Olympus OM-D E-M5 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps with stereo sound
  • 9fps continuous shooting
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Tilting 3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus OM-D E-M5
16 megapixel Live MOS sensor; 1080p HD video recording at 60fps with stereo sound; 9fps continuous shooting; 5-Axis Image Stabilization; High-resolution electronic viewfinder; Tilting 3-inch OLED touchscreen; Lithium-ion battery;
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/12/2015

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Olympus joins the retro fad with the OM-D E-M5, an elegant micro 4/3 camera reminiscent of their film OM line. Highlights include a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, weather sealing, 5-axis optical stabilization, a 3-inch swivel OLED touchscreen, 1080p HD video at 60fps, and an electronic viewfinder with 1.4 million dots. The OM-D is tiny, it weighs less and is thinner than Canon's fixed-lens G1 X, yet can be bulked up with an optional battery grip. And of course it works with all the 4/3s lenses already in production by Panasonic and Olympus. It's pricey at $1099 with the 14-42 kit lens, but reviews have noted its quick autofocus, fantastic build quality, and image quality matching the best of Sony's NEX.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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