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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black)

Price: $999.00
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Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0" 610k-Dot Tilting OLED Monitor
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60 fps
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • Dustproof and Splash-Proof Construction
  • FAST Auto Focus System

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera sports the popular mirrorless technology that allows for a light and compact body. More than that, however, the OM-D E-M5 is an outstanding camera that provides you with tools like an electronic eye-level viewfinder, a 120 fps refresh rate, a tilting 3.0" OLED touchscreen monitor, 16Mp of resolution, and - of course - an ever-expanding array of compatible lens options. All these factors boil down to a camera that's easier to transport than the average DSLR, yet puts multiple creative choices, and numerous other high-end features and functions, at your disposal.

Taking the features of the OM-D EM-5 one at a time, let's begin with the camera's high image quality. Making such stunning 16Mp stills and 1920 x 1080 HD video possible would be the 16Mp Live MOS image sensor and the TruePic VI image processor. The heart of the camera, these two work together with an array of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses for impressive images and movies.

Other features worth mentioning here include Olympus' AF system, which enables fast, accurate images in a variety of situations. Additionally, 9.2 fps high-speed sequential shooting goes a step further to ensure that fast moving subjects are easily captured. The 5-axis, sensor-shift image stabilization system also comes into play here, compensating for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake, which conventional 2-axis systems of the past haven't been able to tame. This stabilization is built-in the camera body, and ensures effective stabilization with all lenses.

The high-res, 1.44 million dot LCD has 100% field-of-view coverage and a 1.15x maximum magnification. The EVF also allows for enlarging the focus point for seeing the effect of many different features right in the viewfinder. In addition to this impressive EVF, the camera also has a 3.0" tilting OLED touchscreen monitor, making it the first Olympus camera to have such capabilities. The touchscreen monitor allows for fast menu navigation, and brilliant composition and review of scenes.

The OM-D EM-5 is also a tough camera, featuring a dust-proof and splash-proof design. As Olympus states, "multiple ring-shaped seals protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray". That means there's no need to fear the elements and as a result, miss the shot. What's more the OM-D extends this feature to the bundled flash unit, the optional grip, the power battery holder, and the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens.

Intuitively Designed Electronic Viewfinder
The OLYMPUS E-M5 is the first Olympus interchangeable-lens camera to incorporate a 120 fps refresh rate, high definition electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor to seamlessly switch the display between the tilting 3.0" touch screen OLED and the electronic viewfinder for ease-of-use. It features a 100% field of view, maximum 1.15x magnification, and an eye point of 18mm for fatigue-free viewing. Camera setting information, such as shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder so photographers can concentrate on framing shots and take full advantage of an EVF's ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments and Art Filter effects - all without having to take the eye away from the viewfinder
Superior Image Quality
The Olympus E-M5 uses a 16.1 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor offering improved performance and exceptional clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. Olympus' TruePic VI image-processing engine dramatically improves image quality in low-light environments. The camera's sensor allows for a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been expanded for more faithful color reproduction
Unprecedented 5-Axis Image Stabilization
The Olympus E-M5 is distinguished by the world's first 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism capable of reducing the effects of camera motion and image blur from five directions on stills and video, even including motion blur caused by the photographer walking or running. Previous IS mechanisms compensated for camera shake by addressing only two kinds of movement along the vertical and horizontal axis. However, camera shake can actually be caused by five different kinds of movement: horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotary motion, as well as the yaw and pitch. While some technology has attempted to correct for camera blur by building the Image Stabilization mechanism into the lens, the Olympus E-M5 IS mechanism is incorporated into the camera body itself so that all lenses mounted on the body can take advantage of this sophisticated technology, whether shooting stills or HD video. The IS system utilizes the sensor-shift method
Blazing Speed
Focus and shoot faster with record-breaking autofocus speed and imaging processing. The Olympus E-M5 employs the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, introduced in the PEN E-P3, but with even greater speed. The 16Mp Live MOS chip drives image data off the sensor at a blazing 240 frames-per-second, a 2x speed increase in Continuous Autofocus, with reduced image blackout enabling photographers to track fast action. Maximum frame rates in sequential shooting have also increased more than 2x with a max frame rate of 9 fps in Single AF. A new 3D tracking AF system can follow the subject through the X-, Y- and Z-axes to dramatically improve focus on moving subjects
Creative Freedom
The Olympus E-M5 features a 3.0" tilting OLED touch-screen to enable photographers to get up high or down low for any shot. The touchscreen interface offers intuitive focus and release of the shutter and review and enlargement of images in playback with the touch of a finger. The Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the OLED screen at pre-set intervals during long exposures and enables the user to preview continually unfolding action such as fireworks or waterfalls and adjust the exposure time accordingly while capturing the image at the desired moment. An innovative new interface, EVF Creative Control, produces a tone curve overlay on the viewfinder screen to enable separate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness, white balance, magnification and aspect ratio can also be manipulated via the EVF.

