Features & Controls Cont.


On top of the camera on the right side, the large hand grip leaves plenty of room for controls. From left to right you have the mode dial, shutter release coupled by a command dial, Fn2 customizable button, dedicated video recording button and a second command dial on the bottom. The center of the mode dial features a button that locks and unlocks the dial.

On the left side of the camera are buttons for the drive mode/HDR and autofocus settings. To the right of these buttons is the camera's power switch.


Controls on back: Starting on the top right is the programmable Fn1 button. Next is the info button, which changes the amount of information shown on the LCD screen and EVF in both shooting and playback modes. The 4-way controller allows for easy navigation through the menu systems and as the default, changes the AF point while shooting. Under the 4-way controller are the Menu, playback and delete buttons.

Coupled around the AEL/AFL button is a very unique switch that Olympus has included. This switch allows two sets of settings to be assigned to the buttons on the camera. This allows twice as many functions to be available to you with just one flip of the switch with your thumb.


On the left side of the camera you will find the input/output ports. On top is a microphone input for increased audio quality when shooting video. In the middle is the HDMI output for viewing your movies and images on a HDTV. On the bottom is a high-speed USB port that allows you to connect directly to a computer or printer.


On the right side of the camera is the SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. With Olympus's push to make this a professional level ILC, they may have overlooked the second card slot found on most upper level dSLR cameras. Even with the camera's much smaller size, there is plenty of room on the right side. The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 8GB
SDHC memory card that was used in the camera tests.

Powering the E-M1 is a 7.6V, 1220mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Olympus claims that this battery is capable of providing up to 350 images on a single charge. This is only about half of the battery life that you will get from a dSLR, so that will take a little adjustment if you are stepping down from a larger camera. You will also want to definitely have a spare battery or several, depending on the amount of shooting you typically do. Also shown above is the included quick battery charger, that allows you to keep several batteries charged and ready to go.

The E-M1 allows for the use on any Micro 4/3 lenses and with an adapter the camera can use any 4/3 lens as well. The new MMF-3 adapter allows the camera to keep its weatherproofing, but all of the other adapters will work as well. This brings the collection to 32 Olympus lenses and a total of 59 lenses that are available.

The HLD-7 Power battery holder increases the camera's shooting capacity to approx. 680 images on a single charge. The grip also includes a shutter release, two command dials and two Fn buttons for total control when shooting vertically.

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