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conclusion:We like it

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Olympus' retro-inspired OM-D E-M5 wowed critics, and the company looks to wow them some more with a retro camera offering both impressive image and speed. Like the E-M5, the E-M1 has a sleek and stylish body that Gizmodo says "retains its throwback sensibility while wielding more controls and better ergonomics," while the Phoblographer says the E-M1 "feels quite solid in the hand and nothing at all like a toy." But it isn't all looks, as the E-M1 has a 37-point autofocus that "works very quickly" regardless of lighting situations according to Digital Versus, and image abilities that Gizmodo Australia thinks are "so hot it hurts." The E-M1's photos are "excellent" according to CNET, who also feels the E-M1 can even stand against Nikon's D7100. With the E-M1, Olympus does it again, delivering a retro-looking shooter with exceptional image quality and speed inside a mirrorless body.

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Critic reviews

9.0
16 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.8
  • Video quality
    7.5
  • Battery life
    6.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Durability
    8.6
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    9.1
  • Ease of use
    8.3

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User reviews

9.0
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10
PC Mag Sep 26, 2013

With gorgeous images—even in low light, incredible speed, and a wealth of high-end features, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera that money can buy.

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10
Macworld May 20, 2014

Whether you’re coming from an older Four Thirds camera or earlier model Micro Four Thirds, or whether you’re upgrading (as I like to put it) from a bigger, heavier DSLR, SLT or mirrorless camera, I recommend the E-M1 highly.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 7, 2013

The OM-D E-M1 is a serious investment, but if you want the experience of a professional camera without the bulk and weight a DSLR, then you should absolutely pick it up. Nothing else offers the same level of ergonomics, customizability, and durability thus far.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Oct 27, 2013

Bottom line: if you want to feel like you're shooting with a DSLR, but still want the size and agility of a mirrorless camera, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the E-M1.

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8.0
CNET Oct 24, 2013

One of the fastest, most feature-laden cameras you can buy for less than $1,500, you really need to spend some quality time going through all the settings before using the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

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10
Pocket-Lint Feb 20, 2014

There's no doubt that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a credible bit of kit. As far as compact system cameras go there's nothing else as fully featured on the market, nor as all-round capable as this slice of retro-inspired cool.

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9.0
Popular Photography Nov 24, 2013

While we can’t make your camera purchase decisions for you, we can say that using the E-M1 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for multiple members of the Popular Photography editorial staff.

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10
Digital Versus Nov 5, 2013

It's hard to find fault with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. With enhanced picture quality, a speedier autofocus, a nice wide viewfinder, a 10 fps burst mode and an all-weather finish, the E-M1 has plenty of qualities to win over enthusiasts and pros.

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9.0
Gizmodo Australia Oct 14, 2013

If you want a camera for serious business in all situations — daylight, low-light and even no-light — then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is for you. Sure, it costs a lot, but it’s 100 per cent worth it.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Oct 28, 2013

The Olympus E-M1 delivers the goods across the board, with an impressive specification, fantastic build quality and a level of performance to match or better almost any CSC on the market.

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9.0
Camera Labs Jan 14, 2014

The Olympus OMD EM1 is a triumph, a highly satisfying camera that I can highly recommend to anyone who wants semi-pro performance and handling without the heft of a traditional DSLR.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Oct 12, 2013

The Olympus E-M1 is the best Mirrorless camera on the market today when looking at the “Whole Picture” ... No one else even comes close and I should know, I have used EVERYTHING out there. Well done Olympus, you have indeed created a mirrorless masterpiece!

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9.0
Photography Blog Nov 13, 2013

Overall, our main criticism of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 lies not with its performance or feature-set, but with its price. £1299 / $1399 body-only is a lot to pay for a compact system camera these days.

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First Looks

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PC Mag Sep 10, 2013

Like the E-M5, the camera is completely sealed to protect it from splashes and dust. Its body is constructed from magnesium and seals and gaskets protect unwanted elements from sneaking into the body. In a first for an interchangeable lens camera, it's rated to work in temperatures as low as 14°F.

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Gizmodo Sep 10, 2013

I just shot with one of the first units in the world at the Oly launch event in New York, and I'm certain that almost no one needs a DSLR anymore.

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PC World Australia Sep 12, 2013

The OM-D E-M1 takes over as the flagship camera for Olympus. It's a Four Thirds-based camera with a stack of features that both pros and enthusiast users should love.

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T3 Sep 10, 2013

The DSLR-style design will appeal to enthusiasts looking for top-notch picture quality rather than those looking for a space-saving compact system camera, while the inclusion of Wi-Fi, and the ability to use two different lens systems are also compelling reasons to shell out your hard-earned cash.

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Camera Labs Sep 11, 2013

The Olympus OMD EM1 is a very welcome high-end addition to the Micro Four Thirds family, and mirrorless cameras in general.

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TechRadar Sep 11, 2013

The Olympus E-M1 is the latest addition to the Olympus compact system camera (CSC) line-up and it's aimed at professional and enthusiast photographers. It doesn't replace the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but sits above it.

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Steve Huff Photo Sep 9, 2013

The OM-D E-M1 is truly a pro-built body with a much nicer feel in my hand over the OM-D E-M5. I had the chance to hold it, shoot with it a little and even shoot one after the event ... but the speed of the camera in regards to AF is now up one more notch.

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9.0
WkNdphotographt WkNdphotographt

Sharing the joys of photography PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG using OMD EM-1 http://robertevangelista.blogspot.com/ FLICKR https://www.flickr.com/photos/robert_evangelista/w... 500px http://500px.com/RobertEvangelista MY REVIEW The best Thing about this camera 0.) Image Quality Super Sharp, Great...

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9.0
rick76 rick76

I could not bear to see this beautiful camera listed without yet a single populist "hoorah," so here goes. While I may not yet have the photo experience/vocabulary to do any justice to this magnificent object from a professional or technical perspective, I do own both it and a Nikon D7100 and...

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