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Olympus OM-D EM-1 Compact System Camera - Black (16.3MP, Live MOS, M.Zuiko 12-40mm Lens) 3.0 inch Tiltable Touch Screen LCD

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  • The best-ever image quality generated by an Olympus camera
  • Fully compatible with the Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds standards thanks to DUAL FAST AF
  • Extra-powerful EVF with 2.36 million dots and 1.48x magnification for easy framing and real-time settings adjustment
  • Perfectly proportioned Micro Four Thirds body is more compact than DSLRs, yet solid and steady to hold
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  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 25 x 10 cm ; 998 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: OM-D E-M1 - Black - 12-40mm
  • ASIN: B00EY6AV3W
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Sept. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,415 in Electronics & Photo (See Top 100 in Electronics & Photo)
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens is engineered to meet the needs of professional photographers. When combined with the OLYMPUS OM-D, this large-aperture lens achieves the reputation of an unbelievably fast AF high-performance standard zoom. Its constant, bright aperture value of f2.8 at all focal lengths (equivalent to 24-80mm on a 35mm camera), combined with technologies including an MSC and Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, deliver high-grade image creation for a wide range of photographic styles, regardless of lighting conditions and distance. The compact and lightweight design also has a dustproof, freezeproof and splashproof construction compliant with professional use, expanding shooting capabilities even in the most testing of environments.

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

Like the idea of a pro-standard camera that's not too big and not too small?

It comes in a compact body design and is much more lightweight than APS-C cameras - for everyday convenience.

When combined with the compact and lightweight ZUIKO lens system, comfortable shooting is available anytime and anywhere with imaging excellence in every shot, with every lens, in every shooting situation.

The compact system camera with a huge lens line-up

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Keen to specialise your photography in those styles that interest you most?

The OM-D E-M1 gives you incredible access to an interchangeable system of 65 Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses. This incredible versatility is all thanks to the OM-D E-M1's compatibility with both Micro Four Thirds and now all Four Thirds lenses* on top. It means there is always precisely the right lens available for the specialist kind of photos you want to take, as well as the right lens for any subject and any type of shooting conditions.

The OM-D E-M1 also brings out the best in each lens by applying DUAL FAST AF with the addition of Phase Detection AF to complement Contrast AF, for extremely fast and incredible visual capture.

* MMF-3 adapter required to use Four Third lenses.

Engineered to outperform D-SLR cameras

Looking for a camera that delivers consistently high performance and image quality?

The OM-D E-M1 has adopted the existing first-class OM-D imaging technologies and taken them up a notch for the consistently sharp, vivid, true-to-life imaging results you expect.

Enhanced WiFi connectivity now gives you more control and creative scope from your smartphone, including the adjustment of your shutter speed and aperture. The DUAL FAST AF system utilises both On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF, enabling any lens you're using to perform with incredible speed and accuracy. The 5-axis image stabilisation is now even more intelligent for optimised results, and the Electronic Viewfinder now gives you a 1.3x larger view compared to an average DSLR camera, enhanced creative options such as colour manipulation with the new Colour Creator function, and far greater overall shooting accuracy with the help of useful aids such as adaptive brightness technology.

Service Plus. Designed for your OM-D E-M1

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Join the OLYMPUS Service Plus and benefit from an all-round product service that is free, fast and convenient.
All your benefits at a glance:
  • Designated hotline: Join Service Plus and you will receive a special service hotline number, which you can call to speak directly with an expert trained in OM-D E-M1 specific technologies.
  • Personal pick-up service: In the unlikely event that your registered OM-D E-M1 needs to be checked or repaired, we will come to collect the camera personally. Simply call the special Service Plus number you have been given and arrange the pick up.
  • Fast-lane repair: You should never miss a photo opportunity with your camera. That's why if something doesn't work perfectly, we will endeavour to make sure that your registered OM-D E-M1 won't spend longer than 3 days (excluding transportation times) at our repair centre.

