Dual FAST AF is made possible through two autofocusing technologies, contrast and on-chip phase detection AF. The on-chip phase detection AF allows for high performance when a Four Thirds lens is attached. However when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached to the E-M1 the camera utilises both Contrast and phase detection AF for higher speed and more accurate auto-focusing.
The OM-D E-M1 is equipped with 81 AF points when utilising contrast AF and 37 AF points when utilising on-chip phase detection AF which allows for minute AF points across a large area. Features such as small Target AF allows you to pinpoint a focus point and Group Target AF allows you to combine focus points to focus on a specified larger AF area. On-chip phase detected AF facilitates the use of Four Thirds lenses and has excellent AF tracking capabilities perfect for capturing photo's of moving subjects.
The E-M1 is equipped with a responsive Touch AF Shutter which allows you to simply touch the subject on the rear monitor to capture the shot you are looking for.
Super Spot AF magnifies specific areas and focuses on centre clustered AF points in the centre of the frame. When initialised, the in-body stabilisation is turned on to ensure image sharpness for macro and telephoto shooting.
Small Target AF allows you to reduce the AF point in size significance and select a very precise focus point.
Featuring both face and eye detection AF as well as e-Portrait picture mode, the E-M1 captures beautifully natural portraits every time. The face detection AF feature ensures the face is the focal point of the image and can automatically zoom for close-ups and focus on eyes. When used in combination, the eye priority AF and e-Portrait functions make skin look brighter and smooth creating perfect quick and easy snapshot portraits.
The E-M1 features a high-speed mechanical shutter with speeds of up to 1/8000 sec and ISO LOW mode (equivalent to ISO 100). This allows for objects with very rapid movement to be captured with a fast shutter speed ensuring a crisp, fast photo. The high-speed shutter also allows wide aperture, fast lenses to be used during daylight without an ND filter to achieve a beautiful defocused background.
Equipped with Short Release Time Lag Mode, which is great for capturing subjects moving at high speeds.
By reworking the phase detection AF algorithm for Continuous AF that continually focuses on moving subjects, AF tracking performance is improved. When using Continuous AF in Sequential H mode, a max. 9.0 fps AF tracking sequential shooting is possible. This lets you capture crisp, decisive moments of fast-moving subjects, such as athletes in a sporting event, or animals in the wild. The amazing sequential shooting performance of the E-M1 meets the demands of professional photographers who aim to capture these split-second photo opportunities.
Sequential shooting performance in Single AF mode without AF tracking is available at a max. 10.0 fps. Also, with a large capacity buffer memory, it is possible to capture 41 raw shots sequentially in approximately 4 seconds.