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Last year, Olympus delighted the photographic community with the E-M5, an extremely capable yet usable micro four-thirds camera — and it didn’t hurt that it was easy on the eyes. Now they’re iterating on the series by adding more of everything — but is that really the right way to go?
The new E-M1 is actually, as Olympus explained, more of a successor to the higher-end but not as popular E-5, a high-end four-thirds (no “micro”) camera from 2010. Yes, these model names are just a little bit confusing.
And certainly, the E-M1 has more high-end performance than the E-M5. It has an updated 16-megapixel sensor that gives sharper images, the electronic viewfinder has been improved (it appears much larger inside the eyepiece), and its specs in general are better.