Dual FAST AF: high-speed performance


Fast and accurate Dual FAST AF

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.


81-point Contrast AF and 37-point On-chip Phase Detection AF

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.

  • 37 point On-chip Phase Detection AF Small Target area
  • 37 point On-chip Phase Detection AF Group Target
  • 81-point Contrast AF Small Target area
  • 81-point Contrast AF Group Target

Touch AF Shutter release allows you to instantly capture photo's at the tap of the monitor

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 an image of tiny subjects

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.

  • Only for Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Small Target AF

Small Target AF allows you to reduce the AF point in size significance and select a very precise focus point.


Face Detection AF / Eye Detect AF

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.


Comfortable high-speed performance

High-speed mechanical shutter and ISO LOW

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.

High-speed shutter release reduces time lag and ensures quick response.

Equipped with Short Release Time Lag Mode, which is great for capturing subjects moving at high speeds.

  • Time lag is approximately 0.044 (minimum) seconds when release lag time is set to Short, with image stabilisation OFF while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • The maximum number of shots is reduced by about 60 (CIPA standards).

9.0-fps AF tracking sequential shooting

(Added feature in firmware Ver. 3.0)

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.

10.0 fps high-speed continuous shooting*

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.

  • The focus and exposure are fixed at the first shot.
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

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