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Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 14-42mm Lens (Black)

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  • The High Resolution 1.4million dot EVF, with a 120 fps refresh rate, is a 100% accurate high eye point electronic viewfinder
  • 16 megapixel live-mos sensor & truepic vi image processor
  • World's fastest autofocus
  • In-body image stabilization
  • 3" 610,000 dot tilt/touch oled
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Olympus OM-D E-M5: Hands-on preview by dpreview.com

Read the full Olympus OM-D E-M5 preview at dpreview.com
The E-M5 is the first of Olympus' OM-D range of Micro Four Thirds cameras and is styled to look like the its classic OM series SLRs. We've had a chance to use one of the most rumored and speculated-about cameras of recent years and have prepared a full, hands-on preview. We take a look at the camera's features and explain its levels of customization. Click here to find out more about what goes on behind the E-M5's pretty exterior.

Read the full Olympus OM-D E-M5 preview at dpreview.com

Product Details

Color: Black | Style: with 14-42mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.7 x 3.5 inches ; 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0074WDEY6
  • Item model number: V204041BU000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: with 14-42mm Lens

From the Manufacturer


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A new era in digital SLR technology is about to begin. Up to now, digital SLRs simply replaced film with an electronic imaging device, which did not significantly change the products in terms of size, weight and user interface. The new, revolutionary mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M5, has an exceptionally light and compact body. Its Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time. When shooting, the photographer can instantly "create" a truly unique world and preserve it in exceptional quality. The "world" will be transformed from something you see to something you "take part" in.

The OM-D is a groundbreaking, new digital interchangeable lens camera perfect for people who want to "take part", "create", and "share".

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The OM-D's new high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) features a 100% field-of-view coverage and 1.15x maximum magnification that let you totally immerse yourself in your subject, and actively control image creation. The EVF also enables you to enlarge the focus point for precision focusing in virtually any shooting situation, and can show you the effect of Highlight & Shadow Control, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Aspect Ratio, and a host of other settings and advanced digital image processing functions right in the viewfinder. With improved precision and responsiveness that make it as easy to use as an optical viewfinder, the OM-D's advanced EVF gives you virtually unlimited creative control.

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Three key factors contribute to the OM-D's unprecedented image quality: a wide lineup of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses for sharp, clear subject capture, a new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor for rich tonal expression, and an advanced TruePic VI image processor for superb color fidelity. The optimal balance of these factors ensures the high resolution, sensitivity, and color accuracy you need to brilliantly capture the world around you.


The world's fastest* AF system, FAST AF, has been made even faster and more accurate on the OM-D. Improved new 3D Tracking AF assures you won't miss the moment even when subjects move toward or away from you, and the new high-sensitivity image sensor ensures superior AF performance even in dim light. *Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of February 8, 2012, when using the OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens with the E-M5, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.

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Thanks to the new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor's high-speed read-out performance, the OM-D offers maximum sequential shooting at 9 fps, making it easy to capture sports action or fast-moving subjects such as pets and wildlife. In addition, a compact new high-speed shutter mechanism enables the OM-D to offer this performance without compromising the handling advantages of a light and compact body.

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The OM-D is equipped with the world's first 5-axis image stabilization system, and can compensate for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems of the past have been unable to handle. Built into the camera body to ensure effective stabilization with all lenses, its unique 5-axis design makes it particularly effective when taking high-magnification telephoto shots, macro close-ups, and long exposures. In addition, it can be activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, so you can also use it to stabilize the viewfinder image and obtain a crisp, clear view of your subject that makes it easy to frame and compose your shots.


Trouble-free shooting in all environments is assured by our proven dust-proof and splash-proof technology. Numerous specially constructed seals throughout the body protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray, making it ideal for all kinds of outdoor shooting. What's more, this protection extends to the M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, the bundled detachable flash unit, and the optional HLD-6 grip and power battery holder.

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In addition to offering dial and button controls, the OM-D is the first Olympus camera to feature a tilting touchscreen monitor for intuitive fingertip operation. The 3-inch OLED touchscreen delivers high-resolution images of your subject with rich color reproduction. It also responds instantly to your touch with fast operation that makes it easy to focus on subjects, play back images, and adjust settings such as exposure and white balance.

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In addition to its new electronic motorized M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens with quiet, linear drive AF, the OM-D is supported by an ever-expanding range of wide-angle, macro, portrait, and telephoto Micro Four Thirds M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. System accessories include cases, straps, filters, external flash units, and mount adapters for Four Thirds System lenses and OM System lenses.

Product Description

A new era in Micro Four Thirds technology is about to begin. The new, revolutionary mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M5, has an exceptionally light and compact body. Its Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time.

