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OlympusOM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body, Black)
 
4.6

(based on 134 reviews)

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    (24)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (105)
  • Large clear LCD (83)
  • Easy to use (74)
  • Good image quality (72)
  • Image stabilization (69)

Cons

  • Short battery life (24)
  • Complicated controls (10)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (100)
  • Family photos (84)
  • Low light (70)
  • Landscape/scenery (58)
  • Wildlife (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (70), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (121)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

JUST AMAZING!

FAST! That's one word to describe the ME5. ACCURATE! That's another word that the EM5 is.My previous cameras were a Canon 550D and a Olympus E-PL3. The 550D was a fantastic camera...Read complete review

FAST! That's one word to describe the ME5. ACCURATE! That's another word that the EM5 is.My previous cameras were a Canon 550D and a Olympus E-PL3. The 550D was a fantastic camera .. it was fast, IQ was excellent but man I hated carrying it around. It was big and bulky and it was mainly in my draw except for special events. Most times I would just take the Panasonic LX5 point&shoot which was not too bad for what it was. With the E-PL3, it had very good IQ that matched the 550D in day time in a package the same size as the LX5. I was already quite happy with it but it was really limited by ISO1600 .. anything above that just turned to mush.Now I've sold all those and the EM5 is the perfect camera. I take photos of everything and a lot of the time it's for taking photos of the kids.I've had the EM5 for a week now after waiting 3 months for it. I have to say .. it looks gorgeous in real life. It is a tiny camera, it feels very solid and the build quality is just excellent.Being used to the oly's menus .. it didn't take long to get it all setup. I actually find the menus and quick menus are the best on all the cameras I've had. It's very fast and very customisable. Image quality is just amazing .. it is way ahead of the E-PL3. Auto focus is just blisteringly fast and accurate ... face detection works perfectly and it will chase my kids around easily. I have never been able to get consistently sharp pictures with kids running around indoors with any camera. This camera stands out with amazing speed and accuracy... having a very usable ISO6400 and such fast AF helps so much.The other thing that is just astounding is the IMAGE STABILISER (IS) I have got to highly commend Olympus on this. It works like MAGIC!!! I was taking a hand held photo in a dimly lit room and the auto iso was 5000. I kept turning the iso down to see how well the IS does .. I got it all the way down to iso320 and still got a perfectly sharp image .. at 1/5sec. That is just unheard of in any camera! The IS also works it's magic with big zooms ... has anyone had 100% perfectly sharp images from a 200mm (that's 400mm equivalent)lens? ... It will focus and lock on with half press of the shutter button instantly and the IS is shown on the screen. I can fire it out continuously easily and they're all very sharp and focus is spot on. I tested this with moving kids with face tracking on with the Oly40-150mm and the Pana45-200mm and both work a treat with the IS.How did olympus fit all this into a small tiny camera? I don't know but they sure did a great job with it. The EVF is extremely useful especially in bright day light or taking macro shots with manual focus. The EVF is bright and sharp and is just a pleasure to use. Also on most touch screen cameras, it's laggy and kind gets in the way more than anything. On the EM5, the focus and shoot is so fast and easy to use, it's enjoyable to use .. and flicking through photos like that on an iphone is very good though I tend to use the front dial to do that more often and works well too.About the fan noise that people have been talking about. Under normal use ... you will not notice it at all. You can hear it if you press your ear against it but really who does that anyway. You will only hear it in a silent room and put on something a desk which might amplify the noise. I don't have a problem with it at all .. it's really a non-issue.I really can't fault the camera. It's perfect for what I need. It has great low light performance with the right lenses. I would highly recommend a Pana20mm f1.7 for a tiny package that will still fit in my hoody pocket. I think the only thing that I would change on the camera .. or maybe Olympus can address it in a future firmware is a distance adjustment for the EVF sensor. I think it's a bit too sensitive or the distance it senses the face is too far. I'd often be showing others photos or taking photos from the hip and the EVF will turn on and the screen turns off. It does only take a second to switch itself but sometimes it'd be better if it only sensed it when my face was fully on the eye piece.Overall ... it's a 10/10 camera and I can't be more happy with it. I think it's already become an instant classic. It's a camera that you will want to keep even if another camera better comes out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good IQ, user interface could use work

Olympus OM-D vs Panasonic GX1

I've been shooting a GX1 for about a year and just got an OM-D.

