About the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (no lens included)
Informed by tradition, powered by innovation
The Olympus OM-D E-M1's substantial grip makes it easy to hold onto.
Informed by tradition, powered by innovation
How does Olympus keep doing it? For years they've specialized in making small, full-featured interchangeable-lens cameras that photo enthusiasts rave about. The new OM-D E-M1 is the latest entry in this tradition, picking up features from 2012's spectacular E-M5, but also from Olympus' very well-regarded E-5, a standard Four Thirds camera released back in 2010. The new E-M1 natively hosts all M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds lenses. But the advanced hybrid phase- and contrast-detection of the redesigned autofocus system also enables the E-M1 to mount standard Zuiko Four Thirds lenses by means of an available MMF-3 adapter, broadening your lens selection and creative choices along the way. And with on-board Wi-Fi® and a clever smartphone app that allows wide-ranging remote viewing and touch-control options, the E-M1 is more than ready for its turn on the world stage.
Built for speed — and quality
The OM-D EM-1, in addition to being compact, takes a continuous stream of high-resolution pictures at a blazing 10 frames-per-second. Its new autofocus system locks in your subject in record time thanks to the ability to adjust its focusing strategy according to your needs. Perhaps it's best to think of the E-M1 as a camera that makes the most of your photographic and video opportunities, as it's designed from the ground up to react quickly to your changing environment.
Speed is important, but without proper image quality, it will only get you so far. This latest release from Olympus no longer requires an anti-aliasing filter, so the resulting images have a sharpness and clarity that rivals that of top-end full-size, full-frame DSLRs.
Wi-Fi convenience and control
The camera creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can easily transfer files to a smart device for convenient sharing and uploading. But Olympus' free app does far more than many similar apps from its competitors: you can monitor what the camera is looking at on your tablet, for example, adjust a variety of camera settings (including exposure compensation), use the touchscreen to focus and even take a picture by tapping the screen.
Better feedback means better pictures
The E-M1 excels at giving you solid information about what you're seeing. The electronic viewfinder features 2.36-million dot resolution. You'll get an extremely detailed representation of what the sensor sees, combined with an overlay of the information you need to make your best exposure. Similarly, the LCD display is also highly detailed, with over a million dots of resolution, giving you crisper, cleaner feedback about the images you've captured — or the ones you're about to capture.
Like many Olympus cameras these days, the E-M1 features Olympus' brilliant 5-axis image stabilization. This technology allows you to take even better images while on the run or in low light by accounting for up/down, right/left, and in/out movement... and rotation in two axes as well. This means less blurring and smearing, and more keepers along the way.
Rough and tumble expert
Oh, we almost forgot. This camera is 100% rugged. Olympus describes this camera as dustproof, splashproof, and freeze-proof (down to 14°F). That just adds to its road-friendliness. Compact, fast, versatile, and tough. Sounds like the perfect photographic road companion.
- 16-megapixel effective recording
- Built-in Wi-Fi creates its own ad-hoc network for easy sharing and control from smart devices
- Four Thirds-type Live MOS image sensor with new dual-system autofocus sensor (17.3 x 13.0 mm)
- advanced TruePIC VII processor improves focus performance and overall camera speed
- dustproof, splashproof, and freeze-proof to 14°F
- five-axis in-body image stabilization provides shake and movement compensation for all attached lenses, even with rotational movements
- 3" (1,037,000 dot) tilting capacitive touchscreen LCD with brightness and color temperature control
- high-resolution (2,360,000-dot) electronic viewfinder with 1.48x magnification
- full-time live view mode for LCD screen and viewfinder lets you instantly see the effects of exposure, creative effect and white balance settings
- built-in dust reduction system to keep image sensor clean
- autofocus features both contrast- and phase-detection
- 81-point contrast-detection autofocus when using Micro Four Thirds lenses (phase detection plays a role in constant AF mode)
- 37-point phase-detection implementation means fast performance with legacy Four-Thirds system lenses
- face/eye detection autofocus with face recognition locks in focus for sharp candids and portraits
- 12 in-camera art filters can be applied to both stills and HD movies, both during and after capture
- 5 different aspect ratios available for specific framing options without cropping
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- compatible with the large and growing family of Micro Four Thirds Mount lenses
- also compatible with standard Four Thirds family lens when paired with the optional MMF-3 lens adapter
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: up to 10 frames per second in H mode (max. 41 frames in RAW)
- shutter speed range: 60-1/8,000 seconds mechanical shutter, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- auto exposure bracketing: 2, 3, or 5 frames
- white balance bracketing: up to 3 frames, in both blue/amber axis and magenta/green axis
- 23 preset scene modes
- 12 in-camera art filters including pop art and pin hole camera
- flash sync at less than 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG (Fine), RAW+JPEG (Standard), MPO (for 3D lens recording)
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 4,608 x 3,456
- 1,920 x 1,080/30p H.264 recording
- Motion JPEG files with stereo sound: up to 1,280 x 720 at 30 frames per second using the .avi file wrapper, VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps) also available
- records photos and video onto optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB 2.0 interface
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- audio (monaural)/video out (NTSC/PAL)
- input for optional RM-UC1 wired remote control
- 5-7/16"W x 3-11/16"H x 2-3/4"D (without lens)
- weight (with battery): 14.4 oz.
