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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 610k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen OLED
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens, as the name states, provides you with an exceptional mirrorless camera and a 14-42mm Olympus lens. This bundle ensures that you're set up and ready to shoot from day one.

The OM-D E-M5 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 120fps 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 lens 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 IV 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 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 120fps 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
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 9fps 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, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
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
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo 2
Please Note:

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
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
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps) 4
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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 5
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 with 14-42mm Lens (Black)
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black)
  • Front/Rear Lens Cap
  • Body Cap
  • FL-LM2 Flash for E-M5 Digital Camera
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (1220mAh)
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    OlympusOM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 27 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (24)
    • Image stabilization (24)
    • Compact (22)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)
    • Good in low light (19)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (6)
    • Poor flash (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Family photos (20)
    • Travel (20)
    • Low light (15)
    • Wildlife (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    5.0

    Now MFT becomes interesting !

    By Fruchstuck

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

      At this price point, decent EVF, extremely fast AF, good selection of lenses including this plasticky inexpensive but surprisingly good zoom, tiltable LCD screen, excellent power battery holder and battery life.Now, file quality is not like Leica or Nikon full frame, but you can actually have very decent color files at ISO 1.600 and b&w at iso 3.200.I bought the kit for a [$] bucks, and am extremely happy with the performance so far.Makes me think of the old OM 4, great little camera.The first few MFT were no good, this one gets all right.

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      • 7
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      5.0

      The size will surprise!

      By Peter

      from Kennesaw, Georgia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

        This camera's light weight are much appreciated after a long photo shoot! Well built and excellent quality materials make the EM-5 a must-have.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        5.0

        A great camera worth owning.

        By ingo

        from san diego, ca

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

          I halready own a Sony NEX7 and 5n as well as the Fuji X100 - now they are all really good.
          I still had to get the OMD-5 :) - it is a really nice looking camera - There is no perfect camera out there - if there was one then there would be only one camera company :) So in a nutshell the OMD-5 is an outstanding camera - it might not be at the top in every aspect but if not - then not by much - What it excells at is the 5 way IS and fast focus - however pending on lens and light focus is not perfect - starting with build quality, it is super - which it a bit heaver camera but worth it - of course weather sealed wich makes it ideal for street shooting when raining etc. (with a lens that is also weather sealed) The LCD is nice and so is the digital viewfinder - not quiet as good as what the Sony NEX series has but very close. I would love to see a optical viewfinder as well like in my Fuji X100 as I prefer optical. The menu system is really well layed out - really nice support for Flash support - great image quality, so even though it is not an APS-C size senor it is 98% close in IQ. The great thing about the micro 4/3 system is that there are quite a few lenses available -
          I love the grip on my Sony NEX cameras but hate their menu system - so the OMD-5 does not have a real good grip - but it is not bad just that the camera is a bit heavy and pending on your hand size could be a challange - now there is the optional grip but that just makes it a DSLR and I prefer smaller - I like the fact that the card slot is on the side so I do not have to take my half case off to take out etc.
          There are some competitors in this price range but not many that have the good looks of the OMD-5 and overall performance - I would say that the IQ is a bit better on the Fuji X-E1 for example (with kit lenses for even comparison) but the OMD-5 is faster and more responsive and has better video.
          Like I said one can pic the NEX7 and NEX6 and the Fuji X-E1 for example and find few things that the OMD-5 is not the winner in - but as an overall camera it is up there - I did order my OMD-5 with the 14-42mm Pansonic lens as I liked the fact that it is thinner than the kit 10-50mm and the 14-42 Olympus kit lenses as I like to have my kit as small as possible. I would recommend that you get yours with the 10-50 as it is a good overall lens for the little extra money as well it is also weather sealed.
          My only real gribe with the OMD-5 is that the Playback Button is so small - other than that the dials are really nice as well as the function button and ability to program buttons.
          An outstanding camera.

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          • 9
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          5.0

          great camera

          By Dr G

          from Kalamazoo, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

            I was looking for a camera that took great pictures but was easier to carry than the Canon SLR. The OMD fits this. Comparing pictures taken with the OMD and my T3i in many cases the Olympus was better. It is also substantially easier to pack. I can fit the 20 mm Pan. lens, the 40-150 and this camera in less room than my DSLR with 18-200 lens. The focus through the touch screen is fast and fun to use.

