To test out the camera I did a shoot with Hannah at The Pit and Pendulum in Nottingham. Here are a few images, all taken with the E-M1 and M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.8 lens. I’m no camera reviewer, apart from anything else I’m too bought into the OM-D brand to be impartial, but here are the things that stood out for me with this camera:
- Size wise the E-M1 is not noticeably bigger than the E-M5 when compared with the latter having the hand grip attached (which I nearly always do). One good thing about the E-M1 having a built-in grip is that the battery can easily be accessed without having to first remove the grip.
- Ergonomically the layout of the controls is a definite improvement. Everything feels a bit more solid on this camera and the dials are more accessible without having to do anything too unnatural with your fingers whilst shooting.
- The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is significantly improved. Apparently it has near twice the resolution of the E-M5, is brighter and has noticeably higher magnification.
- Whilst I was not photographing a particularly fast moving subject I did notice focusing was quicker than the E-M5 with less tracking back and forward. This, apparently, is because of phase detection AF capability on the E-M1’s sensor.
- The great thing about the E-M5 was the five-axis image stabilizer. This is slightly improved on the E-M1 giving an extra stop of stability. Many of the images I took on this shoot were in fading daylight (i.e. it was raining outside) so I had quite slow shutter speeds, there was no noticeable camera shake.
- The E-M1 uses the same battery as the E-M5 thank goodness so I now have enough batteries to allow me to shoot probably in excess of 1500 images (on three batteries).
- Some features I did not get to try out on this shoot were the extra art filters (Watercolour, Vintage and Partial Colour), built-in Wi-Fi, a HDR mode, tethered shooting and the built-in ‘digital shift’ which allows you to straighten tall buildings in-camera. All good stuff which I shall look forward to trying imminently.
After a very quick initial shoot I am hugely pleased with the E-M1. It feels like a solid step up from the E-M5 which I will continue to use as a back-up as well as my take anywhere camera in its basic configuration (i.e. no grip or battery holder) and fitted with the 25mm M.ZUIKO lens.