Camera review: Olympus OM-D E-M1

Camera review: Olympus OM-D E-M1

Wireless connectivity

Unlike its predecessors, the E-M1 comes with built-in Wi-Fi. You can use the Olympus Image Share app - available on both Android and iOS - to send your photos from the camera to your smartphone or tablet.

The app's remote function has been improved. You can change the shooting modes, such as Program and Aperture Priority, of the E-M1 remotely. The new Live Bulb shooting mode is especially useful for those who love to shoot fireworks.

Controls and button layout

The number of dials and buttons will delight advanced users. There is a Mode dial, and two Function buttons that are customisable for quick access to your favourite settings.

There are also two control dials - one situated around the shutter release and another on top of the camera. Their positions allow you to quickly adjust settings using your index finger and thumb simultaneously.

Furthermore, it has a rear lever which can switch the functions of these two control dials. For example, one setting can be for aperture and shutter while the other setting can be for exposure compensation and ISO.

Feel and build

Similar to the E-5 and OM-D E-M5, the E-M1 is built to withstand dust and water splashes with its special weather-resistant sealing.

Made of a durable magnesium alloy, this camera feels sturdy and solid. The large rubberised grip makes it easy for you to hold it.

In addition, its in-body five axis stabilisation helps to reduce camera shake regardless of the lens you are using.

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