● Main Feature Details
1. The highest-ever Olympus image quality due to a new 16.3 megapixel LiveMOS sensor and new TruePic VII image processor.Image quality is determined by three components: the lens, imaging sensor, and image processor. To realize the best image quality, advancement of all of these elements as well as attention to detail must be achieved.
a) The new 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor that makes On-chip Phase Detection AF
possible 37 points Phase detection AF sensor was placed on the imaging sensor surface, and a new 16.0 megapixel Live MOS sensor was included to make DUAL FAST AF possible. The Live MOS sensor and new TruePic VII image processor, improves on decolorization that tended to occur at high sensitivities, as well as providing excellent image quality that has less noise than previous models.
b) New TruePic VII image processor. The Olympus-original image processing technology Fine Detail has evolved into Fine Detail II for proper correction of magnification chromatic aberration that differs depending on each lens’s movement, and applies the appropriate sharpness processing according to the lens type and aperture value for natural, high-quality resolution. The E-M1 is also equipped with moire-removing processing equivalent to that of a low-pass filter, which helps reduce compression artifacts that tend to occur during sudden scene changes when recording a movie.
c) New high-performance lens groups M.ZUIKO PRO and Four Thirds standard. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, which is scheduled for release at the same time as the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, is the first model in the new M.ZUIKO PRO category and features dustproof and waterproof performance, toughness, excellent image quality, and high performance.
Additionally, DUAL FAST AF mentioned later in this document makes it possible to fully utilize the high-performance Four Thirds System standard lens group that possesses
surpassing image quality.
2. The high-speed, high-precision DUAL FAST AF using both Contrast AF and On-chip
Phase Detection AF. The newly-developed DUAL FAST AF is an Olympus-original AF system that selects the optimum method depending on the lens and settings; either On-chip Phase Detection AF or Contrast detection AF.
a) 37 point On-chip Phase Detection AF 37 AF targets are located in the On-chip Phase Detection AF method. This enables automatic selection when a Four Thirds System compliant lens optimally designed for Phase Detection AF is attached, and achieves greater precision than the E-5 especially with a bright f2.0 lens, and speed that rivals the Olympus DSLR E-5. Both Small Target, which is excellent for focusing on minute AF points, and Group Target AF which is highly applicable for various situations can be selected.
b) 81 point Contrast detection AF. When a lens is attached that conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard, the Contrast AF method is automatically selected. While inheriting the fast and accurate AF system of the PEN and OM-D series, AF points have been expanded from 35 to 81. Out of these 81 points, 37 of them are in the same position as Phase Detection AF. In addition to Small Target and Group Target, Super Spot AF can be selected. This enables selection of an even smaller AF point area where pinpoint AF is possible for accurate focusing on very small subjects. This is particularly helpful for specifying a focus location in a small area such as during macro shooting.
c) Combined usage of On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast detection AF. When a lens that conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard is attached and C-AF is selected for subject tracking and continuous AF, On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast detection AF are used together. This results in significant improvement of C-AF tracking performance over traditional mirrorless models, with a maximum sequential shooting
performance of 6.5 fps.
3. A new EVF system equipped with the latest features that rivals that of full-frame SLR models in both screen size and enhancement of creativity The built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) has also advanced significantly, for DSLR shooting style that is only available on an OM-D. The E-M1 features a 0.74x (35mm conversion) viewfinder magnification factor that rivals full frame DSLR cameras. The extremely high-resolution 2.36 million dot LCD panel provides a large, clear view that is the equal of optical viewfinders (OVF). With a display time lag of 0.029 seconds, tracking of moving subjects is completely natural. This new Olympus EVF system equipped with many of the latest functions allows users to check what finished images will look like simply by looking through the viewfinder.
a) The adaptive brightness technology. This feature raises the brightness when shooting in bright outdoor conditions, and lowers the brightness in dark indoor conditions, reducing visual errors from light and dark adaptation of the eye. The backlight brightness is automatically adjusted in response to changes in ambient lighting to maintain the proper brightness, and by drawing closer to a view available from OVFs, the EVF provides an environment for easy shooting simulation.
b) LVF Expanded Dynamic Range offering new possibilities for EVF. The HDR shooting mode which automatically generates a single image with an expanded dynamic range from 4 sequentially shot images provides an expanded dynamic range Live View display when shooting. This feature offers new EVF viewfinder possibilities.
c) New function: Color Creator. This feature does not just adjust the hue and color saturation, but allows users to enjoy creating original images that are imbued with their own feeling by actively producing colors. Creative Color is a new creative tool born of a designer’s sensitivity. Fine-tune adjustment of hue and color saturation combinations are available with hue adjustment in 30 steps, and color saturation adjustment in 8 steps including the base line. Color manipulation that was previously difficult to imagine is now possible by following your intuition while using the intuitive GUI and Live View screen.
4. In-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization that removes all types of camera shakes The 5-Axis Image Stabilization compensates for the shutter speed by 4 steps correcting camera shake that occurs in all shooting situations from still images to movies. By using new control algorithms, image stabilization at low shutter speeds is more effective than
on the E-M5.
a) In-body image stabilization. Among 5-axis camera shake, rolling (optical axis rotation) blur cannot be compensated for on the lens’s image stabilization. A merit of in-body image stabilization is that it can compensate for camera shake with all lenses, including Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, and older lenses.
b) IS-AUTO for optimum panning shot. The E-M1 is equipped with IS-AUTO, which automatically detects the camera’s movement, and optimally controls correction depending on the direction of correction, including vertical, horizontal, and angular directions in panning shot. This is not only effective for straight line directions, but also effective for movement in a curved line direction.
c) Checking compensation in the viewfinder. Not only can users check the image stabilization effects in the Live View screen, but they can also check in the same way on the viewfinder. With the stable viewfinder image, accurate framing and focusing is possible even during telephoto or macro shooting.
d) Multi-Motion IS. With a combination of 5-axis image stabilization and Multi-Motion IS, powerful image stabilization is available when shooting movies. With traditional image stabilization, correction of slow, strong camera shake that occurs when walking or breathing was difficult, however, Multi-Motion IS is an effective image stabilization mode specifically for movies.
5. Reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof performance that guarantees
operation in environments down to -10. The dustproof and splashproof mechanisms on the E-5 and OM-D E-M5 were regarded as absolutely reliable by many professional photographers. The OM-D E-M1 inherits those characteristics and takes them further by guaranteeing operations down to -10, for the best environmental resistance of any Olympus DSLR. This performance further enhances the reliability of the flagship model by allowing users to shoot in any environment with the absolute best image quality.
a) Dustproof/splashproof/freezeproof construction. Durable magnesium alloy, popular for its rigidity, is used for the entire body, along with highly weather-resistant, special sealing. Additionally, all units were checked for operation at low-temperatures, and guaranteed to continue operating down to -10. By vibrating the traditional dustproof system SSWF (Supersonic Wave Filter) at a super high speed of more than 30,000 times each second, powerful gravitational acceleration is generated to remove dust and dirt. These features contribute to outstanding reliability and mobility so that users can shoot in the most difficult environments, from inclement weather to low temperatures and even dust clouds.
b) Lens system accessories with dustproof/splashproof construction. The standard M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO zoom lens also includes a mount with the same type of sealing as the camera body. The two related accessories, the dustproof/splashproof Power Battery Holder HLD-7 and Four Thirds Adapter MMF-3 also
contribute to make the entire system highly impermeable to sand, dust, and water spray.
No one else can come close to approaching the mobility of these products in any type of weather.
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