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Olympus OM-1 Camera Review

Olympus is known for its advanced system cameras that feature excellent performance as well as durability and portability.

This Micro Four Thirds standard interchangeable lens camera features a compact, lightweight design for superior mobility along with high image quality. As the OM SYSTEM flagship camera, this model will deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to customers, driving the desire for photographers to create.

Camera House Expert Opinion on the Olympus OM-1

Our expert camera professionals weigh in on the features and benefits of this camera. Read more below on what we think:

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is the culmination of new devices and cutting-edge digital technologies, delivering high image quality that goes beyond the expectation of the sensor size. It also features autofocus and sequential shooting performance that far surpasses conventional models, and dramatically improves basic performance. We have incorporated computational photography technology at an early stage, empowering the photographer to utilise such features as Live Composite and High Res Shot mode, without the need for advanced shooting techniques or special equipment or skills. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 features enhanced computational photography functions to deliver a rich range of expressive power for more photographic opportunities than ever before. Thanks to the superb mobility of the Micro Four Thirds system, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 can be taken anywhere at any time, allowing anyone to take advantage of its high performance to capture versatile imaging expressions with high image quality. This is the next generation Micro Four Thirds camera brought to you by OM SYSTEM.

Which Lenses Go With the Olympus OM-1?

This interchangeable lens camera delivers inspiration in a lightweight design that users can take anywhere to capture the precise photos they have in mind. Featuring the Olympus Om Mount, you can pair the Olympus OM-1 with an array of versatile Micro Four Thirds lenses for Olympus including:

Discover the Amazing Features of the Olympus OM-1

High image quality that goes beyond the expectations of the sensor size

This model features a high-end compact, lightweight body unique to OM SYSTEM, including the new 20 Megapixel Stacked BSI Live MOS sensor, and the latest TruePic X image processor, which is three times faster than previous models. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 delivers high image quality that goes beyond the expectations of the sensor size. Not only does it take full advantage of high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital lens performance, delivering our highest ever resolution, but new noise processing technology increases the maximum normal sensitivity to ISO 25600, and expanded maximum sensitivity to ISO 102400. Furthermore, the dynamic range has been improved thanks to the latest image processing technology. These improvements deliver a richer range of tonal expressions than ever before, from shadows to highlights. The OM SYSTEM advantage of high-performance image stabilisation delivers up to 8.0 stops of compensation with 5-axis sync IS, and up to 7 steps4 with the body alone. The new Handheld Assist feature makes it easy to capture slow shutter speed effects that previously required a tripod.

Computational photography functions that empower the photographer to further expand the realms of their imaging expressions

Photographic expressions that have traditionally required special equipment and a computer to composite images are available in the OM SYSTEM OM-1. Thanks to computational photography (the advanced digital image processing) technology, we have adopted these features as shooting features on this interchangeable lens camera at an early stage. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 uses a combination of the new TruePic X image processor, the new image sensor, and the latest digital technologies to make computational photography features better and even easier to use. When paired with high-performance M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the system makes it possible to capture a greater range of imaging expressions only possible with the OM SYSTEM OM-1.

High Res Shot

The processing time has been significantly reduced (Handheld High-Res Shot: approx. 5 seconds to merge) for 50 MP Handheld High Res Shot, popular for landscape photos because of its ability to capture high-resolution approximately 50 Megapixel images by merging multiple images; and Tripod High Res Shot, which creates ultra-high-resolution approximately 80 Megapixel images. Composite processing technology reduces noise by approximately 2 steps for an amazingly high pixel count and low noise. A dedicated button is also included on the camera to quickly switch between normal shooting and Handheld High-Res Shot/Tripod High Res Shot for improved usability.

Live ND

Achieve slow shutter speed effects like those using ND filter up to ND64 (6 steps) (ND2 – ND64). When LV Simulation is activated, you can check the slow shutter speed effects in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor before shooting and achieve the same effects on ultra-wide-angle lenses that cannot accommodate an ND filter.

Live Composite

In this setting, Lighten Composite is used to add only the brighter sections to the composite image to prevent the common problem of images that are too bright overall when shooting long exposures, resulting in beautiful Lighten Composite photos with plenty of variation. This feature is now compatible with image stabilisation and can be used during handheld shooting.

Focus Stacking

This feature alters the focus to capture and composite multiple shots for recording photos that are in focus from the foreground to background. The compositing time has been dramatically reduced for easier usage.

HDR Shooting

Multiple images at differing exposures are merged to create one shot with a wide dynamic range, including highlights and shadows.

