Olympus OM-D E-M1: 16MP MFT

By Andrew Hudson Published: September 10, 2013 Updated: July 24, 2014

Olympus has returned to the (almost) DSLR business with a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Despite its cumbersome name, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a compact device based on a small four-thirds sensor (17mm x 13mm) sensor, which is about 70% the size of APS-C. The Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) format does not has a prism and optical viewfinder like a DSLR but uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF) instead.


  • Micro Four-Thirds sensor (17mm x 13mm)
  • 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dual phase-detect and contrast-detection AF system
  • Built-in image stabilization
  • 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen
  • Interactive 2,360k-Dot EVF

“In response to the demand for a compact system camera as powerful as a professional DSLR, Olympus introduces the OM-D E-M1®, its new premium flagship camera and worthy Micro Four Thirds successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR. The E-M1 has a revolutionary design for advanced photographers looking for a high-performance tool in a compact system camera package. The powerful E-M1 is packed with incredible speed and image quality that rivals full-frame DSLRs, in a portable yet lightweight body designed to go anywhere.”
Olympus press release, 9/10/13

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available in October 2013 for around $1,400, body only. For more information, visit https://www.getolympus.com/e-m1.html.


Sources: F-Stoppers, Wikipedia, Olympus. Image credit: Olympus.

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