OM-D PROS: [1] Great white balance and color...Read complete review

Olympus OM-D vs Panasonic GX1

I've been shooting a GX1 for about a year and just got an OM-D.

OM-D PROS: [1] Great white balance and color rendition. Way better than the GX1 where I need to babysit the WB and fix color later. [2] In-body image stabilization. Now I get IS with all lenses, and the IS works great. I easily get good hand-held shots at 1/8s, 42mm (84mm equiv). [3] Built-in EVF. (Although I may need the extended eyecup for shooting in bright light.) [4] Nicely implemented tilt screen. I'm not a huge fan of articulating screens; I rarely use them. Plus, they often add bulk, cost, and look like a kludge. This one doesn't detract from the look, and the mechanism feels great - smooth and solid. [5] Dual control dials to directly adjust key parameters: P (prog shift, exp comp), S (speed, exp comp), A (f/stop, exp comp), M (speed, f/stop).

OM-D CONS: [1] Terrible front grip. Shape doesn't provide a good hold and the material/texture is too slippery. GX1 has a prominent grip with a grippy material and provides a much better hold. [2] No built-in flash. The GX1 has a great little pop-up. Not looking forward to carrying a clip-on. [3] No pin-point focus. More broadly, setting the focus-area position and size on the OM-D is confusing. I can live with it, but the implementation is horrible. [4] Exposure bracket is buried - total pain to find and setup. Should be a button on the super control panel. (I can set sharpening, color space, etc on the SCP, but not bracketing? Come on...)

Although I definitely have some quibbles with the OM-D, I think its advantages (better WB, better color, in-body IS, built-in EVF) outweigh its shortcomings (poor grip, no flash, poor focus-area and bracketing features).

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5.0

Great Camera! My first micro four thirds camera.

By Justin

from Loveland, Colorado

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I recently sold my Nikon DSLR and switched to Micro Four Thirds. This camera produces beautiful images. The controls were much more intuitive than I excpected. However, the on/off switch is in an awkward spot.

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    5.0

    Great mirrorless camera!

    By Cyrus

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

    I already have an E-M10 but wanted this to use as a weather resistant kit along with my Olympus 12-40 f2.8. The ergonomics aren't quite as good as my E-M10. It's amazing what a small change in controls will do. I did get a Fotodiox grip which helps a lot.

    My impression is that the 5-axis stabilization is noticeably better than the 3 axis on my E-M10. Both are amazing.

    I was concerned with early reports of shutter shock but haven't noticed any indications of this with the 12-40 lens. I have a selection of primes but probably won't look for shutter shock with them. I intend to use this exclusively with the 12-40.

    All in all very satisfied and I'm thrilled with the price I got it for.

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    5.0

    Very pleased

    By Debbie

    from Lexington, SC

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

    Camera is much smaller than expected. Very well built and takes excellent photos when set up properly. Visit Robin Wong's cheat sheet, DP Review's user guide and Olympus FAQs. The only downside I have noticed is that playback button is small and cramped. B&H service is excellent as always.

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    5.0

    First mirrorless

    By Missy

    from California

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

    Great camera , I got it because I wanted a compact durable camera for my hiking and backpacking trips. I am new to photography and this camera is pretty straight forward on how to use . Very happy with it and how fast the camera was recieved.

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    4.0

    Not Quite Intuitive But Delivers Great Results

    By heldentenor

    from Minnesota

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

    After using this camera for about two weeks, I've grown to really like it. Certain features are not intuitive (e.g. having to press the "OK" button before scrolling through options on the master menu), but once I figured out Olympus's logic, they became easy to navigate.

    Pros:
    --Image quality is excellent in a variety of lighting environments.
    --Functionality of most important controls can be customized.
    --Build quality is superb.
    --Price/quality ratio for the Micro 4/3 lens lineup is outstanding.

