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

(based on 113 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (92)
  • Large clear LCD (74)
  • Good image quality (71)
  • Image stabilization (68)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (67)

Cons

  • Short battery life (19)
  • Complicated controls (8)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (89)
  • Family photos (77)
  • Low light (65)
  • Landscape/scenery (57)
  • Weddings (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (8)
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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

First one was defective

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

A fun little camera

By StormanNorman

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I bought this to be back up to my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and also to have when I shoot in bad weather since the OM-D E-M5 was weather resistant and the price was right. I originally bought Olympus OMD line to be my travel cameras since the my Canon 5D's and the lenses are kinda heavy and take up space. I use this camera with the pro lenses and get great results. To get the best results with camera invest a little bit in the lenses. I get great results with the Sigma 30mm 2.8 art lens, Sigma 60MM 2.8 art lens, and awesome results from the Olympus 40-150 f2.8 pro lens. Now the down side is that this camera does not the best for sports it had trouble with moving objects or I just need some more practice with this camera. Also like the OM-D E-M10 the menu system is little frustrating if your used to Canon or Sony menu system just take a little time to learn the menu system before taking the camera out. Over all for the price this is a great little camera.

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    3.0

    E-M5 after a year

    By DaveL

    from Toronto

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Travel

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

    Produces beautiful images of static subjects. Toddlers? Dogs? running, erratically? not satisfactory in my hands.
    eyepiece falls off.

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    5.0

    An outstanding piece of equipment

    By Michael LeBlanc

    from Covington, louisiana

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        How good is the OM-D E-M5? It is "That Good". It is March of 2015, over two years after its release and it is still a fantastic camera. I know that it has some competition from within the family but, It is by no means being handed its hat. I got mine in December of 2013 and have nearly 20000 cycles on it. It has performed flawlessly in all of that time and I have never been tempted to upgrade for my type of use. I mainly shoot street, family, portrait, architecture and performing arts, indoor and out.

        Why did I wait until now to write this review? Well I thought it was appropriate considering I just picked up another one from B&H. I was in the market for a backup body and was seriously considering the new MKII but the deals to be made on these in my book, were too good to pass up. Take advantage of the deals and get yourself one of these.

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        5.0

        Stepping up

        By Bax

        from Philadelphia Pa.

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          Wow! What a difference this camera makes with taking photographs. This is my first OMD series, and I've couldn't have chosen a better unit. This is for me a big step forward and the shots, that I've taken thus far, are truly amazing. I'm no professional by any stretch of the imagination but I have really improved my skills with this unit. I do have a couple of good lens, and now I'm getting great results. The critics who are often so very critical to a fault, don't say the right things that I as a intermediate, would like to hear. But the OMD-EM-5, is a marvelous body, coupled with the right lens, in anyone's hands can produce great results, it's speedy, and intuitive takes fabulous shots in low light, I could go on and on, but B& H, isn;t loaning me the 12-50mm or the 70mm to write this review.

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          5.0

          two times the fun

          By jim

          from chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Second body to use with my prime lens.

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            5.0

            Great Digital Camera

            By Dagbydiggers

            from Tuxedo Park New York

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This is my 2nd EM5 body....I Actually sold my first one...but then I kept looking back a my EM5 photos and compared them to other cameras that I own and I realized that the Olympus EM5 photos really pop...color and sharpness is so true. I actually think the VI processor in the EM5 gives better out of the camera jpg's than my EM1 with a VII..

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              4.0

              Get one!

              By Frank loves Strats

              from Long Beach, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Video

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

                I am not a pro, aspiring to be, but I digress. I bought this as I have friends who are serious enthusiasts and thought that I'd join them. I shoot some portraits of my family and street photography. Eventually I will upgrade my lenses, I wish that for the money you're spending, they would've made the control layout like that of the Fujifilm cameras. I mean this costs almost as much so you'd think they would've done that; Wi-Fi would've been nice as well. I also wish that they would've included control of the FPS on video mode, all it's set to is 1080p/30fps, cinema mode, slow-motion, and other settings would've been perfect. Overall I'm really happy with the camera, you will see some of my shots as well, again, I'm not a pro so be gentle. Oh! I almost forgot, the 5-axis image stabilization is great! This is definitely what other makers, such as Sony, are copying now. When shooting videos and pictures this comes in handy.

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                4.0

                Fun

                By Linda

                from Olympia, WA

                About Me Casual Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Pets

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

                I've never had a camera with interchangeable lenses before, so there is a big learning curve. The pictures aren't as crisp and clear as the ones I've seen on an em10, but they do blow up really well, before they loose focus.

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                5.0

                First micro four thirds camera

                By Susan

                from New Jersey

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

                I've used Olympus film OM cameras in the past, and wanted to try a digital SLR, but found them to be too cumbersome and heavy. After researching micro 4/3 systems, I decided on the Olympus OM-D E 5, and I couldn't be happier. It's lightweight, portable and takes great pics with relatively inexpensive lenses.

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                4.0

                Weather proof

                By Jim

                from New York

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

                This is what I want for dust proof and splash proof macro 4/3 camera for traveling. I have an old one epl 3 . I really love Olympus image quality. Yes I recommended for friends

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                5.0

                Olympus OM-D

                By Jake

                from East Tennessee

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Another in a long line of very fine cameras. My first was an OM-1 which I still own! Quality wise, Olympus equipment has never let me down! Also, I appreciate the small size which means I can carry more equipment to a shoot.

                    J.E.

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                    5.0

                    Best Digital Camera Yet

                    By Brick

                    from washington

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

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

                      Light but solidly built with very fast AF and accurate color.

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                      3.0

                      Not the right camera for me

                      By Marshmallow Mutt

                      from Salish Sea

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                        I really, really wanted to like this camera. I have an OM-1 from 1978 and the retro styling, size, and quality seemed to be just what I was looking for. But after a week with the camera and several hundred shots, I feel like this camera misses more than it hits for me. Disclosure: I am not a professional, and I have never used a DSLR or mirrorless camera before. I have had a succession of advanced point-and-shoot cameras, the latest being a Canon S90.So I am aware that there's bound to be a big leaning curve with a totally new camera like this. For example, I had no idea how to get the camera to focus properly until I spent several hours searching the internet for a good explanation of how the AF works. I also took the time to sit down with the manual and customize a lot of the settings so that I could find what I needed relatively quickly. But still… after a week, I just wasn't bonding with this camera.It took me a while to pinpoint what it is about the E-M5 that keeps me from really feeling the love: there's a lack of cohesiveness to the entire package that simply rubs me the wrong way. It started when I read about how one of the best features of the camera—the super control panel—wasn't the default view option. Then, trying to decipher the ghastly manual, which necessitated more internet searching to make sense of. More annoyances: the awkward position and shape of the playback button.. the confusing and inconsistent symbols used in the various displays… the absurdly long battery charger cord… to me, it all added up to a feeling that the design of the camera system was all a bit of a muddle. None of this would have bothered me 10 years ago, but since Apple raised the bar on all things electronic I no longer have the patience for system details that are not coherent or well thought out.In short, I realized that this camera has enough small annoyances and frustrations that I simply wouldn't use it as much as the investment demands. I'm not closing the door on the Olympus OMs, but if the next year doesn't bring a big improvement in the usability and thoughtfulness of the system design I'll look elsewhere.

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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

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                            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

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                            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

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                            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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