Last year's original OM-D certainly set a fire underneath the bushels of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market. Its compact size, teamed with a fast autofocus system, proved that Micro Four Thirds could be a very viable contender against the likes of APS-C models.
Design and features
This newer model, the E-M1, complements the original OM-D by boasting a chunkier body design. There is a large, more substantial side grip that does away with the need for a battery grip to add extra bulk, an optional extra for the original OM-D. There is still a battery grip for the E-M1, but it only covers the base of the camera.
Coupled with the substantial 12-40mm lens, the E-M1 makes for a hefty package that edges into SLR territory. This particular combination weighs 879 grams in total (with batteries), which is up there with the weight of a full-frame SLR with a smaller, 50mm f/1.8lens attached.