The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a state-of-the-art compact system camera (also known as mirrorless), inheriting all of Olympus’ 77 years of expertise in crafting some of the best cameras ever made. It might look retro, but inside its shell you’ll find a host of class-leading specifications — an ultra-modern imaging sensor, super-detailed electronic viewfinder and screen, and powerful user controls.
And it may be small, but it’s not certainly short on innovative features. With a host of useful extras inside, the E-M1 can do everything you want it to.
Easy Long Exposures: Live Bulb And Live Time
Perfect for painting with light, Olympus’ Live Bulb mode captures a long exposure, but gives you a unique perspective: it shows you what you’re painting, while you’re painting it. The rear screen of the OM-D E-M1 updates as you’re working, helping you make sure you’ve got everything spot-on.
Live Time is just like Live Bulb, but shows you an updated long-exposure photo in the increments you set. You can point the camera at a night-time or low light landscape, hit the shutter, and see your photo develop in real time; when it looks the way you want it to, hit the shutter again and the photo is saved.
Time Lapse And Automatic Movies
Olympus has integrated an easy-to-use intervalometer feature in the OM-D E-M1, letting you set the camera up for a time lapse photography session. Click the shutter, and sit back. The intervalometer captures photos every few seconds, at the intervals you select — perfect for capturing sunrises, sunsets or other time lapse scenes.
And once you’re done, the E-M1 can even turn your photos into a time lapse movie, saving you time and effort. All you have to do is be at the right place at the right time — Olympus’ new camera takes care of everything else.
Built-In Wi-Fi, Geotagging And Camera Control
Got a smartphone? You can use the Olympus OI.Share app on Android and iOS to control every feature of the E-M1, including focusing, changing shooting settings and taking photos completely wirelessly. Built-in geotagging means you can keep track of your photos around the world. The OI.Share app also lets you use Olympus’ innovative long exposure modes with the press of a finger.
You can upload photos straight from the E-M1 to the Web using the OI.Share app, too, so you won’t need to lug around a heavy computer when you’re travelling — just use your phone or tablet instead, and share your photos with friends from on the road.
Advanced Image Stabilisation
The OM-D EM-1’s 5-axis in-body image stabilisation is the most advanced of its type ever used in a camera. The electronic sensor stops accidental camera movement vertically or horizontally, compensates for shaky hands and can even adjust for unintentional camera roll or tilt.
It’s invaluable for taking photos, but makes hand-held movies using the E-M1’s Full HD sensor look great too — movies are detailed, and free of any camera shake that might cause blur or judder.
One-Press HDR And Starlight Mode
The HDR effect built into the OM-D E-M1 captures stunning high-contrast and high-detail photos, with a single press of the shutter button. In HDR mode, the camera snaps four photos simultaneously, and stitches them together into a single frame, with increased dynamic range that can bring out detail that you never expected to see.
Also built into the OM-D E-M1 is a Hand Held Starlight mode. Wait for a starry night, point the E-M1 at the sky and press the shutter button. The camera does the rest — it captures up to eight photos at once and stitches them together automatically, giving you a bright and detailed photo without the image noise usually seen in star photos.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has all the history of the classic OM camera system, but there’s nothing old-school about it.