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Customer Reviews

At first I hated it, then I wanted to return it, then I started to get the hang of it, and now you…It is excellent in regard to build, weight and the images are great. T… Read more ›
Image quality is excellent, with great features like 5 axis stabilization built into the camera. The build, small form factor and handling are superb. Read more ›
The OM-D E-M5 yields great images and is a great camera for travel. Its size and weight are a real plus when you are carrying your gear all day. Read more ›
I haven't looked back yet! Very light, quality is amazing! Lenses are cheaper as well. Read more ›
I even didn't try to deal with it. The pictures are clear and full of detail like the hair and eyebrows. Face detection is very good. Read more ›
When this camera is working, it is one of the best cameras that I have ever used and the image quality is exceptional. I love the small size, light weight, and tilting… Read more ›
Have some trouble with the small buttons but also adapting to them. The three lenses are of good quality and the image quality is high. I have had it for four months now… Read more ›
Though I'm an amateur I have done the…The range of available lenses is excellent as well, with some very nice primes available to produce truly top-notch image quality. T… Read more ›
I have had my Olympus OM-D E-M5 for about three months and snapped about 500 pics. The image quality is superb and the provided 12-50-mm lens is a great one. My previous… Read more ›
It is very fast, sharp with beautiful color rendering! comes with 12-50mm lens which is very nice but buy Olympus 45mm if you like to have a beautiful bokeh!. with some… Read more ›
There was nothing to complain about with my Pentax, but the form factor the OM-D is fantastic. And the image quality with the kit 12-50mm lens is outstanding. I especially… Read more ›
I recommend getting the 12mm F2, the 17mm F1.8, and the 45mm F1.8 from Olympus. These lenses work great on the OMD. The kit lens is ok image quality wise but can't compete… Read more ›
Being a long time…I was impressed with the workmanship and functionality -- mode buttons make sense, the menu was easy to navigate, and the viewfinder design is unique. I… Read more ›
This camera is outstanding! It's light, it's portable, and the controls are intuitive and stay out of your way. Most importantly, it renders beautiful, clean, crisp images. Read more ›
This camera has many nice features, it's fast has a good iso range. Using it in manual mode is easy also using manual lenses is easier than the lumix range. It's done… Read more ›
Those buttons are a bit harder to reach and I find myself rarely hitting Fn2,…Fortunately the Auto ISO function works very well to compensate for poor button positioning. Read more ›
Considering that all the of PEN cameras previous to the EM5 were based on the Panasonic 12 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and Olympus'…Its technical features are well known. Su… Read more ›
Neutral: - The menu system is neither great nor terrible it just takes some getting used to. - The Buttons are mushy feeling and very small. Read more ›
The camera sensor is definitely in the DSLR quality space and is…The autofocus is extremely fast and very accurate - I love the eye-focus feature when face detection is on. Read more ›
Autofocus is fast but not reliable. Read more ›
The autofocus is amazingly fast. I haven't done an actual scientific test, but it seems as fast, if not faster, than the D800. Read more ›
It's an…Autofocus is very fast indeed (with the right lens, anyway), with the caveat that AF tracking is still disappointing compared to DSLRs in this price range. Read more ›
W…The camera is an absolute joy to use -- focusing is super fast and sure, the camera feels great in the hands, the shutter sound is the nicest of any camera I've ever owned. Read more ›
The autofocus is very fast, as fast as the GH2. Read more ›
I enjoy this the best. Second, the screen on the back is quite beautiful and the touch screen option is a plus. Third, its very quick and hardly ever hunts. Read more ›
With the grid system they use in this camera it is absolutely effortless to switch focus points. The touch screen is amazing. Touch any place on the LCD and the camera can… Read more ›
- like most compact…- would be nice if the tilt display was easier to open, and more tiltable or reversible for self-shooting, but those abilities would add bulk I guess Read more ›
+ Good LCD screen. The LCD screen is clear and bight. It also swivels out so it can face upwards and downwards. Read more ›
I have read that people have had small issues with the weather sealing on this camera, but I have yet to experience…--The screen is great (if not the highest resolution). Read more ›
- EVF is quite useful - Swiveling touch screen is great - Weather sealed body (used it in a snow storm with no worries at all!) Read more ›
This camera has a very fast and accurate autofocus, and…The menu system is not particularly intuitive, but it is easy to use the basic controls for most photographs. Th… Read more ›
- Fun. This camera is just fun to use. The tactile feedback you get from it and the build quality really feel good. Read more ›
They packed too many buttons and nobs and wheels together and the menus can be overwhelming if you do not know what you…The 5D was much easier to use and readily intuitive. Read more ›
It is light weight, compact, has fantastic quick focusing, exceptional image quality, many many options, at the same time easy to use in an automatic or partially automatic… Read more ›
Fast focus and bright foto! Camera is simple to operate and multifunctional. Thank you! Read more ›
I understand why this camera is so well-regarded -- it's fast to operate, seems rugged, produces great images, uses the great range of Micro 4/3 lenses, and looks like your… Read more ›
Image and video quality is excellent, image stabilization on camera helps a lot, too. Read more ›
