Olympus E-M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera
For photographers with memories that stretch back to the film era, the new Olympus OMD-EM5 bears a striking resemblance to the classic film OM series, a long-lived line of SLRs that broke new ground in compact and light camera design.
Desipite its remarkable resemblance to classic Olympus SLRs such as the OM-1, the OMD-EM5 is not an SLR. It is a mirrorless camera with a high-resolution (1.44 million dot) electronic viewfinder and a plethora of new technology and features.
The OM-D is a groundbreaking, new digital interchangeable lens camera perfect for people who want to "take part", "create", and "share".
The OM-D's new electronic viewfinder (EVF) features a high-resolution 1.44-million dot LCD, 100% field-of-view coverage, and 1.15x maximum magnification that let you totally immerse yourself in your subject, and actively control image creation. The EVF also enables you to enlarge the focus point for precision focusing in virtually any shooting situation, and can show you the effect of Highlight & Shadow Control, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Aspect Ratio, and a host of other settings and advanced digital image processing functions right in the viewfinder. With improved precision and responsiveness that make it as easy to use as an optical viewfinder, the OM-D's advanced EVF gives you virtually unlimited creative control.
HIGH IMAGE QUALITY
Three key factors contribute to the OM-D's unprecedented image quality: a wide lineup of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses for sharp, clear subject capture, a new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor for rich tonal expression, and an advanced TruePic VI image processor for superb color fidelity. The optimal balance of these factors ensures the high resolution, sensitivity, and color accuracy you need tobrilliantly capture the world around you.
The world's fastest* AF system, FAST AF, has been made even faster and more accurate on the OM-D. Improved new 3D Tracking AF assures you won't miss the moment even when subjects move toward or away from you, and the new high-sensitivity image sensor ensuressuperior AF performance even in dim light.
* Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of February 8, 2012, when using the OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens with the E-M5, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
9.2 FPS HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
Thanks to the new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor's high-speed read-out performance, the OM-D offers maximum sequential shooting at 9.2 fps, making it easy to capture sports action or fast-moving subjects such as pets and wildlife. In addition, a compact new hi gh-speed shutter mechanism enables the OM-D to offer this performance without compromising the handling advantages of a light and compact body.
5-AXIS IMAGE STABILIZAT ION
The OM-D is equipped with the world's first 5-axis image stabilization system, and can compensate for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems of the past have been unable to handle. Built into the camera body to ensure effective stabilization with all lenses, its unique 5-axis design makes it particularly effective when taking high-magnification telephoto shots, macro close-ups, and long exposures. In addition, it can be activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, so you can also use it to stabilize the viewfinder image and obtain a crisp, clear view of your subject that makes it easy to frame and compose your shots.
Sensor unit with new 5-AXIS IS
The new 5-AXIS IS can compensate for five different types of movement: 1) pitching, 2) yawing, 3) horizontal movement, 4) vertical movement, and 5) rotational movement around the optical axis. As a result, it can compensate for types of camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems cannot, such as horizontal/vertical shake during macro shooting, rotational shake during long exposure shooting, and the low-frequency shake caused by walking or breathing during movie recording.
DUST-PROOF & SPLASH-PROOF CONSTRUCTION
Trouble-free shooting in all environments is assured by our proven dust-proof and splash-proof technology. Multiple ring-shaped seals protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray, making it ideal for all kinds of outdoor shooting. What's more, theOM-D extends this protection to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, the bundled detachable flash unit, and the optionalgrip and power battery holder.
TILTING 3-INCH OLED TOUCHSCREEN
In addition to offering dial and button controls, the OM-D is the first Olympus camera to feature a tilting touch screen monitor forintuitive fingertip operation. The 3-inch OLED touch screen delivers high-resolution images of your subject with rich color reproduction. It also responds instantly to your touch with fast operation that makes it easy to focus on subjects, play back images, and adjust settings such as exposure and white balance.
LENSES AND ACCESSORIES
In addition to its new electronic motorized M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens with quiet, linear drive AF, the OM-D is supported by an ever-expanding range of wide-angle, macro, portrait, and telephoto Micro Four Thirds M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. System accessories include cases, straps, filters, external flash units, and mount adapters for Four Thirds System lenses and OM System lenses.
