Updated 25 Oct 2017

Olympus

OM-D E-M1 (with 12-40mm lens)

Snapshot: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 (with 12-40mm lens) compact system camera has an Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, and has an electronic viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

OM-D E-M1 (with 12-40mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2499

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Test results

Overall score
76
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • Good image quality.
  • Very good screen.
  • Very good viewfinder.
  • Very good video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$2499
Type
Compact system

More test results

Viewfinder
8.6

Specifications

Megapixels (MP)
16
Battery type
Lithium-ion
Sensor
Micro Four Thirds CMOS
ISO range
200 - 25600
Optical zoom
3.33
Aperture range
2.8 - 2.8
Zoom range
25 - 81
Shutter range
1/8000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
135 x 74 x 93
Weight (g)
551
Depth (mm)
74
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC

Features

Water resistant
Yes
RAW support
GPS tagging
×
PASM modes
Manual focus option

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1,037,000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder pixels
2,360,000

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes

Tested with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.