Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review: Introduction and High ISO Shooting

For those of you in Malaysia, you can PRE-ORDER the new amazing Olympus OM-D E-M1 from our Olympus' Online Store here (click)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Touch and Try Session, Kuala Lumpur (21 and 22 September 2013)
 If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, you have a chance to touch and try the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a coming event on 21st and 22nd September!! First come first serve basis, so hurry up and register. I will be there, and hope to see some of you beautiful people there!
More information on Micro Four Thirds system here: http://www.olympusimage.com.my/products/dslr/em1/


Important Notes:
1) I am an employee of Olympus Malaysia. I am reviewing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 from a photography enthusaist’s point of view. I was given the liberty to perform the gear review as usual. 
2) This is a user experience based review.
3) All images were shot in RAW and converted directly to JPEG Large Fine via Olympus Viewer 3 (provided by Olympus Malaysia).
4) General camera settings, Noise Filter = OFF, Contrast/Saturation/sharpness = 0, White Balance = Auto (with an option maintain warm color = OFF), Gradation = Normal
5) No post-processing applied to the images. All images were as good as straight out of camera, with minimal cropping for better presentation.

I believe the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the camera that many have been anticipating for a long time. This is a professional level camera model, sitting at the flagship position on Olympus system’s hierarchy, making the best of both Olympus micro Four Thirds as well as the DSLR Four Thirds system lenses. Basically, Olympus took in all their existing strengths and combined them all together in their latest Olympus E-M1. Since I am now working within Olympus Malaysia, I have the privilege to be amongst the first to hold and try the E-M1, and the next thing I did was bringing the camera out and gave it a thorough workout. 






E-M1: The Best of Both Worlds

I have been a long time, loyal supporter of the original Olympus Four Thirds DSLR system, and notably Olympus has produced some of the world’s finest lenses in their Zuiko Digital line. I have used my all time favourite ZD 50mm F2 macro, alongside ZD 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 and ZD 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 for both paid assignment jobs as well as casual personal shoots. In fact, Olympus is highly regarded for their high performance zoom lenses, and they have quite a list of professional grade, fully weather sealed lenses to offer from the Four Thirds DSLR Zuiko line, particularly ZD 14-54mm F2.8-3.5, ZD 12-60mm F2.8-4.0, ZD 14-35mm F2 and ZD 35-100mm F2. Those who have used these wonderful lenses before would understand and acknowledge that Olympus knows how to make great performing zoom lenses. 

However, the Four Thirds system users have always felt neglected when Olympus decided to go full force on their micro Four Thirds system, developing more cameras and lenses for the PEN, OM-D and M.Zuiko lenses. In all fairness Olympus still managed to pull out some neat accomplishments, especially with their OM-D E-M5, with image quality surpassing its peers (APS-C sensor DSLR), having the world’s fastest Autofocus, the revolutionary 5-Axis Image Stabilization and the amazing fact that the camera was made of magnesium alloy body and was fully weather sealed. The micro Four Thirds system has matured and come a long way. 

The truth is, the micro Four Thirds system, as great as the OM-D E-M5 could be, it was still not perfect. The key weaknesses are:
1) Non-availability of high quality bright zoom lenses (both standard wide zoom and tele-photo)
2) Focusing speed not optimized in use with Zuiko Four Thirds lenses 
3) Continuous AutoFocus Tracking capability falls below expectations
4) Expectations of better image quality as better and newer cameras are released from competitors. 

Therefore, Olympus’ answer to the above issues comes in the form of OM-D E-M1. E-M1 is a bridge between the DSLR Four Thirds system and the micro Four Thirds system. It is a professional model camera, succeeding the DSLR E-5, and is a much improved version of the OM-D E-M5. The E-M1 is now fully optimized for both the micro Four Thirds lenses (M.Zuiko) as well as DSLR Four Thirds lenses (Zuiko Digital). This was made possible by adding in on-chip Phase Detection AF system built onto the image sensor itself. Having Phase Detection AF not only allows the optimized usage with older Zuiko Digital lenses when it comes to fast Autofocusing, but it also aids greatly in continuous autofocus with tracking capability of the camera, addressing to one of the most commonly pointed out issues of the micro Four Thirds system. More importantly, a completely new 16MP image sensor was developed, with promised better image quality in comparison to the previous E-M5 and even matching up or surpassing the current offerings of APS-C sensor sized DSLRs. Everything that was on E-M5, has been reworked and enhanced a few steps further, and we shall explore the items in my multiple parts review. 

You may find the full specification on Olympus’ official website here (click). I shall highlight some of the specifications which I think are important as follows:

1) NEW 16MP LIVE MOS SENSOR
This new 16MP image sensor has no Anti-Aliasing filter, promising even greater level of fine details captured, though the pixel count stays the same as the E-M5 and E-P5. The new image sensor also has improved noise control which we will explore further specifically in this blog entry.

2) DUAL FAST AF
E-M1 now employs both contrast detect AF that originally provided E-M5 with world’s fastest AF when used together with M.Zuiko micro Four Thirds lenses, as well as new on-chip Phase Detect AF built on the image sensor for use with Four Thirds DSLR lenses. The Phase-Detect AF will also greatly improve the Continuous AF with tracking.

3) TRUEPIC 7 Image Processing Engine with FINE DETAIL PROCESSING 2
The new image processing engine is updated with optimization for different lens profile to correct distortion, chromatic aberration, compensation for diffraction softness and Moire correction. Every lens (Olympus lenses only) mounted on E-M1 will be automatically optimized with the Fine Detail Processing 2.

3) Built in super large Electronic Viewfinder (similar specifications with VF-4) with Adaptive Brightness Technology, new Color Creator (which I shall explore in my later blog review entries).

4) IMPROVED 5-AXIS IMAGE STABILIZATION
Believe me when I say the 5-Axis IS gets better and better, with enhanced algorithm to provide better efficiency for shooting at extreme slow shutter speed than what the E-M5 can do.

