Take clearer photos faster with retro cam

PACKED WITH FEATURES: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, five-axis image stabilisation and even weather sealing.


    Sep 11, 2013

    Take clearer photos faster with retro cam

    The Star/Asia News Network

    OLYMPUS has announced a flagship model in the company's OM-D series - the E-M1.

    The E-M1 basically inherits all the features of the recent Olympus mirrorless cameras, such as built-in Wi-Fi, five-axis image stabilisation (but an improved version) and even weather sealing, while adding a few of its own features.

    On the design front, the camera retains a retro design that brings to mind the classic OM series of Olympus SLRs and, this time, the camera is much closer in size to a classic OM camera.

    Although the camera still sports a 16.3MP Live MOS image sensor, it's an all-new design and features an array of on-chip phase-detect pixels which gives faster and more positive autofocus performance, compared with just contrast-detect.

    While phase-detect and contrast-detect autofocus are available with all Micro Four Thirds lenses, when using Four Thirds lenses (via an adaptor), only phase-detect autofocus is possible.

    The E-M1 features the latest TruePic VII image-processing technology and Olympus claims that the increased performance of the new image-processing engine allows the camera to reduce noise even further at higher ISO settings.

    TruePic VII also takes lens information into account, correcting chromatic aberration, sharpness and even compensates for diffraction to suit the Olympus lens mounted on the E-M1.

    It features an improved 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a 0.74x magnification, which means you get a large viewing image when looking through the viewfinder.

    In an effort to make viewing the EVF feel even more natural, the E-M1's EVF comes with adaptive brightness which will increase the brightness of the viewfinder image in outdoor conditions or, alternatively, reduce brightness in dark indoor conditions.

    One notable new shooting feature actually simplifies long-exposure shooting.

    Live Bulb exposure, as it's called, attempts to address the problem of taking long exposures of several seconds or minutes where the camera metering system doesn't normally work.

    Instead of the usual guesswork when shooting such long exposures, Live Bulb actually shows the exposure "developing" on the LCD, allowing the user to simply close the shutter when the image is bright enough.

    The E-M1 works together with the Olympus O.I.Share app for Android and iOS to allow the user to focus and shoot images using the smartphone.

    The app also now allows you to adjust shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation from the smartphone.

    Interestingly, the shooting speed of the E-M1 allows the user to shoot at 10 frames per second (fps) in single-shot autofocus for up to 41 RAW images and up to 6.5fps with continuous autofocus turned on.

    Price: $1,948 (body), $2,948 (with 12-40mm F2.8)

    Online pre-orders for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera are available at pre-order.html