The OM-D E-M5 is a full-featured, semi-pro Micro 4/3rds camera from Olympus with a 16.1MP sensor and an improved ISO range of 200-25,600. The camera features a magnesium alloy build with dust and splash-proof sealing and a built-in 1.44MP electronic viewfinder with a fast, 120fps refresh rate. Those who frequently compose via rear LCD will be happy with the new 3.0” tilting touch-screen, which is a first on Olympus Micro 4/3rds cameras. The E-M5 also carries Olympus’ 5-axis in-camera IS system, giving the E-M5 an even faster autofocus than its predecessors.
Video features include the ability to record in a much more user-friendly .MOV file, rather than the previous AVCHD format. The camera can record 1080/30P at up to 20Mbps, with a reduced rolling shutter effect that has plagued previous Olympus cameras. Full-manual exposure control is possible, as well as three adjustable levels of in-camera sound recording. The OM-D E-M5 records JPEG / RAW stills and video to SDHC / XC memory cards.
Please Note: The E-M5 does not have a pop-up flash built into the camera body. Instead, a small, removable flash unit is included. It’s basically equivalent to a standard pop-up flash, so it has a very limited range. If shooting in very low-light, you’ll probably want to consider one of the more powerful Olympus flashes.
Please Note: We have both black and silver copies of this camera.
Very rarely do we come across a product, especially a camera, that we don’t have a few things that we’d like to change about it. Usually, it’s just nit-picky stuff, but we often times have at least a short wish list. Well, we’ve managed to break our streak.
The Olympus E-M5 is a fantastic camera that we’re okay saying “leave it just the way it is”. Yes, there’s silly, unrealistic requests like changing the menu from cute to useful, and making the sensor full-frame sized, but those aren’t going to happen. Operation-wise, the E-M5 is stellar. Autofocus is great, controls are great, the build quality is great. They really delivered with the E-M5. As for that little in-camera IS feature, it is, how would you say… AMAZING!!!
If you’re looking for a small-system camera, I have no problem saying the Olympus E-M5 should be at the top of your list. With its fantastic image quality, even at higher ISOs, and the Micro 4/3rds lens selection, the other manufacturers have a good bit of catching up to do. Now, if I could just buy one for myself before Lensrentals buys them all…
- E-M5 camera body w/strap
- FL-LM2 compact flash unit
- BLN-1 battery
- BCN-1 charger
- Camera bag
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