Olympus E-M1 summary
Olympus E-M1 is Olympus's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on October of 2013. The camera comes with a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The E-M1 is ranked #49 out of 60 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over all #204 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.
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Olympus E-M1 history
The Olympus E-M1 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all older and the latest models along with main features.
Olympus E-M1 Gallery
You can see the E-M1 from various angles in the gallery here.
Olympus E-M1 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Olympus E-M1 based on factors that are typically regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Olympus E-M1 Sensor info
The Olympus E-M1 is run by the TruePIC VII chip. The sensor dimension in the Olympus E-M1 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW format is saved so you have wider margin for error.
The image below displays the E-M1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The E-M1 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-M1 dimensions
Olympus E-M1 has a weight of 1.10 pounds (497 gr / 17.53 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr so the Olympus E-M1 is less heavy when compared with other competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The following is a photo of the Olympus E-M1 with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will show you the button design on the E-M1.
Olympus E-M1 Lens info
The E-M1 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for sale. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the E-M1.
Olympus E-M1 Connectivity
The E-M1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Olympus E-M1 Video info
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-M1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for video quality vs file sizes but 1080p will not give you any room to crop. While the camera offers a mic port, it is missing a headphone port so you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.
Olympus E-M1 Weather Sealing
Olympus E-M1 features environment proofing which makes it a very good candidate for use for challenging conditions. This is especially beneficial whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.
Olympus E-M1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-M1 comes with a 3 inch tilting display boasting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can shift focus point plus change settings by using your finger.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details for Olympus E-M1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.74x
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be quite useful.
Olympus E-M1 Shutter info
Olympus E-M1 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Olympus E-M1 Flash and Hot shoe info
Olympus E-M1 features external flash support but with no integrated flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/320s.
Olympus E-M1 Autofocus info
Olympus E-M1 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for people photography.
The Sensor comes with 81 focus points to select from. Olympus E-M1 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Olympus E-M1 boasts manual focusing in case it is needed for low light or you need to have more exact focusing control.
Olympus E-M1 Battery life
The battery life (BLN-1) on the Olympus E-M1 is designed to last for 350 photos according to the CIPA measurements which is lower compared to it's rivals. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 457. Olympus E-M1X comes with the best (870) battery life for this class of cameras.
Here is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Olympus E-M1 for specific types of photography
The following graph provides a summary of the Olympus E-M1 for specific types of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Olympus E-M1
The Olympus E-M1 has a points tally of 72 which is above average, meaning that it is a good option for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support plus the option to use off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Olympus E-M1
With a exceptional rating of 78, the Olympus E-M1 is a wonderful fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus E-M1 as a Sports photography camera
A very good sports photography rating of 70 suggests the Olympus E-M1 is a fine fit for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Olympus E-M1
Portability is pretty crucial when choosing a travel camera. In general, the Olympus E-M1 gets a nice 65 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick to take on your vacations.
Olympus E-M1 Landscape photography information
If you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-M1 at it's very good rating of 73 as a landscape camera is a very decent choice in the current marketplace.
Olympus E-M1 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving display screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Olympus E-M1 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 36.
Olympus E-M1 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the E-M1, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Pro Mirrorless.
The chart listed below will give you an overview of the E-M1 versus it's highest rated competitors shown previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might look at as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.