But I'm baffled as to why Olympus cripples what could also be an amazing video camera with such an anemic and inflexible video codec (30 fps, 20Mbps max). It's sad to see… Read more ›
Often times, I can pass the camera to someone who doesn't know how to…It's a terrific tool for stills, but where it also shines just a brilliantly is for videography. I… Read more ›
The sensor literally feels like it is floating in…This IS works amazing in video as well, it feels like you are walking with a steadicam; 3.) jpg processing is outstanding. Read more ›
First off this thing would get a 5 Star rating in my book for pictures and a good solid 4 for video. I noticed a few specs that looked like dust in the EV and then I… Read more ›
Th…I don't shoot much video, but I will say that the IBIS works amazingly well for video, greatly reducing the hand-held `jittery' effect that my video clips typically show. Read more ›
ISO performance is good, though obviously not in the same league as full-frame. They say it's about comparable to the Nikon D7000, which is pretty good. Read more ›
It performed extremely well. The low light focus performance was great, easily matching my friend's Canon 7D. Although once in a while it would seem to do a full hunt focus… Read more ›
The included flash is not terribly powerful, but…The low light performance is awesome, so I haven't had a lot of problems due to the weak performance of the included flash. Read more ›
Battery performance is good, I shoot around 500 photos on my…EVF performance is good for extremely strong sunlight in Texas, an optional EP-11 eyecup will work even better. Read more ›
I wanted this a smaller and more discrete version of the DSLR and so far I'm very happy, the shutter sound is quite silent and very pleasing, and low ISO performance is… Read more ›
As other reviewers have already noted, the image quality is very good and high ISO performance is as good as my D700. Read more ›
There aren't a ton of lenses available for it compared to nikon or canon, but i think…The micro 4/3 format seems to offer a solid featureset and the size is very useful. Read more ›
The only down sides I see to upgrading (aside from potentially…I don't like to use flash, but it was nice to have a popup one in case needed, and the size was very nice. Read more ›
When you think of the millions of people that love the midget sensor cameras and then look at the huge size of 4/3 or aps-c...its no wonder these types take among the best… Read more ›
I use this with several 4/3rds lenses on the MMF3 adapter. My thought was to take the best pictures that I can without carrying around a full sized camera. Also, I did not… Read more ›
The main reasons I chose this one over the others is the in body image stabilization, lens choices, extremely quick auto focus, size, custom options, dust and splash… Read more ›
That's right as far as I'm concerned it is the perfect combination of size and quality! Had it for two months and am totally blown away by what Olympus was able to pack… Read more ›
3. It is really small and a little bit light weight. 4. Color is very good even in the jpeg file. So far I'm still shooting dual mode (jpg + raw) as I'm still observing. Read more ›
Build and quality is good. Picture quality and color rendering is good. If only ISO 6400 perform better in term of noise handling, this camera can be the best camera. Read more ›
The colors are great. Focus issues, sure, battery issues, sure, but not overcome-able, and all in all I am nothing but pleased. Read more ›
with awesome portability (on pancake lenses specially). Exposure and Color are FANTASTIC. Plenty of manual controls and almost endless customization possibilities. Read more ›
I do like video quality because of the image stabilization and skin colors are good in video mode. Not sure why I like skin colors better in video more than in photos. Read more ›
The combo makes a fast, lightweight camera that you can carry around all day. The resulting pics are unbelievably sharp with great color and detail. My main (and truly,… Read more ›
Dynamic rage is definitely behind. - The buttons are well laid out, but are small and have a weird feel to them. - Size...it is neither large nor small, which creates a… Read more ›
The shutter button is smooth to operate. Read more ›
Really tough to press. Granted it IS a smaller camera and that's to be expected but I've had the Sony NEX 5N and the buttons are indeed easier to maneuver. What I loved… Read more ›
The left dial is meant to be used with the thumb, but it's a little bit of a stretch…The right dial is around the shutter button and is easy to turn with the index finger. Read more ›
Terrific feature and works very well. 7. Function buttons capable of many different settings 8. Easy to hold and light weight compared to similar dSLR, some feel it needs… Read more ›
I have had my OM-D-EM5 a week now and I'm still learning all the great features. I function buttons to put ISO and white blance at my fingertips. This lens is amazing, I… Read more ›
The lenses available (from Olympus, Panasonic, & even Sigma) are superb. Even the 'kit' zoom is very good, far surpassing a few I've had on film & digital SLR's. It is very… Read more ›
Done well, different speeds with the fastest pretty fast. But the manual zoom is good too. 5) weather sealing. Read more ›
They are all great lenses. But good quality zooms compromise the whole point of getting the camera. Read more ›
Also, primes set to the same aperture size still tends to be faster than zoom lenses (look up t-stop for info). And because with M4/3 it's easy to carry a lot of primes… Read more ›
It's a really good 5-axis in body stabilizer, just read the reviews online. Digital zoom - you can program the function button to do a quick 2x digital zoom. I love this… Read more ›
+ Reasonable selection of lenses and adapters + 12-50mm kit lens covers a useful "travel zoom" range and includes a macro mode + Relatively quiet, low-pitched shutter Read more ›

