Review: Olympus OMD EM1 (Micro Four Thirds) (Slightly NSFW)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (8 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

The Olympus OMD EM1 is the company’s new flagship of flagship cameras–it replaces their aging E5, which was a DSLR. Interestingly enough though, this camera is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera. Rumors of the camera were abound for a while and we’ve been working with a review unit for around three weeks. Complete with a 16.3MP LiveMOS sensor, TruePic VII imaging processor, WiFi, weather sealing, a brand new viewfinder, and lots of new controls, the camera is an aggressive stab at the flagship mirrorless camera world and the high end APS-C DSLR lines offered at the current moment.

But does the company’s new flagship have enough in it to deliver and cater to the needs of the professionals that it is targeted at?

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Watch Us Run the Olympus OMD EM1 Under a Faucet

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (2 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

We’re just about wrapped up on our Olympus OMD EM1 review, and to fully test what the camera is capable of, we decided to run it under water. I mean, let’s think about it: why would a company make marketing claims and not hold themselves to it? With all the weather-sealing that Olympus touts is in the camera, we mounted the 12-40mm f2.8 (reviewed here) to the camera and gave it a little bath. Just as an FYI, the lens is also weather sealed. But we’re not sure the camera would survive unless there was a weather sealed lens on it.

Did it survive? Check out the video after the jump. Stay tuned for our full review coming in a couple of days.

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First Impressions: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens


Olympus has been on a roll with their latest batch of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses. They kicked off this run with the 12mm F2 and followed it up with the 45mm f1.8 and the 75mm f1.8. Their newest offering is something different, their first MFT macro lens. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is Olympus’ newest offering and we’ve got our hands on it. Here’s our initial thoughts…

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