I am a big fan of Olympus’ OMD series cameras. They take incredible images, are built like tanks, and are, in my opinion, a perfect travel camera. Over this last weekend my wife and I went to Monterey, CA. for our 1 year wedding anniversary! So, it seemed appropriate to bring along a EM1 that my friend graciously leant to me. I brought along my 5D and took some video to highlight some of my favorite features about the camera. I am really comfortable with the EM5 and love the ergonomics of that camera. That said, I must admit that I was not a big fan of the larger grip of the EM1… at first. Even though it doesn’t add too much bulk, it does change its shape. My wife even noticed the grip, although comfortable, seemed like the camera felt larger than the EM5. But again I am really into the ergonomics of the Em5, so the bigger grip took some getting used to.
Right off the bat I noticed how insane the EVF is. Compared to the EM5 it is much brighter, more responsive, and looks larger. It was somewhat difficult to distinguish between a traditional optical view finder. The rear screen looked even more amazing with all the resolution it was packing. And overall, everything definitely seemed snappier and more responsive than my EM5, especially changing aperture and shutter speeds. The camera felt very familiar and felt just as solid as the EM5. Even more so. It’s built like a tank and I love that about the camera. I feel very confident taking this camera into any shooting situation. We spent some time near the ocean and I was not afraid of sand or sea mist ruining the camera.
There’s not much else I can say that isn’t highlighted in the video. My only criticism is that I really wish Olympus would step up their video game. I mean, with the 5 Axis IS, this camera is capable of grabbing some epic video, but is limited by its codec and bit rate. Hopefully soon we will see an overhaul on the video side of things. All in all, I really love this camera and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to get a new camera, or day-to-day travel camera.