A "Key Line" Art Filter joins ten other available filters on the Olympus E-M5 and enhances the edge lines of the image to make it look more like an illustration. "Cross Process II" and "Dramatic Tone II" Art Filters provide variations on the popular existing filters, and the two new Echo effects for movies leaves a momentary residual image of a subject's movements when activated during movie recording. Users who like to perform their movie post-editing on a PC will particularly appreciate the Full HD 1080i movie recording function, which adopts the MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Powerful Portability and Rugged Durability
The striking, iconic design of the Olympus E-M5 is more than just looks; its magnesium alloy body is rugged enough to stand up to severe environmental conditions like heavy rain and blowing sand. The Olympus E-M5 employs internal seals extensively and, when the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens is attached, this combination delivers an integrated dustproof and splashproof camera system. The electronic viewfinder section of the body is also made of magnesium alloy to ensure durability, and the FL-LM2 Electronic Flash that ships with the camera features the same dustproof and splashproof construction
Compatible with All Micro Four Thirds-Compliant Lenses
The Olympus E-M5 is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses, including two lenses that Olympus will introduce later this year: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 macro. The 75mm lens is a high-quality metal design with fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports shooting, while the dustproof and splashproof 60mm lens features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 7.5 inches
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDXC 1
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UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible

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Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo 2
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Mono without external mic

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Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 35
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting  LED (610)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 3
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Default: 200-1600

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Shutter 1/4000 - 60 seconds
Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering 4
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Multi-zone=Digital ESP

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Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps) 5
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Also: Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide/macro
Exposure compensation: 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps

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Flash
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 sec
Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Connectivity AV Output
DC Input
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0 6
Please Note:

Dedicated multi-connector accessory port 2

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Power
Battery 1x BLN-1  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-3 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7" / 12.2 x 8.9 x 4.3 cm
Weight 15 oz / .43 kg
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, 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
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusOM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver)
     
    4.6

    (based on 100 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (82)
    • Good image quality (71)
    • Image stabilization (68)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (67)
    • Large clear LCD (65)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (18)
    • Poor flash (8)
    • Complicated controls (6)
    • Lag / shutter delay (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (83)
    • Family photos (70)
    • Low light (60)
    • Landscape/scenery (56)
    • Weddings (37)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (26), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    JUST AMAZING!

    FAST! That's one word to describe the ME5. ACCURATE! That's another word that the EM5 is.My previous cameras were a Canon 550D and a Olympus E-PL3. The 550D was a fantastic camera...Read complete review

