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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:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
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    • No

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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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      • No

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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.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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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.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 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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              • No

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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 -

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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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...

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 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.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 6
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                • No

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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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Little Camera

                    By Dixa

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                        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
                          • 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
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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          One Week with the E-M5

                          By martin

                          from davis, california

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            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.

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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

                            Verified Buyer

                            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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                            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.

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                              • 9
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                              • Similar:
                              • Panasonic GH1, Panasonic GF1, Olympus EP1

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