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416 of 426 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gakuran on April 24, 2012
Style Name: with 14-42mm LensColor Name: Black
I've been invested in the m43 format since the launch of the E-P1 in summer 2009, successively moving up to the E-PL2, E-P3 and now the OM-D E-M5. Features have been added and the cameras tweaked with each generation, and it's safe to say that Olympus have produced their best m43 camera yet in the E-M5. But there is a lot of competition out there, and the robust E-M5 with built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) may not be the best option for everyone. Let me walk you through my experience using the camera having upgraded from past models. (Note I'm based in Japan, which is why I have the camera early).

[Size and Weight]

My initial reason for choosing the mirrorless m43 (micro four thirds) format was a desire to have a high quality imaging sensor inside a compact camera body. I did not want to carry around the bulk and weight of a DSLR camera, but was tired of the poor performance from point and shoot cameras, especially in low light. The Olympus PEN series met my needs perfectly in this respect, and have retained their small form factor throughout the range, despite consistently improving and adding features.

The E-M5 is no exception - it is the same width as the E-P3, with a little extra height because of the EVF on top of the camera and 50g heavier, weighing in at 425g with battery. In pictures online, it can look rather large, but after holding the camera in my hands, it became clear just how small it really is. The E-M5 is certainly not a pocket camera (although it will fit into large coat pockets), but the form-factor and equally small, lightweight m43 lenses mean it is an excellent choice for hiking and travelling, especially if you value its robust body and weather sealing.
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214 of 221 people found the following review helpful By A. Stegeman on May 25, 2012
Style Name: Body OnlyColor Name: Black
First, who I am: I'm an avid street photographer who usually has 1-2 gallery showings a year and occaisionally gets my photos picked up by the papers--I've been into photography for alomost 50 years and teach it at the university level. While I bought the camera with the 12-50mm kit lens, most of my shooting has been with the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f:1.4 lens, as I just prefer shooting with a fast, standard focal length, prime lens. I'm just telling you this because some of the things that might wow me might be inconsequential to a novice photographer who just wants to point and shoot (although the camera does that as well).

All of that out of the way, this camera is just plain nuts (in a good way). Unless you're really splitting hairs, this tiny little camera can pull in virtually the same shots that a big, bulky, pro DSLR can. Honest. I've been getting stunning images in the most photographically problematic situations ever since I started shooting with this thing--If you don't believe me, go to [...] and do your own side by side comparisons. Did I say it was small? Not only can you carry it with you all day, but when you hold it in your hands you just know that the magesium frame is going to take all the abuse you can throw at it. This camera doesn't just look like the legendary Olympus OM-1 & 2 cameras from the 1970's it's inheritted the very same strong and sveldt spirit which made them so appreciated by both professional photojournalists and enthusiasts.

Aside from the size and image quality, this camera is also blistering fast with its autofocus--as in how can it do it that fast?
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176 of 185 people found the following review helpful By E. Nguyen on May 8, 2012
Style Name: with 12-50mm LensColor Name: Silver
I took a leap of faith and sold my precious X100 to buy this camera. I've had the EM-5 for almost a month now and I just love it. To me it's almost the perfect camera. I enjoy using it every time and it makes photography fun for me again.

A small lightweight camera with great versatility for outdoor hikes, indoor portraits and low light photography. The X100 was charming and produced beautiful OTC jpegs, but it did not have the versatility of an all-in-one camera that I was looking for to replace my DSLR. Focusing was too slow for taking pictures of my nieces or any action photography, focal length was not ideal for portraits or wild life shots, and video recording features were limited. It did excel at street photography but I wanted more.

Since you can change the lens, the possibilities are endless with the EM-5. Especially when paired with an exceptional lens like the Olympus 45mm or Panasonic 25mm, the Olympus can produce some breathtaking results. There are more controls and settings for movie recording. With lenses that feature MSC, zooming and focusing is absolutely silent. You can also add external mic input with an adapter and there are custom settings galore! It is more of an investment than the X100 with all the lenses but that depends on what you want out of it. IBIS let's me slow down the shutter speed to 1/20 of a second hand held so I don't have to stick to 1/60th and crank up the ISO.

Although the EM-5 has a smaller the sensor, the image quality is very high. I would even say that the raw files from the EM-5 are equal or sometimes better than the X100.
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