Features you'll Love

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Dust, splash and freezeproof: the all-terrain, all-weather OM-D E-M1

The OM-D E-M1 allows you to shoot in all environments and it's practically impenetrable magnesium alloy body with 60 gasket rings for special sealing gives you highly weather-resistant protection wherever you take your camera. The in-built SSWF (Supersonic Wave Filter) also generates ultrasonic vibrations exceeding 30,000 times per second, effectively blasting dust particles away from the protective dust filter in front of the OM-D E-M1's image sensor. The OM-D E-M1 also provides you with reliable operation down to -10°C.

The new standard M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO zoom lens also includes a mount with the same type of sealing as the OM-D E-M1 body. Two other compatible accessories, the Power Battery Holder HLD-7 and Four Thirds Adapter MMF-3, also contribute to making the entire system highly impermeable to sand, dust, and water spray.

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Unique to OM-D: 5-axis image stabilisation for your shots and movies

Interested in the option of handheld shooting in situations where you would normally need to use a tripod? The OM-D E-M1's incredibly high-tech 5-axis image stabilisation system makes this possible. Thanks to control algorithms, image stabilisation at longer shutter speeds is more effective than ever.

The IS-AUTO feature now automatically detects when you wish to take vertical, horizontal and angular panning shots, controlling the level of correction for the desired panning effects. Another big advantage of this in-body IS system is that it compensates for camera shake with every single type of lens available, including Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses, and with a combination of 5-axis IS and Multi-Motion IS, powerful image stabilisation takes effect to minimise blurs and jolts when shooting movies as well.

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DUAL FAST AF. Get the speed and accuracy of all autofocus systems

FAST AF - the ultra-fast autofocus system brings even more speed and accuracy to all Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses. DUAL FAST AF utilises both On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF, automatically switching to the optimum AF system for the lens you're using and the situation you're shooting in.

On-chip Phase Detection AF makes full use of its 37 AF targets whenever a Four Thirds System compliant lens optimally designed for Phase Detection AF is attached, for excellent quality results. When a lens is attached that conforms to the MFT standard, the Contrast AF method is automatically selected. Its AF points have been expanded from 35 to 81 for even greater precision, including the option of Super Spot AF for pinpointing details, e.g. in macro shots. When a lens that conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard is attached and C-AF is selected for subject tracking and continuous AF, On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast detection AF are used together. This results in significant improvement of C-AF tracking performance over traditional mirrorless models, with a maximum sequential shooting performance of 6.5 fps.

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Advanced Electronic Viewfinder. Now with a 1.3x larger view than the average D-SLR

The OM-D E-M1 features an advanced EVF system that excels both in terms of screen size and greater creative scope. The built-in Electronic Viewfinder gives you a 1.3x larger view even than high-end D-SLR cameras, plus razor-sharp 2,360k dot resolution and just 29 ms time lag. It is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology that enhances your control and lets you check what finished images will look like through the viewfinder, for enhanced shooting accuracy. The Adaptive Brightness Technology, for example, automatically adjusts the brightness of the viewfinder's backlight according to changes in the environmental light, assuring excellent visibility at all times. Now all four of the operations involved in photographic image creation - gradation, focusing, composition and colour tone control, can also be adjusted while checking the final result on the viewfinder screen.

Full control of aperture, shutter speed and Live Bulb from your smartphone

The OM-D E-M1 is equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi function that gives you more control from your smartphone. When using the OLYMPUS Image Share (O.I.Share) smartphone app, you can share your images with ease, operate the shutter wirelessly from your smartphone while viewing the Live View screen, and geotag your photos using location information from your smartphone. You can now even switch between the various shooting modes (P, A, S, M, iAUTO) and wirelessly adjust settings such as the shutter speed, aperture value, and exposure compensation from your smartphone. The new Live Bulb shooting mode now also lets you capture amazing long-exposure shots without any camera shake.


From dpreview.com:

The E-M1 is the second model in Olympus's OM-D series and extends the range further into semi-pro/enthusiast territory. There are two main distinctions that set the E-M1 apart from its little brother (the E-M5) - a more sophisticated autofocus system and a 'buttons for everything' design approach. As such the two models will coexist, with the E-M1 sitting at the very top of Olympus's lineup.