- rechargeable BLN-1 lithium ion battery
- battery charger
- shoulder strap
- body cap
- USB and audio/video cable
- software CD-ROM and manual
- MFR # V207010BU000
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body (black)
- BC-2 Body cap (installed)
- BLN-1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.6V 1220mAh)
- BCN-1 Battery Charger (8.7V 0.6A)
- 6' AC cord
- FL-LM2 Flash unit
- Flash unit soft storage case
- 53" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
- Neck strap
- Olympus Setup CD-ROM
- Basic Manual (En/Fr/Es)
- Warranty card
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Built-in Flash||Unit included|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The E-M1 is the newest model in the OM-D series of mirrorless, digital interchangeable lens cameras from Olympus. The E-M1 features a Micro Four Thirds mount and a lineup of quality lenses to choose from. (This E-M1 body only kit includes no lenses.) Advanced features include a 5-axis Image Stabilization System, fast auto focusing, a 16MP Live MOS image sensor, and an Electronic Viewfinder.
M. Zuiko Digital Lenses: The E-M1 is compatible with the following M. Zuiko Micro Four Thirds lenses:
Note: The MMF-3 adapter allows you to mount a Four Thirds lens on the Micro Four Thirds-compliant E-M1 camera.
Rugged Construction: The E-M1's Magnesium Alloy construction makes the camera lightweight and tough. It is also built so that it is freezeproof, dustproof, and splashproof, so you can depend on the camera in harsh environments.
Image Pickup Device: The E-M1 uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor (17.3 x 13.0mm) with approximately 16,800,000 total pixels and 16,280,000 effective pixels. This is the same sensor used in Olympus DSLRs, and is 8 times larger than the typical sensor found in the average point-and-shoot camera. The Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' newest TruePic VII Image Processor for increased ISO sensitivity and fast auto focusing.
Dust Reduction System: The E-M1's Dust Reduction System includes a Supersonic Wave Filter to eliminate dust particles on the image sensor. The self-cleaning sensor unit silently vibrates 30,000 times per second, ensuring clear, spot-free images.
3" LCD Monitor: The camera has a 3" Tilt Touch Wide LCD for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The 1,037,000-dot display can be tilted up approximately 80° or down 45° for low- or high-angle shots. Touch navigation lets you control the camera in both the shooting and playback modes with the touch of a finger.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the E-M1 has a built-in, high-resolution Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with a display lag time of only 29ms. The 2,360,000 dot EVF provides a bright clear view of your subject with a choice of five different grid display modes. You can switch between the EVF and the 3" monitor with a press of a button. There is also a diopter to let you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Image Recording Formats: The E-M1 records digital still images in JPEG format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record up to 30 seconds of audio with still images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and Motion JPEG with 16-bit PCM stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The E-M1 allows you to shoot still images in Large, Medium, or Small, with your choice of 4 compression modes. You can set the aspect ratio to 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 or 3:4. Compression modes available for each picture resolution are Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4608 x 3456 resolution with lossless compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression). Available image sizes are as follows:
|4:3||4608 x 3456||2560 x 1920||1280 x 960|
|16:9||4608 x 2592||2560 x 1440||1280 x 720|
|3:2||4608 x 3072||2544 x 1696||1296 x 864|
|1:1||3456 x 3456||1920 x 1920||960 x 960|
|3:4||2592 x 3456||1440 x 1920||720 x 960|
Movie Modes: There are six movie modes from which to choose:
|Record Mode||Pixel Count||File Format|
|Full HD Fine||1920 x 1080||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 |
(Display on TV)
|Full HD Normal||1920 x 1080|
|HD Fine||1280 x 720|
|HD Normal||1280 x 720|
|HD||1280 x 720||Motion JPEG |
(Computer playback or editing)
|SD||640 x 480|
Recording Media: Still images and movies with sound are recorded on SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. (Class 6 cards or higher are recommended for movie shooting.) The E-M1 is also compatible with UHS-I and Eye-Fi cards.
