Professional shooters are going to fall in love with the system Olympus is building.
Yet, it’s still small enough that the E-M1 remains reasonably compact. Compared with a full-frame DSLR from Canon, Nikon or Sony, the E-M1 looks downright diminutive. Armed with similar lenses, the E-M1 is more than 40% lighter than the Canon 5D Mark III. It’ll make a big difference to any working photographer after a hard day’s work.
Olympus applied its innovative new control-dial scheme to the E-M1 (first seen earlier this year in the PEN E-P5 model). On the camera’s body are two large control wheels with a special toggle positioned by your thumb. Flick the toggle and the dials can change from one custom function setup to another. No other camera maker features such an inspired, yet simple, bit of control magic.