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STANDOUT FEATURE: Control the OM-D E-M1 with your smartphone.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

List Price:  $1,399 (body only)

INTRODUCED
9/2013
Olympus' new flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera features a "mini-DSLR" form factor, and can use Zuiko Digital Four Thirds System lenses, as well as M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds lenses, all with autofocusing.

The new 16.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor features on-chip DUAL FAST AF, with 37-point phase-detection AF used when a Four Thirds System lens is attached and 81-point contrast AF when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached. (When continuous AF is selected with an MFT lens, then both systems work together to improve tracking performance.) A new TruePic VII image processor with Fine Detail Processing II technology optimizes image quality for both still images and movies.

A new extra-large electronic viewfinder allows easier viewing and composition in bright conditions outdoors, and there's also a 3-inch tilting touch-screen LCD monitor. For manual focusing, focus peaking is available.

The E-M1 incorporates the excellent Olympus 5-axis sensor-shift image-stabilization system, which compensates for yaw, pitch, roll, and vertical and horizontal shift, and works with all lenses. The magnesium-alloy body is dust-, splash- and freezeproof. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you send images to your smartphone wirelessly, operate the camera from your smartphone and geotag images using the smartphone's GPS.
Other features include in-camera HDR, an intervalometer and multiple-exposure capability, and 10 fps shooting (6.5 fps with continuous AF). A big buffer lets you shoot up to 41 RAW or 95 JPEG images in high-speed mode.

Video capabilities include 1080p and 720p at 30 fps. Sound is stereo via built-in or external microphone.

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