Sitting at the top of Olympus' mirrorless line, the OM-D E-M1 takes one more step towards bridging the gap between mirrorless and DSLR cameras. With both dual phase and contrast autofocus, the E-M1 is compatible with older Four Thirds lenses as well as new lens systems. The autofocus has 37 or 81 autofocus points, depending on which autofocus is used, for sharp, crisp images. The snappy autofocus isn't the only thing that gives the E-M1 a DSLR-like feel, though, the control scheme and magnesium alloy build is also inspired by the larger cameras. An optional grip can take that DSLR feel one step further. Olympus added weather-sealing, making the E-M1 a more durable option for outdoor photos. The E-M1 also features a high definition electronic viewfinder, wi-fi and a tilting touchscreen.
Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.
Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.
While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.
Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.
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