The new OM-D E-M1 is positioned as Olympus’s new Four Thirds flagship and will retail alongside the OM-D E-M5. Pre-orders start now. 

The OM-D E-M1: pictured with the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO zoom lens

Olympus has introduced the successor to the company’s three year old E-5 flagship, the new Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M1. While the new E-M1 resembles last year’s E-M5 (not to be confused with the E-5) in many ways, it features a number of tweaks and improvements that sets it apart from its less expensive sibling.

At first glance, you will notice that the E-M1 sports a beefier hand grip — the most significant improvement over the E-M5 in my opinion — giving you a more secure and comfortable grip on the camera. The camera body is also slightly larger, allowing for a more spaced out and better button placement, with the mode dial now on the right being the most obvious and welcome change. In terms of specifications, the E-M1 inherits most of the E-M5 innard’s with a couple of exceptions – the low-pass filter from its 16.3 megapixel Four Thirds sensor has been dropped in the interest of sharper images and it becomes the first camera to sport Olympus’s latest TruePic VII image processor, which aids in lens corrections.

Goodies like the 5-axis image stabilization and weather sealing (which has been improved) from the E-M5 are also present on the new flagship, with the burst shooting rate getting a slight bump to 10fps. Wi-Fi connectivity has also been included for convenient uploading and sharing of photos. Another key improvement would be the addition of on-sensor phase detection elements. The phase detection autofocus system is used when lenses from the original Four Thirds system are attached, hence providing a clear upgrade path for E-5 users without them having to overhaul their lens collections — a logical step considering that the E-M1 is intended to succeed a Four Thirds system camera. All in all, the new OM-D E-M1 is looking to be quite a promising camera in terms of handling and performance that should live up to its flagship status.


Pricing and availability:

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available from this November onwards at all Olympus authorized retailers. The camera is available for pre-order from now till 30 September 2013 via

Option 1:          OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 12-40mm f2.8 PRO kit: $2,948

  • ·      Body ( Black)
  • ·      Flash and lens hood
  • ·      M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
  • ·      Standard Bundle: 16GB SD card & camera bag)

Current E-system Owners (Four-third/Micro Four-third)

Current E-system owners who upgrade to OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 will be entitled to choose between 2 free gift bundles A or B.

Bundle A

o    Four-third to Micro Four-third adapter MMF-3 worth RRP $198

o    S$200 OLYMPUS Accessories Voucher

Bundle B

o    Power Battery Holder HLD-7 worth RRP $398

Non-current E-system Owners

Non-current E-system owners are entitled to $200 OLYMPUS Accessories Voucher.

Option 2:          OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Body only: $1,948

  • ·       Body (Black)
  • ·       Standard Bundle: 16GB SD card and camera case
  • ·       Choice of Bundle A or Bundle B

o    Bundle A: Four-third to Micro Four-Third adapter MMF-3 RRP $198

o    Bundle B: $200 OLYMPUS Accessories Voucher