    Cons:
    --Body is too small for easy use but too big for easy portability (the Micro 4/3s conundrum).
    --Image transfer is more cumbersome than on newer models with built-in WiFi.

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    5.0

    Light and compact, and priced right.

    By Ken the camera nut.

    from Hudson, New York.

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    A pleasure to work with and it gives very good results. I am getting images that I could not get with my other cameras.
    I wish the video button was in a different place because I sometimes hit it by mistake with my big fingers.

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    5.0

    The OMD EM5........a great way to "step it up"!

    By Hank

    from Lees Summit, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I guess I would be classified as an "enthusiast" photographer. Not a pro, but I want quality and am willing to "use" a camera rather than point and shoot.

      I own an E 510, two PEN E PL 1's and now an OMD EM5. I was used to carrying two cameras to sporting events and out in nature. Now, I simply pack the EM5. I purchased only the body since all of my four thirds and micro four thirds lenses already fit.

      I am equipped to shoot HD video and fast action at sporting events or bring nature in close with the longer lens. The OMD offered me a way to step up in capabilities without the need to go to a whole new camera system/lenses. I have used Olympus products exclusively for many years and have never had an issue.

      Thanks, Olympus, for giving me a "step up".

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      1.0

      No no and more no

      By topshot

      from Maine

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls
      • Poor in Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

        I am really disappointed with this camera. The user interface is the worst I've ever experienced. The various options are simply not logical. The focusing drives me insane. You have to remember a zillion things to bring up the available options. The best way I'd describe this camera: it's engineered, not designed. Stay far, far away unless you are a total geek who cares more about "features" than photography. I prefer the Panasonic 4/3.

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        4.0

        Love this little camera

        By Val

        from Viroqua, WI

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

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

          I bought this camera because I've owned Olympus cameras for a while. I have an elderly E-420 which still rocks and rolls.
          I use all my cameras for hikes and take them along while trail riding.
          This OMD suited my purposes in many more ways, PLUS it is weatherproof! This was very important in my decision to go with this camera.
          It is compact and light in my sling pack. No more trudging with extra weight after 4 miles of hard hiking.
          Performance:
          Better than expected. I was stunned to find out this made incredible video. I love the touch focus and am still getting used to working with this camera.
          I've had it only a week.
          I even used it do do some still life photography.

          Menus. I've read some complaints that the camera menu is hard to get used to. I was able to figure it out quite quickly.

          Cons? Well. None yet, but I will know more after my weekend of rock climbing and hiking. I won't be taking any other camera but this one.

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          5.0

          Better than I hoped

          By Jeff

          from Boston

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

          I was nervous about the m43 image quality, but with the massive discount I figured it was worth the shot.
          Turns out my fears were totally unfounded. With the 25 and 45mm primes, the images I'm getting are actually better than either my Samsung NX or Sony Nex6.
          I wish it was a little bigger, but otherwise I have zero complaints.

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          5.0

          Beautifully Constructed / Retro Style

          By GT4 Carl

          from Reno, Nevada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Looking for a camera better suited to every day carry, the M5 seemed to offer many of the qualities of an SLR in a very compact package.
              I was also hopeful that the it would be fully compatible with my Leica D Vario Elmarit 14-50mm lens using the Panasonic DMW-MA1 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter. Unfortunately the camera has a very difficult time trying to auto-focus with that combination. It may be that a different adapter is required or that the camera needs a menu re-configuration, more experimentation will tell. In the interim, the diminutive size has inspired me to order the highly rated Panasonic 14mm f2.8 lens. Due to the almost pocket friendly size of that combination, it will be my constant carry companion, a welcome replacement to a comparatively cumbersome SLR. Waiting for the lens to arrive so no commentary on image quality or camera functionality at this time but I have great expectations.

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              5.0

              Great Buy!

              By Feisty

              from Union, KY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

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

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

              Internal image stabilization, Scene modes, lots of lens choices. It is small, light and with a compact lens, fit in your jacket pocket making it ideal for street photography.