5) FULL WEATHER SEALING
Dust-proof, splash-proof, and now, the E-M1 is the world's first Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera that is FREEZE-PROOF  down to -10 degrees Celcius.

6) 2x2 dial control, and built in Wi-Fi features (fully integrated with smart devices for iOS and Android platforms)

The Survey Poll on Facebook Page: Results


A few days ago I posted a poll on my Facebook Page to have a quick survey on which review items to be prioritized for my coming camera review. 120 people responded (as of 9 September 2013) and this provided me with useful information, thus based on the results of the survey I shall arrange my blog review parts according to the popularity voted. The highest percentage goes to comparison with E-M5, which was unexpected and to be entirely honest I did not consider doing any comparisons at all initially. Since this is quite high in demand, I will be doing side by side comparisons between the E-M1 and E-M5, but in a later part for obvious reasons. I want to explore capabilities and features specific to E-M1 first, since this is the E-M1 review after all, and following that, would be a full comparison with E-M5.

My blog review layout shall be as follows:
Part 1: Introduction and High ISO Shooting
Part 2: Image Sharpness, Continuous AF capability and Handling
Part 3: Compatibility with Four Thirds Zuiko Digital DSLR lenses
Part 4: Comparison with E-M5, Fine Detail Processing 2 and Wi-Fi functions
Part 5: M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens review and Conclusions

Please note that this is only an initial plan and may be changed if necessary.


HIGH ISO SHOOTING

I am fairly sure that one of the main things everyone had in their mind is how much better can the micro Four Thirds sized image sensor in E-M1 be than the previous E-M5, knowing that it was the best in class, and surpassing even most APS-C sized DSLR sensors. One of the main parameters used to gauge the performance or ranking of a camera is the high ISO shooting (though I may not necessarily agree with this, but this is a generally accepted opinion). E-M5 was a game-changer, drastically closing in the gap between mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system and conventional DSLR system. To be worthy of a top of the line flagship model, E-M1 is equipped with an all new image sensor, and surely we all have high expectations from this new image sensor in a professional grade camera.

To test the high ISO performance of the E-M1, I have brought the camera to Aquaria KLCC, the location with one of the worst ever lighting condition I can think of for torturing the camera’s low light shooting capability. The only time I did so for a camera review was my very first review for an Olympus gear, the Olympus DSLR E-5. It has been 3 years since then, and it is the right time to revisit the Aquaria and push the E-M1 to the limits. The challenges posed while shooting inside Aquaria KLCC not only include very, very dim available light, but also dealing with poor light quality (horrible blue color cast). Flash was not permitted to protect the animals and sea creatures. On top of that, the creatures do not stay still, they constantly move at quite a fast pace, consequently necessitate the need to bump up the ISO sensitivity a few notches higher to have sufficient shutter speed to freeze motion. I dare say that photography conditions rarely get worse than what was encountered here.

Lets get right to the point: how did the camera performed?

Important note: please do not use the following images to review the image sharpness. I was shooting through glass with scratches and patches of wet spots (water condensation, they keep it humid for the creatures to survive). The following images are only valid to strictly demonstrate high ISO shooting. Also note that noise filter was OFF. Full size unedited images (straight convert from RAW in Olympus Viewer) are available for download at the end of this blog entry.

ISO 16,000
M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens, ISO 16,000, 1/160sec, F1.8 

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ISO 8,000 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens at 40mm, ISO 8,000, 1/50sec, F/4

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ISO 6,400 
M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens, ISO 6,400, 1/200sec, F/4

ISO 1,600 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm Pro at 35mm, ISO 1,600, 1/60sec, F5


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I think most people would think I am crazy to start my review photographs with extreme high ISO images. Kicking off with an ISO 16,000 image of an adorable otter may be on the extreme side of things but it is very evident even from this single image to display a huge step upward in terms of high ISO performance on the E-M1. I dare say that the ISO6,400 image of the iguana was completely usable with details still intact. The bar of usable high ISO has been raised, by how much, is not for me to conclude in this entry. I shall do a full side by side comparison with E-M5 in my later blog review entries. From rough observation, E-M1 has confidently more than one stop EV improvement over E-M5. 

I think the crucial difference observed thus far was the level of details being retained, even at very high ISO. Even at ISO 16,000, somehow the chroma noise (color noise) was suppressed and only luminance noise was visible. The luminance noise was not destructive, it added structure as well as maintaining very useful details. At ISO 8,000, the 100% crop of the frog's eye still showed impressive sharpness. These high ISO settings posed great challenge even with highly respected APS-C sized DSLRs.

Things get even more interesting as I ventured into the ocean tunnel, when all the sea creatures were constantly in motion. Again, do take note that the glass was very thick, not fully transparent and worse, full of scratches. It was rather difficult to get completely sharp images, unless I was on the other side of the glass, swimming side by side with the sharks. Ok maybe that was not such a bright idea, but we would have to make do with what we can. Therefore please understand and forgive the slightly fuzzy images, and as I have mentioned before, strictly use these image samples on this blog emtry to review high ISO performance only. 

One interesting thing to note, though the glass was in badly scratched condtition, the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 focused amazingly well. There was very rare case of hunting, but the lens, in combination with the E-M1 always successfully locked in focus, extremely quickly. In such terribly dim condition (just check the EXIF data!) the lens still managed to perform so well, even without the AF assist light. 

ISO 6,400
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro at 12mm, ISO 6,400, 1/80sec, F2.8

ISO 5,000 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 pro at 12mm, ISO 5,000, 1/80sec, F2.8

ISO 5,000 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro at 12mm, ISO 5,000, 1/80sec, F2.8

ISO 4,000 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro at 12mm, ISO 4,000, 1/80sec, F2.8

ISO 5,000 
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro at 32mm, ISO 5,000, 1/80sec, F2.8


Besides Aquaria KLCC, I have also brought the E-M1, with the amazing Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens for some night landscape shooting around Kuala Lumpur area. It was actually raining that evening, and still drizzling with varying intensity, but that was not a problem because both the E-M1 and 7-14mm lens were fully weather sealed. I mounted the camera on the tripod so I can shoot a same scene, but with varying ISO from 200, all the way up to 25,600. To compensate for the varying ISO, shutter speed was adjusted accordingly. The built in Image Stabilization was turned off, and I used 2 seconds self timer to mitigate any unintended shake after pressing the shutter button. 

