Most of the tests that have been done on the Olympus OMD EM1 have not been with a final production model, and so it is nice to finally see an Olympus OMD EM1 production review, even if it is on two key features.
Having the final release firmware does not make a significant amount of changes, but Blunty gets his hands-on one to see how different it is. However, what he really wanted to do this time was to test the Olympus OMD EM1 timelapse feature and how it holds up in a water resistance test.
The timelapse feature on other Olympus models was very limited with the number of shots it would allow, and so you will be glad to know Olympus has learned from this and improved timelapse, with the OMD EM1 being the first to take advantage of it. Instead of just 99 frames Olympus has now increased this to 999 frames.
In the Olympus OMD EM1 weather- resistant test Blunty places the camera in a shallow tray filled with water. Only a small part of the camera is submerged in the water, with more being splashed over it. The OMD EM1 cannot be fully submerged in water because the pressure would get to the camera and damage it, but the test does show you are able to use the camera in most weather conditions.
Having this feature is very practical because it is a huge advantage for many photographers because you don’t need to panic if you drop it in a puddle. Please remember, do not fully submerge this camera in water.