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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0" 610k-Dot Tilting OLED Monitor
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60 fps
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • Dustproof and Splash-Proof Construction
  • FAST Auto Focus System
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Olympus E-M5 Overview

  • 1Description

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera sports the popular mirrorless technology that allows for a light and compact body. More than that, however, the OM-D E-M5 is an outstanding camera that provides you with tools like an electronic eye-level viewfinder, a 120 fps refresh rate, a tilting 3.0" OLED touchscreen monitor, 16Mp of resolution, and - of course - an ever-expanding array of compatible lens options. All these factors boil down to a camera that's easier to transport than the average DSLR, yet puts multiple creative choices, and numerous other high-end features and functions, at your disposal.

Taking the features of the OM-D EM-5 one at a time, let's begin with the camera's high image quality. Making such stunning 16Mp stills and 1920 x 1080 HD video possible would be the 16Mp Live MOS image sensor and the TruePic VI image processor. The heart of the camera, these two work together with an array of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses for impressive images and movies.

Other features worth mentioning here include Olympus' AF system, which enables fast, accurate images in a variety of situations. Additionally, 9.2 fps high-speed sequential shooting goes a step further to ensure that fast moving subjects are easily captured. The 5-axis, sensor-shift image stabilization system also comes into play here, compensating for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake, which conventional 2-axis systems of the past haven't been able to tame. This stabilization is built-in the camera body, and ensures effective stabilization with all lenses.

The high-res, 1.44 million dot LCD has 100% field-of-view coverage and a 1.15x maximum magnification. The EVF also allows for enlarging the focus point for seeing the effect of many different features right in the viewfinder. In addition to this impressive EVF, the camera also has a 3.0" tilting OLED touchscreen monitor, making it the first Olympus camera to have such capabilities. The touchscreen monitor allows for fast menu navigation, and brilliant composition and review of scenes.

The OM-D EM-5 is also a tough camera, featuring a dust-proof and splash-proof design. As Olympus states, "multiple ring-shaped seals protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray". That means there's no need to fear the elements and as a result, miss the shot. What's more the OM-D extends this feature to the bundled flash unit, the optional grip, the power battery holder, and the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens.

Intuitively Designed Electronic Viewfinder
The OLYMPUS E-M5 is the first Olympus interchangeable-lens camera to incorporate a 120 fps refresh rate, high definition electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor to seamlessly switch the display between the tilting 3.0" touch screen OLED and the electronic viewfinder for ease-of-use. It features a 100% field of view, maximum 1.15x magnification, and an eye point of 18mm for fatigue-free viewing. Camera setting information, such as shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder so photographers can concentrate on framing shots and take full advantage of an EVF's ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments and Art Filter effects - all without having to take the eye away from the viewfinder
Superior Image Quality
The Olympus E-M5 uses a 16.1 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor offering improved performance and exceptional clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. Olympus' TruePic VI image-processing engine dramatically improves image quality in low-light environments. The camera's sensor allows for a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been expanded for more faithful color reproduction
Unprecedented 5-Axis Image Stabilization
The Olympus E-M5 is distinguished by the world's first 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism capable of reducing the effects of camera motion and image blur from five directions on stills and video, even including motion blur caused by the photographer walking or running. Previous IS mechanisms compensated for camera shake by addressing only two kinds of movement along the vertical and horizontal axis. However, camera shake can actually be caused by five different kinds of movement: horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotary motion, as well as the yaw and pitch. While some technology has attempted to correct for camera blur by building the Image Stabilization mechanism into the lens, the Olympus E-M5 IS mechanism is incorporated into the camera body itself so that all lenses mounted on the body can take advantage of this sophisticated technology, whether shooting stills or HD video. The IS system utilizes the sensor-shift method
Blazing Speed
Focus and shoot faster with record-breaking autofocus speed and imaging processing. The Olympus E-M5 employs the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, introduced in the PEN E-P3, but with even greater speed. The 16Mp Live MOS chip drives image data off the sensor at a blazing 240 frames-per-second, a 2x speed increase in Continuous Autofocus, with reduced image blackout enabling photographers to track fast action. Maximum frame rates in sequential shooting have also increased more than 2x with a max frame rate of 9 fps in Single AF. A new 3D tracking AF system can follow the subject through the X-, Y- and Z-axes to dramatically improve focus on moving subjects
Creative Freedom
The Olympus E-M5 features a 3.0" tilting OLED touch-screen to enable photographers to get up high or down low for any shot. The touchscreen interface offers intuitive focus and release of the shutter and review and enlargement of images in playback with the touch of a finger. The Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the OLED screen at pre-set intervals during long exposures and enables the user to preview continually unfolding action such as fireworks or waterfalls and adjust the exposure time accordingly while capturing the image at the desired moment. An innovative new interface, EVF Creative Control, produces a tone curve overlay on the viewfinder screen to enable separate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness, white balance, magnification and aspect ratio can also be manipulated via the EVF.

