Following the announcement of the launch of new flagship top of the range of OM-D, E-M1 worldwide, ClubSNap had a chance to review a pre-production set, so do take note on this.
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OM-D refers to the range of Olympus camera that uses the micro Four thirds platform and has it's roots back to the SLR days of OM series cameras, taking a lot of the design philosophy, generally the target market is to more serious amateurs. E-M1 is the successor to the popular OMD E-M5 camera.
What this preview will cover:
- new functionalities (color creator, HDR, timelapse, EVF etc)
- Dual AF system (hopefully will get some 43 super high grade lenses with adapter for a spin)
- shoot in the rain ?
- IQ vs EP5 since it's an improved imaging sensor
- new 12-40mm F2.8 PRO weatherproof lens
- Video (spidey89 will be reviewing on this)
We will be shooting with E-M1 at Crossing Bridges 10 event next week to fully test this as well.
First reaction when I held it was the amount of customization available and substantial weight increase (due to lens and body) . E-M1 grip does make it look like one of the Olympus E-520 DSLR. The grip helps to balance the camera with heavy lens, and I'm sure same goes for the Four Thirds DSLR lenses, which is the intention of E-M1, to combine the best Zuiko lenses with the portability of m43 when needed. This is also a step up in terms of ergonomics to E-M5, which needs an optional HLD-6 (read expensive, extra cost) which comes in 2 piece to give the same ergonomics. There's now an optional battery grip HLD-7 to fit E-M1.
Here's a quick photo comparison between the Pen E-P5 & E-M1. E-M1 is actually shorter than Pen E-P5 (with VF4), which can be rather awkward inside smaller bags.
A thick strap with large logo E-M1 is also given does makes this camera look more like mini DSLR