    FAST! That's one word to describe the ME5. ACCURATE! That's another word that the EM5 is.My previous cameras were a Canon 550D and a Olympus E-PL3. The 550D was a fantastic camera .. it was fast, IQ was excellent but man I hated carrying it around. It was big and bulky and it was mainly in my draw except for special events. Most times I would just take the Panasonic LX5 point&shoot which was not too bad for what it was. With the E-PL3, it had very good IQ that matched the 550D in day time in a package the same size as the LX5. I was already quite happy with it but it was really limited by ISO1600 .. anything above that just turned to mush.Now I've sold all those and the EM5 is the perfect camera. I take photos of everything and a lot of the time it's for taking photos of the kids.I've had the EM5 for a week now after waiting 3 months for it. I have to say .. it looks gorgeous in real life. It is a tiny camera, it feels very solid and the build quality is just excellent.Being used to the oly's menus .. it didn't take long to get it all setup. I actually find the menus and quick menus are the best on all the cameras I've had. It's very fast and very customisable. Image quality is just amazing .. it is way ahead of the E-PL3. Auto focus is just blisteringly fast and accurate ... face detection works perfectly and it will chase my kids around easily. I have never been able to get consistently sharp pictures with kids running around indoors with any camera. This camera stands out with amazing speed and accuracy... having a very usable ISO6400 and such fast AF helps so much.The other thing that is just astounding is the IMAGE STABILISER (IS) I have got to highly commend Olympus on this. It works like MAGIC!!! I was taking a hand held photo in a dimly lit room and the auto iso was 5000. I kept turning the iso down to see how well the IS does .. I got it all the way down to iso320 and still got a perfectly sharp image .. at 1/5sec. That is just unheard of in any camera! The IS also works it's magic with big zooms ... has anyone had 100% perfectly sharp images from a 200mm (that's 400mm equivalent)lens? ... It will focus and lock on with half press of the shutter button instantly and the IS is shown on the screen. I can fire it out continuously easily and they're all very sharp and focus is spot on. I tested this with moving kids with face tracking on with the Oly40-150mm and the Pana45-200mm and both work a treat with the IS.How did olympus fit all this into a small tiny camera? I don't know but they sure did a great job with it. The EVF is extremely useful especially in bright day light or taking macro shots with manual focus. The EVF is bright and sharp and is just a pleasure to use. Also on most touch screen cameras, it's laggy and kind gets in the way more than anything. On the EM5, the focus and shoot is so fast and easy to use, it's enjoyable to use .. and flicking through photos like that on an iphone is very good though I tend to use the front dial to do that more often and works well too.About the fan noise that people have been talking about. Under normal use ... you will not notice it at all. You can hear it if you press your ear against it but really who does that anyway. You will only hear it in a silent room and put on something a desk which might amplify the noise. I don't have a problem with it at all .. it's really a non-issue.I really can't fault the camera. It's perfect for what I need. It has great low light performance with the right lenses. I would highly recommend a Pana20mm f1.7 for a tiny package that will still fit in my hoody pocket. I think the only thing that I would change on the camera .. or maybe Olympus can address it in a future firmware is a distance adjustment for the EVF sensor. I think it's a bit too sensitive or the distance it senses the face is too far. I'd often be showing others photos or taking photos from the hip and the EVF will turn on and the screen turns off. It does only take a second to switch itself but sometimes it'd be better if it only sensed it when my face was fully on the eye piece.Overall ... it's a 10/10 camera and I can't be more happy with it. I think it's already become an instant classic. It's a camera that you will want to keep even if another camera better comes out.

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    Plympus E-M5

    I bought this camera to replace my everyday pocket Panasonic Lumix LX-5 when I didn't have my Canon 5D Mark II on me.Along with the body I bought the 14-150 (28-300...Read complete review

    I bought this camera to replace my everyday pocket Panasonic Lumix LX-5 when I didn't have my Canon 5D Mark II on me.Along with the body I bought the 14-150 (28-300 in 35 mm) lense. Short note for the lense: Simply terrible:No IS, Slow and really bad focus, completely insufficient in low light like in a sunset let alone night shots, no detailed (sharp) photos.The camera buttons are placed so unergonomically. Not practical to use them at all, especially with 2 button combinations. If you have big fingers, then you'd better have a lot of patience. ;)Very confusing Menu system. You definately need a well documented User's Manual, but it doesn't come with it. There is a downloadable version, but Olympus shouldn't have bothered with this manual at all: Instructions are not explained well at all.Image quality is really less than average: I can't believe Lumix LX-5 produced a lot sharper photos. Of course the lense is a huge factor here, but I got rid of this camera in the end because of but very confusing layout of the buttons, so many options with no explanations, no info on how to program the function buttons, bad image quality, so litlle functionality, and the inferior electronic viewfinder (EV) compared to optical ones (OV) found in DSLRs.No idea on the Video because I did not try it at all(Sub note: I tried the Fujifilm X-E1 and found to be superior to Olumpus e-m5 with built and image quality as well as functionality with a bigger sensor. Its EV is at least wtice better rsolution but all in all EV in both machines are inferior to OVs. One should not even consider this to be an option in deciding on a new camera.If your pro gear starts feeling heavier as time goes by on the field, and you need a smaller gear to replace it, don't bother with anything less than a CMOS sensor on the (CSC) mirrorless line. Otherwise, get yourself a compact camera as a supplement to your main gear.Hope that helps a bit on your decision for a new camera.