High-speed performance of newly developed autofocus and dramatically improved performance for maximum 50 fps5 sequential shooting with AF/AE tracking

A quad-division photo diode configuration allows for On-chip Phase Detection in both vertical and horizontal directions. 1,053-point, all cross-type, the world’s first Cross Quad Pixel AF is utilised to focus on various patterns of subjects across all pixels and the entire shooting range. The high-speed calculation capabilities of the new TruePic X processor and the new AF algorithm enable high-speed, high precision focusing on the subject no matter where it is in the frame. Furthermore, this model is equipped with AI Detection AF, which was developed using deep learning technology. In addition to greater than ever high-speed, high-precision subject recognition and tracking, this model can recognise formula cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, trains, and birds, as well as animals (dogs and cats). In addition to C-AF, this functionality is also supported with S-AF for shooting a wider variety of scenes. The detection precision, tracking performance, and responsiveness of Face Priority/Eye Priority AF has been improved significantly. There have also been exponential improvements to sequential shooting performance, reaching up to 50 fps blackout free AF/AE tracking at approximately 20.37 Megapixel, and up to 120 fps AF/AE locked ultra-highspeed sequential shooting. When using Pro Capture, which is designed for capturing shots that are not possible during normal shooting, you can enjoy sequential shooting up to 50 fps (AF/AE tracking) and up to 120 fps (AF/AE locked).

Camera body features enhanced dustproof and splashproof performance, along with a high-speed, high-resolution electronic viewfinder

The dustproof and splashproof performance is achieved by including sealing materials at the appropriate locations on the tough, lightweight magnesium alloy body, ensuring IP53 dustproof and splashproof protection class, and freezeproof performance to -10°C. Because this model is compact, lightweight, and features dustproof and splashproof performance, it makes for a powerful ally when shooting in punishing environments. We were particular about ensuring optimal viewfinder performance, as it affects shooting comfort. This high-performance EVF is equipped with approximately 5.76 million dot resolution, a viewfinder magnification of up to 1.65x, a display delay of 0.005 seconds, and 120 fps high-speed display performance. Not only does it feature all the best facets of an optical viewfinder, but it also offers the advantages of a digital viewfinder, making it possible to view subjects and check exposure, even in dark locations. The menu screen configuration has been completely redesigned on the OM SYSTEM OM-1. Items have been split, merged, and reclassified, and descriptions have been simplified to make it easier to find the desired functions, and make changing settings easier for first-time users.

Enhanced video functions for creators (10bit 4K 60p, Full HD 240p)

Stable handheld video recording is possible thanks to the compact, lightweight body and industry-leading image stabilisation. Creative video functions include 4K 60p for smooth, high-definition videos, and high-speed movie with Full HD videos at a maximum 240p. The camera also supports H.264 (8bit), H.265 (10bit), and Multi-Frame Rate for recording video clips over 30 minutes in length. In addition to RAW data output up to 12 bit 4:4:4 to external devices for advanced post-production tasks, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 supports OM-Log for a greater level of freedom over imaging expressions thanks to color grading, which allows users to capture highlights and shadows without overexposing or underexposing shots. The new HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) video picture mode has been added for easier HDR video recording.

Other Features

Reliable SSWF (Supersonic Wave Filter) dust reduction system that vibrates at a speed of more than 30,000 times per second to instantly remove dirt and dust from the image sensor. A highly durable shutter unit that clears 400,000 shutter actuation (according to in-house testing conditions). Staggered layout UHS-II compatible dual SD card slots make it easier to remove recording media. Five rating categories within the on-camera rating system. Night view mode makes it possible to view subjects even in dark environments. Starry Sky AF makes focusing on stars easier than ever. Record shooting location information with minimal power drain (smartphone connection). Equipped with an independent AEL button and AF-ON button.

Key Features of the Olympus OM-1 Compact Camera

  • Compact and lightweight camera body meets IP53 dust- and splashproof standard
  • Freezeproof up to -10°C
  • New TruePic X Image processor – up to 3x faster processor power
  • Highspeed sequential shooting (up to 50 fps C-AF, up to 120 fps S-AF)
  • AI detection AF (Improved subject detection)
  • 1053 Phase detection Cross Quad Pixel AF
  • Up to 8EV steps image stabilisation
  • Backside illuminated Quad Pixel Bayer pattern stacked CMOS sensor
  • 5,76M dots, Blackout free viewfinder
  • Enhanced video functions for creators (4K 60p, Full HD 240p)

Top Three Reasons why you’ll love the Olympus OM-1 Camera

  • Delivers high image quality that goes beyond the expectations of the sensor size
  • World first on-chip phase detection in both vertical & horizontal directions
  • Sequential shooting up to 50fps, blackout free AF/AE tracking. 120fps S-AF in RAW using electronic shutter.

Shop the Olympus OM-1 At Camera House

If you’re looking to purchase the new Olympus OM-1 camera, head into Camera House or shop online today. Our professional team are here to help you find the perfect camera and accessories as well as provide expert advice and answer all your questions. You’ll find the full range of Olympus cameras and Olympus lenses at Camera House, shop today! Discover more helpful articles and tips on the Camera House Blog:

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