Olympus OM-D E-M1 Reviews

Olympus OM-D E-M1
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Expert Reviews: 
 4.4
User Reviews: 
 4.9
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Usability
 4.6
Value for money
 4.6
Features
 5.0
Product design
 5.0
Image quality
 5.0
 
 
Verdict: With 12 in-camera Art Filters, HD Movie, Interval Shooting, Time lapse photography, and more; normal, everyday scenes can be enhanced in various ways with more personality. And with new features such as Color Creator and HDR Shooting, you have the ability to expand photographic possibilities.
7 months ago
Roberts Camera
 
 
4.2
Verdict: This $2,000 Olympus camera is crazy fast, but can it keep up with the pack?
1 year ago
printerinfo.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

 
5.0
Pros: Up to 60fps Raw capture. In-body stabilization. Large, sharp EVF. Vari-angle touch-screen display. High-resolution capture mode. Robust lens system. Weather-sealed body. 4K video support. Optional vertical battery grip. Wi-Fi
Cons: Expensive. Only one SD slot supports UHS-II. Tracking focus ineffective at top speeds. 60fps shooting is limited in duration. Very bright charging LED. Omits built-in flash
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II ($1,999.99, body only) packs in more technology than any other camera we've reviewed in recent memory. The beefy Micro Four Thirds shooter sports a high-speed 60fps Raw capture mode, a high-resolution multi-exposure capture setting, and an in-body stabilization system...
1 year ago
PC Magazine
 
Verdict: Olympus has promised a revolution with the launch of its highly specced new flagship, the E-M1 Mark II. We took it out for a spin to find out if it lives up to the hype... Placing advanced enthusiasts and professional shooters firmly in its sights, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a total overhaul of...
1 year ago
practicalphotography.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review

 
4.3
Pros: + Extraordinary in-body image stabilisation system allows handholding at unprecedented shutter speeds, + Class-leading continuous shooting performance, + Impressive continuous autofocus and tracking, + Superb build quality and handling
Cons: Menus and configuration hugely over-complicated, Image quality lags behind APS-C peers, High price compared to its closest rivals
Verdict: At the Photokina trade show in September 2016, Olympus was one of several brands to announce it was developing a new flagship camera. Now the finished product has arrived, in the shape of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
1 year ago
Amateur Photographer
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review

 
4.0
Pros: Great build quality, Very fast performance, Incredible in-body image stabilization, Professional quality 4K video
Cons: MFT format won't meet needs of all photographers, Expensive
Verdict: Olympus redefines what a professional Micro Four Thirds camera can be.
1 year ago
Digitaltrends
 
 
4.2
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is befitting of the term 'flagship,' and performs every bit as quickly as such a title implies - and it should, given the $2000 MSRP (body-only). At first glance, it looks remarkably similar to an E-M1, but there's been some meaningful tweaking of body elements, from a...
1 year ago
DP Review
 

Here Are 7 Images We Shot with the New Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Camera in Iceland

Verdict: The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is designed to hold up to inclement weather and boy did we put it to the test! During a press trip to Iceland last week, we adhered to the mailman's creed while using Olympus' new flagship mirrorless camera, shooting with it in rain, hail, sleet, snow and gloom of...
2 years ago
Shutterbug
 

unbelievable one touch functionality

 
4.0
Pros: feels, looks and is great
Cons: a better model will come along
Verdict: the best camera on the market by far
3 years ago
CNET
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

 
4.5
Verdict: Lack of time and sleep during the past 6 months due to my hectic schedule have resulted in severe delays of publishing reviews on this website. On one hand, I wish I wrote this review much earlier when I first got the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
4 years ago
photographylife.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

Verdict: ? Updated: Firmware 2.0 page added The Olympus E-M1 is the latest addition to the Olympus compact system camera (CSC) line-up and it's aimed at professional and enthusiast photographers. It doesn't replace the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but sits above it.
4 years ago
TechRadar UK
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review: The most formidable Olympus camera, ever

 
5.0
Pros: Very fast, quick autofocus, articulated touchscreen, image stabilisation is unreal , mechanical and electronic shutter shooting modes , can be customised to the nth degree, ever expanding lens choice, sharp images at low to mid ISO settings
Cons: Image quality in low contrast light, limited dynamic range in high contrast light, silent shutter is so discreet that it's easy to forget what shooting mode you're in , it's an expensive purchase
Verdict: If you're unfamiliar with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 from three years back, it was the company's flagship compact system camera (CSC), built to a really high standard. We happened to really like it (ok, we loved it). Now we have the second-generation model, the small and mighty Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
4 years ago
Pocket Lint
 