I am a previous Olympus PEN user. I once owned an E-PL1 and later an E-PL2. I missed having a built-in viewfinder and didn't really care for the Olympus EVF that plugged into the hot shoe. So, I sold off the Micro 4/3 equipment and went with one of the Big Two brands. That camera ("The world's smallest DSLR") was actually pretty nice, but heavy lenses on a small body kind of defeated the purpose of a small scale camera. After a year or so, I looked at Olympus again. When I saw the OMD-EM5 at a great price, I just had to have it. I added the 12-50mm EZ lens, and the 40-150mm zoom lens. I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of pictures coming from the EM5. I set up some informal comparison tests between the EM5 and my other camera. The Olympus, with either lens, was sharper and produced truer colors than my other camera. This was the case with both tripod-mounted and handheld shots. The 12-50mm lens is handy, and can do some macro work too. When used on the EM5, I don't have to worry much about taking pictures in less than ideal weather. But what I like the most, especially compared to the other camera, is the green frame you see in the viewfinder that indicates the area of focus. It is really frustrating on other systems to find that little red dot for a focus point. With the EM5, not only can I determine where the camera will focus, but it is especially easy to change the focus point, or even set a focus zone. This is a much better setup for me, and in combination with the EM5's quick focus, I am experiencing fewer out-of-focus shots. I know that many people are somewhat bewildered by the Olympus user interface, but it is easily learned. Many features are simply on/off options. The super control panel allows easy change of settings, as do the main/sub dials. When you combine this with the touch screen, you can really get comfortable with a particular way to set and use the camera. Overall, I am very happy to be back with Olympus. The OMD-EM5 is a great camera, with a solid feel, classic good looks, and excellent picture quality. The only reason I gave four stars is that, at this price point, Wi-Fi should be included. That is not a deal breaker though, with all of the other features and product quality. I would feel comfortable recommending this camera.
Lighweight, perfect for travel photography, great quality of photos, fast AF. Buttons are a little small.
I just got this camera but I am in a group with several people who own it and who their work; I am very excited about learning to use it. The menu system is quite complicated so it will take awhile to master, esp. since it's too cold to go out and do much shooting.
I take this camera everywhere, which speaks for its compactness and ruggedness - its built to withstand abuse, and various weather. Its simply fun to use with a reasonable amount of controls accessible. It is great not having to worry about getting it wet(with a weatherproof lens) The 5axis stabilizer is a great innovation, and has allowed me to take handheld night shots at iso 200- I am now more encouraged to casually shoot at night instead of lugging around a tripod. The silent shutter is wonderful for unobtrusive street shooting. It performs well in high ISO, but I rarely need to crank up the ISO because of the 5axis The focus is incredibly fast with contemporary lenses, and the image out of the camera already looks great and requires minimum tweaking. If anything, the battery life is relatively short probably because of the 5axis- but nothing unreasonable. Because its such a fun camera that I want to take with me, my photo activities increased dramatically since acquiring this camera.
If you are a techie like me, this is the camera you need to get. This one offers so many little things you can configure and play around, it's so fun. oh and it also takes photos but that's not the point of this review. It takes a good photos but it's not anywhere APS-C or Full Frame quality. But as a techie, I do appreciate that the camera do produce nice looking pictures, just keep in mind that these are nice digitally looking photos, not exactly gives off that genuine film photos look and feel. but hey, it is what it is and as long as it looks good, that's all it matters, right? But like I said, this camera really shines when it comes to "using" the camera. It's just like a gadget toy that you can play around with setups and lens so much. If you are into playing around with cameras and taking photos is secondary, this is the camera for you! I love it!
Solid, well thought out camera. I travel extensively and this will be at my side.