Wi-Fi Function: The E-M1 has built-in Wi-Fi functionality for controlling the camera wirelessly using your smartphone, uploading your photos wirelessly to your smartphone or to your computer, and acquire location information for your photos when wirelessly connected to a smartphone with a GPS function. The Olympus Image Share, or OI.Share, application must first be installed on your smartphone. The app is compatible with iPhone (optimized for iPhone 5), iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 4.3 or later. Smart & Easy Connection can be made to the smartphone by QR code.
5-Axis Image Stabilization: The E-M1 features the 5-axis in-body Image Stabilization System to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. In addition to vertical and horizontal camera shake, the E-M1's IS System also compensates for rotational movement--pitch, yaw, and roll. You can choose from the following IS modes:
|Still Picture||Off||S-IS Off||Image Stabilizer is off|
|S-IS1||Auto||Image Stabilizer is on|
|S-IS2||Vertical IS||Image stabilization applies only to vertical camera shake. Use when panning horizontally.|
|S-IS3||Horizontal IS||Image stabilization applies only to horizontal camera shake. Use when panning horizontally when camera is held in portrait orientation.|
|S-IS Auto||Landscape Panning IS||The camera detects the panning direction and applies the appropriate image stabilization.|
|Movie||Off||M-IS Off||Image Stabilizer is off.|
|On||Movie-IS||In addition to Auto Image Stabilization, the camera shake that occurs when shooting while walking is also reduced.|
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from 3 Easy Shooting Modes, 4 Advanced Shooting Modes, and Movie Mode:
- Easy Shooting Modes:
- iAuto: A full auto mode in which the camera automatically optimizes settings for the current scene. The Live Guide lets you make creative adjustments, and view them on the monitor before you take the shot.
- Art Filter: You can select from the following Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, and Art Bracketing.
- Scene Modes: You can select from the following Scene Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Effect, Wide Angle, Macro, 3D Photo
- Advanced Shooting Modes:
- Program Shooting: Aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for optimal results.
- Aperture Priority: You set the aperture manually, and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically.
- Shutter Priority: You set the shutter speed manually between 1/8000 to 60 seconds or Bulb, and the camera sets the aperture automatically.
- Manual: You set the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- Movie Shooting Modes: Lets you shoot movies using optional Movie Effects: Multi Echo, One Shot Echo, Art Fade, and Movie Tele-converter.
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
- iEnhance: produces more impressive-looking pictures matched to the scene mode
- Vivid: produces vivid colors
- Natural: produces natural colors
- Muted: produces flat tones
- Portrait: produces beautiful skin tones
- Monotone: produces black and white tones
- Custom: lets you select one of the above modes, set the parameters, and register the setting.
- e-Portrait: produces smooth skin textures
- Color Creator: produces colors set using color creator
- Art Filter: lets you choose an art filter (same as above in shooting modes)
Focus Modes: The E-M1 features a fast, contrast type auto focus system. You can select Single-AF (focuses when shutter button is pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode. If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature. In this mode, the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 81 Auto-Focus targets for focusing on the subject (9 rows x 9 columns). In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically chooses all 81 AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. The Small Target reduces the size of a single target. The Group Target mode lets you select a group of nine AF targets that can be move around the screen.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually. You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or 1/3 EV. You can also set the sensitivity below ISO 200 by selecting the "LOW" option.