Olympus E-M1

 
4.5
Pros: Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested...
Cons: Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash, Larger and heavier than most compact...
Verdict: The Olympus E-M1 builds upon the legacy of the outstanding OM-D E-M5, adding not only a ton of features geared for pros and advanced enthusiasts, but also an on-chip, phase-detect autofocusing system that delivers the responsiveness that Olympus Four Thirds DSLR owners have long been waiting for.
4 years ago
imaging-resource.com
 

Olympus OM-D EM-1 Review: All-Weather Champ

 
4.0
Pros: Great image quality, 10 fps burst shooting mode, Sharp, informative electronic viewfinder, Fast autofocus, Large number of customizable controls, Weatherproof magnesium alloy body
Cons: Steep learning curve, Mediocre video, Short battery life
Verdict: Olympus put a great deal of effort into producing a flagship mirrorless camera that can match up against all but the most powerful DSLRs. While the EM-1 is slightly more expensive than comparable DSLRs, its weatherproofed body means enthusiast shooters need not fear adverse weather.
4 years ago
Tom's Guide
 

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

 
4.2
Verdict: Since it launched the PEN E-P1 way back in 2009, Olympus has been a leading light of the compact system camera world.
4 years ago
PC Authority
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

Verdict: The OM-D E-M1 is the best mirrorless camera ever from Olympus, and it's attracting interest from serious photographers who had, up until now, ignored Olympus and Micro Four Thirds technology. But the E-M1 deserves all the attention--it's the new champ in the "lightweight heavyweight" class.
4 years ago
review.techworld.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review: Micro Four Thirds camera is a lightweight heavyweight champ

 
5.0
Pros: Rugged body with excellent ergonomics, Best-in-class five-axis in-body image stabilization, Highly configurable
Cons: Video format options lacking by comparison to competing cameras, Mediocre battery life, Rich configurability of E-M1 makes for steep learning curve
Verdict: If you really need need the much larger files, slightly better exposure range or low-light performance of a full-frame camera, or if you can't live without 1024p or 1060p video, then the E-M1 may not be for you.
4 years ago
Macworld
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1: Micro Four Thirds camera is a lightweight heavyweight champ

Verdict: The OM-D E-M1 is the best mirrorless camera ever from Olympus, and it's attracting interest from serious photographers who had, up until now, ignored Olympus and Micro Four Thirds technology. But the E-M1 deserves all the attention--it's the new champ in the "lightweight heavyweight" class.
4 years ago
PC World
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

 
4.0
Pros: Low image-noise up to ISO 1600, Impressive dynamic-range, Reliable Automatic White-Balance, Superb built-in stabilization, Virtually no shutter-lag, Fast contrast-detect AF, Great shot-to-shot speed, Great EVF resolution and refresh rate, Unique Live-Bulb mode, Extremely customizable, Excellent...
Cons: Below average color accuracy, More over-exposure than usual, Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram, Poorly placed tripod mount, Low battery life, Video cuts last second
Verdict: Taking over from the first OM-D, the E-M1 delivers nearly impeccable performance worthy of its flagship status. This model features a state-of-the-art 16 megapixels CMOS sensor with built-in Phase-Detect autofocus while keeping its predecessor's 5-axis image-stabilization and super-sonic...
4 years ago
review.neocamera.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Pros: Excellent stills quality, Lighter than DSLR cameras, Superb electronic viewfinder
Cons: "Kludgy" interface, Disappointing video
Verdict: The most advanced technological improvement on the E-M1 is the on-sensor phase detection element, which gives the camera two distinct focus modes. The OM-D E-M1 can connect wirelessly to Android and iOS devices to transfer images, and with an app, your smartphone can act as a remote control.
4 years ago
review.consumersearch.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1: 3 Things to love

Pros: Great build quality; Excellent specs; Customization is incredible; EVF is excellent
Cons: Very expensive; Battery life not that great; EVF takes a bit of time to start
Verdict: We were pretty much enamoured with the Olympus E-M5 (quick review) when we tested it in 2012. The E-M1 takes the best from that camera and further ups the game. Here are three things to love about this camera (and a few to hate). There is truly a lot to love about the E-M1.
4 years ago
TechSmart
 
Verdict: Olympus has been pumping out cameras in its OM-D (Olympus Mirrorless Digital) series for a while now. It started back in 2009 with the arrival of the Olympus PEN E-P1, a retro camera that was a digital successor to its well-regarded analogue PEN cameras.
4 years ago
htxt.co.za
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

 
5.0
Pros: Pro-like manual controls, Rock-steady stabilisation, The fastest autofocus around
Cons: Continuous AF can be beaten
Verdict: The best, most complete all-round compact system camera money can buy
4 years ago
Stuff.tv
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review: Flagship Phenom

 
4.5
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
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a fantastic mirrorless camera that is designed for the advanced or professional shooter. Those without sophisticated photography knowledge will get easily lost in the numerous features and functionality.
4 years ago
Digital Camera Review
 