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            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            OM-D is good stuff

            By Rowdy

            from East Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                I've been using a Panasonic Lumix GX1. I wanted the OM-D for the SLR feel I'm used to, and it provides that and more. I have several Panasonic lenses, 25mm, 45mm, 12-35mm, 45-200mm. and they all work great with the Olympus. Haven't used the kit lens at all, and won't much, but for the small extra bit of money it was worth it to have around. Haven't found anything I don't like about it.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                5.0

                Super camera

                By john

                from California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                The OMD 5 like many call it is a super camera-the king of the hill in micro 4/3 cameras - it is very well built and full of features. You will not be dissapointed. Image quality is very good or almost as good as the APS-C sensor cameras - I should say it is actually better than some - It comes close to the Sony NEX7 - It is a bit heavy for it size but then Olympus has packed a lot of good stuff into that body. 5 way image stabilasation is great as that allows you to use some older Olympus or other mfg. lenses ( with an adapter ) and have image stabilisation.
                LCD screen is very nice as well as the viewfinder - though not as good as the Sony NEX 7's. It is a toss between the Sony NEX7 or the NEX6 now or the OMD 5 - The Sony NEX7 and 6 have a larger sensor so low light performance is a tad better and the NEX 7 has 24mp vs 16 - so if you need the larger size images then the NEX7 is it in the similar price range. The attractive thing about the OMD has been the lens selection as you can get lenses both from Panasonic and Olympus and few ohter brands - Sony is slowly bringing more lenses to the NEX mount. For you the OMD 5 looks are what attracts you - it does have the retro look especially in the silver version - The menu system is very nice and the ability to control multiple flashes with the camera is a very nice feature - it is hard to find faults with it - auto focus is very very fast but might depend a little bit on the lens - I went with the kit lens 14-42 - it is sharp and IQ very nice for a kit lens however I ended up ordering the Panasonic 14-42mm pancake zoom lens - the real down side with the 14-42 Olympus kit lens is its lenght when active - it is as long as the 12-50mm kit lens - the 12-50 kit lens is very sharp as well and has the assit zoom for video - but it is very long - my Panasonic 14-140mm lens is about the same - I wanted a medium zoom lens that was as thin as possible and the Panasonic 14-42 is perfect. Now you have to get the Pansonic 20mm 1.7 or the Panasonic 25 1.4 - these are super super lenses - the 20mm a bit cheaper and shorter - The advantage of the mirror less cameras is size and weight so I almost feel that the 12-50 kit lens just a bit to much - for nice street shooting the 20mm 1.7 is perfect or the Pansonic 14-42mm panckage -
                One thing I do not like is the playback button - it is very small or maybe the problem is that it is so close to another button - could be an issue for folks with big fingers. The other issue I have is the hot shoe / no flash - I wish they had put a built in flash - it is a pain having to deal with this little portible flash and it has its own connection which means another cover to put back on the camera once you take it off - another thing very easy to loose and it is not so easy to remove - Battery life is ok - menu and functions are very responsive and fast. Lots of ways to customize. Good lens selection - image quality on par with most DX DSLR's in a much smaller size - video is quite good - no mic input though but you can buy an accessory for the hot shoe to put a mic on. If you are hooked on the retro look the OMD 5 is the best bet for the money - Fuji has some retro style bodies but not the same lens selection and such a fast auto focus etc.
                I do also have a NEX7 and a NEX 5n - which are great so I have a good comparison point.
                The NEX7 has the edge on image quality and low light and a grip that is hard to beat - The OMD 5 has a slightly higher fun factor as the menu system is much better origanized. You will keep your OMD 5 for years -

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                5.0

                Can't miss with the OM-D!

                By JimmyB

                from Berkeley CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                  Read about it, handled it (at B&H), bought it and love it. Hard to take a bad photo, though I keep trying!

                  The stabilization is amazing, giving sharp shots in impossible situations. Low light, maximum zoom and shaky hands are no worries.

                  Going from an OM-2 through a succession of digital point-and-shoots, I'd forgotten how important the viewfinder is, and the E-M5 is a joy to use. Haven't scratched the surface on the customizable functions, but tomorrow is another day...

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                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Second Gear for Pro photographer

                  By Andre Arthur

                  from Sao Paulo, BR

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Buttons Not Well-placed
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                  I`ve got a 5D MK II for professional work and had a Lumix GF1 for street photography. But the problem with Lumix is the lack of an easy viewfinder.

                  I thought about buying a GX1, but when I saw the OM-D at B&H, I fell in love with the camera.

                  Bought the silver body, which is perfect for me because it simply doesn`t look too pro....and then I went to New York streets for some morning shooting.

                  Shot until nighttime, with 20mm 1.7 panasonic lens and 14-45 3.5-5.6 panasonic lens.

                  AMAZING! High ISO (2400) was almost like 5d Mark II`s. 35 points of focus and pretty pretty fast in continuous mode.

