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

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

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

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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, Black)
  • 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

    Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points 35
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot udevabyzatauvbedawtxvy

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    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Battery 1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 5.7 x 4.1"

    Olympus E-M5 Reviews

    OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 390.
    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 best micro four thirds camera to dat 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.
    Date published: 2012-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera! 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.
    Date published: 2015-06-23
    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 A sweet little camera I have been using this camera for about 2 months, and I love the portability and size. I fly fish, so I can throw it in a waterproof backpack and go into the river with it. I tried doing this with my big DSLR, and my back wore out quickly. I like the quality of the images and the quality of the video. The toggle between the viewfinder and the LCD screen is my favorite feature. So often, I can't see the image due to reflection in the LCD screen, so I most always use the viewfinder to compose my images. The battery life is astounding, and it seems to be twice what I have experienced with other digital cameras. So far, I have no complaints.
    Date published: 2012-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Camera! I am going to South America in February and not so sure that I wanted to lug my usual camera gear. I was going to buy the PEN but found great reviews on this one. Pictures are clean, sharp and not too crisp (if you turn down the sharpening in the camera. It is quick to respond and autofocus is right on. It has many menu options and the owner can change them to their liking. There is a learning curve though. Colors are great right out of the camera. Also great to have a viewfinder. Olympus has its own version of RAW which can be converted to dng. in Photoshop with an upgrade to Adobe's Raw to 6.1. I don't do video.
    Date published: 2012-11-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Overlook This One Sure, there's a Mk. II version available with that super high def sensor shift mode and the E-M10 and E-M10 ii seem to be the hot ticket for an entry level Olympus micro four-thirds. Bottom line, though, is that the OM-D E-M5 is still a great camera that will take great looking pictures. It's more durable than any of the E-M10s and it's half the price of the E-M5 ii. Continuous AF may be a step slow, but if you don't shoot a lot of fast action then this has to be one of the biggest bargains available for anyone looking to step up from a smartphone or update from an older interchangeable lens system. I'm seriously impressed with what this camera can do.
    Date published: 2015-09-02
    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
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    Is the warranty provided international? Im thinking of ordering one to singapore. Would like more information thanks!
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Olympus warranties for cameras purchased in the USA are valid in the USA only, however, you have the option to purchase additional coverage through Square Trade, which would provide international coverage. You can see your options for Square Trade plans by clicking Add to Cart on the camera's product page.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will the OM-D use my om-2 lenses?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If you are referring to the Olympus OM-2 35mm film camera, the lenses would not be directly compatible, as the Olympus OM-2 35mm film camera has the Olympus OM lens mount, while the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera uses the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. As such, you would need a lens adapter, such as either the Olympus MF-2 OM Lens Adapter, B&H # OLMF2, the Metabones Olympus OM Mount Lens to Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Adapter (Black), B&H # MEMBOMM43BM1, or the FotodioX Olympus OM Pro Lens Adapter for Micro Four Thirds Cameras, B&H # FOPMFTAOO, for your needs.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Does this come with the flash?
    Asked by: Chase C.
    Yes, this camera will come with the flash.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is this a refurbished camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    All items in our inventory are new unless clearly stated otherwise on the item's page, or if you are searching on the Used section of our website.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is the warranty for the E-M5 Elite just for the US or international?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The manufacturer's warranty is for Olympus USA.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Does it still come with an international warranty? (Starting Sep. 24, Olympus changed warranty policy\ies, and Olympus products no longer have international warranty).
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a one year USA warranty.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    How big is the original box of the olympus D M5 body only with accessories
    Asked by: Sharon
    The box is: 9.8 x 5.6 x 4.1
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    can the OM-D E-M5 Elite be converted to a digital infrared camera?
    Asked by: claudia g.
    Yes, you could convert this camera into a digital infrared model.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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