By Gordon Laing
The OMD EM1 is the new flagship camera from Olympus. Announced in September 2013 it’s a mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, but it does not replace the existing OMD EM5 – instead it’s pitched at a higher level, while the hugely popular EM5 remains on sale.
The new OMD EM1 is in fact the long-awaited successor to the E5, which Olympus followers may recall was a high-end DSLR based on the original Four Thirds standard. Olympus produced 23 lenses for the Four Thirds standard, many of a very high standard, but since the launch of the E5 three years ago, it’s fair to say the company’s focus has been entirely on Micro Four Thirds. Original Four Thirds lenses may work on Micro Four Thirds bodies with an adapter, but the autofocus performance has always been disappointing, leaving owners of Four Thirds DSLRs and lenses wondering what their upgrade path should be.