On Thursday morning our Olympus representative stopped in with a little surprise for us, the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M1. This latest pinnacle in micro four thirds cameras is said to be a successor to the Olympus E-5, rather then a replacement of the OM-D E-M5. Understandable when focusing Olympus’ four thirds lenses is as quick on the E-M1 as it was on the E-5.
First reaction to holding the camera is how well made it feels. With the OM-D E-M1’s fully magnesium alloy construction and a weather, dust, spash, and freezeproof body, the camera doesn’t just feel solid, it is solid. Packed inside the camera is a brand new 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and an updated version of Olympus’ dual AF technology, combining 81 contrast detection autofocus points with 31 phase detection autofocus points. The photos coming out of the camera simply looked brilliant. Still considerably smaller then any SLR on the market and capable of producing images comparable in quality, this looks to be one of the best cameras coming out in the near future.
Feel free to stop by Bergen County Camera to pre-order or ask any questions about the Olympus OM-D E-M1.