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    4.0

    Great Camera

    By Jerry48

    from Pasadena

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Automatic Flash Mode
    • Pure Automatic Flash Mode

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

    This camera is great from all the aspects except the auto flash mode. The pictures are pretty dark but there is a way around it if you set it manually. I am getting great pictures but the manual setting is better than the company auto preset.
    Why I chose this camera is that it is small but still making excellent pictures. The only advice I have is: don't save money on lenses

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    2.0

    Buyer Beware!

    By Disappointed

    from USA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls
      • Poor in Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

        Buyer Beware! Previous reviews have covered the pros and cons of this camera. I simply want to warn buyers not to trust Olympus. I bought the E-M5 and HLD6 Battery Grip together, directly from Olympus (B&H was out of stock). Within a month, something went wrong that caused the camera to fire randomly, or too many times, or not at all, any time the battery grip was attached. I sent it off under warranty for repairs, waited two months for its return, and was happy when it appeared to work perfectly. Within another six months, the same problem cropped up again. I contacted Olympus and was told I'd have to pay for repairs, this time, despite the fact that they never really fixed the problem the first time. So think twice before buying into the Olympus system. They don't stand behind their products.

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        2.0

        I hate this camera!

        By topshot

        from East coast

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

        I went from a Nikon system DSLR to the micro 4/3 when a disability forced me to start using a lighter weight camera. Originally I bought the first Panasonic m4/3 and loved it; I was amazed with the quality of the images, the color, etc. When Olympus came out with this camera, I bought it because I thought it would handle lower light better than the Panasonic, and would have more features, plus it could use the lenses I already had from the Panasonic. Unfortunately, like the Panasonic, it does terrible in lower light! The battery life is poor - much worse than the Panasonic. It DOES have more features - but this turned out to be a curse, not a blessing. The problem with this camera is that it wasn't designed - - it was engineered. Picture a bunch of gadget geeks gathered in a meeting saying, "what MORE cool features can we put on this thing?" and then you get the idea. Are you really going to remember how to set your menu for the auto focus to concentrate on someone's right eye pupil versus left eye pupil when you are in the middle of a shoot? These bewildering, picayune choices do NOT make for better pictures. And the buttons are very sensitive so you may end up pressing something you hadn't intended to, with horrible results. My photos are so bad that I end up spending lots more time in Photoshop doing image correction. This is a case where MORE is LESS! A huge disappointment. It's been a year now and I have decided to sell this little beast. I no longer feel confident that I can give people the results they deserve when shooting events with the Olympus.

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        5.0

        Great Compact Alternative to DSLRs

        By Justin the Fire Guy

        from Boise, ID

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Lcd
        • Small / Compact
        • Weather resistant

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Complicated Menu System
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

        I picked this up as my "travel" camera, mainly because of the great m4/3 lens selection, smaller size and weather-sealing. So far I've been very happy with the image quality and overall feel of the camera. Along with the body I got the 12-40 f/2.8 PRO lens, and while it's a bit heavy and the balance is awkward, the image quality is great. Throw in a few prime lenses (60mm f/2.8 Macro and 75mm f/1.8) and it makes a very small, compact travel kit. This replaces a Nikon 1 and D5100 as my primary travel kit... very happy so far. Thought about getting the E-M1 instead, but for my uses I couldn't justify paying the extra money for a grip, faster max shutter speed, and some extra weather-sealing. Not regretting that choice at all. Highly recommended!

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        3.0

        First one was defective

        By Andrew

        from Yakima, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

        I returned my first OM-D E-M5 and exchanged it for another one because it was defective. My first shot in a series was often very underexposed even though it was metered correctly. The next shot, taken a second later without adjusting any settings, would be properly exposed using the same f-stop and shutter speed as the previous shot. The issue seemed to only occur in bright daylight at higher shutter speeds. The issue might also be related to the camera coming out of "sleep" mode. The issue has been documented in a couple of forums, including flickr and dpreview. According to people on those forums, sending the camera to Olympus for repair seemed to resolve the issue. Luckily, I discovered the defect before B&H's return period expired, so I was able to replace it for a new one. Note: updating the firmware did not help the issue.Anyway, after one day with the replacement camera, I have not been able to reproduce the underexposed frames.One thing I notice about the replacement is that it makes more noise as I take a shot (after AF does its thing). I guess it's the IS system, but I don't remember it being so loud in the first camera.Despite my bad luck, I still think the OM-D series of cameras are the coolest mirrorless cameras on the market. With respect to the E-M5, it's not easy to find another weather-sealed mirrorless camera with a relatively large number of native lenses at this price point. I just hope mine lasts for many years to come.