The first scene was shot right in front of the KLCC Twin towers. The lens was pointing upward, and we had light rain, hence you might find a few water spots in the images. I had to constantly wipe the front lens element. Bear in mind that all the following images are also available for download in full size, unedited JPEG format, at the end of my blog entry. 

HIGH ISO COMPARISON TEST 1



ISO 200
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 200, 0.67sec, F8

ISO 800 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 800, 1/5sec, F8

ISO 1,600 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 1600, 1/10sec, F8

ISO 3,200 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 3,200, 1/20sec, F8

ISO 6,400 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 6,400, 1/40sec, F8

ISO 12,800 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 12,800, 1/60sec, F8

ISO 25,600 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 25,600, 1/125sec, F8

AMAZING 5-Axis Image Stabilization

During the product briefing with Olympus Malaysia staff I was told that the 5-Axis Image Stabilization has been improved further. My spontaneous reaction was, come on, what else do you expect us to do with the Image Stabilization? In my OM-D E-M5 review previously I have stated that I can shoot confidently with shutter speed as slow as 1/2 second hand-held, and I believe that is already more than sufficient for most shooting needs. In case where we need to shoot slower than half a second shutter speed or for long exposure shooting, logically we would use a tripod. The existing 5 Axis Image Stabilization was already effective and sufficiently capable for handheld shooting. 

I was going to be proven so WRONG, and honestly, I was still quite shocked at this discovery. 

After the ISO comparison shoot in front of KLCC Twin Towers, I decided to shoot hand-held and see how far I can push the slow shutter shooting with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization. 

Since we can confidently shoot at 1/2 second with the E-M5, I started by shooting with 1 second shutter speed on the E-M1. The first image reviewed was SHARP. I thought, well, maybe it was luck that I managed to hold my hands steady for that 1 second shot. So I tried again. And again. And again. To my horror (at that moment, this was the word that popped out in my mind) ALL of my shots came out SHARP! That 5-Axis Image Stabilization did something and whatever it did I was getting sharp images, shot after shot. 


HANDHELD AT 1.6 SECONDS Shutter Speed
ZD 7-14mm at 7mm, ISO200, 1.6sec, F9


It is one thing to have steady hands and pushing slow shutter speed shooting, sometimes we get one or two sharp shots out of a series of trials. And even the successful images may not be 100% blur free, there would still be traces of blur/shake. The 5 Axis Image Stabilization in the E-M1 gave me 100% hit rate when shooting at 1 second hand-held, and that was something I never saw coming, or thought possible. 

How about 2 seconds?

When I reviewed the 2 seconds shutter speed image, I wished there was someone around to record the expression on my face because I really do not know how to explain what I felt to you guys. Seriously, 2 seconds shutter speed image, sharp, shot after shot. It is very hard to believe, and I agree it is quite impossible to do hand-held shooting at 2 seconds, especially me because I do not exactly have steady hands. Furthermore I was shooting while standing straight, with nothing to lean on or brace myself against. The M.Zuiko 7-14mm F4 lens was not exactly small, and it was very heavy on it's own. I do not quite know the logic behind how the 5-Axis Image Stabilization works, but it just did, and I have evidence to show you. 

I have compiled 11 full resolution photographs to show you that I have taken multiple trials of 1 sec and 2 sec shutter speeds in the download section at the end of this blog, and they were all sharp. Of course at 2 seconds you can see small traces of blur, but I am sure you will find the images still very usable. 

Do not take my word for it, as usual I always suggest that you find an E-M1 and test out the 5 Axis IS and see how effective it is in steadying your shots. As I said I do not have the steadiest hands around, and in the hands of those who spent time in challenging hand-held shooting, I am sure they can do better than me. 

Now that I was left speechless with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization trials, I went on doing another high ISO comparison scene, with similar setup as before, at KLCC Park. 

HIGH ISO COMPARISON TEST 2

ISO 200 
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 200, 13sec, F9

ISO 800 
Zuiko Digital  7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 800, 3.2sec, F9

ISO 1,600 
Zuiko Digital  7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 1,600, 1.3sec, F9

ISO 3,200 
Zuiko Digital  7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 3,200, 0.6sec, F9

ISO 6,400 
Zuiko Digital  7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 6,400, 1/3sec, F9

ISO 12,800 
Zuiko Digital  7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 12,800, 1/6sec, F9

I could not finish the test of ISO 25,600 because after the ISO 12,800 shot it started to rain very heavily, and I was already drenched from the earlier drizzling. And I did not intend to catch a bug just before publishing my review!

Again the chroma noise was very well controlled yet at the same time useful amount of detail was able to be maintained all the way to ISO 6,400. In fact the ISO 12,800 image is quite usable with some application of noise reduction and a little sharpening. 

When it comes to high ISO shooting and tolerance to noise, it differs from one to another. What may appear to be acceptable level of noise to me may not be the same case for you. However it is also a stretch too far to expect any image sensor to deliver images completely free of digital noise. In fact even full frame DSLR image sensor would exhibit visible noise shooting from ISO 3,200 and beyond. Of course it all comes down to how well the camera's built in noise reduction software in handling the high ISO noise. In this blog entry I have taken all shots with the Noise Filter set of OFF. The files would surely look cleaner with a little bit of noise reduction applied. 

