Built as a compact system camera and preceded by Olympus OM-D E-M5, the new OM-D E-M1 was introduced just last September 10, 2013. The catch of the new product is that it works the same way with DSLR lenses. Apparently, it is compatible with both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds DSLR lenses with Dual Fast autofocus system that will effectively give access to a selection of at least 65 lenses. This feature is not available in Olympus’ preceding products.
In terms of physical appearance and design, Olympus went black, sleek, slick and premium on the new OM-D E-M1. The front has a large hand grip that appropriately matched a thumb grip on the back. It gave the new camera model the feel as well as the look of an SLR. However, there are also changes that Olympus made from its usual control layout. The main mode dial now moved from the left to the right side while the power button moved from the right to the left side of the device.
The new OM-D E-M1 has no low pass filter so it is now capable of taking photos with more detail and character. It also has a built in Wi-Fi which means that photos taken can be easily uploaded to the internet through the brand’s smartphone application. The same smartphone can also be used as a remote to compose shots and release the shutter of the camera. In addition, the entire gadget is splash proof, dust proof, and freeze proof up to -10-degree Celsius. Compatible lenses are also made to be freeze proof for customer satisfaction.
On the other hand, the new Olympus gadget may not have an optical viewfinder but it does have a 2.36-million dot LCD electronic viewfinder. Although users are enabled to turn this feature off, the main purpose of this is that it will automatically adjust backlight based on the user’s pupil size and ambient light. According to Olympus themselves, it seems that OM-D E-M1 exhibits the most superior image quality among their other cameras.
Although this review is only based on the pre-production model of the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the impressive features can already give customers an idea of what may come in the future. This gadget will be released sometime in October 2013. Prices may range from £1299 and higher depending on the lens to be purchased with the camera.