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        2.0

        Plympus E-M5

        By Offbound

        from Santa Fe, NM

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

        I bought this camera to replace my everyday pocket Panasonic Lumix LX-5 when I didn't have my Canon 5D Mark II on me.Along with the body I bought the 14-150 (28-300 in 35 mm) lense. Short note for the lense: Simply terrible:No IS, Slow and really bad focus, completely insufficient in low light like in a sunset let alone night shots, no detailed (sharp) photos.The camera buttons are placed so unergonomically. Not practical to use them at all, especially with 2 button combinations. If you have big fingers, then you'd better have a lot of patience. ;)Very confusing Menu system. You definately need a well documented User's Manual, but it doesn't come with it. There is a downloadable version, but Olympus shouldn't have bothered with this manual at all: Instructions are not explained well at all.Image quality is really less than average: I can't believe Lumix LX-5 produced a lot sharper photos. Of course the lense is a huge factor here, but I got rid of this camera in the end because of but very confusing layout of the buttons, so many options with no explanations, no info on how to program the function buttons, bad image quality, so litlle functionality, and the inferior electronic viewfinder (EV) compared to optical ones (OV) found in DSLRs.No idea on the Video because I did not try it at all(Sub note: I tried the Fujifilm X-E1 and found to be superior to Olumpus e-m5 with built and image quality as well as functionality with a bigger sensor. Its EV is at least wtice better rsolution but all in all EV in both machines are inferior to OVs. One should not even consider this to be an option in deciding on a new camera.If your pro gear starts feeling heavier as time goes by on the field, and you need a smaller gear to replace it, don't bother with anything less than a CMOS sensor on the (CSC) mirrorless line. Otherwise, get yourself a compact camera as a supplement to your main gear.Hope that helps a bit on your decision for a new camera.

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        5.0

        Has replaced all others in my bag

        By Philtron

        from Hackensack

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

          Small, lightweight, and easy to use. Incredibly powerful and configurable to any situation. Has exceeded all my bucket and wishlist items.

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          5.0

          We've Only Just Begun

          By Bartlioni

          from Huntsville, AL

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Pandering
            • Pandering For Shots

            Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

            When I reviewed my E-M1 on BH, I pointed out that I had a strong bonding experience the instant I put the 17mm F1.8 lens on my E-M5. Here's the summary:

            "The instant I put that 17mm F1.8 on my E-M5 and dumped that 12-50 kit lens into the camera bag, I heard violins, the lights dimmed, and a disco ball began peppering the living room with little white light spots. Confetti and balloons fell from the ceiling, and I found myself dancing with the M5 to the tune of "We've Only Just Begun." That's how I knew I had just bonded with a new camera."

            I encourage you to read the rest of what I had to say in that review, but the relevant thoughts I'd like to share here are that an E-M5 with prime glass will go up against anything out there in practical photography. The M5 is the camera I carry 90% of the time, and particularly when I'm out exploring (pandering) for a shot. For all things fun, and quite frankly, creative in photography, my E-M5 is still the act to beat. I love my E-M1 for formal and quite typically stuffy events, yet the M5 is my prom queen when I'm out beating the pavement on my Harley pandering for shots. But let's be frank here:

            When using prime glass or the entry-level zooms the M5 balances very well, but when using the 12-40 F2.8 or the upcoming 40-150 F2.8 and beyond then you'd be better served with the E-M1 because it balances better particularly with the battery grip. That's the deal. Zoomies? E-M1. Serious photography with primes and a good tripod? E-M5. That's my advice. If you read this far then you'd enjoy my review of the E-M1. I cover Nikon pro, OM-D, and the meaning of happy happy happy.

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            5.0

            Outstanding!

            By JR

            from Vail, CO

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

              I sold my D7000 for this camera and I could not be happier. It is a great size, and the image quality is outstanding. Love the m4/3 system already!

