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    Default Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review : A Tough Travel Camera

    ClubSNAP has been passed a set of the new Olympus EM1 a week ago with the new 12-40 f2.8 zoom
    First impressions are its great build quality and portability for travel

    Technical Specs are available at Olympus' website here http://www.olympusimage.com.sg/products/dslr/em1/

    This is a hands on narrative of how I have used the camera in Singapore, South Korea , Shanghai and Bali and to share images shot off this camera and lens combination AND how images shot in the Art and Postcard filters turned out

    South Korea Autumn Colors

    The hue and saturation can be custom controlled through Color Creator on the 2 top front dials quite easily
    In this custom mode you are able to custom tweak the hue and saturation from Black and White through super vivid and everything in between
    Love this feature









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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    There are a total of 12 Art Filters which allows you to shoot in pre-set of
    Pop Art
    Soft Focus
    Pale & Light Color
    Light Tone
    Grainy Film
    Pin Hole
    Diorama
    Cross Process
    Gentle Sepia
    Dramatic tone
    Key Line
    Watercolor

    If you're a kiasu shooter like myself there is also a 13th filter which is called the Art Bracket which at one press of the shutter the camera will automatically turn out 12 exposures with 12 of the Art filter effects produced. Why is this great ?
    1. You dont need a tripod to capture the exact same scene 12 times .... just handhold
    2. You just hit the Art Bracket (Art Bkt) setting and it automatically turns out 12 art filtered images

    Below Images were shot outside Cheongju at the Cheongnamdae Presidential Retreat area

    Cross process


    Diorama


    Key Line


    Soft Focus


    Pin Hole
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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    Pale & Light Color


    Light Tone


    Grainy Film



    Gentle Sepia


    Cross Process
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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    Pop Art


    Dramatic
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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    I must say.... Diorama mode art filter is really addictive ha ha



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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    continued this evening thanks
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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    the color creator using the 2 front dials really looks interesting , especially when its a fn limited to EM-1. Is it difficult/an hassle to do the adjustments while shooting?

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    Default Re: [Hands On ] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    Without tweaking the colors out of camera seem accurate and with extremely little fringing









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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    The on-board tweaking of Hue and Saturation levels on-the-fly (via the 2 control dials on top next to the shutter button) without the need to take my off the viewfinder shown below in these 3 images








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    Reds









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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    C-AF continuous autofocus is quick and accurate





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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    sweet spot of the EM1 ..... almost no fringing in situations like these below
    It came off backlit situations with flying colors





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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    I stopped off in Shanghai next for a few days and spent an afternoon shooting along the river behind the Oriental Pearl Tower ... this is a real oasis of tranquility within Pudong's financial district

    Spent the time exploring the EM1's Postcard features..... just one word to describe this feature ...... TOTALLY FUN !



    Words very hard to describe so let these images do the talking

    You can shoot FIVE images in FIVE panels with results like this





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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    It also does this ..... lets you take 2 images like this.... complete with the date stamped in







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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    all these are now available in-camera









    this one below shot in singapre
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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    so yeah.... love this postcard function









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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    Shanghai skyline of Puxi shot in Art Filter mode - Dramatic Tone

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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    In Bali, Indonesia today

    Hi guys at Olympus, the EM1 took a beating at Kuta beach today with saltwater when I shot my daughter taking surfing lessons .... I ran the ENTIRE camera and 12-40 lens for a good 30 sec under the hotel's bathroom shower to get rid of an afternoon's worth of seawater and sand

    So far, the battery's charging up just fine

    Lets see if its still working tomorrow
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    Let's hope you still have a working set to return to Olympus Singapore when you come back.

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    great review
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