• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600

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Advantages

Olympus E-M1 over Samsung Galaxy NX

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    0.80 vs 2.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    497g vs 718g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.139 vs 0.334 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.1 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Samsung Galaxy NX over Olympus E-M1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    2765k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Thinner
    25 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
Samsung Galaxy NX
Olympus E-M5
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Olympus E-M1
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung Galaxy NX
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • External Mic

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GX7
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • External Mic
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • 24p
Samsung Galaxy NX
Panasonic GX7
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • GPS
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A7

Olympus E-M1
Sony A7
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung Galaxy NX
Sony A7
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M10
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
Samsung Galaxy NX
Olympus E-M10
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • GPS
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
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