Verdict: On the other side of the bodyshell – which comprises magnesium alloy covers and is both fully sealed and insulated – is a dedicated compartment for the memory card which is just so much more convenient than having it share the battery's compartment in the base.
4 years ago
AVHub
 

Olympus OMD EM1 review

 
4.4
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.
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...
Verdict: I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Olympus OMD EM1 is a triumph, a highly satisfying camera that I can highly recommend to anyone who wants semi-pro performance and handling without the heft of a traditional DSLR.
4 years ago
Camera Labs
 
Verdict: Retro is in. Or at least, most camera-makers seem to be saying so. Though I\'ve never found anything wrong in that approach, it does seem like the legendary OM series from Olympus has taken a step in the wrong direction and seems to have lost itself in the design wilderness.
4 years ago
thetechy.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review - at the pinnacle of what a compact interchangeable lens camera can achieve

 
4.0
Pros: Solid feel build quality with dust and splash proofed body, in-body image stabilisation, image quality right up there with an actual DSLR to most eyes
Cons: Smaller imaging sensor than an APS-C DSLR, button and control layout is busy and can feel a little cramped at times
Verdict: Hang on, you might be saying; whilst the 16.3 effective megapixel OM-D E-M1 may outwardly resemble a DSLR it's not actually one in the strictest sense, on account of being a mirror-less model.
4 years ago
Macworld UK
 
 
4.0
Verdict: The E-M1 sits at the top of the Olympus CSC range, and the specs and the price reflect this. It's a solidly-built camera and the retro-inspired design is blended well with the contemporary technology.
4 years ago
Photo answers
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

 
4.0
Pros: Incredibly fast and accurate AF, Weather Sealed, Very useful EVF
Cons: High ISO performance can be dodgy, A little pricey
Verdict: Olympus, for some awkward reason, chose an incredibly difficult naming scheme for its flagship mirrorless lineup, but moving past that, you realize there is something incredibly special about this camera.
4 years ago
thinkdigit.com
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

 
4.5
Pros: Strong build quality, Excellent controls, Excellent image quality, Fast performance
Cons: Shutter button too squishy for our liking, Some noticeable LCD and EVF flickering under fluro lights
Verdict: 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...
5 years ago
New Zealand PC World
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

 
4.5
Pros: Strong build quality, Excellent controls, Excellent image quality, Fast performance
Cons: Shutter button too squishy for our liking, Some noticeable LCD and EVF flickering under fluro lights
Verdict: The OM-D E-M1 represents the best that Olympus has to offer in the compact system camera (CSC) market. It's a Micro Four Thirds-based, interchangeable lens camera that balances the needs of pros and enthusiast photographers in one neat, and solid package.
5 years ago
review.goodgearguide.com.au
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

 
4.5
Verdict: Back in 2012, when we reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 we called it the "best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop.
5 years ago
PhotographyBLOG
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

 
4.5
Pros: Superb electronic viewfinder, Responsive AF system, Good image quality, Sturdy build
Cons: JPEG files somewhat over-processed
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 was one of the most popular cameras of last year, owing to the combination of an impressive specification, attractive retro looks and excellent image quality. The E-M1 looks to pick up where the E-M5 left off.
5 years ago
TrustedReviews
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

 
4.5
Verdict: This review supplements the detailed 'First Look' at the OM-D E-M1 , which we published in September and focuses upon the new camera's performance in our standard suite of tests with the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens , which is reviewed separately.
5 years ago
PhotoReview
 

[REVIEW-OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1]

Verdict: The 16 megapixel E-M1 is the company's top micro four thirds camera. It has a 2.36 megapixel electronic viewfinder, dual contrast and phase detection auto focus, five axis sensor-shift stabilisation and built-in Wi-Fi with remote control from a smartphone. The LCD swivels on the vertical plane.
5 years ago
DPexpert
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

 
4.6
Pros: Build quality; Electronic viewfinder is excellent; Fast and responsive AF; Image quality
Cons: JPEG files a little over-processed at higher sensitivities
Verdict: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review – The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the second model in the retro-styled OM-D series, sitting above the E-M5 at the top of the range. It looks to combine the best of a DSLR and system camera in a single package, so read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 review to find out if it succeeds
5 years ago
What Digital Camera
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Review

 
4.5
Pros: Best ever image quality from Micro Four Thirds, Support for both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses, In camera HDR preview and creation, Wi-Fi remote shooting improved, Improved handling and DSLR styling, 10fps continuous shooting, with good number before slowing down, Impressive 5-axis image...
Cons: Focus peaking not available in video mode, Video options better on other cameras (GH3, High price when bought with kit lenses, Lacks automatic panoramic creation mode
Verdict: , this means this camera should be, and thankfully is capable of the highest quality photos of any Micro Four Thirds camera, and when used with high quality prime lenses, the difference can be seen, although is quite subtle at times, with the previous model, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 already providing...
5 years ago
ePHOTOzine
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review: Robust, Utilitarian And Wonderful

