After all of that testing and several thousand images, I have some opinions to share about the E-M1 on its own and relative to the Nikon D800. Basically I really like the camera and the M4/3 system in general. The small size and light weight make it ideal for carrying around all day on a trip or on hikes. The excellent image quality, especially at low to moderate ISO, serves well for the kind of photography I mostly do – projected presentations and prints up to 13″x19″. What it doesn’t do as well is in low light, ISO situations and for following action in sports. And for those really detailed landscapes, the D800 can’t be beaten. So, here is a wrap-up of what I liked most and what the D800 did much better. Note that the likes list is quite a bit longer than the don’t-like list. In the end, I will keep both systems and use each where it works best.
What I like about the E-M1 compared to the D800
|Like||Don’t Like as much|
- The E-M1 is a serious camera capable of excellent results.
- Primary features:
- Small size
- Excellent image quality for prints up to 30×40
- Very fast and accurate autofocus
- Best image stabilization so far
- Wide range of lenses available
- The only real downside is the price. However the lenses are generally less expensive than FX for similar specs.
- Makes a great travel camera – kit with 4 to 5 lenses weighs about 7 lbs. in small travel backpack.
- Would highly recommend as a primary or backup system.
For more images taken with the E-M1 image go to gallery: http://afpphoto.com/galleries/olympus-e-m1/