other high-end cameras out there.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1


The E-M1 is the second model in Olympus's OM-D series and extends the range further into semi-pro/enthusiast territory. There are two main distinctions that set the E-M1 apart from its little brother (the E-M5) - a more sophisticated autofocus system...

Sturdy, weather-resistant body with lovely retro styling ; Excellent image quality ; Chromatic aberration corrected in-camera making JPEGs more usable ; 2x2 interface puts more controls at your fingers ; Impressive number of customizable controls ;...

Interface and controls can be overwhelming initially ; In-camera Raw conversion interface is somewhat unintuitive ; Auto focus with Four Thirds lenses is slow in dim conditions with tricky subjects ; Only one SD card slot ; Inconveniently-placed power...

In most respects the E-M1 does a good job bridging the gap between a traditional DSLR and a Micro Four Thirds camera. Its controls and customizability may overwhelm less hands-on users, but those who don't mind tinkering will love its flexibility. The...

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Body Only)


Olympus pulls out all the stops for its latest top-of-the-line Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M1. Designed to woo Four Thirds-lens aficianados from its dSLRs -- this is the model that for all intents and purposes signs the death warrant on the E...

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a great, feature-packed and weather-sealed camera that's fast and delivers high-quality photos and videos.

The out-of-the-box JPEG quality could be better and the sheer number of configuration options can at best test your memory and at worst, overwhelm. It deserves a better manual, as well as a second card slot.

One of the fastest, most feature-laden cameras you can buy for less than $1,500, you really need to spend some quality time going through all the settings before using the Olympus OM-D E-M1.


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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 surpasses everything that we have seen so far from an ILC. Providing amazing performance and image quality that rivals a lower level pro mode dSLR, this much smaller camera is ready to go anywhere and perform in all situations....

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record Full 1080p movies ; Sealed Body and Magnesium Alloy frame provide a tough, go anywhere camera ; Excellent overall image quality ;...

No built-in flash - possible to forget or not bring the included attachable flash unit ; Highest ISO settings are unacceptable due to image noise ; Very high price tag for an ILC

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 surpasses everything that we have seen so far from an ILC. Providing amazing performance and image quality that rivals a lower level pro mode dSLR, this much smaller camera is ready to go anywhere and perform in all situations....

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Olympus OM-D E-M1


With gorgeous images—even in low light, incredible speed, and a wealth of high-end features, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera that money can buy. It's an easy Editors' Choice award winner.

Impressive image quality, even at high ISO settings. Dust-proof, splash-proof design. Solid build quality. Excellent ergonomics. Best-in-class EVF. Wi-Fi. In-camera art filters and color control. Robust time lapse feature. Quick autofocus. 10.5fps...

On the pricey side. No built-in flash. No support for 60fps video

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 knocked our socks off when we reviewed it last year, to the point where we wondered if Olympus could do any better. The OM-D E-M1 ($1,399.99 direct, body only) is what the company came up with, and the improvements include a...

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Olympus OM-D E-M1: Lab Test Results & Comments: Still & Video


The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the follower of the first OM-D, the proper and full name having been the “OM-D E-M5.” The E-M1 incorporates many of the E-M5 advantages, the famous five-axis image stabilizer being one of them. This image stabilizer is...

Massive body, classic/retro design SLR ; Very crisp images with high resolution ; Very fast AF system; high-speed burst mode with up to 10 frames per second in full resolution ; Integrated and very powerful image stabilizer works with every lens system...

Swivel monitor not fully articulated ; Missing built-in flash system, but very compact small flash supplied

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Olympus OMD EM1


The new OMD EM1 is in fact the long-awaited successor to the E5, which Olympus followers may recall was a high-end DSLR based on the original Four Thirds standard. Olympus produced 23 lenses for the Four Thirds standard, many of a very high standard,...

Excellent image quality with very usable OOC JPEGs ; Weather-proof body ; Built-in stabilisation works with any lens you attach ; Superb ergonomics, controls & customization ; Large & detailed electronic viewfinder. One of the best ; Titling...

Image quality no better than EM5 or GX7 ; Continuous AF isn't as confident as a DSLR using v/f ; Phase Detect AF not used for movies or MFT lenses ; Movies only available at 30fps ; Focus peaking only for stills, not movies ; Timelapse & miniature...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Olympus OMD EM1 is a triumph, a highly satisfying camera that I can highly recommend to anyone who wants semi-pro performance and handling without the heft of a traditional DSLR. If you're looking for a...

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Camera Review: Olympus OM-D E-M1


The new, bigger sibling to the E-M5 includes upgrades like built-in Wi-Fi and improved focusing.

Sturdy weatherproof build; broad pro/semi-pro feature set with many custom options; above-average performance; on-sensor phase detection improves legacy lenses’ autofocus speed; excellent image quality; beautiful electronic viewfinder; optional battery...

Pricey; slightly larger and heavier than other MFT models; not enough in-camera control over noise reduction levels; no on-board flash (but comes with small accessory flash)

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Camera Test: Olympus OM-D E-M1


Olympus positions its OM-D line as its top interchangeable-lens compact models. Indeed, last year's OM-D E-M5 delivers some of the best images you can make with a Micro Four Thirds camera, but along comes the E-M1 to unseat it at the head of the class

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Olympus OM-D EM-1


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the flagship camera in Olympus' Micro Four Thirds mirrorless lineup. When you pick up the camera, it certainly feels like a flagship model. The tough, magnesium alloy body is immediately apparent, as are the plentiful controls...