ZD 7-14mm F4 lens at 7mm, ISO 200, 20sec, F7.1

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ZD 7-14mm F4 at 7mm, ISO 200, 8sec, F9


I understand that some of you may not trust the images being displayed here, since they have been reduced in resolution, and obviously compressed to a certain degree. It is difficult to judge the image quality with so much size reduction, hence as usual, for your pixel-peeping pleasures, I have compiled selected images in full resolution (unedited, unprocessed, and converted directly from RAW to JPEG Large Fine via Olympus Viewer 3) for your download as follows:

E-M1 FULL RESOLUTION SAMPLE IMAGES HERE

DOWNLOAD 1

DOWNLOAD 2

I was very pleased to find that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 did not disappoint when it comes to high ISO shooting, and as a bonus, the newly improved 5 Axis Image Stabilization allowed me to slow down my shutter speed to 2 seconds and still be able to shoot confidently. The high ISO images were richly detailed and noise level was very well controlled. I shall do side by side high ISO shooting comparison with E-M5 vs E-M1 in my later parts of blog reviews. 

Coming up next, PART 2: Image Sharpness, Continuous AF with tracking capability and Handling.

Just a little teaser. We already know that Olympus cameras with combination with amazingly sharp lenses such as M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro can produce images that are full of fine details. Now Olympus has decided to remove the Anti-Aliasing filter from their image sensor, surely an important move to improve the level of details captured! Added the new Truepic 7 Image Processing engine, with improved "Fine Detail Processing 2", how much better can the E-M1 output get?

Theory may usually differ from practical real life application. So I shall leave you with a 100% crop image from my coming Part 2 review. 



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135 comments:

  1. Hi Robin,

    Have been avoiding the internet while on holiday, but I see you have lots going on! Congrats on the new job, definitely a good move....now I'm off to read this review.
    Cheers, Tom in Qatar

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    1. hey Tom!!
      When is your next stop in KL? We must catch up!

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    2. Hopefully be there in December Robin. Went to NZ via Singapore this trip, just had a 2 day side jaunt to Muar. Will you be around pre-Christmas?

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    3. I will be in Kuching for Christmas. Hope its one week before Christmas you are here!

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    4. Yep, should be there from about the 18th. Might have a project for us!

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  2. Ohh boy! I am really glad I read the tea-leaves well, and held off on upgrading my E-PL1 until PDAF was properly engineered back into the "OBS". Looking forward to the next part of your review Robin, fingers crossed that the PDAF implementation brings it into the DSLR realm....I'm ready to capture my kids in their sports!

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    1. I am still doing my testing, and shooting. Will be blogging as soon as I can! You were right to wait, indeed from my initial tests the PDAF shows great improvement in speed!

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  3. Well done Robin, first of all, congrats on the new job at Olympus :)
    This is a great true to life review as usual, and considered me US$1399 poorer now LoL.

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    1. Thanks Edwin! Stay tuned for more reviews, and I assure you I will do my best! Cheers!

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  4. OMG Robin the high ISO performance is beyond what I thought possible for m4/3. Some truly great shots.

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    1. Thanks Wataru!!! At first I went OMG also! Please go and download the full resolution files and see for yourself!

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  5. great intro and iso tests robin. a truly remarkable achievement for m43. now, time to save and cure some "GAS". :)

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    1. Thanks Ian! Stay tuned for coming parts of the review! There is still miles to go!

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  6. Are you going to replace your E-5 now with the E-M1? Good job with this part of the review Robin!

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  7. Fantastic, Robin. Thanks you sooo much!!! Great job.

    Now, have you been employed by Olympus recently? (as mentioned in the "Important Points" at the beginning of this review)

    Dante.

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    1. Thanks Dan.

      Yes I am employed by Olympus Malaysia. Do read up one previous two blog entries.

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    2. yep...that comes to my eyes also as didnt noticed it in the earlier reviews.

      Anyway ...good Job Robin & fair from you that you mentioned you are Oly employee now!
      (Oly made nice products )

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    3. Thanks Tomas! Staying honest and transparent are important!

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  8. Hi Robin,
    Nice Review as always, the news image sensor seems really outstanding by Micro 4/3 standards. Image stabilization is jaw dropping, I was already really impressed by the E-M5 5 axis but your handheld shoot at 1.6 seconds killed me. Can't wait for the rest of the review. If you have the opportunity to shoot with the Zuiko M. 75mm f1.8 I in some of your upcoming shutter therapy I would love to see this "deadly" combo in action.
    And once more, congrat for your job at Olympus.

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    1. Thanks Son Nguyen for the kind words! I shall take the testing of 75mm f1.8 into consideration! Will do so in later entries. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    2. Just another thing that puzzled me, judging by your shots.
      The IS5 version on the E-M1 seems not to be playing in the same league as its predecessor on the E-M5 or EP5. Even with a tripod I would have difficulty to get something as sharp with my "old" E-M5. Can you confirm the great improvement of the IS5 ? It seems more like a 2.0 version than a 1.1 version of the IS5.
      Son

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    3. Are you referring to the 5-Axis IS? Yes, it has been greatly improved!

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  9. Your last picture is such a tease! I so can't wait to read your next review!

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  10. I'm gonna get someone to read this !!! hehehehe !!

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  11. Wow ... superb and really looking forward for the next chapter ... keep up the good work Robin. By the way, the second last picture shock me ... for 8 sec the cars on the left lane is totally not moving! the car owner park their car there or because of the traffic jam... OMD is my target ^_^

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. The car was parked there, it was at Kampung Baru.

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  12. hopefully there will be an e-7 in the future..

    no.. i dont mean a 4/3 mount e-7, i mean a m4/3 camera that looks like a mini e-5 with 2nd gen OSPDAF to continue the e-x legacy

    so perhaps olympus should have 3 line of m4/3 camera

    ep-x - small retro rangefinder bodystle
    em-x - small retro dslr bodystyle
    e-x - "pro" not so small modern dslr bodystyle

    just my thoughts..

    hamdi mansor

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    1. At this moment having smaller and more portable system is the key for micro 4/3 system, to realize its full potential. Of course in the future, things may change.

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  13. Hi Robin,
    OMD-EM1 is very tempting in it's build, it's sexyness and it's first impression.