Highly recommended. The camera is smaller than you would imagine and evokes the classic design of many older film cameras. You can carry the camera and multiple m43 lenses for the weight of one DSLR. Construction is good and sturdy. The display and viewfinder are both excellent. The features and picture quality exceeds some of the lower and mid end APS-C DSLRs. JPEGs out of camera are wonderful as-is in most cases and sometimes better than what you could easily obtain by shooting RAW and post-processing. A lot more detail can be recovered from RAW due to the wonderful Sony sensor. ISO 1600 is excellent with very little noise. I have a mental block going to ISO 3200 due to earlier cameras, but that is also very usable. I have done 16x20" prints with this camera. The built-in image stabilization is truly remarkable. A few reviews have mentioned the humming noise it makes. It hasn't been an issue for me and its not a distraction in a quiet room. The latest 1.6 firmware also reduced it to some extent. I consider this a non-issue, especially since I have been able to consistently get sharp, hand held shots at 1/10 to 1/5 secs. This also makes working with manual legacy lenses very easy. You do need to set up the focus assist to help and have to dial in the focal length of the legacy lens for the stabilization to work. Its nice to be able to work with fast legacy primes. Video output is very capable, but this is primarily a stills camera. You won't get the manual video controls available in the panasonic GH2 or GH3. A word about the lenses. Get a good prime to go with it. The 14-42 and 12-50 kit lenses are good, but not exceptional and won't bring out the capabilities of this camera. Heck, you can get some wonderful results with a legacy $50 prime. Okay, so now the bad news. The olympus menu system gives you a large number of controls with which to customize the camera behavior. Some default choices are bewildering, so if you are unfamiliar with this menu system, you will need to spend some time upfront setting up things the way you like. Like for example, enabling the super control panel that gives you a one button access to commonly used controls. Its disabled by default in favor of a dumbed down menu and you need to go menu diving to enable it. And then you can have both options enabled at the same time, in different ways for the viewfinder and the LCD, which can make things truly confusing. If you are a noob, get someone to set it up for you, so you can get more out of the camera. If you are an enthusiast geek, you will drool over the options and still go crazy. The camera has a touch screen OLED display and you can control some things by touch. Touch to focus and click are fun and useful in some situations. But I also get the feeling that the user interface has not been optimized for touch. You still have to revert back to the physical dials for some things. Many more controls could be optimized for touch than currently available. I truly love this camera, so I also have no hesitation is also writing my gripes about it in the hope that someone at Olympus will read them and help improve it with a firmware upgrade. - The menu system needs to be rationalized without loss of features. - Enable HDR shooting like in the newer E-PL5. - Tethered shooting like its possible with Canon or Nikon. Please, this is a capable camera, don't castrate it in firmware. This is essential for studio shoots or advanced photography. - Focus peaking for use with manual lenses a la Sony. And one final word to Olympus - Please release some good mid range zooms to support this baby. There are some wonderful primes but the midrange zoom choices are currently very limited in comparison to Canikon or expensive. This is an ideal enthusiast / semi-pro / pro level camera, but the discerning masses buy zooms not primes. This camera gets a lot of things right and so I am going to rate this camera 5* even though I see areas for improvement. Every camera has compromises and its no different for comparable offerings from Canon/Nikon/Sony/etc.
If your looking for a great camera that's compact, lightweight and take beautiful shots this is a good one. My other camera's are now collecting dust.
Olympus quality overall is a higher than the panasonic gh3. Image quality is arguably better than the gh3 despite having the same sensor.
Ahh.. i guess i'll go into background of myself... Got into photography using a canon xsi, the t1i, wanted something more rugged and "professional" after a few years.. moved to the canon 60D.. liked the quality, love the size.. liked the look.. didnt like the weight. after a while it really got to u.. and then the big size you loved of it, (w/ grip) got to you, so I stopped using the grip.. and the camera got annoying to lug around... decided to make a full switch to m4/3.. got a epl-1 .. liked it alot. but after using a dslr.. its hard to admit it was a big downgrade. then i started to buy 4/3 (dslr) lenses for the epl-1 to improve the picture quality.. that worked well.. then missed a viewfinder.. bought a vf2.. liked it but hated how it was $$$ and it didnt lock on.. then the OMD comes out.. solved my problems. loved the size, the look , you can NOT deny looks awesome. the construction is very good, and feels like a small brick. the built in EVF is great too, and the screen on the back is nice and big. I use my olympus 4/3 14-54 mkii lens w/ the olympus mmf-3 to completely weather seal the camera and combo. this is the camera i've been waiting for and im glad i finally got it. picture quality is great. using my 14-54, or even the m4/3 14-42. i recently started experiementing w/ a 28mm 3.5 OM lens. and i love that combo and look. Image stablization on this camera is great, and u really notice it in shooting videos. its a great camera, alittle pricy, but you are really only going to get this if you know what you want and like the style.