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OlympusOM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (40)
  • Easy to use (32)
  • Large clear LCD (31)
  • Good in low light (26)
  • Good image quality (24)

Cons

  • Short battery life (9)
  • Poor flash (5)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (39)
  • Family photos (35)
  • Low light (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Wildlife (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Second Gear for Pro photographer

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not user friendly

The controls are flimsy and the literature is not user friendly.

When you buy the camera it is important that it is easy to operate and not very complicated. This camera...Read complete review

The controls are flimsy and the literature is not user friendly.

When you buy the camera it is important that it is easy to operate and not very complicated. This camera tries to have too many features in it with so many buttons but they are so small and flimsy that you accidently press wrong buttons and change settings.

Unfortunately going back.

Ona positive note, wonderful service experience as always with B&H Photo. Keep up the good service. You have a loyal client in me!

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3.0

Feels 'solid' in my hands, regardless of lens style.

By griscut

from Saint Charles, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

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

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

will be using more for business at varying focal lengths. I suggest that a "shorter" user guide be developed to easily begin taking photos. The directions seem out of place and over complicated. I would suggest that a short version of setting up "8" settings be taught first. Then, you can begin working, sooner.

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5.0

I Love this Camera

By Bill

from Washington

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

This is an amazing camera. It looks and feels like a vintage camera and produces amazing digital images. Highly recommended.

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1.0

Not user friendly

By Inder

from Redding, CA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls

    Best Uses

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

      The controls are flimsy and the literature is not user friendly.

      When you buy the camera it is important that it is easy to operate and not very complicated. This camera tries to have too many features in it with so many buttons but they are so small and flimsy that you accidently press wrong buttons and change settings.

      Unfortunately going back.

      Ona positive note, wonderful service experience as always with B&H Photo. Keep up the good service. You have a loyal client in me!

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      • No

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      3.0

      Great except the stupid Oly menu system

      By TMC

      from San Francisco

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      Images can be great in good light. However, I was at a loss trying to figure out why some images were sharp and some not. "Shutter shock" didn't seem to be the issue because I had sharp images at all shutter speeds...at least 60% of the time. AF hit/miss seemed more likely. At any rate, I ended up selling the camera after several frustrating months. I have some great shots, but I really was not able to get used to the menu system.

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      5.0

      OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

      By Jim T

      from SW MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Small

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

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

      This is my 1st mirrorless camera. It's small and light weight. Takes outstanding photo's. So far the only problem I have had is that I have short stubby hands. It was hard holding the camera, so I bought a metal grib. What a difference that made. Crop factor also came into play and I had to learn to move around a little to get the picture I wanted. Other then that the price was right for my budget and I am very happy with the camera.

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      5.0

      Amazing entry level camera

      By Bosch

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Casual Carry Around

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

      This is my first digital camera with manual settings and changeable lenses and I'm having so much fun with it. I love how compact it is yet still produces amazing images. I'm a video guy and just now learning more of the still side of things and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 I is perfect for me right now.

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      5.0

      Great Step Between AP&S and DSLR

      By Billers

      from Ridgefield, Wa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Wildlife photos

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

        This is a great camera for someone learning photography basics (or relearning in my case). I've gotten fantastic results so far despite being very out of practice. I'm looking forward to building upon my skill sets.

        I've been using the camera with a Macro adapter for product photos and they look great. I've also used it for some landscape photos and have plans to try out some star photography soon.

        The controls are a little unintuative but once you get the hang of it, it starts to become a non-issue.

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        5.0

        quite satisfied

        By The One

        from Fl

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Works great with older manual lenses and fun to use.The resolution of the 14-42 kit lens is pretty good. The layout of dials and buttons on the top deck works well for small hands and it shoots nearly as fast as my nikon. The overall feel of the body is intuitive if you're used to older slr cameras. After using it for a week,
          the em5 works for very well overall, but suffers
          just a bit under low light conditions.

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          4.0

          Small & stable

          By George

          from NY, NY

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

          Got this as a personal camera, work with Canon DSLRs normally. Love the weight, feel. menu takes a little getting used to. go for a prime or different lens, didn't love the kit one it came with.

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          5.0

          Great little camera!

          By Golden Hour

          from Athens, Ohio

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video

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

            After moving away from professional photography, I decided to switch from a bulky Nikon D700 to this much lighter camera for everyday use and traveling. So far I absolutely love it! The camera is small and light and very easy to carry around and the picture quality is stunning! It does take some getting used to the smaller body, especially when transitioning from a larger camera - it almost feels like a toy in comparison. However, the photos are excellent and the system is easy to navigate, plus it has a bunch of fun features like the art filters! I have not used the video extensively, but upon trying it out, I was impressed with the quality.