    Can't wait to hold it! Can't wait to walk the street, trek the jungle and a lighter buddy during the event. My buddy Nikon D7000 has a new competitor for my attention. Time will tell when it will come home with me.

    Your first impression on OMD-EM1 is awesome and I am looking forward to next entry.
    Have a geat day, Robin.
    John Ragai

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, John! It is one sexy camera indeed.

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  14. Awesome early review as usual Robin. You make me start thinking of ways to get this beast...

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  15. Wow, this is incredible I love these pictures, great result great colors and great resolution. I think this is perfect camera for you if you are nature lover.
    Outsourcing Company Malaysia

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  16. hi Robin..nice pictures ...interesting review, waiting for part 2

    ...so do you say IBIS in EM1 is far better than in EP5 ? ...or such 2seconds shots could be made with EP5 too ?

    or possibly grips gives more steady hand ?

    btw...7-14 F/4 is Panasonic ...Oly have only m43 9-18 F/4-5.6

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    1. Tomas,
      The 7-14mm lens is an older Olympus Zuiko lens, which was built for 4/3 DSLR. It is an Olympus Super High Grade lens.
      The E-P5 has exactly the same 5 Axis IS with E-M5. However, the new E-M1's 5 Axis IS is MUCH better than the previous two cameras.
      Hope that solves some confusion.

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    2. Hi Robin...ok many thanks for explanation now its clear to me

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  17. Superb work Robin. A pleasure to read and view. It looks to me Oly has another winner on its hands. The tack sharp 1.6 second hand-held exposure is absolutely breathtaking. What a spectacular stabilization system! I am also very curious about your experiences with the new viewfinder. Won't be surprised if it is at least equal or better to the VF-4.

    The high-iso capability is another stunner. Although I wouldn't use it (at very high ISO's, that is) the results up to 3200 (and even 6400) are just amazing. The color rendition is also lovely. I did notice some susceptibility to flare on specular highlights in that new lens, but nothing too dramatic for such a fast lens.

    All in all, I can't wait to read more about it all. It seems that this is the ultimate in m4/3. Would be GREAT camera for you, since you can use your "old" 4/3 lenses confidently as well. One heck of a camera!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Andre!
      The EVF is definitely improved from VF-4, it has better adaptive brightness display technology thingy that makes viewing a lot more comfortable and natural.

      The flare was surely rampant on ultra wide angle lenses such as the 7-14mm F 4 Zuiko Digital.

      I surely want one for myself!

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  18. Hi Robin,

    Just wish to confirm with you that the PRO series lens, does it come with Lens Hood?

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    1. Hello PLasmax,
      Yes, the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens comes with a flower/petal shaped hood and a carrying pouch in the original box package.

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  19. Oh man, those high-ISO shots are incredible.

    The image stabilisation is also extremely impressive.

    I gotta get me one of these ... Unfortunately, the camera won't be available in time for my Africa trip next month.

    I've just linked to this on dpreview, Robin, so hopefully that will help your blog get the traffic it deserves.

    I bet you must spend all your evenings now giggling about your new job.

    Hopefully I'll see you in a couple of weeks, Robin, at the touch-and-play event.

    Good cheer,
    Scott

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    1. Hey Scott!
      Glad to know that you are coming all the way to our Touch and Try event! Really looking forward to seeing you again.

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    2. And thanks for linking me up on DPReview forums! Much appreciated.

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  20. Just one question, Robin, about the new engine and the way it corrects aberrations such as CA, do you know if it also corrects RAW files, or do the corrections only occur for jpegs?

    S.

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    1. Hey Scott,
      The correction is only applied to JPEG as far as I understand. So far I am using the Olympus Viewer 3 software, and by using that you can also have all the corrections and compensations from the Fine Detail Processing 2.

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  21. It would be great to know how the 4/3 lenses do really behave in AF and especially in C-AF compared to Olympus E-5. Having seen your works and experience with Olympus E-5 I'd really love to see a comparision between the two cameras. Dpreview AF first impression is "quite bad". In short terms it quite marks the EM-1 as a downgrade for 4/3 lenses users compared to E-5.

    That would mean I wont have an upgrade over my E-5 since im shooting mostly wildlife as portraited here: www.filippopellegrini.com

    cheers, best regards

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    1. The continuous autofocus with tracking on EM1 with use of mzuiko lenses is better than E5 with 4/3 lenses. I shall cover this in my coming review parts. Trust me the continuous focusing on EM1 has improved a lot!

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    2. Yes many of us are having discussions on the best camera settings to get the best results form the C-AF "tracking" setting. It tends to wander off the subject quit a bit.
      Some suggest shooting in single point AF and vivid with sequential burst shooting on low and others say on high.
      Your recommendations would be most appreciated. There is no information in the detailed user guide to support this feature other than where to find it in the menu settings.
      Thank you!

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  22. Yeah no doubt the m4/3 lenses work great (they already do on the EM5 apart ofc CAF). I just worry my 4/3 Zuiko 300 f2.8. Lens design is "old" but imho its still too damn good. I only fear CAF with EM1 would be more troubling than on my trusted E5. Will you have a chance to try the new camera with those old SHG telephoto lenses?

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    1. The CAF with EM1 is actually very, very impressive which I shall cover in the next blog entry. Trust me it is very accurate and reliable. It is better than the E5. I shall see if I can test the 300mm f2.8

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    2. Thanks and grats for your blog was and is a pleasure to read.

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    3. No worries, stay tuned for the coming updates!!

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    4. You can add my name to that 300/2.8 wish-list. I drool over that lens every day on Ebay, but so far the AF performance with EM-5 has held me back from buying it. That, and the price, of course. :)

      You seem to do a great job at Olympus!

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    5. Hey rasmus,
      Noted! I will see what I can do. No promises, but if I can I will do some tests with the 300mm F2.8

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  23. Aiyoh. Sakit! Oi! But seriously. Heart cannot sit still but brain says no money for a long time...

