Checking Out the Revolutionary Olympus OM-D E-M1

FZ+ftsED50macroIf the name itself OM-D E-M1 didn’t sound high tech enough for you, let me tell you, this may be the only camera you’ll ever want to carry.  If you’re a semi-pro or as I like to dub myself, “amateur pro” — we like, even LOVE the big guns but taking it with us every where isn’t the most convenient.  To meet the demand for a more compact sized camera that delivers pro quality images, Olympus debuted earlier this evening at an exclusive press event, the revolutionary OM-D E-M1 and it is a beaut!

top_M1240_BLK________topcloseupThe OM-D E-M1 is the successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR , making it their new premium flagship camera. The E-M1 has a revolutionary design for advanced photographers looking for a high-performance tool in a compact system camera package. The powerful E-M1 is packed with incredible speed and image quality that rivals full-frame DSLRs, in a portable yet lightweight body designed to go anywhere.  This is perfect for someone like me who shoots children who move lightening fast and wants to catch all those memorable moments.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 works seamlessly with all ZUIKO Digital lenses, in addition to working with M.ZUIKO Digital lenses, so photographers can enjoy optimum performance and range from the entire Olympus lens lineup. This is possible due to advanced DUAL FAST AF system that combines both Contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF. DSLR users familiar with an optical viewfinder will marvel at its electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is as large as a full-frame DSLR viewfinder and has added creative control. Its ergonomic body provides easy access to all manual controls and is ready for action in the most difficult shooting conditions.

Without getting too technical, here are some of our favorite stand out features from the OM-D E-M1:

  • Rugged Freeze, Splash, Dustproof Durability –  As someone who likes to get down and dirty with the kids, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 one-up’s the E-M5 even further with freezeproof capabilities — guaranteed operation down to 14 ºF — for the best environmental resistance of any Olympus interchangeable lens camera. Its durable magnesium alloy body, and weather-resistant seals and gaskets block moisture and dust for use in any environment, without sacrificing image quality. The camera’s Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) dust reduction system vibrates at a super-high speed of more than 30,000 times per second to powerfully remove dust particles so users can shoot in dusty environments as well. Meaning you’ll survive that beach shoot with amazing photos to boot!
  • The Most Effective 5-Axis Image Stabilization System – Simply amazing is all I can say.  The Olympus E-M1’s built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion IS mechanism reduces the effects of camera motion and image blur from five directions. Whether shooting stills or HD video, even the motion blur caused by walking or running is stabilized. Can you imagine how life changing that can be for someone whose swears her kids run faster than a speeding bullet proofed by her many blurred images.  New algorithms make image stabilization more effective at low shutter speeds. When it is employed while panning during still image shooting or movie recording, IS-AUTO mode automatically detects the camera’s movements and provides optimal correction regardless of direction or camera orientation – even when panning in a diagonal direction. Users can check the image stabilization effects on the Live View screen as well as the viewfinder to accurately frame and focus, even during telephoto or macro shooting. Multi-Motion IS, used in combination with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism, produces excellent correction during movie recording.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – This is what obsessions are made of.  By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share 2.0 smartphone app synchronizes a user’s smartphone and E-M1 so the camera’s “Live View” is effectively displayed on your phone, and the camera can be controlled by touching the smartphone display as if it were the camera. This is ideal for taking self-portraits, capturing images of wildlife from a distance and sharing images easily online. The E-M1’s remote shooting function has been improved for use in all main shooting modes (P, A, S, M and iAUTO). Users can now wirelessly adjust various settings, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as operate the Live Bulb shooting mode from their Wi-Fi devices. They can also use their smartphone to embed GPS information into their images.  Again — a GAME CHANGER.

Available in October 2013, the OM-D E-M1 is expected to retail for $1399.99 Body Only.  The full specifications on the OM-D E-M1 can be found here at: http://www.getolympus.com/e-m1.html.