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              4.0

              Great backup

              By Nick

              from Moab, UT

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I haven't had time to put this camera through all its paces yet, but am pleased with the tests I have given it. I bought the E-M5 (even thoght it is a discontinued model) as a back-up for my E-M1. It is edeal for that use and will provide great flexibility. Some may complain about the limited grip due to its flatter profile, but its lower profile makes it a great choice for street photography and for locations where the bulkier E-M1 would be more conspicuous.

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                  4.0

                  Beautiful Teaser

                  By Pinon Pete

                  from Silver City, NM

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls
                  • Difficult Menu

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  I must admit I bought this camera for its looks. It is a stunning thing to look at. It looks just like my Pentax ME Super from the 1980's. I have admired it for years from afar, but now with its recent price drop I couldn't resist her charms any longer. It is a competent picture taker so far, but I have to say the menus and controls are very un-user friendly. I have used many Panasonic and Pentax and Canon models, but this one is the hardest to learn yet. I have seen excellent results from Pros using this camera so I know it is possible, but I will have to really study hard to master it.

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                  5.0

                  Another Fine Micro 4/3 Item

                  By Rick

                  from Truckee, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Having converted to Micro 4/3ism because of the smaller size and weight compared to full frame DSLRs, I was having so much fun that my wife decided she would like to join in. So I bought a second body that would match my lenses. This one was the M5 which has the added benefit of being somewhat rain and dust resistant. Since it has been replaced in the OM-D line by the M5 Mark II, the price on the original is way down. B&H fulfillment was, as usual, perfect.

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                    5.0

                    Great Price for a Great Body

                    By James

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I previously owned an Olympus E-3 full size body and three lenses. It got to be a job hauling around the heavy equipment. I decided I'd try the M43 OM-D-M5 since B&H had a great sale price on it. I also ordered the battery grip for it and not disappointed that I did. Those with large hands should seriously consider buying the grip because there is a huge difference in handling ability plus you always have a back up battery. Since the camera is full featured and with HD video, it takes a while to learn but the results the camera produces are well worth the effort. Please note that Olympus 4/3 lenses used with the MMF3 adaptor will not focus fast at all. If you have these lenses and wish to use them, I would advise getting the OM-D-M1. It also takes some adjusting to get used to the smaller size compared to the 4/3rd body but the adjustment period is quick. If your looking for a great buy on a great body, and if B&H still has these available, it is a no brainer. You won't be sorry.

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                      4.0

                      Nice camera

                      By Ruth the hiker

                      from Kingman AZ

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

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

                      I am taking away one star because Olympus is giving me a hard time to register it. I fell in love with these Olympus cameras after lugging around a heavy DSLR. They do take nice shots. Can't wait till spring to really get out and play with them, battery life is short but I would advise to take an extra battery. Haven't really tried it in low light or for sports but that is not what I shoot anyway

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                      5.0

                      Feature rich light weight camera

                      By Rose

                      from Tucson AZ

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Image In View Finde
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Flip Out Led Screen
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Light weight
                      • Sharp Pictures
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This camera takes sharp pictures. It also has features that I like a lot.The flip out LED screen saves me from contouring myself to get difficult shots. The super control panel puts all you need at your fingertips. I especially appreciate that the shutter release its raised and,unlike my Nikon D7100, very easy to find. I really enjoy the light weight of this camera. There is no inhibition to carrying it around.

                      The only cos are the short battery life compared to my Nikon and the small size of the scroll wheel on the back.

                      The manual gives only bare bones info zoo bee prepared to look elsewhere for more in-depth information. Lots of good you tubes out there.

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                      5.0

                      Best camera ever

                      By Greg

                      from Colorado

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

                      Couldn't me more happy with my camera, and shipped was very fast.

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera

                      By Nat

                      from Bangor, Maine

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        One of the more attractive elements to the E-M5
                        is the availability of lenses. I owned an OLY e-500 dslr, and managed to collect a few lenses...With the EM-5 all I needed to do was buy a single adapter (4/3rds to micro 4/3rds). Accordingly, the price for the original 4/3rds lenses is dropping by the day.

                        So, please consider the availability, and price, of the lenses that can easily be adapted to the E-M5.

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