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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a very interesting and functional camera, the second camera in the Olympus 'OM-D' lineup, introduced on September 10, 2013.
The E-M1 features the design of the old Olympus OM series film cameras. Externally, the E-M1 looks just wonderful. The camera body is completely made of magnesium alloy, it is dust and moisture resistant, as well as frost protection. Indeed, I shot several days in the cold at '-10 ° C' without any problems. The camera is comfortable to hold in hand, part of the body is covered with special rubber inserts.
The E-M1 has well thought out controls, I really liked that many buttons and dials can be programmed to suit your habits and preferences. Moreover, the setting of the disk functions can be performed separately for each of the modes. P, A, S, M.
The main dial for selecting shooting modes has a special latch button that can prevent accidental change of shooting mode. The latch may be on or off.
Near the camera mount there are two programmable buttons that are initially responsible for viewing depth of field and quick settings white balance on a white sheet. Two FN buttons, both dials, REC buttons and a dedicated switch are also programmable.
The camera has a 3-inch (1.036.800 pixels) hinged touch screen display. There is no full touch control via the display. It surprises me a bit why it was necessary to make a touch display with which you can use only a few useful functions. Control via the touch screen cannot be compared with a full multi-touch screen, for example, installed in Canon 650Dwhere the camera perceives and performs any touch to the display. For me personally, the convenience of the touch screen was manifested only in the quick selection of the focus point and turning over the shot material.
In addition to the main display, there is also a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVI) by 2.3 million points, almost the same as external EVI VF-4. EVI gives 1.48x magnification and has 100% frame coverage. The camera automatically switches between JVI и EVI. However, when the camera goes into sleep mode, it takes about one second to EVI activated again at this time EVI it just doesn’t show anything, and the photographer can miss the moment he needs.
The basis of the E-M1 is a 16 MP matrix with crop factor Kf = 2X. The camera can take pictures with a maximum size of 4608 x 3456. The same Live MOS Sensor can be found in models E-p5, E-PL5, E-PM2, E-PL6 and the OM-D series E-M5 and E-M10, but different image processing algorithms and different low-pass filters may cause differences in image quality from these cameras. The E-M1 does not have an AA filter, making it easy to capture sharp images with great detail.
E-M1 can work in the range ISO 100-25600, but in fact ISO 100 and all ISO values above 5000 are extended values. Usually, other manufacturers at least honestly call the ISO limit values \u25.600b\u1bthe extended range and instead of ISO 1 they write some kind of analogue, for example ISO 'Hi 1'. In fact, the noise level of the E-MXNUMX at high ISOs leaves much to be desired and is sometimes inferior to many amateur APS-C SLR cameras, not to mention the APS format. This is due to the small physical size of the E-MXNUMX sensor.
The E-M1 has an advanced focusing system. The focusing system is special - in addition to focusing by contrast, it also includes phase sensors located directly on the camera matrix.
Focusing is accurate and fast and has just a huge amount of all kinds of settings.
For myself, I noted that the focusing tenacity of the E-M1 is still inferior to DSLRs with phase focusing. The E-M1 is really fast and accurate in focusing, but in some cases, it takes more time to aim, especially in difficult situations where the camera 'drives' focus back and forth. Compared to DSLR cameras, the E-M1 greatly benefits from covering the frame with focus points (zones) and focusing when shooting video :)
Comes with a small camera external flash Olympus FL-LM2. Unlike classic external flashes, which require only the contacts of an external shoe, FL-LM2 uses a special connector for operation. To install the flash, you need to remove the special lock from it, remove the plug of the camera shoe and remove the special fuse on the camera connector. To take off the last, I fussed about 5 minutes.
A distinctive feature of the E-M1 is its excellent integrated stabilization system. The camera stabilizer is very good, and you can use cheaper lenses without a stabilizer. In the menu, you can very flexibly adjust the stabilization system, as well as the priority of this when using lenses that also have a stabilizer.
The stabilization function also works great with manual lenses and has a number of its own specific settings.
I would like to share one specific feature of the E-M1 stabilizer. When the camera is turned off, the sensor, which is suspended by the stabilization system, knocks quite noticeably in the middle of the camera when it shakes slightly. One gets the feeling that something has broken in the middle of the camera body. But when I took off the lens and slightly shook the camera, I immediately saw how the matrix, suspended by the stabilization system, “floats” and at the same time can slightly tap. There is no tapping when the camera is on.
Another amazing indicator of the camera is the huge burst speed, which can reach 10 frames per second. This is a great indicator. And it’s very, very nice that frame buffer E-M1 is very capacious... In RAW format, the buffer will hold approximately 35-40 files, and in JPEG format approximately 45-50 files at maximum image quality. The capacity of the buffer changes slightly when you enable picture enhancement functions. The OM-D E-M1 captures about 160 MP images in one second (16 MP at 10 frames per second), and therefore its performance higher than very expensive professional SLR cameras such as Nikon D800, Canon 5D Mark III, etc. The only pity is that RAW files have only 12-bit color depth.
