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Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 12-50mm Lens (Black)

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  • 16.1MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 35-area contrast detect AF
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • 1080 HD video
  • Articulated 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD with 610,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
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  • hd-movie
  • red-eye reduction
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  • memory-card-compatible

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS System Camera
DPReview Gold AwardApril 2012
The E-M5 sets a new benchmark for Micro Four Thirds images, producing good results in all but the most challenging of situations.
Richard ButlerRichard Butler
80%

Conclusion

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is certainly the most capable Micro Four Thirds camera we've reviewed and arguably the most likeable mirrorless model yet. It falls down a little bit on its continuous focusing but we have absolutely no complaints about the image quality. It's small, attractive, and a pleasure to use, and its pictures are equally enjoyable.

Reasons to buy

  • Great JPEGs and generally great image quality, even at high ISO
  • Very fast autofocus with most Micro Four Thirds lenses
  • Built-in image stabilization helps increase number of sharp shots
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Good level of direct control despite small body

Things to consider

  • Focus tracking performance disappointing
  • Small controls sometimes awkward (especially with cold/gloved hands)
  • Default JPEG settings a bit keen to blur detail away
  • Several useful features hidden in complex menus

Suggested for

A wide variety of photography, particularly if you spend the time configuring it to your needs.

Not suggested for

Photography of moving subjects - the only area where it falls significantly behind a good DSLR.
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Viewfinder LCD LCD LCD LCD
Max Resolution 16.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels
Continuous Shooting Speed 9 9 8 9
Image Stabilization N Y Y N
Monitor Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Battery Description Lithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger Lithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger BLS-5 Li-ion battery and charger Lithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Optical Sensor Technology MOS MOS CMOS MOS
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.7 x 3.5 inches ; 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0074WDFHM
  • Item model number: V204045BU000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,089 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2012

Product Description

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.What's in the box: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Black), FL-LM2 Flash Unit, BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery, BCN-1 Battery Charger, Body Cap, USB Cable, A/V Cable, Shoulder Strap, Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW

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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ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER

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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HIGH IMAGE QUALITY

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.


FAST AF

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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9 FPS HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING

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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5-AXIS IMAGE STABILIZATION

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.


DUST-PROOF & SPLASH-PROOF CONSTRUCTION

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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TILTING 3-INCH OLED TOUCHSCREEN

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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LENSES AND ACCESSORIES

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.

Customer Reviews

I hope this report will be of help to you who read it!!
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The rubber thumb grip on the right/rear of the body feels very secure and offers a good grip for my hands.
Jim Hart
This camera is great - I am a novice but it makes taking great photo very easy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hart on June 23, 2012
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First impressions:

(This is not intended as a comprehensive review of the O-MD. It is, rather, a compilation of random thoughts and impressions gathered during my first 24 hours with the O-MD. Full reviews are, of course, available elsewhere along with sample photographs and reviews of the "kit" lens. The intention of this review is to perhaps answer a question or two that a perspective buyer might have.)

The camera is heavier than one might think, especially with the 12-50mm weather sealed lens attached.

As noted in other reviews the camera is smaller than it appears in many photographs. If one has large hands one might consider finding a brick and mortar store in order to test the ergonomics of the O-MD. I have medium sized hands; my DSLR is a Nikon D300 with battery grip attached. That is a fairly large (and heavy) system, but I have found no problem in adjusting to the much smaller O-MD body. I am, however, considering the purchase of the optional grip for the O-MD to counterbalance the weight of some lenses.

***EDIT: I ordered the HLD-6; Amazon has them discounted to $325 as of this writing, some $70 under suggested retail 6/23/12. I would recommend that anyone considering the OM-D E5 camera also consider the battery grip (available on Amazon, there are reviews of the grip available). I now consider it a "must have" if one does considerable portrait style framing or if one wants the security of having two batteries available. Note that the spare battery does not come with the grip! The grip does add some bulk and weight to the system, but not as much as I had feared. The battery in the grip may be accessed if the camera is mounted on a tripod or monopod.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matthias Lambert on May 14, 2012
There are many great reviews that cover the details and functions in depth and they are super helpful. I'll just touch on the feel and transition from my GH1/EPL-1/GF1...
First it is small, I mean really small. It is maybe an inch taller than my GF1 and really it is only the EVF, it is nearly the same as my EPL-1 and this is a camera packing so much ability and functions it could easilly be mistaken as a P&S with a pancake lens attached. The first thing I notice is the speed at which it focuses and the shutter snaps to action. On my GF1 it was quick but never fast, and I often missed candids of my kids unless I had the flash for fill, with the GH1 I almost always got the shot, by shooting with a fast lens, with the OM-d I find myself getting 2 or 3 images as fast as I can blink. The marketing is dead on it is fast and even with the kit 12-50 lens a slower lens compared to the primes available, it snaps to action and at the 12mm wide end even adapts decently to low light indoor shots at higher ISO settings. I am equally impressed with the 12-50 lens compared to the 14-42/45 that came with my other bodies. The older lens combo seemed to be a starter pack to let you unpack and begin shooting. This lens seems to be a thought out full functioning travel lens, offering a middle ground tele at 50mm and a pleasing 12mm wide angle lens for the group shot or larger composition shots. Even the click ring for the Macro function is well thought out and locks to eliminate any accidental switches. The images while I would say are above average in my novice hands, compared to my past attempts, are more than adequate and most likely any flaw is my fault as the photographer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By s. Ip on January 16, 2013
When Olympus gave a great deal on the E-M5 with 12-50 kit over the holidays, and the CFO/wife gave the ok, I took a leap of faith and ordered it. Ok, it wasn't such a big leap as I already had friends who sold all their Canon gear (multiple FF DSLR and L lenses) after getting the OM-D.

I expected to like the OM-D but I didn't expect it would basically become my go to camera. So with that lets start with the Cons and why it still get 5 stars even with cons.

1) Continuous AF

Yes it just isn't going to work very well. But if people are honest with themselves most of us don't use tracking/servo/continuous AF that much. And if you dig a bit deeper, Continuous AF is not perfect on any camera.

On entry level DSLRs continuous AF is a bit of a sweep under the carpet subject with the manufacturers, it works sort of but don't expect it to really work well. You need to upgrade to the higher end bodies with cross type AF sensor points to get decent continuous AF. And even then, it's not magically going to work there are lots of settings you can/need to fiddle with to suit the situation you are shooting. And after all that the camera's not going to deliver perfect results, it still can miss focus.

In fact you might need to spend the truly big bucks for a 5D mk 3 or 1D to get anywhere near perfect continuous AF results. And I doubt that it's even possible to be perfect.

Given all the considerations above, continuous AF is a tiny tiny flaw not important to everyday shooting.

2) Battery life

You are going to need multiple batteries for situations like travelling. But as batteries are small it's not a big problem.
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