Olympus unveiled its latest OM-D Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the E-M1. Touted as a successor to the E-5 DSLR, the camera uses a new 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor and a new TruePic VII image processor, with ISO ranging up to 25,000, 6.5 to 10 frames-per-second burst mode, and 1/8000th-second shutter speed. There’s also the hybrid Dual Fast autofocusing system that uses either 37-point on-chip phase detection or 81-point contrast detection, depending on the lens; both systems work together when used with a MFT lens in continuous autofocus mode. The E-M1 supports the full range of larger Zuiko Four Thirds and smaller M.Zuiko MFT lenses.
The E-M1 continues to use Olympus’ 5-Axis Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion IS. Besides a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD (1.037 million dots), there’s a very bright, large built-in electronic viewfinder rated at 2.36 million dots. The E-M1 goes beyond the “toughness” of the E-M5 by now being freeze-proof in addition to dust-proof and splash-proof. The body is made of magnesium alloy and there are weather-resistant seals and gaskets that block moisture. The E-M1 is also the second camera in Olympus’ entire lineup to feature Wi-Fi.
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