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              5.0

              Excellent camera

              By JulieSF

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Huge Range Of Menu Choice
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Complicated menu

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Underwater In A Housing
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

              I have used this camera in an underwater Nauticam housing for marine life and for surface shots of landscapes, people, flowers and birds. There are many choices of professional quality Olympus and Panasonic lenses. The picture clarity is excellent, the camera has all the functions of a professional level DSLR and is very lightweight. Only difficult item is the menus. They are long, detailed, with lots of choices and the manual is not especially helpful in making the choices. I highly recommend this camera for a lightweight supplement to or alternative to a professional DSLR.

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              5.0

              Worth the Nikon gear replacement!

              By Bisdak Girl

              from Long Beach, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

                Things i love about it:

                -Excellent video,especially with my 17mm lens
                -Fast autofocus - I mean SUPER fast
                -Crisp and sharp images
                -Crisp and sharp images even at high ISO (something my old Nikon d80 could not produce; it would be grainy beginning 800)
                -Touch-screen focus (instead of maneuvering around the knobs)
                -Art shooting feature: you can add your own "filter" be it grainy, sepia, pop color.
                -Light and compact; perfect for traveling and street photography.
                -Discreet; i just tilt the screen so I shoot street photography while "pretending" to be fussing with my cam
                -Interchangeable lens! I have creative freedom with it. I am not condemned to just one lens.

                Things I hate about it:

                so far none! I absolutely love this camera! I've had this for about two weeks and will update this review once I find something faulty.

                I am a hobbyist and I shoot mainly landscapes, street, and travel. So far i've been able to use this cam for street but I don't foresee any problem for travel photography as the portability is already a plus!

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                5.0

                Excellent small camera

                By Ssalley

                from Memphis

                Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

                This camera makes beautiful photos, is a lot of fun, looks cool, and is so small I can slip it into the diaper bag and my wife doesn't even notice it! Until I ask her to hand it to me - ha!

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                4.0

                Excellent light camera

                By Jane

                from New York City

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                  I traded in my D700 for a camera I could feel comfortable walking around with all day. This camera has an interchangeable lens and takes very good photographs, in both RAW as well as special Art settings. When shooting with these Art settings (such as sepia or dramatic tone), a RAW image is also taken so you're covered if the experiments don't work.

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                  5.0

                  Changed to this camera from Canon 5DMKII

                  By Mistah Vega

                  from Gainesville, GA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                    The Olympus E-M5 is Olympus' eighth Micro Four Thirds camera and by far its most competitive. It combines the company's pleasing JPEG engine with a more modern sensor to create a photographic tool that lives up to the capabilities implied by its evocation of the fondly-remembered 'OM' name.

                    Its retro design means it has a pleasantly traditional control layout which will be immediately familiar to most SLR and DSLR shooters. The E-M5 is also an extremely configurable camera, which means it can be tailored to your own preferred shooting style.

                    The consequence of this customization is that its custom menus can get a little daunting. For the most part they're well arranged, meaning you can usually find the setting you're after. Sadly, some of the most useful features (such as the ability to stabilize a magnified preview for manual focusing lenses) are hidden behind combinations of settings that are sometimes obscurely-named. Like most interchangeable lens cameras from Olympus, the EM-5 is worth studying if you want to get the most out of it.

                    Image Quality

                    The E-M5 can't completely overcome the light capture disadvantage brought by its smaller sensor, compared to APS-C, but it reduces it to the point that it's irrelevant for almost all practical purposes. At which point we think its size advantage, in terms of both body and lenses, will outweigh that difference for most uses. If you're absolutely unwilling to compromise on image quality then spending twice the money and moving up to the bulk of full-frame is the only way of gaining a significant step up from the E-M5.

                    Handling

                    Despite being small, the E-M5 handles nicely - a well thought-out twin-dial control system with a handful of customizable buttons means you have most of the settings you're likely to want close to hand. The minimal use of the touch-screen can speed up operation if you want to use it, but you can switch it off with no loss of function if you prefer not to.

                    The Final Word

                    It vies for the title of most capable mirrorless option yet. It's not entirely without flaws and, predictably, most of those relate to continuous autofocus. But, for the most part, the E-M5 is simply an awful lot of camera in a compact and attractive body. It's a nice camera to use and the images it takes are just as enjoyable.

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                    3.0

                    Tough little camera, but...

