Olympus OM-1 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve shot with the Olympus OM-1 digital mirrorless camera to give a sense of how it performs under real-world everyday shooting conditions.

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After decades, Olympus is retiring its brand name (at least with cameras and lenses). They’ll now be known as OM System. But as a kind of swan song, they’ve reached back into their impressive photographic history to launch a new camera bearing the old “Olympus” branding: the OM-1.

Olympus is now OM System

In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.

It’s not the first time that they’ve used OM-1. The original was a film SLR way back when (apparently launched in 1972). And it’s a camera I have a particular soft spot for: it was my first SLR and one that I used for several years when I was first dipping my feet into photography.

There’s a lot to like about this new, digital version of the OM-1, and I’ve really enjoyed shooting with it. It’s small and very portable. It’s weatherproofed. It has an impressive set of features. There’s a respectable range of lenses to choose from. And it’s just plain fun to shoot with. Overall, it’s well worth a look if you’re after a high-quality camera to take with you on your travels and aren’t already locked into the Nikon/Canon/Sony universes.

I’m referring to this camera here as the Olympus OM-1, in part because it carries the Olympus name right there on the front of the camera. But it’s also referred to as the OM System OM-1. As a technical matter, the company that makes it is actually now known as OM System. The Olympus brand is now focused on medical and scientific products, and it seems likely that the OM-1 will be the last new camera to carry the iconic name.

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Photos Taken with an Olympus OM-1

Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the OM-1. (I’ve also posted a set of photos focusing specifically on high ISO in low-light shooting).

I’ve tried to include a range of different scenes and shooting situations, with an emphasis on everyday travel-style shots. And I’ve deliberately not done anything fancy with these. They were originally shot in RAW but have had only the lightest touches of processing in Lightroom (mostly a slight bump in contrast and maybe a little in the exposure setting). But since the point here is to get a sense of the camera’s performance, I didn’t want to overshadow it with too much processing. I haven’t applied any extra noise reduction, sharpening, optical corrections, or enhancement filters or presets.

You can click on each image for a full-size version.

Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 4000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Olympus OM-1 Sample Image
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OLYMPUS M.12-100mm F4.0 lens zoomed to 15 mm (35mm equivalent: 30 mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 250. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 14mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 80. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 16000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 54mm (35mm equivalent: 108mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 75mm (35mm equivalent: 150mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 22mm (35mm equivalent: 44mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 41mm (35mm equivalent: 82mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4.5 and sensitivity of ISO 500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 13mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 1250. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 13mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 2000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 21mm (35mm equivalent: 42mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 80mm (35mm equivalent: 160mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 13mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 61mm (35mm equivalent: 122mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 40mm (35mm equivalent: 80mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 41mm (35mm equivalent: 82mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 32mm (35mm equivalent: 64mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 4000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent: 48mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/5.0 and sensitivity of ISO 20000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 250. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 17mm (35mm equivalent: 34mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 80. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 500. This taken quite close of a small diorama in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 35mm (35mm equivalent: 70mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/8 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 13mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 12800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 32mm (35mm equivalent: 64mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 320. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 32mm (35mm equivalent: 64mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 2000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 80mm (35mm equivalent: 160mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 1600. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 4000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 75mm (35mm equivalent: 150mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 12800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and sensitivity of ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 23mm (35mm equivalent: 46mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 4000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 25600. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens zoomed to 15mm (35mm equivalent: 30mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4 and sensitivity of ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Olympus OM-1 Sample Image at High ISO Setting
I took this photo with an Olympus OM-1 at ISO 20000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

Optical Correction Tools

I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And the general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common issues with lenses, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, and lens vignetting when editing the images. All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in already that often cater to specific lens profiles (or you can make your own).

Some more specialized tools can take it even further. DxO, in particular, sets the gold standard. Their software is built on the foundation of their incredibly deep archive of data from their extensive lab testing of the optical performance of lenses and cameras. But there are some other excellent specialized tools available. These are well worth a look (and have free trials):

  • DxO Pure RAW (for a suite of automatic RAW file corrections enhancement)
  • DxO ViewPoint (correcting for distortion and geometry)
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)
  • On1 NoNoise (includes Tack Sharp AI, which applies sharpening)

Price & Availability of the Olympus OM-1

The Olympus OM-1 has an MSRP of $2199 for the body. It’s also available bundled with an impressive OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II kits lens (MSRP of $2799 on the bundle).

Check the current price and availability at:

Olympus OM-1 Accessories

These are the model numbers for the official accessories for the Olympus OM-1.

  • Battery: BLX-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • External Charger: BCX-1 (or SBCX-1, which includes a spare battery)
  • USB-AC Adapter: F-7AC AC wall adapter
  • Grip/Extended Battery Holder: HLD-10 grip
  • Remote: RM-WR1 wireless remote control
  • Eyecup: EP-18
  • Flash:
    • FL-LM3 electronic flash (the smallest of the flash units)
    • FL-900R electronic flash unit
    • FL-700WR electronic flash unit
    • STF-8 macro flash
    • FC-WR wireless commander
    • FR-WR wireless receiver

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