Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera leaked

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

Engadget published online by mistake their Olympus OM-D E-M1 hands-on video. The footage has now been removed, but there are several screenshots of the new camera circulating online.

Update - the video can be downloaded here.

You can now re-visit the previously posted description of the main controls of the E-M1:


Here again are the E-M1 specifications:

  • New DSLR type grip
  • 16MP sensor
  • 81 AF target points
  • 10 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Flash sync speed: 1/320s
  • ISO range: 200-25600
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000s-60s
  • 3" tiltable TFT LCD touch screen
  • EVF with 2,360,000 pixels
  • Micro Four Thirds mount only (not a hybrid mount)
  • Weight: 430g | 0.9Ib
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 122mm × 68mm × 37mm | 4.8" × 2.7" × 1.5"

Via Digicame-info

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  • TinusVerdino

    how unexciting

    • MJr

      It’s a camera made to fully replace a dying system. This will be make or break for Four Thirds users. Plus the phase-detect can potentially make C-AF and tracking possible for the first time in any MFT camera. What else do you want, fireworks ?

      • TinusVerdino

        not a dorky design with dust traps

        • MJr

          how exciting.

  • madmax

    published “by mistake”? hahaha!

    • Emanuele


  • HotDuckZ

    I will kill myself if some one force me to use this really ugly camera.

    • John M

      So the only thing that matters is what it looks like?

      It’s a tool and it looks like it will be an incredibly good one.

      • longzoom


      • a4

        You’re wrong – camera is a tool for professionals, who can deserve give a flying f*#k about its looks. For the rest of us, who enjoy photography as a hobby and spend (often quite a lot of our) money on these gadgets rather than make it with them, design is as valid a point as the specifications. Would you buy something you don’t like? Why doesn’t everybody drive Pontiac Aztek after all?

        • GeorgeL

          What’s wrong with the Pontiac Aztek? 🙂

    • MrBig

      Sounds like someone needs to get a grip on life :Þ

      • MJr

        Hopefully a better one than this glued on monstrosity.

    • newoldmate

      I dont know whos the bigger nutter. The one forcing you to use the “ugly camera”, or you for killing yourself.

      Drama queen to the max.

  • The E-M5 was a nearly stylish camera with a bit of a blemish in the form of the viewfinder hump.

    This… Uh… Day-am ugly.

    • longzoom

      How to look at it, my friend. Long nose grip with release button on it is very balanced thing for long lenses, much more convenient that previous model is. New Leica 42 and Oly 75 will be very nice handle for portraiture. Best whishes, LZ.

      • MJr

        Sure, but that’s no excuse to make it this fugly. Most DSLRs look better than this with superb grips and button layouts.

        Either make it boxy like the original OM camera’s, or smooth like a modern DSLR, but this is just a complete mess of bits and pieces.

        • Drazen B

          I tend to agree. That pointy-nose hand grip is an eyesore, sorry. We’re yet to see the review and hold it in our hands but at this point looks a little unnatural.

          It could have been a little shorter and slightly wider.

    • mrBig

      I think it looks great.

      • Actually it doesn’t look that bad in the video.
        And speaking of the video – nice feature set!

  • Emanuele

    This is just a mockup that works. To prevent theft of images of the final model, all prototypes are modified. In Italy we do this for cars, the prototypes that you see on the streets are always ugly, but the production model will be nice.

    • I am pretty sure this is the final model/version.

      • I’d agree that it’s pretty close. I’ve been flipping through the 720 version frame by frame, and once in a while the compression clears, showing the details and texture of the rubber/leather surface. The only thing I’ve noticed that might be less-than-final is that the WB and preview buttons by the lens are not engraved/labeled. I also couldn’t find a good frame showing the texture of the rubber/leather on the front, but I’m pretty sure it is better than it looks.

        The “glued on look” is less prominent on many of the frames; there is a reflection that looks like a glob of glue from time to time. The the grip is pretty seamlessly on the body; check out the little cliff behind the shutter button and the right side.

      • jk

        hope not, the spec sheet sounds good but the grip looks so ugly.

    • Drazen B

      Yeah, but Japan isn’t Italy, caro mio…

  • TinusVerdino

    Endgadget video re uploaded: http://youtu.be/DXgS95cgUwQ

    • Thanks, I added it to the post.

    • jk

      the video was deleted and I could not see it.

      • TinusVerdino

        yeah endgadget complained so youtube removed it

  • knp

    that is an ugly grip…

  • SteveHood

    Looks like the E-1

  • Red

    I held the camera last week. Awesome right-side grip, GH3 style -Anon

  • WiFi Tethering! Finally! 🙂

    I’ll probably wait till the technology trickles down to the E-PM3, but now there isn’t a single feature that is lacking for me in the OM-D series. Every model that comes out from now on will be good enough for me.

    • MJr

      I’d say the phase-detection mentioned is a magnitude more interesting.

      • Yes, yes… absolutely… but we’ve already known that it was coming… at least some of us who are obsessed with rumors. 🙂

        • jk

          well, those who never used a 6D or any wifi camera does not understand its value in real life.

          • MJr

            Real life as in studio and tripod work ? Because that’s not my life.

  • Drazen B

    It’s so badly put together it’s not far from being called a fugazi, IMO.

    So what happened to that “the camera should be part of the overall photo taking emotional and tactile experience”

    I somehow fail to see either, with this cam.

  • newoldmate

    For all the pro’s there is still a very serious con that will always prevent me from purchasing a camera like this.

    My high quality full frame lenses are no longer usable.

    I want my 35 to be a 35, not a 70+.

    I’ll be waiting for a full frame system before handing over my hard earned money. I dont want to have to buy a whole new range of lenses just to use a a nice body.

    I want real lenses too, none of that focus-by-wire shit!

    • EnPassant

      Calm down!
      The Full Frame Sony NEX will be presented within a couple of months! With the appropriate adapter you will be able to use almost (a few invasive wide lenses excluded) every 35mm lens you own, no matter what brand it is.

  • TaoTeJared

    Larger than what I expected – a rep told me this would be their new flagship and alluded to the EM-5 series (and updates) would remain as a model. Hope so. Kind of interesting that all of m4/3 started by going small and have now releasing larger models as more advanced/pro photogs switch.

    I do wish that Wifi was available in every camera.

  • jk

    this must be a joke?
    if this one is the real EM1 , I think I will sell all my m-43 kit.
    this must be the worst design of the year for 2013.

    • MJr

      Sure, sell all your gear, that makes perfect sense …

  • Larrry

    Saw the video through the mirror downloads. I don’t typically pay much attention to all (or any of) the reviews on EndGadget but are they typically a stooge for the manufacturers? Sure it shows the features which may be of current ‘rumor – prerelease’ interest, but listen to the script. Begins with “I am a technician with EndGadget and we are reviewing …”. Then it shifts to third person with frequent use of the word “Our”, like “our customers have told us they want…” It is like they are reading a script provided by Olympus masquerading as a third party reviewer. Then there is the secondary branding. The tripod mounted camera was on a tripod, framed to show the foam on the leg with big white “Olympus” letters. Just who has an Olympus tripod, much less, has it hanging around as available equipment for testing support?

  • Nathan

    I only care how it feels in my hand. I waited on micro four thirds because I must have flash sync as well as TTL at the shoe, so the PC socket held me up.
    Now that this has a PC socket, I can finally make the switch.

  • kassim

    The grip looks cheap.

  • brus

    shitty 16MP sensor .. end of the story.

  • anon

    it’s a fake…the grip looks glued on. it’s also very very very ugly.

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