Olympus OM-D E-M1: Steady Photos And Video, With Any Lens

Photography is meant to be fun. Sometimes, though, cameras get in the way, delivering blurry photos ruined by shaky hands or a gust of wind. The Olympus OM-D EM-1 takes away that stress with an integrated image stabiliser that works continually to make sure your photos and video are crisp and clear — regardless of the lens you’re using.

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In-Built 5-Axis Image Stabilisation

Olympus’ image stabilisation system is incredibly advanced. Some cameras and lenses from other brands have image stabilisation, but they usually only work to compensate for a bit of left-right or up-down camera shake or wobble. Olympus’ solution goes much further — it eliminates vibration and camera shake across both the vertical and horizontal axes, neutralising accidental tilting, turning, shifting, and rolling.

Every image stabilising feature inside the OM-D E-M1 works automatically, so you don’t even have to enable it — just half-press the camera’s shutter button, and the rest is automatic. If you have shaky hands, the E-M1 compensates for it. If you drift off your target horizontally or vertically, the E-M1 will hold it still until you capture the photo.

The OM-D E-M1’s image stabilisation is smart, too. The camera’s IS-AUTO mode knows when you’re panning during video, and keeps vertical shake to a minimum without interrupting the horizontal movement you’re trying to capture. You can even pan vertically or diagonally, and the E-M1 will make sure your video is smooth and blur-free.

Image Stabilisation With Any Lens

Other brands might make you pay more for an optical image stabiliser in their lenses, but Olympus’ in-body image stabiliser in the OM-D E-M1 means the company’s lenses are smaller, lighter and cheaper. Because it’s closer to your arms, in-body image stabilisation more effectively cuts down on blur from shaky hands or movement.

Even better than that, though, is that you can use any other lens you buy — like a beautiful classic Olympus Zuiko 100mm F2.0 from the 1980s, for example — on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an adapter. And when you’re using that lens on the E-M1, you get every single benefit of image stabilisation that we’ve mentioned, updating your old lenses with the absolute latest in camera technology.

Because Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds lens mount is so versatile, you can use thousands of legacy lenses from dozens of vintage cameras on the E-M1, all with smooth image stabilisation that lets you take creative photos or video, without any complicated accessories or searching through menus.

Whether you’re taking a quick photo or capturing a video segment, Olympus’ 5-axis image stabiliser in the OM-D E-M1 works tirelessly to help you out.

Learn more about the OM-D E-M1 at Olympus Australia.