Many other very useful features and capabilities:
- System for cleaning the matrix from dust.
- Full HD Video 1920 * 1080 30p.
- Wi-fi module, with which you can remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet. I installed the necessary software without any problems and worked with the function of remote control of the camera and transferring photos. You can add GPS data. Of course, the camera does not have a GPS receiver, but it can take coordinates and type them in EXIF from your smartphone.
- Mechanical shutter that supports excerpts to 1/8000 seconds Exposure Flash sync is 1/320 second. Personally, I shot without problems with a Nikon flash SB-900 on shutter speed 1/400 s
- Many filters to create a variety of creative photos.
- There is a very useful picking function.
- There is an instant increase in the image area for focusing. This feature is very useful when working with manual optics.
- There is a function of Time Laps (interval shooting).
- HDRtimer shooting.
- Live Time allows you to observe changes in the picture with increasing excerpts in real time.
- There is a Micro HDMI output (type D), USB and a microphone input. The camera uses memory cards SD (SDHC, SDXC) and supports UHS ‑ I.
- There is also a horizon indicator, bracketing different types.
- and much, much more.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm 1: 3.5-6.3 EZ ED MSC Splash Proof Lens
M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 is an interesting lens with 4.2x zoom, its EGF is 24-100 mm, this range of focal lengths is universal and can be used for a huge number of scenes.
That's just me very surprised that the lens is weak aperture F / 3.5-6.3, while it is not even a super zoom. In my opinion, a lens with a maximum aperture ratio of 1: 6.3, complete with an expensive Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera, is a kind of mockery of the buyer. But it's good that the rest of the M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm 1: 3.5-6.3 is good enough :)
The zoom ring can be in three positions. The position is adjusted by shifting the ring along the axis of the lens. Also on the case you can find a special indicator that shows the installed position:
1. M-zoom - manual control of the lens focal length is available in this mode. When zooming manually, the lens makes a slight “growling” noise. When you rest against the extreme positions of the focal length and continue to rotate the zoom ring, you get an unpleasant feeling of rubbing plastic on plastic. The mode is used to change the focal length as quickly as possible. To switch to it, just pull the zoom ring towards the camera mount.
2. E-zoom - in this position, electronic (electro-magnetic) zoom control is available ('Elektro-magnetic Zoom' - 'EZ' in the name), while the zoom is very smooth, which is important when shooting video. For zooming, the ring is pulled back and forth by rotation, after which the camera begins to smoothly and silently change the focal length of the lens. On the body you can find two arrow markers 'Tele' and 'Wide' which indicate directions for increasing or decreasing the focal length.
3. Macro - in this mode, a maximum magnification of 1: 2.8 is available for macro photography, while the minimum focusing distance is 20 cm.In the normal mode, the MDF is 35 cm.To switch to this mode, you need to press the 'Macro' button located on the lens barrel and pull the zoom ring towards the front lens until it stops. After this manipulation, the focal length will always be 43 mm. The lens itself can not only work in macro mode, but also focus to infinity. Roughly speaking, in this position, a prime macro lens is obtained from a zoom lens.
When the camera is turned off, if the lens was previously set to the E-Zoom position, the focal length automatically returns to the extreme position by 12 mm. The lens is well assembled, has a metal mount, I did not find any backlash or flaws in the assembly. It weighs a little more than 200 grams, it's a pity there is no hood in the kit. In the optical scheme, consisting of 10 elements in 9 groups, you can find 2 aspherical elements, 1 ED element and 1 HR element, which help to create good image quality.
There is another special button next to the 'Macro' button - 'L-fn'('Lens FuNction '-' Lens function button '). Usually the button is used to lock the focus ('AF Stop') so that it does not accidentally get lost, but the button can be reprogrammed using the camera's 'Button function' menu. I find the button very convenient as it is easy to press with the thumb of the left hand, which supports the camera and lens during shooting.
It is definitely worth noting that the lens has splash proof (Splash Proof), they usually write that it is dustproof and waterproof. I think M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm 1: 3.5-6.3 will easily endure a little rain.
M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm 1: 3.5-6.3 uses 52mm color filters. The number of diaphragm blades is only 5, which is also very surprising. Usually, modern lenses have more aperture blades. Aperture closes down to f / 22 across the entire focal length range.
Please note that the camera automatically corrects many lens flaws, for example distortion и vignettingtherefore, it is rather difficult to see the “naked” lens operation. In general, the lens creates a sharp, contrasting image, I have no complaints about image quality, but nevertheless I would not buy the expensive Olympus OM-D E-M1 with such a lens.
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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a very good mirrorless camera. Perfect for advanced amateur photographers and photo enthusiasts. It is interesting for the huge speed of continuous shooting, the absence of a low-pass filter, an excellent body and ergonomics, and much, much more.