Camera Test: Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus raises the performance stakes for the OM-D

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The OM-D E-M1 marks a high point for the Olympus system.
E-M1 #1

E-M1 #1

Exposure: ISO 5000, f/2.8, 1/50 sec. Lens: 23mm
Even zoomed into 100%, the detail in this image holds up, and that's at ISO 5000 -- The E-M1 goes all the way up to ISO 25,600. Noise is a particularly interesting area in the Micro Four Thirds market, so we're even more interested to see how it does in the lab.
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E-M1 #2

E-M1 #2

Exposure: ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/80 sec. Lens: 35mm.
All thing considered, the OM-D E-M1 handle this nasty mix of light pretty well. Please note, this was shot through both a glass case and plastic wrap, over the cookies.
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E-M1 #3

E-M1 #3

Exposure: ISO 200, f/22, 1/8 sec. Lens: 22mm
Olympus' 5-axis image stabilization in action. Handhold shooting at 1/8 sec is no issue.
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E-M1 #4

E-M1 #4

Exposure: ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/5000 sec. Lens: 30mm
There is some solid detail in these peaches, when zoomed in to 100%. You will notice some slight artifacts, though.
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E-M1 #5

E-M1 #5

Exposure: ISO 25600, f/5.6, 1/100 sec. Lens: 33mm
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 offers a high ISO of 25600. Ordinarily, I wouldn't even consider venturing that high, even on a bigger sensor. This image in particular changed my opinion. Cropped to 800 pixels wide, or even 1000, this photo would be completely acceptable on the Web. Keep clicking through for a few more high ISO, low-light samples.
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E-M1 #6

E-M1 #6

Exposure: ISO 4000, f/5.6, 1/13 sec. Lens: 12mm.
Hello shadow detail.
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E-M1 #7

E-M1 #7

Exposure: ISO 8000, f/2.8, 1/80 sec. Lens: 35mm.
Another example of the Olympus' low-light capabilities.
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E-M1 #8

E-M1 #8

Exposure: ISO 2000, f/4, 1/1600 sec. Exposure compensation of -1.0. Lens: 12mm
The E-M1 did a decent job metering in most scenarios. I shot a fair amount of these images on Aperture Priority mode, using the evaluative metering. This one tricked the camera a bit, hence the Exp. Comp.
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E-M1 #9

E-M1 #9

Exposure: ISO 4000, f/2.8, 1/100 sec. Exposure Compensation of +.3. Lens: 29mm
Thanks to Face Priority, which I didn't even realize was switched on until later, I was able to autofocus past the inside of the window and lock onto Meg's face with no issue.
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E-M1 #10

E-M1 #10

Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/800 sec. Lens: 33mm.
Nice job, evaluative metering.
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E-M1 #11

E-M1 #11

Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec. Lens: 19mm
Lots of detail to be had at ISO 200
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E-M1 #12

E-M1 #12

Exposure: ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec. Lens: 35mm.
Another good example of the metering capabilities of the E-M1.
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