A "Key Line" Art Filter joins ten other available filters on the Olympus E-M5 and enhances the edge lines of the image to make it look more like an illustration. "Cross Process II" and "Dramatic Tone II" Art Filters provide variations on the popular existing filters, and the two new Echo effects for movies leaves a momentary residual image of a subject's movements when activated during movie recording. Users who like to perform their movie post-editing on a PC will particularly appreciate the Full HD 1080i movie recording function, which adopts the MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Powerful Portability and Rugged Durability
The striking, iconic design of the Olympus E-M5 is more than just looks; its magnesium alloy body is rugged enough to stand up to severe environmental conditions like heavy rain and blowing sand. The Olympus E-M5 employs internal seals extensively and, when the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens is attached, this combination delivers an integrated dustproof and splashproof camera system. The electronic viewfinder section of the body is also made of magnesium alloy to ensure durability, and the FL-LM2 Electronic Flash that ships with the camera features the same dustproof and splashproof construction
Compatible with All Micro Four Thirds-Compliant Lenses
The Olympus E-M5 is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses, including two lenses that Olympus will introduce later this year: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 macro. The 75mm lens is a high-quality metal design with fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports shooting, while the dustproof and splashproof 60mm lens features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 7.5 inches
In the Box
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver)
  • FL-LM2 Flash Unit
  • BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus E-M5 Specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MOV,
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD

    UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible

    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)

    Mono without external mic

    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points 35
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LED (610)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 25600

    Default: 200-1600

    Shutter 1/4000 to 60 Seconds 
    Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering

    Multi-zone=Digital ESP

    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)

    Also: Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide/macro
    Exposure compensation: 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps

    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Connectivity AV Output
    DC Input
    HDMI D (Micro)
    USB 2.0

    Dedicated multi-connector accessory port 2

    Battery 1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter AC-3 (Not Included)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7" / 12.2 x 8.9 x 4.3 cm
    Weight 15.00 oz / .43 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 5.6 x 4.1"

    Olympus E-M5 Reviews

    OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Silver) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 136.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected After copious amounts of research, I finally settled on the OMD. Others in the running were the X100s, X-Pro 1 and X-E1. I owned the first X100 and the focusing just plain sucked. The hybrid viewfinder is very clever, but not very useful in many situations. I lost soooo many shots with it that I couldn't go back to that system and risk more frustration. So, I chose the OMD for it's form AND function, and I am thrilled with it. I purchased the grip to make it easier to handle (it is a tad small although that's the point!), and paired it with the 25mm 1.4 from Panasonic. Gorgeous images, fast autofocus, solid construction, fun to shoot with. I highly recommend it to anyone.
    Date published: 2013-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The E-M5 is packed with great options I have only had a few days of experience with the E-M5 but I have been very happy with the results. I have posted one of my favorites on my website: www.roywestern, the last image in the gallery section. While I have not yet accumulated all the lenses I want, the relatively inexpensive m.40-150MM F4.0-5.6 R lens produces very good images. The most important feature to me is the versatile touch screen for focus and shooting. I won't go into a lot of detail about technique, but I will say this feature is very helpful in the type of photography I do. I own two DSLRs and this has become the camera I reach for most often. Regardless of the type of photography you like, I think you won't go wrong with the Olympus E-M5.
    Date published: 2013-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Micro Four Thirds has come of age. Now heres a micro four thirds camera that has set the bench mark for other micro four thirds cameras. I don't think that anyone who buys this will be disappointed. It' fast focus will astonish you, jpegs out of the camera are very good. I for one don't like spending all night fixing pictures on the computer. And with this camera I don't. And you now can shot at high iso setting and still have very usable shots. Also this is the perfect size no more big dslr's for me I can carry this all day long without any trouble along with 3 or 4 lenses. I also forgot to say I love the viewfinder.
    Date published: 2012-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pocket rocket This is a great little camera despite its retro styling. It could even become a classic. It has almost everything a camera should have - fast reactions, the ability to make quality images in still and video almost without effort. When you do put some effort into the setup things get a bit more complicated and less intuitive. It takes some getting used to, but the perseverance pays off. Some buttons are a bit vague, spongy and small; and the fact that functions are arbitrarily accessed via two separate buttons can be a bit frustrating. Despite these grumbles I love the camera for its modes that are not dumbed down and its terrific size/quality ratio.
    Date published: 2012-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera I have used this camera in an underwater Nauticam housing for marine life and for surface shots of landscapes, people, flowers and birds. There are many choices of professional quality Olympus and Panasonic lenses. The picture clarity is excellent, the camera has all the functions of a professional level DSLR and is very lightweight. Only difficult item is the menus. They are long, detailed, with lots of choices and the manual is not especially helpful in making the choices. I highly recommend this camera for a lightweight supplement to or alternative to a professional DSLR.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding piece of equipment 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.
    Date published: 2015-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice I like it. The two control wheels, vs the dial on the E-P2 that always moved when I was not expecting it is a geat improvement. I like the feel of the Body, but I will get the grip. The Photos from it, espically 400 ISO with the IBS on blew my mind, I thought for sure the shot was going to be blurred but it was sharp (1/2 sec, hand held) It will take some getting use to (I have an E-5), but so far I am liking this a lot. The E-P2 does not see much use now. This fits in my every day bag just as well. You will definately need to get another battery. I let it on, and it was in the bag and I guess something was keeping it awake, and drained the battery. This was after the first recharge, from which I had gotten very good life. So I maked that as a Con, but I was very satified with the first charge and use.
    Date published: 2012-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from That is what i am looking for to be happy with cam you should have some expinsive lens , i have lumix 7-14 , and lumix 12-35 , Zuiko ED 45mm f/1.8 , and 75mm f/1.8 and Olympus FL-300R Wireless flash , every thing are great ! I am pro and i can say that is grate setup , i can't say that better than my canon 1DX or 5DIII but just remember. this is a compact micro four system with stablizer in the body and very compact wirless flash and smart cam with vived colors style and high denamic range so it's fast edited pictures .
    Date published: 2012-09-24
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