                  Highly customizable, It`s a bit complicate to understand so many options, but it`s not a problem since you spend some minutes exploring the menu.

                  Buttons are not so well-positioned, but I think it`s because of its retro-style. The turn-on turn-ff button is on the wrong place. But the back-grip is really useful and once you get used to its body, you won`t have any problems shooting with that.

                  Viewfinder is really nice and tilting LCD with touch screen option is really useful for some hidden shots. Unfortunatelly, the LCD at too much sun is really unuseable. But....we have that AMAZING EVF ON THAT AMAZING RETRO-BODY!!!!

                  16 Mp with a really good IQ. Shooting with 20mm lumix 1.7 is a dream. You just can`t stop.

                  Battery life is short. I recommend you to buy an extra battery if you`re thinking about shooting for a long time.

                  Well...it`s a camera that I love to shoot with. More than the 5D. It`s a real pleasure. Not too expensive as a Fuji X-Pro1 and not too amateur as a GX-1. It`s pretty small and solid. The Oly OM-D is the perfect camera for the street photographer.

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                  • 6
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                  5.0

                  Little package, big value

                  By ruscar

                  from Western US

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                    I travel internationally extensively, and am always on the lookout for ways to cut weight and bulk from the stuff I bring along to do my job. Part of that job involves what I would describe as "industrial photojournalism"--shooting photos at heavy-equipment work sites to illustrate magazine articles that I write. I don't have time to set up and stage carefully composed scenes at these sites; I actually have no control over what's happening at all, and I need photo equipment that's fast, reliable, easy to handle, compact and optically adequate--I don't need to produce 20 x 36 prints, just high-quality images that are generally reduced to roughly 4x6 or 5x7 or even smaller size in the printed publication. I've used Canon's G Series advanced point-and-shoots (G11 and G12), and have been happy with image quality, but not so happy about the limitations of a smaller sensor and fixed lens. On assignments for which I know in advance that out-of-the-ordinary photo opportunities might occur, I take my Canon 5D MkII and a couple of L-series lenses. That kit produces great shots but weighs a ton, and I'm always a bit nervous about carrying that much expensive equipment in some of the areas I travel to.

                    That's why the Olympus OM-D appealed to me; it had the potential for producing the quality I need, along with the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. And, although it's not a cheaply priced camera, I could buy the body and three lenses for the price of a Canon L-series 70-200 2.8, for example, so there's less hesitancy about taking the whole kit along to skeezy locales. Not to mention that even with an E-M5 body and three lenses, my camera bag still weighs a lot less than the 5D with two lenses, and the whole Olympus kit fits in a smaller internal space.

                    The image stabilization system seems to work well and autofocus is quick. Yes, you can hear the little motors driving the IS gyros when the camera's on, but it's not distracting to me. I've been very pleased with the image quality provided by the OM-D and the flexibility offered by the interchangeable lenses. The image quality can't match that of my full-sensor 5D MII, but it's adequate for 90% of my needs. The OM-D is a small camera and takes some getting used to handle it without fumbling, particularly if you have big hands--and the control buttons are reallllly small, but I would recommend it as a serious contender for anyone looking for a very capable, reasonably rugged camera for work or hobby.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Camera

                    By Mark

                    from Marietta, GA

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                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      This camera is my first semi-pro camera, and semi-pro may be too low of a grading. In every sense other than size, it's a pro camera. And why does a pro camera need to be so big? Frankly, the size of the M4/3 design is amazing. The fact that you can get the lenses you can inside such a small and nimble package is just the best thing to happen to digital. I can use three lenses and go from 7-300 (14-600 equiv) and my bag weighs only a few pounds.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice Camera

                      By Oz

                      from New Jersesy

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      The Best is I can use my old lenses

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Little Camera

                      By Dixa

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Form FActor
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • RAW Underexposes
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      Had to put down the DSLR system due to back injury. Although not a perfect DSLR replacement due to sensor size it is really, really close. The camera is responsive, customizable, light and quiet. With the 45mm 1.8 on I was recently able to hold the camera all day in my carpal-tunnel-ridden right hand while nursing a pint in the other at a recent Ren Faire. Battery life is however very, very short. Do not attempt any all day shooting without 2 or 3 batteries total even if you have the optinal grip.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great product with good price...

                      By Kiran

                      from Santa Clara, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos

                      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      Amazing quliaty... i wish i get the right flash too..

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      very good, but . . .

