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O-MD Range - 3 Are Family

O-MD range - 3 Are Family

The E-M10 joins Olympus, making the OM-D range a family that boasts  impressive talents - with award-winning siblings, the E-M5 and E-M1, making it a three-way line-up hard to beat when it comes to handling and performance.

As with most families, there are more similarities than differences when it comes to the OM-D cameras, sharing the vital key ingredients of quality image output in a sleek design that has proved so popular. With the beautiful build quality and metal chassis of all Olympus system cameras, it's easy to see why the OM-D range can be considered a new classic. If you need convincing, get down to your local Jessops and handle one of these in comparison to a similarly-priced  conventional (and often plastic) digital SLR, and you'll soon see the benefits that this compact system has to offer. Love to travel light? You can get two OM-D camera bodies and a decent selection of lenses in a bag way under the carry-on limit of a certain 'strict' airline, and still have room for your sunnies and threads.

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Which OM-D is for me?

Each OM-D features Olympuspioneered Art Filters that let you get creative live  in-camera rather than back at your computer. All the OM-Ds are quick to react, a pleasure to use and addictive when it comes to keeping them on you at all times. So if they share the same core technology, why the need for three cameras in the range?

Not too small or too big - just right

Not everyone needs everything. It may seem a little obvious but if you want the ultimate in performance then the E-M1 is the one to go for, especially if you have original E-System lenses, since this clever model features on-sensor phase detection that will get the best out of them.

Both the E-M1 and E-M5 are weatherproofed which will appeal to seasoned  photographers who often find themselves outside in all conditions. For an extreme example of these performance capabilities, check out the work of Mark Humpage who's had his Olympus kit in some fairly overthe- top situations. Closer to home the weatherproofing has proved a security for pros like Max Nash, where press and red-carpet jobs often mean standing around in classic British rain.

Hold tight, get the balance right

Aside from the tech and spec, an important part of photography is simply how  your kit feels in your hands. If your fingers are a little bigger, the E-M1 has a larger grip as standard. When combined with the HLD-7 battery grip, the camera is both easier to hold and balances well with larger pro-spec lenses like the 12-40mm f/2.8 weather-sealed constant aperture zoom - a favourite with wedding and social photographers. This combination is usually still half the weight of a traditionally designed digital SLR with equivalent lenses.

If you need an even  more compact approach, the E-M5 retains the weatherproofing and five-axis image stabiliser but when combined with a compact zoom like the 9-18mm wide angle, it is great for slipping in a coat pocket when out shooting landscapes - leaving you with more room for hats, gloves and a thermos in your backpack. See Steve Gosling's work for oodles of inspiration.

Keep connected

When it comes to the size/weight discussion, the ultimate in the range is the new E-M10 - which is by far the smallest of the three and a very accessible entry to the OM-D world. While it doesn't have the same weatherproofing as its bigger siblings, the E-M10 is certainly a tough little cookie, and will easily withstand the rigours of normal outdoor use, all in a body comparable to the width of many compact cameras. As with the E-M1, the E-M10 also boasts in-camera Wi-Fi,  meaning you can keep connected at all times. Use your smartphone or device as a remote control to easily preview shots, alter settings including fully manual modes, import the picture you just took in a matter of seconds, then share it - just like that!

The proof

We challenged chief Olympus photographer Damian McGillicuddy to use the  E-M10 and try shooting both a portrait and a still life. As it happens, his wife  Lesley, herself a talented photographer, pinched the camera and produced this stunning tulip image using the 60mm macro lens. As far as creating beautiful wall art goes, hats off! This shot was easy to set up and while you can shoot in Raw  and adjust to your heart's content, you can also print big, straight from an Art Filter JPEG. Don't believe us? Go to www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk to download and print the file for yourself.