Updated 21 Nov 2016

Olympus

OM-D E-M1 (with 12-50mm lens)

Snapshot: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera has an Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor, touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. But how’s the image quality?

OM-D E-M1 (with 12-50mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1880

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Test results

Overall score
74
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

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

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): 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 (30%): 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.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1880
Type
Compact system (CSC)

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
16
Sensor
Micro Four Thirds CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
200 - 25600
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
3.5 - 6.3
Zoom range
25 - 96
Shutter range
1/8000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
135 x 74 x 93
Weight (g)
551
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1037000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder pixels
2,360,000

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
Integrated
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes
Tested with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ MSC lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.