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Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

Olympus's best MFT camera to date and one of the best CSCs on the market, now with firmware update 2.0

Our Verdict

This camera delivers high quality, correctly exposed images with plenty of detail, good colour and well-controlled noise. The featureset is also impressive the touchscreen well-implemented.

For

  • Small camera body
  • Plenty of direct controls
  • Excellent EVF
  • High quality images
  • Weather sealed

Against

  • LCD not variangle
  • Some features hard to find
  • High price

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the EM-1 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Full ISO 100 image.


Olympus OMD-EM1

ISO 100, score: 26 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: 14 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 12800, score: 12 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Olympus OMD-EM1

ISO 25600, score: 10 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Raw

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ISO 100, score: 26 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 200, score: 26 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 800, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 3200, score: 18 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 6400, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 12800, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

OMD-EM1

ISO 25600, score: 12 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Product FamilyOM-D
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameOlympus
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof, Splash Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection, Noise Reduction, Eye Detect
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264, Motion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)443 g
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBLN-1
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height93.5 mm
Width130.4 mm
Depth63.1 mm
Autofocus Points800
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Audio FormatsPCM, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, X-sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Rear Curtain Sync, Front Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-M1
Product NameOM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineOM-D
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV207010BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

E-M1: The whole package. In a perfectly-sized Package.

The new E-M1 gives you more freedom to take the shots you want, with all the image quality you expect. The new E-M1 is the most advanced compact system camera ever produced.
It is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard and comes packed with sophisticated technologies like the enhanced Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, the world premiere of DUAL FAST AF and extended WiFi controls from your smartphone - all delivering outstanding image quality and performance, raising the OM-D series to a whole new level. This superiority is matched by a body design that has the perfect dimensions with a portable weight. All things considered, it outperforms D-SLR cameras both in terms of its size and imaging excellence.

Battery Life350 Shot
Package Contents
  • OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
  • BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger
  • Detachable Flash
  • Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Software Media
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Display Resolution1037000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesWireless Flash Control, Speaker, Microphone