                      By theshaman

                      from Athens, TN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      got my wife an OM1 in 1973. Incredible camera, wore it out. Thought the new OMD surely would be as dramatic a "new" camera -- so bought it. Spent a week trying to find why it cost so much, and my wife (it was birthday gift, repeat from 40 years ago!)decided her little Canon point and shoot takes 95% as good as the OMD, is less heavy and doesn't need to carry extra lenses. B and H allowed us to return the OMD for a refund. Dissappointed in the camera, but B and H sure won a loyal customer! Truly outstanding service!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 6
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Wow!

                      By Benrick

                      from Princeton, NJ

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                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                          Great image quality - have owned so many digital cameras and this one does all desired.
                          DSLR quality in a much smaller package - I was reduced to lugging around a backpack with a DSLR now can carry a much lighter package.
                          Excellent lens selections - 20 mm 1.7, 25mm 1.4 and 45mm 1.8 are all excellent primes

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 7
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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great!

                          By MeKee

                          from CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                            Great camera easy to use amazing photos. Only thing that I have found that I found as a negative would be without the battery grip (which I have now), my hand would start to hurt carrying it around for over an hour or so (not a fan of neck straps). That is the only minor minor issue I had. Otherwise this is an Amazing camera! Buy it now!

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            One Week with the E-M5

                            By martin

                            from davis, california

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video

                              Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                              I use the E-M5 with my 4/3s lenses as well as the micro 4/3s Both mounts work on this camera. I have tried the 4/3s for fine art photography and think that it works better than the micro 4/3s

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 6
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              first step into the m43 format

                              By riser411

                              from San Diego

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Manual Controls
                              • Many Options
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Small / Compact
                              • Splash-proof
                              • Viewfinder

                              Cons

                              • Expensive
                              • Not the best for sports

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Street Photography
                              • Studio
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                              I don't typically bite the bullet on first generation tech and was fairly hesitant about jumping head-first into a new system especially since the previous m43 cameras didn't attract me too much but after three weeks of using the E-M5, I have no regrets.

                              Is it the perfect camera for everyone? No, but for many serious amateur photogs, this fits the bill with regards to customization, image quality, and compact size.

                              And with regards to the humming and lug 'fiascos', (which almost deterred me from buying the E-M5 in the first place), after experiencing it first-hand, are exaggerations.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 8
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Much anticipated and I was not let down

                              By vicbccac

                              from Victoria, Canada.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                              Pre-orderd 23.02.12 from Olympus, but was lucky enough to find one at B&H late April. Having owned a Canon 5d and Nikon D700, I missed the speed and image quality when I switched to the E-30, then the E5 and then to the Pens 1, 2 & 3. I switched in anticipation that micro would take off sooner than later.

                              The E-M5 with a week under the belt appears to match speed and quality (based on my criteria) without the weight of the previously mentioned DSLRs. I also bought the 12-50 in order to have the dust and water tight kit for our wetcoast or travel to Alaska, the tropics, etc.

                              The 12-50 looks to be a good travel lens along with the 20mm and the 45mm, although IMO by no means matching the quality of the latter.
                              The zoom is silent and so much easier than zooming with the 14-140. Next for me will be to compare the video between this cam and the GH-2.

                              I am convinced that my wife will sell her E-P3 & D90 and will buy herself a OM-D, the more I describe the pluses of the new camera.

                              Even though it defeats the small pocketable camera option, I will be keeping the 1st stage grip on at all times, and the battery pack more often than not, but especially when shooting with the 100-300.

                              At my age, I use a monopod most of the time (except for fast primes), and a tripod for macros, but with the new IS system I am finding that I now can get good sharp shots handeld.

                              I will watch out for the small covers for the flash shoe and grip (although each section has a location to store), as I would be prone to loosing them on the road.

                              A final comment on the focusing. While shooting a macro in low light I found that the Leica 45mm hunted if the focal pointed was aimed at a dark area but if you moved it to overlapping dark with light brown, it wast instant.

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                              • 8
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              The best micro four thirds camera to dat

                              By Mo Han

                              from Doha, Qatar

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                                I use the camera in nearly all photographic situations. It excels in street photography due to its blazing speed as well as general and landscape photography due to its improved dynamic range.Pros:It has excellent usability. The camera is quite responsive. The controls are well laid out and intuitive. The body is heavy and well balanced. The EVF is bright and clear. The image quality is outstanding.Cons:The buttons are a little soft and takes some time to get used to the feel. The on-off button feels like it is very delicate. The screen is exposed all the time and so might need a protector to prevent scratches.Overall, it is the best m43 camera I have used. It looks great and works great.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 9
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                • Similar:
                                • Panasonic GH1, Panasonic GF1, Olympus EP1

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