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    1. Ananda it is really impressive, buy buy buy

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  24. Hi Robin, The high ISO is really impressive and the last photo is definitely making me wanna see more of it from you. great review.
    I know that Olympus hired but I quite curious is what happen to your old job?As an engineer to be,pretty curious on your decision :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! Nothing happened to my engineering job but I just thought I wanted to do something that matters and can make a difference with a global audience.

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    2. Thanks for the kind words! Nothing happened to my engineering job but I just thought I wanted to do something that matters and can make a difference with a global audience.

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    3. sry for being slow but u r doing two job?haha..that sound nice but damm freaking tiring...but i believe photography definitely make you happy, doing what you like is like not working.great day ahead robin

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    4. No no I meant I quit the engineering job because I wanted to make a difference in My life. I'm not working in engineering anymore.

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    5. okok,alright,I believe u would be happy with your decision, Good luck

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  25. Great review, thanks a lot!

    I have a question: does the em-1 the same banding problem like the em-5 when used with panasonic 20mm f1.7 at high iso?

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    1. Thanks messyboy. I did not have a 20mm f1.7 Panasonic with me but if I can get my hands on one I shall check it out.

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  26. Hello Robin,

    Your shots are really good. I think this camera is proving to be really good. One thing I am not surprised about is the IS with the 7-14. Since its so wide, I think its easier to stabilize the image. What would be really telling on the IS, would be to use a 70-300mm lens. The Olympus four thirds 70-300mm at f8 is really sharp. Test it at long telephoto to see how it stabilising the image would be a real test!

    Congratulations on the Olympus job. I hope you can really strengthen the brand. Olympus cameras seem to fit a specific type of camera buyer, one in which you and I are. I hope you can see that and use it to push the ad direction in that way. Many users created their own Olympus fourthirds ads and posted in dpreview years ago. As the olympus ads were plainly just bad, and didn't hit the real selling points of the camera system. Also with Olympus looking to hit new markets, people of other minds, hopefully you can still keep the diverse ads and market of the loyal users.
    All the best.
    David Bateman

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    1. hello David,
      Thanks for the kind words on my photos.
      Indeed shooting with wider angle is easier, but the truth is I never managed to pull off anything more than 0.5 sec shutter speed in any other cameras, and even if I did, it was purely luck. Shooting 2 seconds hand-held, was something new, and I do not have steady hands.

      I sure hope I can contribute to the growth of Olympus community!

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  27. Overall though, looks beautiful awesome. Food for thought before I give to a D600 or D800, for sure…

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    1. Glad to hear that it is in consideration!

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  28. Hi Robin,


    Glad to read the test, looking forward to more test with zd 14-54mk2 or the zd 50-200 MK I for more moving object with this em-1

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    1. Will do so if i can. Thanks for the suggestions

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  29. Hi Robin,

    Enjoyed your review very much and congrats on your new job. Do you know if my older 4/3s lenses: macro 50mm/f2 (not ZD) and 14-54mm (not ZD) will AF as well? I have been a Olympus user for many years starting with the om-2, om-4, e-1 and now the om-d (which I enjoy). With my om-d I can only use manual focus with the lenses mentioned. If I knew my older 4/3s lenses (not ZD) would AF, might be interested in the em-1. Thank you in advance for your response.

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    1. The older 4/3 lenses are labeled as Zuiko Digital (ZD) lenses. The micro 4/3 lenses are labelled as M.Zuiko Digital lenses. The ZD were referring to the lenses such as 50mm F2 macro and 14-54mm F2.8-3.5 lenses. And yes, the AF works perfectly fine, accurate and fast on the E-M1. I will cover this more extensively in part 3 of my review. I am still testing and compiling content.

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    2. Thanks Robin for your reply and I look forward to parts 2 and 3 of your review--great job on part 1! My 4/3s lenses are labeled "ED". I actually thought the "ED" series preceded the "SD" designation and lacked some feature of the "SD" series.

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    3. The ED stands for a glass element of the optics, with "Extra-low Dispersion", mainly to correct chromatic aberration. hope that clears things up.

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  30. Great review, Robin I am looking forward to the remaining ones.

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  31. Hey Robin,
    This is superbly tempting indeed... But ofcourse repelling with the steep price :P
    But that aside, how's the real build quality of EM-1 compared to EM-5, especially with regards to the most common hardware issues reported for EM-5, like the "main-dial coming off", the "Eye-piece rubber falling off", the "crack developing at the bottom of the LCD", the "rubber grip of the HLD-6 ripping off", etc.?
    Has Olympus answered any of those annoyances of the regular OM-D users? If not, it'd be another big put-off considering that high costs!

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    1. It is difficult to answer these questions at this point of time, because the camera condition is mint, and has not undergone much torture or abuse over time. The problems with buttons/dials dislocating and rubber come-offs only happen with wear and tear.
      Since the E-M1 is labelled as professional model (E-M5 was not), I would expect the durability to be much better. Of course, only time will tell!

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  32. Thank you so much, Robin, for all your hard work preparing this review and sample images. I'd really love to hear your comments about the in-camera handling of moire. Having used cameras without AA filters, I have encountered serious moire issues, particularly with patterned fabrics. I am longing to know how the E-M1 copes with this. (Thanks in advance!)

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    1. Norma, the fine detail capture, without AA filter will be explored in the next entry. Stay tuned!

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  33. Timely review, looking forward to Part 2...

    Robin, I heard that 4/3 system is not dead yet, and there would be a released of a new body (E-7) probably before end of the year.

    While the EM-1 is the pro version for the OMD M4/3 series, works to continue the 4/3 line of camera is still in the works.

    Would you deny this?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hello Peter,
      There is still a lot I do not know about the planning and strategy of Olympus Imaging, but to be entirely honest I have not heard of any E-7 coming. If there was such a camera in the making, it has escaped me completely.

