A new super-large, eye-level electronic viewfinder features 2.36 million dots and a 1.48X (0.74X 35mm-camera equivalent) magnification, with a minimal 0.029-second display-time lag. The EVF is complemented by a 3.0-inch, 1037K-dot, tilting touch-screen LCD monitor.
There are lots of control dials and buttons, making it quicker and easier to set many camera functions, and a lot of customization is possible. The BLN-1 lithium-ion battery provides 350 shots per charge (per CIPA standard); the optional HLD-7 Battery Grip holds a second battery and doubles shooting capacity. Built-in Wi-Fi, in conjunction with the Olympus Image App, lets you upload images to your smartphone wirelessly, operate the camera from your smartphone and geotag images using the smartphone's GPS.
The E-M1 can shoot at 10 fps with focus locked at the first exposure and 6.5 fps with continuous AF. A big buffer lets you shoot up to 41 RAW or 95 JPEG images in H advance mode. The built-in intervalometer will shoot 1-999 images at intervals from one second to 24 hours. Video capabilities include 1080p, 720p and 640x480, all at 30 fps. Sound is stereo via built-in or external microphone. There's also a 720p 10 fps time-lapse mode. Dimensions are 5.1x3.7x2.5 inches and 15.6 ounces.
Estimated Street Price: $1,399 (body only). www.getolympus.com
Leica M Typ 240Leica has been making M-series rangefinder cameras since the M3 model in 1954 (yes, there were M2 and M1 models, but curiously, the M3 was the first). So the current M Typ 240 isn't a throwback to the look of the past, but simply the latest in a long line of highly respected imaging devices. It looks like a classic Leica rangefinder camera because it is a classic Leica rangefinder camera. But it's digital.
The Ms were 35mm film cameras until the first digital one, the M8, in 2006. The M7 35mm camera is still in production, but the top digital Leica is now the M Typ 240. It's the first Leica to use a CMOS sensor (a 24-megapixel "full-frame" one), and thus the first to offer live view, live focusing and video. It also produces the best image quality of any Leica digital camera by a wide margin.
Focusing is manual only. Like all Leica M cameras, the M Typ 240 provides excellent rangefinder focusing and can use all of the superb Leica M-system lenses. It can also use Leica R-series SLR lenses via optional R adapter. It provides live-view focusing on the 3.0-inch, 920K-dot LCD monitor, with focus peaking, and you can add the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder for eye-level electronic viewing and focusing, if desired. (Note that you have to use live viewing with the R lenses; the rangefinder doesn't work with them.)