                    By mcbarker

                    from Southeastern CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Inacurate Battery Meter
                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                    Tough little camera. Pretty good image resolution, and easy to use, but terrible battery life. Battery charge meter shows full charge all the way until the battery dies on my unit. I missed shooting a once in a lifetime concert because of this. Batteries died right at the start of the concert.

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                    5.0

                    Best micro 4/3rds on the market so far..

                    By Biff

                    from Littleton, CO

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                      When I am hiking and need a smaller/lighter camera setup to record the high country, I grab my Olympus EM-5 and go! The image quality is superb and always provides great results.

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                      5.0

                      Great Semi-Pro gear

                      By kentique

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                      A very compact and capable setup that is a joy to carry and use. Robust weatherproof build, and great image quality. Its simply fun to use with a reasonable amount of controls accessible( although the intial customization process can take some time). It is great not having to worry about getting it wet(with a weatherproof lens)

                      The 5axis stabilizer is a great innovation, and has allowed me to take handheld night shots at iso 200- I am now more encouraged to casually shoot at night instead of lugging around a tripod. The silent shutter is wonderful for unobtrusive street shooting. It performs well in high ISO, but I rarely need to crank up the ISO because of the 5axis

                      The focus is incredibly fast with contemporary lenses, and the image out of the camera already looks great and requires minimum tweaking.

                      If anything, the battery life is relatively short probably because of the 5axis- but nothing unreasonable. Because its such a fun camera that I want to take with me, my photo activities increased dramatically since acquiring this camera.

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                      4.0

                      Great Camera - Lousy Charger

                      By 6IXGUN

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Articulated screen
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact
                      • Superb Image Quality
                      • Weather resistant

                      Cons

                      • Af Select Won't Stick
                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Fumbly Menus
                      • No Pc Sync Port
                      • Ridiculous Charger

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black):

                      I purchased this camera because I wanted something that was light, unobtrusive and had great ISO. It delivers on those fronts easily and is probably the best 4/3 body going right now. IQ is better than a mid level APS sensor Nikon or Canon DSLR. Couple this with a great lens like the Leica and you have a powerhouse portrait or event camera.

                      The camera gets 4.5 stars, I'd give it 5, but the menu's are fumbly and the autofocus select and its propensity to drift around is irritating.

                      The achilles heel in this setup is the lame battery charger. Do yourself a favor, and order one when you order this camera. The charger is tiny, but in order to use it you need to plug in a ridiculous 6 foot long cord. Now the folks at Olympus are pretty smart, really not sure how they could have thought this was a good idea.

                      You are definitely better off buying a Wasabi battery kit and throwing out the useless one that comes with it.

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                      • 4
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                      5.0

                      The finest Olypmus I have ever used

                      By CutlassCait

                      from Oxnard, CA

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact
                      • Usable 6400 Iso
                      • Weather Sealed Camera Bod

                      Cons

                      • Evf
                      • Price
                      • Short Battery Life
                      • Small buttons
                      • Spongy Buttons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • High Contrast Portraits
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Street Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

                      First off let me explain my camera history. When I was 8 years old I got the Olympus OM1 from there I owned the Olympus E-500 to the Olympus E-1 to Canon 1D mkII to Olympus e510 to Nikon D3 to Olympus E-3 to the Olympus EP-3 to Pentax K-30 and back to the Olympus OM-D EM-5.

                      Olympus makes photography fun and the style of the OM-D makes it so I can go without notice. I like the 2x crop factor to 35mm and most of all I like the small sensor.

                      One type of photography do is extreme high contrast B/W and the smaller sensor usually has a lack of Dynamic Range which works well. This is quite a surprise handing the OM-D where I hear about the DR being so great and it is. The best is that I can now shoot safely at ISO 3200 and even 6400 and convert to B/W for a great film grain.

                      I also shoot renaissance faires and as such a small camera system that is weather sealed is great. When I shot my Olympus E-3 when I got home from a ren faire I would clean it in the sink.

                      I have shot full frame and loved it. Olympus colors and the audio adapter make it great for concert video work for a couple songs at a time.

                      I am happy to be back home with Olympus.

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                      • 6
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                      5.0

                      Happy with my OMD

                      By ALD Interior Design

                      from Tampa FL

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Interiors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver):

                      My OMD has quickly become my go-to camera. It's light, compact, and has more features than I'll probably ever use.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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