OM System OM-1

OM System OM-1 front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Raise to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 599g - 135 x 92 x 73mm
  • Announced February 2022
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

OM System OM-1 overview

OM System OM-1 is Olympus's Pro Mirrorless camera first introduced on February of 2022. The camera houses a 20MP, Stacked BSI Live MOS Sensor Four Thirds size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The OM System OM-1 is placed #38 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all round #81 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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OM System OM-1 family

The OM System OM-1 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can look at all past and newer models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
OM-System-OM-1 front thumbnailOM System OM-120MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2022
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OM System OM-1 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the OM System OM-1 based on criterias which are generally viewed as crucial in a camera.

comes with HDMI port
comes with headphone port
comes with mic port
display is selfie friendly
does not have low pass filter
good battery (520 per charge)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
good video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has double storage slots
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
saves RAW files
screen articulates
screen size is good (3.00 inches)
supports bluetooth
supports phase detect AF
supports touch focus
touchscreen enabled
very good high ISO (25,600)
very good screen resolution (1,620 thousand dot)
weather proofing
you can focus manually
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OM System OM-1 Sensor information

The sensor spec on the OM System OM-1 is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The Stacked BSI Live MOS Sensor sensor boasts 20 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can also be extended electronically to 80 to 102400. RAW files are saved which means that you have more margin for error.

Olympus decided to omit the low pass filter for the OM System OM-1. This can result in more sharp pictures but might introduce moire in some circumstances.

The graphic underneath shows the OM System OM-1's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The OM System OM-1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

OM System OM-1 dimensions

OM System OM-1 is 1.32 lb (599g / 21.13 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 135mm x 92mm x 73mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.9"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g and the OM System OM-1 is lighter as compared with other rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the OM System OM-1 next to a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

OM System OM-1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button layout on the OM System OM-1.

OM System OM-1 topview buttons dials

OM System OM-1 Lens information

The OM System OM-1 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the OM System OM-1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-50-200mm-f2.8-3.5-SWD lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD50-200mmf/2.8-3.5 995g
Sigma-16mm-F1.4-DC-DN-MFT lensSigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Micro Four Thirds16mmf/1.4405g
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Sigma-30mm-F1.4-DC-DN-C-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C30mmf/1.4 265g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-8mm-F1.8-Fisheye-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO8mmf/1.8 314g
Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-50-200mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS50-200mmf/2.8-4 655g
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Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
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OM System OM-1 Connectivity

The OM System OM-1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy pictures and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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OM System OM-1 Video information

The maximum video quality on the OM System OM-1 is 4096 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 and HEVC format. 2160p delivers a great quality for video recording. You can easily downsample to Full HD to get clearer results. Be mindful of the large file sizes and make sure you have decent SD cards with good write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and mic port making it really useful while capturing audio.

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OM System OM-1 Weather Sealing

OM System OM-1 has weather sealing making it a excellent candidate to use for tricky places. This can be especially handy whenever you are unsure about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

OM System OM-1 Display and Viewfinder

The OM System OM-1 is equipped with a 3.00 inch fully articulated display screen having a resolution of 1,620 thousand dots.

It has a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and even group photos if necessary. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus points as well as adjust settings by using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details regarding OM System OM-1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 5,760 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.83x

Viewfinders are pretty handy for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

OM System OM-1 Shutter information

OM System OM-1 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/32000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may cause "rolling shutter" in some situations.

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OM System OM-1 Flash and Hot shoe information

OM System OM-1 includes external flash ability but does not have in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/250s.

OM System OM-1 Autofocus information

OM System OM-1 includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be useful for people photography.

It supports 1053 focus points to choose from. OM System OM-1 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. OM System OM-1 has got manual focus when required for low light or you want to have more precise focus control.

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OM System OM-1 Battery life

The battery (BLX-1) for the OM System OM-1 is fashioned to last for 520 photos with respect to the CIPA measurements which is higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the highest possible (870) battery life for this class of cameras.

Here is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

OM System OM-1 for specific forms of photography

The following illustration presents a summation of the OM System OM-1 for specific forms of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

OM System OM-1 as a Portrait photography camera

The OM System OM-1 has a rating of 78 which is tremendous, and means the camera is a awesome pick for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support along with the capability to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats

Street photography with OM System OM-1

With a awesome points tally of 77, the OM System OM-1 is a wonderful pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
includes touch focus
weather proof
very good ISO range (25,600)

Sports photography with OM System OM-1

A terrific sports photography points tally of 82 means the OM System OM-1 is a terrific choice for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proofing
great battery life (520 per charge)
sensor has phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with OM System OM-1

Size is pretty crucial in getting a travel camera. Overall, the OM System OM-1 gets a outstanding 78 for a travelling camera which makes it a awesome option to purchase for your holidays.

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good battery pack (520 CIPA)
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
includes focus via touch
good resolution (20MP)
selfie friendly display

OM System OM-1 Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The OM System OM-1 with it's terrific rating of 82 as a landscape camera is a awesome fit among its competition.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3.00 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
no anti aliasing filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
good battery pack (520 CIPA)
two card slots

OM System OM-1 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the OM System OM-1 is a outstanding choice for vlogging as it comes to a superb rating of 78.

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screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection autofocus
high video quality (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external mic jack

OM System OM-1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the OM System OM-1, here is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart listed below shows you a summary of the OM System OM-1 vs it's highest ranking rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
OM System OM-1
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Stacked BSI Live MOS Sensor
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW data
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Crop factor
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3.00 inches
Display resolution
1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Maximum quiet shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, HEVC
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
599g (1.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions
135 x 92 x 73mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.9")
Battery life
520 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot)
Storage slots
Price at launch