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Olympus OM-D E-M1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 716 reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M1. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the price. There are some negative reviews about the energy efficiency and memory.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, size

flash, battery, storage, memory, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability and portability. The lens and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the battery and shutter are mixed, and many are negative about the water proof and price.

performance, usability, lens, portability, durability

price, water proof

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D EM-1 Compact System Camera - Black (16.3MP, Live MOS, M.Zuiko 12-50mm Lens) 3.0 inch Tiltable Touch Screen LCDOlympus OM-D EM-1 Compact System Camera - Black (16.3MP, Live MOS, M.Zuiko 12-50mm Lens) 3.0 inch Tiltable Touch Screen LCD

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The portability and usability also get good comments.

performance, usability, portability, price, image quality

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Black)Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Black)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and durability. The zoom and size also get good feedback.

usability, size, zoom, durability, performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCDOlympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : William Porter (pcworld.com)

William Porter

 

Olympus's best mirror less camera is attracting interest from serious photographers.

Rugged body with excellent ergonomics ; Best-in-class five-axis in-body image stabilization ; Highly configurable

Video format options lacking by comparison to competing cameras ; Mediocre battery life ; Rich configurability of E-M1 makes for steep learning curve

If you really need need the much larger files, slightly better exposure range or low-light performance of a full-frame camera, or if you can’t live without 1024p or 1060p video, then the E-M1 may not be for you. By the same token, if you just want to...

May, 2014

Expert review by : DP Review (dpreview.com)

Expert Review

 

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...

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, Bright,...

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...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

 

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 Bright, sharp...

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 switch...

The first OM-D model - the E-M5 - was a breakthrough camera, both for Olympus and, arguably, for the industry too. The combination of the best Four Thirds sensor yet in a well worked-out, twin control dial body led us to call it one of the most capable...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

 

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.

Oct, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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 EVF is everything you want an electronic viewfinder to be. It's big—the magnification is higher than a full-frame D-SLR; it's sharp at 2.4 million dots, and the lag time is a mere 29 milliseconds. The quality is on par with the external VF-4...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

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....

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 firmware upgrade

 

Olympus E-M1 firmware upgrade : Olympus announces a firmware upgrade for the OM-D E-M1 body that adds two new features to the award-winning camera's flagship specifications. Launched in 2013, the Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M1 is one of the most advanced...

To complement its convenient dimensions, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 body is equipped with one of the world’s fastest autofocus systems and 5-axis image stabilisation - which makes it ideal for spontaneous, hand-held video and still-photo capture. In...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 in silver

 

Olympus E-M1 now available in silver : Olympus Imaging is pleased to announce the upgraded version of the Olympus OM-D E-M1, scheduled for release in November 2014. It is a flagship model of Compact System Camera that conforms to Micro Four Thirds...

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 price is set at € 1300 EUR / $ 1300 USD (body only) and € 2000 EUR / $ 2000 USD for the OM-D E-M1 kit including the new M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm 1:2.8 lens.

Nov, 2014

Excellent

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus E-5 Digital camera review

 

In the summer of 2003 Olympus launched the world's first Four Thirds system camera, the E-1. It was a daring move, completely against the grain, but that made it so unique. It was the beginning of a new segment within the DSLR market. This beginning...

When we only look at the specifications, it seems as if the Olympus E-5 has been surpassed on all sides by most camera manufacturers. However, practice leads to a completely different conclusion. The feeling you get as a photographer when you use the...

Excellent

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus E-1 Digital camera review

 

This year Olympus faced a great challenge. De market for digital reflex cameras seemed to have already been divided amongst brands like Canon and Nikon. The one goes on telling about his vision and the other one sticks to a different view of how to...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):330
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Anti-dust function: Yes
Built-in processor:TruePic VII
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2 / DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2, PRINT Image Matching III
Diopter adjustment (D-D):4 - 2
Eye Relief:0.827
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image processor:TruePic VII
Live view: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Art, Muted, Vivid / Art, Sepia / Sepia
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunrise
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten, Underwater / Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):1037000 / 1040000
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash guide number:393.7
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, fill-in, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:0.003125 / 1/320

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:800
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:2.05 / 2.44
Focal length range (f-f):0.472 - 1.57 / 0.472 - 1.97
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure:10/9 / 14/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):10/9 / 14/9
Maximum aperture number:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.15 / 3.94
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Number of aspheric elements:2
Number of diaphragm blades:5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:1600, 2500 / 1600, 25600 / 200, 1600, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/3EV step) / ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connectivity: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, MPO, RAW / JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16.3
Sensor Type:Live MOS / MOS
Still image resolution(s):4608 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768 / 4608 x 3456, 4608 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768 / 4608 x 3456\n2560 x 1920\n1024 x 768
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:16.8

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Microphone in: Yes
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

Technical Details

Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVCHD, AVI, H.264, MOV, MPEG4 / AVCHD, AVI, MOV
Video formats supported:AVCHD,AVI,H.264,MOV,MPEG4 / AVCHD,AVI,MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Electronic
Magnification:1.48
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.48 / 3.68
Height:2.48 / 3.68
Lens diameter:2.24 / 2.75
Lens length:3.27 / 3.31
Lens weight:13.5 / 7.44
Weight:15.6 / 17.5
Weight (including battery):17.5
Width:5.12