Conclusion: Many pros flocked to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as a lighter, more compact alternative to their big, bulky DSLRs. It was decidedly different from the Micro Four Thirds models that came before it, featuring blazing speed, a 5-axis in-camera stabilization system and best-in-class image quality.
Pros: Superior pro-level, weatherproof design and build, with magnesium alloy construction, Lots of physical controls, including the 2x2 Control Dial system, with immense customizability, Excellent image quality with very good high ISO performance that rivals APS-C models, New ISO 100 setting offers lower noise and noticeably better detail in JPEGs, M.Zuiko Pro 12-40mm f/2.8 unofficial kit lens is excellent, Incredibly fast contrast-detect autofocus is faster than most DSLR...
Cons: Superior pro-level, weatherproof design and build, with magnesium alloy construction, Lots of physical controls, including the 2x2 Control Dial system, with immense customizability, Excellent image quality with very good high ISO performance that rivals APS-C models, New ISO 100 setting offers lower noise and noticeably better detail in JPEGs, M.Zuiko Pro 12-40mm f/2.8 unofficial kit lens is excellent, Incredibly fast contrast-detect autofocus is faster than most DSLR...
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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 burst shooting. In-camera image stabilization. Sharp, tilting touch screen.
Cons: On the pricey side. No built-in flash. No support for 60fps video.
Excerpt: A big Olympus announcement was rumored even before my trip to NYC to unveil what is now known to be the OM-D E-M1. Although we all hoped for something huge, we weren't really sure if the unveiling would match our expectations. Within a half an hour after the announcement I had my hands on the new OM-D and have had a hard time putting it down since.
Pros: Great image quality, Weather proofed, Awesome grip, Great autofocus, Great viewfinder and LCD screen, DSLR-like feature set
Cons: Noise can be an issue at high ISOs, Cost, No second memory card slot
Summary: As a semi-pro option I'd say the OMD EM1 is a triumph. It has a tough weatherproof body that handles like a dream, feeling great in your hands with highly customizable but always intuitive and comfortable controls, sports one of the best electronic viewfinders around that actually delivers a slightly bigger view than a full-frame DSLR, boasts highly effective built-in stabilisation which works with any lens you attach, enjoys fast single AF speeds and can rattle-off...
Pros: 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 touch-screen., Very fast single AF speed with MFT lenses., Fast continuous shooting: 10fps (without AF)., Built-in Wifi with excellent smartphone remote control., Innovative Live Time & Live Bulb for long exposures., Seven-frame A...
Cons: 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 movies encoded at low frame rate., Only one memory card slot., No silent / electronic shutter option., Screen isn't fully-articulated. It only tilts., Hot pixels on long exposures without NR., Flare issues when used with Lum...
Summary: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is one of the best micro four thirds-system cameras yet, so if this test makes it look like a serious camera, that's because it is. The rugged-looking magnesium-alloy, weather-sealed body has all the features an enthusiast photographer (or professional, for that matter) would want, including little details like a PC flash socket.
Conclusion: There's no doubt that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a credible bit of kit. As far as compact system cameras go there's nothing else as fully featured on the market, nor as all-round capable as this slice of retro-inspired cool. The big hurdle for most will be the formidable price. At £1299 for the body alone it's a long way from budget and will time and again bring up the "is it as good as a DSLR?" debate. The answer is a mix of yes and no.
Pros: Outstanding image quality, super-fast autofocus, great electronic viewfinder, solid build, lots of customisation and function buttons, loads of lens options
Cons: Battery life limitations, colours dull at higher ISO settings, it is expensive, feedback noise from stabilisation system, menu systems are busy, single SD slot
Summary: Olympus’ first OM-D model was top of the compact system camera league for nearly two years. Can the younger, more serious Olympus OM-D E-M1 live up to the old Guvnor’s legacy, or will it be David Moyes to the E-M5’s Fergie?
Pros: Pro-like manual controls, Rock-steady stabilisation, The fastest autofocus around
The flagship OM-D E-M1 is packed with features, is intuitive, and supplies excellent image quality
Good Gear Guide.au
19 November 2013
Summary: The OM-D E-M1 takes over as the flagship camera for Olympus. It's a Micro Four Thirds-based camera with a stack of features that's aimed at those of you who want more of a 'pro' feel from a compact system camera. We love it.