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You can choose from the following options for setting the white balance:
- Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
- Preset: You can choose from the following presets (with
equivalent color temperature):
- Sunny (5300K): for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
- Shadows (7500K): for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
- Cloudy (6000K): for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
- Tungsten (3000K): for shooting under a tungsten light
- Fluorescent (4000K): for shooting under fluorescent lighting
- Underwater: for underwater photography
- Flash (5500K): for flash shooting
- Custom: Color temperature set in the custom white balance menu (between 2000K and 14000K)
- One-Touch: Color temperature set by the one-touch WB method
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the E-M1 can also shoot images continuously. When Sequential H is selected, photos are taken at approximately 10 frames per second for as long as the shutter button is pressed (up to a maximum of 41 frames). Focus, exposure, and white balance are fixed at the first shot. Sequential L takes photos at about 6.5 fps while the shutter button is held down (up to a maximum of 50 frames). Focus and exposure are fixed according to the options selected for AF mode and AEL/AFL.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds, 12 seconds, or Custom Self-timer, which lets you set the number of frames (1-10), number of seconds to first shot (1-30), and interval between shots (0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds).
Bulb/Time Photography: The E-M1 can take extra long exposures with bulb and time photography. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter button stays pressed. During time photography, the exposure begins when the shutter button is pressed and released, and ends when the shutter button is pressed again and released. To reduce camera blur, you should mount the camera on a tripod and use a remote cable (RM-UC1).
Flash Modes: The E-M1 comes with the external FL-LM2 flash, which attaches to the camera's hot shoe, and plugs into the Accessory Port just above the viewfinder. You can select from several flash modes: Auto, Fill in flash, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), Manual and Flash off. During Manual Flash, you can set the intensity of the flash from full to 1/64 power in 19 steps.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can perform bracketing in the following ways:
- AE Bracket: You can choose from 2, 3, 5, or 7 frames using automatic exposure. You can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- WB Bracket: Three frames are shot using different white balances; one at specified WB, one adjusted toward amber-blue color, and the other toward green-magenta. You can set the bracketing adjustments in 2, 4, or 6 steps.
- FL Bracket: Three frames are shot with different flash intensity. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- ISO Bracket: Three images are taken, each with different ISO sensitivity, with shutter speed and aperture fixed. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- Art Bracketing: Multiple images are taken, each with a different art filter setting. You can select which art filters to include in the bracketing shot.
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
- Digital ESP: Camera measures light levels and calculates the differences in 324 separate areas of the image.
- Center-Weighted Average: Camera provides the average metering between the subject and background lighting, placing more weight on the subject in the center.
- Spot: Camera meters a very small area around the center of the subject.
- Spot with Highlight Control: If overall background is bright, the camera shifts toward over-exposure so white areas don't turn gray.
- Spot with Shadow Control: If overall background is dark, the camera shifts toward under-exposure so black areas don't turn gray.
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and adjust the focus and metering automatically. A maximum of 8 faces can be detected.
Multiple Exposure: The E-M1 lets you create multiple exposures in a single frame. With Auto Gain on, the brightness of each frame is set to 1/2 and the images are overlaid. When set to Off, the images are overlaid with the original brightness of each frame. You can also overlay multiple exposures on a RAW image recorded on the memory card and store it as a separate image.
Digital Level: To ensure that your pictures are level perfect, the camera has a digital level gauge that can be viewed in the monitor and the electronic viewfinder. Both the vertical and horizontal level can be checked with the level gauge display.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The E-M1 allows you to play back your still images or movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for connecting to an HDTV. Output resolution can be set to 1080i, 720p, and 480p. No Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included. In addition, you can connect the camera to a TV with a composite video, using the supplied AV cable connected to the camera's multi-connector.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI. The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display or hide the information display and the index display.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer, regardless of brand.
Power Options: The E-M1 is powered by the supplied BLN-1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.6 volts/1220mAh). The battery charges in approximately 4 hours in the supplied BCN-1 battery charger. The BLN-1 battery is good for approximately 350 shots on a single charge.
Optional Power Battery Holder: The optional HLD-7 is a combination battery holder and grip designed for use with the E-M1. The HLD-7 can hold an additional BLN-1 battery to double the shooting capacity of the camera.
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The E-M1 includes Olympus Viewer 3 software on CD-ROM. The software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later)
- Mac OS X v10.5 - 10.8
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP Professional
- Windows XP Home Edition
- Mac OS X version 10.3 or later
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