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    3. Thanks! Please keep us updated if there's an E-7. I see the only way Olympus would release a E-7 (4/3) camera is within these few months after the release of the OMD EM-1 by increasing the Megapixel to 20 megapixel or more. Only in that way, people would be interested to invest in a new 4/3 camera. Otherwise, what is a point to get something so similar to the OMD EM-1? (Notice the EM-1 Megapixel remains the same as EM-5, no increase) Strategically speaking this is the only way Olympus can move forward with the 4/3 line, otherwise R.I.P 4/3 cameras. BTW, what are your advise for people who have already invested in a E-5 and also have an OMD EM-5? What should they do with their E-5? What are you going to do with your E-5?

      My thoughts on the OMD EM-1:

      The OMD EM-1 is an almost perfect street photography camera coupled with the new 12-40 F2.8 Pro Lens.
      Two & half areas I can immediately identify as weakness though: 1. Battery (not durable enough for a pro-body) 2. EVF (Yes VF-4 is a great improvement over what was in the EM-5, but may still not be = to OVF; speed is of the essence in street photography) 2.5. Flash: Perhaps it would be nice to have a build in flesh.

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    4. I do not have any updates or news at the moment, but if I have I will surely share.
      I would strongly recommend the E-M1 for current E-5 users, it is not fully compatible with zuiko digital lenses, and it has improved image quality and packed in a whole lot more features.

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  34. I hope this sensor and 5-Axis technology moves into the E-P6 when it comes time for a refresh!!

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  35. Hi Robin
    Thanks for sharing your review on this new Olie, and congratulations on your job with Olympus. Man, you will be the ambassador for this innovation company. Loves your impressive works and photo skill! Going to read more of your reviews now...
    Keng Cheah

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    1. Thanks Keng Cheah! I am not exactly an ambassador, I am just an ordinary employee for Olympus Malaysia.

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  37. Great work Robin, the new IS looks like a winner - amazing results! I guess the next step would be to try some star trail photography ;).

    The image before the last - is it taken from the tall residential building in Kampung Baru?

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    1. Thanks patrick!
      Yes it was one of the buildings in Kampung Baru! Lets go there when you come to KL soon.

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  38. Great work Robin, the new IS looks like a winner - amazing results! I guess the next step would be to try some star trail photography ;).

    The image before the last - is it taken from the tall residential building in Kampung Baru?

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  39. Thanks for the useful information. Two inputs: 1. I wish Olympus (and you ;) )would stop using the phrase "world's fastest autofocus system" when describing Olympus cameras - it is not, never was and probably never will be the world's fastest AF system. A more accurate statement would be "world's fastest contrast detect autofocus system". Continuing to propagate this false claim simply reduces Olympus's credibility among people in the industry and those that test these things for a living and basically lies to the consumer. 2. It is awesome that the improved 5 axis stabilization system is so incredibly effective but statements like " I can shoot confidently with shutter speed as slow as 1/2 second hand-held" is a meaningless statement outside of the context of what focal length was used. You may be able to hand hold the 7-14mm lens at 1/2 second and get acceptable results, try that with a telephoto lens...

    That said, I am impressed with the quality of images you were able to obtain under the shooting circumstances that you took them in. It says a lot about you as a photographer and the camera. Noise performance is better than i would have expected.

    P.S. You aren't going to catch a bug from getting rained on ;)

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    1. Thanks E.J Peiker for the honest feedback.

      The claim of world's fastest AF was actually valid. You may do your own comparison with whatever cameras out there. You might not believe it until you have verified it yourself.
      When I mentioned i can shoot confidently at 1 to 2 seconds shutter speed, I was being transparent when I stated what lens and at what focal length was being used to capture those shots. Yes, it is easier to steady the hands at wider angle, I am sure even you would know how difficult it is to achieve 1-2 seconds shutter speed without blurring.

      Thanks for the kind words. I acknowledge I would exaggerate a little (or a lot, sometimes) but I never run far from having evidence to substantiate my claims.

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    2. As you know, AF tests among different systems are very difficult to do because you can't use the identical lens but I have done the AF test of the E-M5 vs a number of cameras using that system's lenses that are similar. The E-M5 can't touch a 1Dx or a D4 in autofocus in my testing unless you compare it to those cameras in Live View where the E-5 blows them away because neither Canon nor Nikon have a clue on how to do a fast CDAF system. That's not to say you can't construct some scenario where the E-M5 might outperform those cameras but the blanket statement of "world's fastest" just doesn't ring true. I do understand that marketeers love these sort of absolute statements though :)

      Understood on the 7-14mm and 1/2 second hand holding. It felt a bit more like a blanket statement as written.

      Regardless, keep the info coming :)

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    3. The first time it was claimed by Olympus to have the worlds fastest AF, was with the E3 and 12-60mm lens. Here it was true and the Astrix fully applies, With the E3 and 12-60mm lens it would auto focus faster than an other camera at the time. This was backed up by many other people. However it was ONLY true for that lens. The 14-35mm AF was terrible!

      So Olympus might again be able to say it. Just look for the exact details on what they are doing and what or ONLY lens you will be able to focus quickly.
      David

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  40. Hi Robin.. Meet again.. Today is only day i can surf the peacefully.. For the first time that i read your blog very3 in full concentration.. Very nice review with very nice picture.. Really like with the pic in klcc area.. Honestly robin that im waiting this review from you on this new great Olympus OMD EM1.. and now i really3 want to try by myself on this coming Olympus event to try shoot with this awesome great gear.. See you there robin and for sure im waiting your next review on this gear.. Good job Robin!!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog Nik Hadi!
      We must go out to shoot more!

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    2. Hopefully i can go out to shoot with you again.. Hahahaha

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  41. Hi Robin,

    Looks great, I'm very excited about the camera.

    In future posts, could you also talk about the dynamic range? Has it improved with the new sensor?

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    1. Hello Mark,
      Thanks for the suggestion, will do so when I find the opportunity.

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  42. Hi Robin great job, can't wait to read your future posts.

    When you test out continuous auto focus could you please test how the E-M1 performed with its various auto focus modes while in video capture mode. I'd love to know how it handles auto focus and tracking focus for those who film movies as well.