Verdict: It was only a year and a half ago when Olympus showed that a small, stylish camera with no mirror and a little sensor could hang in the big leagues. Many photographers instantly fell in love with the OM-D E-M5 .
5 years ago
Gizmodo
 
Verdict: It was only a year and a half ago when Olympus showed that a small, stylish camera with no mirror and a little sensor could hang in the big leagues. Many photographers instantly fell in love with the OM-D E-M5 .
5 years ago
gizmodo.in
 

Marvellous: Olympus OM-D E-M1 reviewed

 
4.5
Pros: Great design and weight, Two megapixel viewfinder is very clear, Supports WiFi and wireless shooting with smartphone app, Smartphone camera application can show images building in real time, Lock button for keeping shooting mode selected, Lots of buttons, Comes with small external flash
Cons: While we like the amount of buttons, this number may confuse people, Screen only pops out at various angles, as per normal with other Olympus cameras, No built-in flash, Colour filtration modes only officially apply to JPEG, and while can be used with movies, can't be shut off in these modes
Verdict: The second of the bigger mirror-less cameras from Olympus, the E-M1 reinvents the an SLR from the 70s with bits of today, making it a standout camera for tomorrow.
5 years ago
Gadget Guy
 
Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record Full 1080p movies, Sealed Body and Magnesium Alloy frame provide a tough, go anywhere camera, Excellent overall image quality, Great Low-Light performance, Manual Mode offers complete...
Cons: No built-in flash - possible to forget or not bring the included attachable flash unit, Highest ISO settings are unacceptable due to image noise, Very high price tag for an ILC
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 surpasses everything that we have seen so far from an ILC. Providing amazing performance and image quality that rivals a lower level pro mode dSLR, this much smaller camera is ready to go anywhere and perform in all situations. Read more in our Full Conclusion .
5 years ago
Steve's Digicams
 
 
5.0
Pros: Small camera body, Plenty of direct controls, Excellent EVF, High quality images, Weather sealed
Cons: LCD not variangle, Some features hard to find, High price
Verdict: In addition, the image can be seen forming on the screen of the smartphone during long exposures captured using Live Bulb and Live Time mode.
5 years ago
PhotoRadar
 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

 
4.0
Pros: Solid chassis, High-res tilting LCD and EVF, DSLR-esque images, Solid chassis, High-res tilting LCD and EVF, DSLR-esque images
Cons: Could be more intuitive, Fiddly controls, Could be more intuitive, Fiddly controls
Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is "the best Olympus camera ever", says its maker. Can it possibly live up to the hype? The Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera is a compact system camera that also works with DSLR lenses. Could this be Olympus's best camera yet?
5 years ago
T3
 
 
5.0
Verdict: Loved the speed and handling, IQ was good enough for an m4/3 sensor, and the build was superb. I was a long time Oly user and thought it would be "the" camera for me. Just never warmed up to the EVF or the overly complex menu system.
3 months ago
dpreview.com
 

Change of Camera Gear

 
5.0
Verdict: I've been a user of Canon gear for years but lately have found it very heavy to carry around when out shooting for a day. Been looking around at mirrorless options and after having a loan of the OM-DE-M1 Mar11and a couple of lenses for a few days I bit the bullet and changed to Olympus.
6 months ago
UK Digital
 

Still a superb camera body .... indispensable if you have 4/3 lens

 
5.0
Verdict: I have an E-M5.2 as well as a GX85, so I put off buying e-m1 for over a year even though I have 4/3 lenses that can benefit from the PDAF. Well I finally gave in because the 50-200 SWD AF is only marginal on E-M5.2. That lens is fantastic when in focus.
6 months ago
Amazon
 

Switched and never looked back

 
5.0
Verdict: I have waited almost a year before writing this review to give myself time for an honest evaluation. I was a former Canon shooter for probably 30+ years. A couple of years ago I invested in an EM5 MkII and started building a lens collection to match the Pro lineup I was used to with Canon.
10 months ago
B&H Photo
 

Professional Camera but ease of use for most

 
5.0
Verdict: An excellent, looking and quality camera, designed with professional features but easy to use by most existing camera users. Has a wide range constant lenses with a good variety of prime lenses. The constant feature ensures for eg that an f2.8 zoom maintains it's f2.8 at all focal lengths.
1 year ago
johnlewis.com
 

Five Stars

 
5.0
Verdict: Terrific camera which will fill our needs now and into the future
1 year ago
amazon.ca
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