Back in February, I preordered one of the new Olympus OM System OM-1 camera bodies, and after a few weeks of waiting, it arrived at my local camera store. There are plenty of full reviews of the camera available for your perusal online, so I won’t attempt to compete with / duplicate them.
Just the same, I’ve spent a few weeks traveling with the OM-1 (using it daily), and I’ve got some thoughts:
- I really wish OM System had designed the camera to be (at least somewhat) compatible with the BLH-1 battery used by E-M1 Mark II and Mark III. Some of us already have spares of that battery, and supplies of new camera battery models are still particularly constrained. Fortunately, the OM-1 can take a lot of images on a single battery charge, and tethered power via USB C is still there for folks with more-demanding use cases (like video).
- I was ludicrously happy to discover that one of my pet peeves about older OMD cameras has been fixed in the OM-1 — namely, if you select silent / electronic shutter for use in your still images, the same will now carry over when you capture HDR (high dynamic range) image sets. I often use HDR image capture in indoor environments (cathedrals, etc.) where quiet is appreciated from / expected of visitors, so this is a real boon for me.
Sadly, my other HDR-related pet peeve survives — HDR frames are taken in the sRGB color space, even if you’ve opted for Adobe RGB in the camera’s settings. I can’t guess why this limitation is still in place, but at least it’s documented in the camera’s manual (p. 155 of the English-language version).
- I’m *really* liking the RM-WR1 remote for this camera. It’s a little weather-sealed Bluetooth remote, and allows me to remotely trigger the OM-1 even in awful weather (vs. using a cabled remote that potentially breaches the camera’s weather-sealing, or relying on my phone as a remote — fine in clear weather but pretty fiddly in rain).
- The old menu system was not a particular bother for me, but still — the new menus are fantastic! The new system makes it so much easier to find things.
More to come on this camera as I run across things…