    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Ariel for the support.
      I am no expert in video shooting, but I will see what I can do. no promises, but if I can I will do the test.

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  43. Robin your images are wonderful! I too look forward to part 2 of your review.

    Many clients no longer are content with 5x7s, 8x10s, even 11x14s. What is the largest enlargement possible that retains excellent quality with the E-M1 and its predecessor the E-M5?

    I am also wondering how users cope with the lack of frames and mats for the 4:3 aspect ratio prints. Do you shoot or crop to 3:2?

    Thanks,
    Julie

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    1. Hey Julie,
      Thanks for the kind words.
      I have seen images from E-M1 blown up to 60x40s, and all the fine details are still in tact.

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  44. Hello Robin
    Some confusion on your comment about the IBIS being much better in the E-M1 than the E-P5.
    I contacted Olympus Canada to find out to qualify that and they responded that the two cameras (E-P5 and the new E-M1) share exactly the same 5pt mechanism.

    "Tomas,
    The 7-14mm lens is an older Olympus Zuiko lens, which was built for 4/3 DSLR. It is an Olympus Super High Grade lens.
    The E-P5 has exactly the same 5 Axis IS with E-M5. However, the new E-M1's 5 Axis IS is MUCH better than the previous two cameras.
    Hope that solves some confusion."

    My response from Olympus Canada

    Dear Tony Lea,

    Thank you for contacting Olympus Technical Support.

    Yes, these two cameras use the same 5 axis IBIS mechanism.

    If you require additional assistance please reply to this email leaving the
    complete history intact.


    Best Regards,

    Olympus Technical Support
    Olympus Imaging America Inc.
    Toll Free Technical Support Hotline 1-888-553-4448

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    1. I was informed, and have verified with my field testing that the 5-Axis Image Stabilization system has been improved from the one used in E-P5. It utilizes the same technology, no doubt, but it is more efficient in the E-M1.

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    2. Thak you Robin
      I received this clarification from Olympus today.
      Dear Tony Lea,

      The information provided by Robin is also correct, the mechanism is the
      same, and it works in the same 5 axis, but the performance has been
      improved with the E-M1. This camera now offers a CIPA standard of 4 steps
      (M.ZD 12-50mm lens, focal distance 80mm (35mm conversion), and Olympus
      standard of 5 steps.

      Best Regards,

      Olympus Technical Support
      Olympus Imaging America Inc.
      Toll Free Technical Support Hotline 1-888-553-4448


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  45. Dear Robin,
    Thanks for all the time you devote to your blog. I have the EM5 and to be honest I always shoot JPEG. The question is: Is the EM1 better (in terms of Jpeg quality picture)than the EM5? I bet that it is better in RAW, but I haven't seen much information about the JPEG outcome of this wonderful new camera. Thanks for your reply and good luck in your new job. I know you will continue to be impartial and honest as always!!

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  46. the main difference is the new fine detail processing engine 2 (FDP2) which I will cover in my Part 4 of my review later.
    This FDP 2 will recognize the lens profile separately and apply image corrections according to that specific lens mounted on the camera. The corrections include Chromatic Abberration, compensation for loss of resolution due to diffraction and addaptive sharpening. Basically the image from E-M1 is more optimized straight out of camera.
    One important note as I have explained in my part 2 review is that the E-M1 JPEG images are free of sharpening artefacts, which was a problem for E-M5 and other Olympus cameras. The new JPEG engine applies sharpening accordingly to different lenses hence preventing over-sharpening.

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  47. Has the focus peaking been improved in any way? No lag etc?

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  48. Any update when this camera is gonna be available in Malaysia?

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  50. Hello Robin, i'm impressed with this camera, what about making night video shots, i would love to see night shot quality.I actually wonder if i can connect wireless mic like sennheiser. Thanks!

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  51. Hi Robin

    Very impressed with your photos. They seem much better than other reviewers. Why?.
    Also I have purchase omd e5 and e 5 after reading your reviews. I would like to sell one of the m
    To buy omd e 1. Lens i have 12-60 50- 200 50 and micro 12-50 45 75
    If I selll E5 iwould only sell it with 12-60 . There issomething about e5 photos i like over omd e5

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  52. Hi Robin

    Very impressed with your photos. They seem much better than other reviewers. Why?.
    Also I have purchase omd e5 and e 5 after reading your reviews. I would like to sell one of the m
    To buy omd e 1. Lens i have 12-60 50- 200 50 and micro 12-50 45 75
    If I selll E5 iwould only sell it with 12-60 . There issomething about e5 photos i like over omd e5

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  53. Hi , Robin

    I'm at the cross road, I have a E520 since 2008 with 2 kit lens + 12-60mm SWD ( 2012 ) , Should I buy OMD EM1 or reduce price of Olympus E5 for future use ?
    It is only for my personal use and it is my hobby to take photos.


    CL Chong

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  54. Hi , Robin

    I'm at the cross road, I have a E520 since 2008 with 2 kit lens + 12-60mm SWD ( 2012 ) , Should I buy OMD EM1 or reduce price of Olympus E5 for future use ?
    It is only for my personal use and it is my hobby to take photos.


    CL Chong

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  55. is it worth selling the OMD EM5 with 12-50mm lens and purchase OMD EM1 with 12-40 2.8? I may have to sell my panasonic 25mm 1.4 lens to cover the extra cost and only retain OLY 75mm 1.8 which I love a lot. I get lot of misses (Out of focus shots) on EM5 on 75mm 1.8 when I click my child. Does this mean, i will have better shots with EM1 and 75mm 1.8?

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  56. Ive been using the EM1 now for 6 months and i have to say that images shot over 3200 ISO are almost unusable with the amount of noise it produces. I tend never to go beyond 1600. I would be very interested to know how you get the results you do looking art the pictures above.
    Cheers
    Gary

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  57. Nice review, though it made me wonder why I'm not getting similar results. I just took some shots at 400 ISO and noise very noticeable...almost as bad as what you show at 6400 ISO. I was using M Zuiko 14-150mm f4 lens.

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