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

(based on 111 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (90)
  • Large clear LCD (73)
  • Good image quality (71)
  • Image stabilization (68)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (67)

Cons

  • Short battery life (19)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • Complicated controls (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (87)
  • Family photos (76)
  • Low light (65)
  • Landscape/scenery (56)
  • Weddings (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (28), 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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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

An outstanding piece of equipment

By Michael LeBlanc

from Covington, louisiana

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

    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

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          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

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                  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

                          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

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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