Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Silver)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Silver)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 12-50mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 24-100mm)
  • 3.0" 610k-Dot Touchscreen OLED Monitor
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic LCD Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • FAST AF System
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Olympus E-M5 overview

  • 1Description

The silver Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens provides you with an exceptional mirrorless camera and a black 12-50mm Olympus lens. This bundle ensures that you're set up and ready to shoot from day one.

The OM-D E-M5 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 120fps 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 lens 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 IV 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 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 100% 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 included 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 120fps 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 100% 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
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 9fps 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
Bundled FL-LM2 External Flash
The camera does not feature a built-in flash, but it does come bundled with the FL-LM2 external flash. TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL available. Guide Number (GN) = 10 (ISO 200) or 7 (ISO 100). Modes: Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye / Slow sync. (1st curtain), Slow sync. (1st curtain), Slow sync. (2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64). Flash exposure compensation: Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable. Color Temperature: 5500±400K. Other compatible external flashes: FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
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 included 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 the bundled M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, and 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.

The included M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens offers a maximum magnification of 4.2x, covering a broad range extending from a wide angle of 24mm (35mm camera equivalent) - great for capturing wide shots, even indoors - to a medium telephoto focal length of 100mm (35mm camera equivalent) - optimal for portraits. A motorized zoom mechanism allows for smooth, quiet zooming while recording movies. The AF system is based on the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism improved by a linear motor drive enabling quicker, quieter focusing. The lens is equipped with 10 elements in 9 groups, including DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses and ED Lens. In normal mode, closest focusing distance is 1.15' (0.35 m), while in macro mode, it is 0.66' (0.2m). The maximum magnification is 0.36x in normal mode, or 0.72x in macro mode. Min. field size is 1.42 x 1.89" (36 x 48mm).
In the Box
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Silver)
  • 12-50mm Lens
  • Front/Rear Lens Caps
  • Body Cap
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (1220mAh)
  • FL-LM2 Flash
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • EP-10 Standard Eyecup for E-M5 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited 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
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MOV,
    Audio: Linear PCM
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD

    UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible

    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    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. 1.0x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (610,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 25600
    Shutter Type: Electronic
    Speed: 60 to 1/4000 Seconds 
    Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: AE Bracketing, AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)

    1/2, 1 EV steps also available

    White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Preset Manual
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 12 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    DC Input
    HDMI D (Micro)
    USB 2.0

    Dedicated multi-connector accessory port 2

    Wi-Fi Capable No
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP2), XP (SP3), Vista, 7 
    Battery 1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
    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 with battery and memory card
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 12 to 50mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 to 6.3
    Minimum: f/22
    Angle of View 84° to 24°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' / .35 m
    Magnification 0.36x
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 5
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.24 x 3.27" / 56.90 x 83.06 mm
    Weight .46 lb / .21 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 5.6 x 5.3"

    Olympus E-M5 reviews

    OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Silver) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 140.
    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 5 out of 5 by from Light Weight Adventure System I travel and hike all over the world. One of my last trips was to Patagonia in both Argentina and Chile. My backpack of Canon Gear weighed 38 lb.. With laptop etc. One person on the trip had a Sony NEX system that he took on more difficult hikes. I decided to shop for a Micro 4/3rd's system for myself and after research landed on the OM-D for the Image Quality and Weather sealing. I used to have an OLY 5050 Zoom and was impressed with the image quality back then. This OLY doesn't disappoint. Everything you want in a change lens camera system. The 9 frames per second is really as advertised. There is a learning curve.
    Date published: 2013-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera for the Money I am an artist and use the camera for collecting images to use in my work. Clarity and accurate color are important as well as portability. This camera fulfills all those criteria beautifully. The ease of use (the ergonomics, location of conrols, size, speed, etc.) are much better than the Canon that I have been using. I particularly like the tilt LCD screen. I bought the camera with the kit lens, which performs well, but will need to be replaced at some point to achieve even better clarity and performance in low light situations. So far, no complaints. This is obviously not a replacement for the top of the line Canon cameras, but I think it could be a consideration as an alternative to the 60D.
    Date published: 2013-02-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awful Video, Great Photos This camera was purchased for a travel blogger to capture great videos and great photos with a camera that is not too bulky and is easy to operate. I can honestly say it captures excellent photos for such a small and reasonably priced camera. The video, on the other hand, looks really bad. It is very grainy and noisy. I can't believe the night and day difference between the photos and the video. I wish I could send this camera back, but it's probably too late now. Stay away from this camera, if video is a large part of how you'll use it. It looks not better than a cheap camcorder.
    Date published: 2014-01-24
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Delivers I have owned a variety of SLRs and DSLRs over the past 40+ years. Canon, Pentax, Minolta, to name a few. The decision to switch to an MFT system was based on size more than anything else. Now that I have had theOlympus OM-D for a couple of weeks, I regret not having made the switch earlier. The bottom line for me as to a camera's worth is IQ. I don't shoot brick walls and I don't pixel peep. The IQ of this camera is simply first rate.You can read all the other stuff, which generally amounts to people doing a review of the spec sheets; but I would suggest you look at the photos that people have taken with this camera. The OM-D is the real deal that definitely delivers.
    Date published: 2013-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really good Camera Since a trip to Seattle, WA in April hauling the Nikon D3 with lenses weighing me down limiting my desire to shoot. I've been seeking smaller cameras that don't sacrifice quality. I've found that camera the Olympus OM-D_E5. Its small size both the body and lenses are incredibly light and easy to carry in much smaller backpack. The image quality is stunning, and it's made photography fun again. The camera has a ton of tools like the filters you can add while shooting, adjusting for highlights and shadows, optional live view and touch screen focus and shutter release. I have the silver body and plan to purchase the black body as well for next years' wedding season.. Selling my Nikon gear
    Date published: 2012-08-22
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