The biggest technological step forward on the E-M1 is the addition of on-sensor phase detection elements, giving the camera two distinct focus modes. The phase-detection system is used when lenses from the original Four Thirds system, which were designed for use that way, are attached. With native, Micro Four Thirds lenses, the camera will mainly stick with the contrast detection system that has proved so fast and accurate on the E-M5. Only if you use tracking AF will the camera utilize phase-detection information with a Micro Four Thirds lens.

The E-M1 also gains the excellent 2.3M-dot electronic viewfinder panel we first saw as the VF-4 accessory for the PEN E-P5. Not only is the resolution very impressive, but the viewfinder optics give a viewfinder with magnification of up to 1.48x (depending on display mode), which puts it only a fraction behind the 0.76x viewfinder in Canon's 1D X and ahead of Nikon's pro-grade D4 DSLRs.

There's also a more advanced 'TruePic VII' processor in the E-M1 that conducts a variety of lens corrections, when creating JPEGs, leading the company to proclaim the best image quality offered by one of its cameras. Not only can the E-M1 remove the colour fringing caused by lateral chromatic aberration, Olympus says that it also tunes its sharpening to take into account the lens's sharpness, and to combat any softening due to diffraction (particularly at very small apertures).

The biggest difference between the E-M1 and the E-M5, though, is the degree of direct control on offer. We really liked the E-M5's twin-dial control system, but the E-M1 goes beyond that by providing button-and-dial combinations for quickly changing almost every imaginable setting on the camera. It's the kind of approach you don't usually get until the very top of manufacturers' lineups - it means you have to get used to where every function is, but can shoot fluidly once you have.

The E-M1 inherits the '2x2' dial approach Olympus previously used on the E-P5 - flicking a switch on the camera changes the dials from controlling shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation to changing ISO and white balance. However, all this direct control doesn't come at the expense of the potentially slower but easier to find touch-screen interface - the E-M1 has this too. Overall the camera can be operated pretty much however you fancy.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 specification highlights:

  •     16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor with no low-pass filter
  •     On-sensor phase detection elements
  •     Twin control dials (front and rear) with '2x2' dual-mode option
  •     '5-axis' image stabilization with automatic panning detection ('S-IS Auto')
  •     ISO 'LOW' (100 equiv) - ISO 25,600
  •     Up to 10fps continuous shooting (6.5 fps shooting with continuous AF)
  •     1.04M-dot 3" LCD touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  •     Electronic viewfinder: 2.36M-dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv.), eye sensor
  •     Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
  •     Dust, splash and freeze-proof (to -10 °C)

Gained over the E-M5

  •     True Pic VII processor, with lens corrections
  •     1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync
  •     Built-in microphone socket (rather than optional accessory adapter)
  •     Flash X-sync socket
  •     Built-in Wi-Fi
  •     Focus 'peaking' display
  •     In-camera HDR blending (two modes), previewed in viewfinder
Four Thirds is dead. Long live Four Thirds.

As well as representing the highest-end Micro Four Thirds camera yet, the E-M1's role is also about offering continued support for users of the original Four Thirds SLR system. Olympus created some very nice Four Thirds lenses, but the company struggled to make enough impact in the SLR market to justify the cost of continuing development for both systems in parallel.

The company claims to have studied what the E-M1 and a hypothetical 'E-7' SLR could offer, and concluded that, while image quality, durability and speed would have been the same, the OM-D design allowed both a substantial size advantage and a much greater viewfinder magnification than would be possible with an optical finder. As such the E-M1 should be considered the successor to the E-5.

We'll look at the performance of the camera with Four Thirds lenses in a little more depth later in this article. But in principle, the on-sensor phase detection autofocus system should be much more effective than contrast detection when it comes to controlling Four Thirds lenses, all of which were primarily designed to be driven by phase detection-based systems.

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