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            4.0

            The little efficient

            By Dil

            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

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

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

            Not so lightweight as I thought, but very efficient in comrparision with DLSR.

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            5.0

            My first step to an interchangeable lens camera

            By MeanGreen

            from Wichita, KS

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              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 with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

              I thoroughly researched many cameras ranging from $ -$ . Our camera before this one was a Canon PowewrShot SX20IS. My wife and I are loving this camera for its smaller size and superior picture. We got the camera just before leaving for a Vegas vacation. We learned a lot as we went. Something that pleasantly surprised us was how bright the pictures were. Yes it was the well lit Vegas strip, but with the right settings our night pictures turned out brighter than what we were seeing. We took action shots with very little blur. We started really having fun with the camera. Its clarity of picture drove us to experiment and we took shots like our reflections in the tram windows, shots of fast moving rides like zip lines. We are having even more fun now at home as we use the free Olympus Viewer 3 software to apply different effects to the pictures we took. Highly recommended.

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              5.0

              Versatile, light, compact, camera that packs a punch

              By Colin

              from Santa Rosa, CA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Can Feel Hard To Hold

              Best Uses

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

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

              I regularly use this camera with a 600mm Olympus zoom lens to photograph birds. The camera and lens combination is so light that I consistently get hand-held telephoto shots that rival those of friends that lug around a tripod and large, heavy lenses that in themselves weigh more than my entire set-up. The sensor is crisp and performs beautifully in low-light situations. The Olympus noise elimination system keeps the sensor clean and the image stabilization is built into the camera body, making it available with whatever lens you use. Simply put, I love my OMD-EM5. My only complaint is that it's small even in my comparatively small hands--a problem solved by adding the optional grip, although that adds cost. Newer iterations of this line of cameras offer a beefier grip. The great thing is, today you can buy this wonderful camera for a third of the price of the first one I bought. Yes, I own two.

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              4.0

              Compact with a lot of the needed features

              By georgemivanoff

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Street
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I work with a 5D most days, but in personal life I've got no interest in carrying that bulk around. EM-5 has solid image quality, EXCELLENT video stabilization, and reasonable for the price. I'd say pick up a different lens, don't love the kit lens it came with. Needed to unlock it is unappealing.

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              5.0

              Thrilled

              By Linda

              from Olympia, WA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

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

                This deal was too good to pass up. This is my second E-M5. Wanted to have two lenses ready to go at all times. The kit lens that came with the camera is a wonderful surprise. The pictures I took with the 14-42 lens are crisp and clear. Wide angle and close up gave me nice pictures.
                So great camera, quality lens. Great deal.

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                4.0

                IT'S A NICE CAMERA TO OWN

                By 832@

                from Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I've had the black body for awhile but wanted the CHROME body for a more nostalgic look (when did they stop calling it "chrome" and start calling it "silver"?).

                  I use this for events like comicpalooza, frightmare weekend in Dallas, and any other trips we take, and actually I would have preferred it a tad larger.

                  Now I did something that no photographer should do - I took it to the Comicpalooza weekend (only having taken 1 or 2 shots at home first) and after the 82nd shot - it died. Nothing brought it back to life.

                  I got hold of B&H via their website and they were FANTASTIC. They emailed a returned label, let me just return the body and box, and I got my perfectly working replacement in a week. I'm very happy with how it turned out and have run this replacement body through the ringer and it's solid.

                  Thank You B&H service for making it such a painless experience!

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                  4.0

                  Good Camera

                  By Daniel Lee

                  from Willington, CT

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

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

                    Good Camera with excellent performance. The battery not works well compared with my Canon 40D, yet it is enough for one day using. The reason i do not give 5 star is that i can not find my most favorite package: em5 + 12-50 lens

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                    5.0

                    Fun to Use

                    By noname

                    from Ala

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Could bore you with how good this camera is but has already been done by others and it is. What most have not told is how fun this camera is to use. It brings back the desire to get out and take pictures of just anything. The only con I can find is the desire to have better lenses to see exactly how good this camera can be..

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                      5.0

                      Great camera for a beginner

                      By GregS

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        I am a total beginner to shooting with a 'real' camera and selected this camera because of the high quality and a user interface that is easy to navigate. It seems like every time I got to use a function for the first time, it is right where you think it would be -- i.e. in aperture priority mode the first dial controls the aperture, the second the exposure, exactly what I thought it should do.

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                        5.0

                        OM-D E-M5 with 14-42mm Lens

                        By Size

                        from Fullerton, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

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

                          Great deal! Built quality is great and the IQ is amazing!

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