Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

Olympus's best MFT camera to date and one of the best CSCs on the market, now with firmware update 2.0

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JPEG signal to noise ratio


Raw signal to noise ratio


Olympus stated that the E-M1 is calibrated to allow a little more noise to be visible to retain detail and improve image sharpness, and this is likely to be the explanation for the lower signal to noise ratio. However, images don't appear very noisy and there's little in the way of coloured speckling visible.

JPEG dynamic range


The Olympus E-M1 is capable of recording a wide range of tones in a single image at the lower sensitivity settings, and at the higher values it beats the Sony NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1 for dynamic range.

Raw dynamic range


While it doesn't quite match the E-M5, a dynamic range in excess of 12EV at ISO 400 is impressive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Product FamilyOM-D
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameOlympus
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof, Splash Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection, Noise Reduction, Eye Detect
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264, Motion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)443 g
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height93.5 mm
Width130.4 mm
Depth63.1 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
External FlashIncluded
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-M1
Product NameOM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineOM-D
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV207010BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

E-M1: The whole package. In a perfectly-sized Package.

The new E-M1 gives you more freedom to take the shots you want, with all the image quality you expect. The new E-M1 is the most advanced compact system camera ever produced.
It is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard and comes packed with sophisticated technologies like the enhanced Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, the world premiere of DUAL FAST AF and extended WiFi controls from your smartphone - all delivering outstanding image quality and performance, raising the OM-D series to a whole new level. This superiority is matched by a body design that has the perfect dimensions with a portable weight. All things considered, it outperforms D-SLR cameras both in terms of its size and imaging excellence.

Package Contents
  • OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
  • BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger
  • Detachable Flash
  • Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Software Media
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year