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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Compact System Camera with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens - Elite Black (16.1MP) 3.0 inch OLED

by Olympus

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12-40mm Lens
  • New all black design for an elite look and feel
  • Features the same leather tone coating as the OM-D E-M1 for a better grip
  • Refined main dial and sub-dial for improved design and operability
  • Tilt LCD (3.0-inch tiltable OLED monitor, capacitive touchscreen panel with fast response for finger-tip focussing and shutter release)
  • Ultra-effective in-body image stabilisation using the world's first 5-axis IS*, for blur-free movies and stills with any lens. * As of February 2012. Among interchangeable lens cameras.

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Colour Name: Black | Size Name: 12-40mm Lens
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Product details

Colour Name: Black | Size Name: 12-40mm Lens
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: OM-D E-M5
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Jan 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,567 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Black | Size Name: 12-40mm Lens

Product Description

The multi award-winning OM-D E-M5 is now available in an Elite Black body with its classic looks enhanced by a leather tone look reminiscent of the OM-D E-M1. The leather tone look also adds to the usability of the E-M5 giving a firmer grip. The camera's main and sub dials have also been refined to further enhance the design and operability.

Box Contains

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Body, Elite Black
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens Black
FL-LM2 Flash, Black
BLN-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
BCN-1 battery charger
Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC-2)
Shoulder Strap
CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
[ib] Image Management Software
Olympus Viewer 2 Software CD-ROM
Operating Instructions
Warranty Card

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pro recordist on 5 Nov 2012
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 12-50mm Lens
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is without a doubt the finest micro four thirds camera built to date. Complemented by a wide range of prime and zoom lenses, it is superbly built, focuses swiftly even in low light, and is backed up by excellent customer service from Olympus. For portraits and low light work ( landscapes at dawn/dusk for example) it is especially superb with the pana/leica summilux F1.4 25mm asph lens, giving excellent bokeh even in low light. The relatively inexpensive panasonic 100-300mm zoom lens, not much larger than a standard 18-55mm zoom lens on an amateur/semi-pro dslr ( like the APSC half-frame Nikon D3200 or D7000 ), will zoom to a 600mm equivalent thus enabling the user to shoot high quality distance shots; perfect for wildlife and birds in particular, without having to carry a house brick's worth of weight. The icing on the cake is that the 12-50mm zoom it comes with is optically superior to just about every other standard zoom lens available for less than four figures.
Read Steve Huff, an independent photographer/reviewer, and see his results fullscreen;
Go to the dpreview camera review site for more than 20 pages of detailed review with many more samples;
Or just take my word, and that of all but one of the other reviewers here, that this really is a Great Camera.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GreyMan on 22 May 2013
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 12-50mm Lens
In the past 10 years I used quite a few cameras, and image quality was always paramount to me. I had Olympus C8080 before I switched to Canon 450D, from which I moved to Olympus E-M5. I'm not a brand fanboy (never understood Nikon vs Canon holywar) and would always chose camera according to my needs/finance, not by brand. I also used some medium-class cameras such as Canon 40D and Canon 7D, with a bunch of zoom and prime lenses (most of them rented out).

One thing I noted that it was more and more often I would leave my Canon at home. Either because of the bulk or fear that I would look too intrusive having a big black camera with a massive lens with me. The best camera is the one that is with you, so I started looking around for smaller alternatives.

I was watching Micro Four Thirds system development closely for about a year, and it would tick all the boxes - compact size without compromise on features, wide choice of high quality glass, beautiful Olympus colour, out-of-camera JPEG and in-body stabilizer - except the image sensor that was a couple of years behind the competition, so that low-light images would suffer from excessive noise.

The game changed when Olympus presented E-M5 with brand new Sony sensor (later also adopted by Panasonic GH3), and I bought it via pre-order.

Having had the E-M5 for about a year now, I don't understand why people still buy entry-level DLSRs! Image quality with good lenses is absolutely smashing!
Seriously, every time I compare my images shot by Canon 450D and this tiny little beast, I have a feeling that I was using a beer bottle as a lens before, so crystal clear and razor sharp images from Olympus are!
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By S. Carter on 30 April 2012
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 12-50mm Lens
I bought this camera after seeing it first hand at FOCUS in the NEC earlier in the year. I do a lot of travel photography and I can honestly say it is a brilliant camera for this purpose. I've previously had a DSLR and I often found it too bulky and too obtrusive... you can almost hide this camera in your hand! The image stabilisation is much better than previous incarnations and makes those impromtu shots much easier to get right. You can take 90% of shots hand-held without any support or tripod.
The build quality is excellent. I've got a (free) grip on order, but even without one the camera feels very comfortable in my hands....and no wrist strain from my previous heavy DSLR.
The waterproofing is very useful when you get caught in the rain. Battery life is very reasonable (600+ shots).
The buttons are a little 'soft', but not really an issue. The included flash is not really needed in most situations as the image stabilisation lets you take photos without flash in much darker situations than normally would be possible.
The video quality is great and does not suffer the 'jelly on a plate' like effect when panning as most (if not all) other DSLRs do.
The 12-50 lens is a good all-rounder, with macro capability and both standard and video type (power) zooming.
I went for the black and I'm glad I did. There were some negative comments on the net about the case being slippy, but I have not found this at all.

The menus/features are highly customisable...even more so than my previous 'flagship' DSLR.

Overall a great buy.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Al on 12 Jan 2013
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 12-50mm Lens Verified Purchase
I bought my E-M5 with 12-50mm kit lens in July 2012 through Amazon UK for £1000, imported from Hong Kong. I upgrade from my Panasonic GF1, because I wanted a view finder for composing pictures on bright sunny days and when using a zoom. I bought into Micro Four Thirds (MFT) a few years ago because of the trade-off between image quality and camera size.

I'm a sucker for a beautiful camera, so I bought the silver version. The black version is less eye-catching, but some of my favourite lenses are silver, and they stood out like a sore thumb on my black GF1.

Here are the things I like about the camera:
i) When fitted with certain prime lenses and a wrist-strap, this camera is almost the perfect size. It's small enough to go almost everywhere with me, stuffed in a jacket pocket, messenger bag or rucksack. (I don't think I would wand the body to be much smaller).
ii) It's very discrete (even in silver) and people don't tend to mind or notice when I take photographs. The touch to shoot LCD screen is really good fun for taking sneaky shots without anyone noticing.
iii) The image quality is a big improvement on the GF1. The difference between indoor shots with an identical is just incredible.
iv) I really like the fast prime lenses in the MFT system. I already owned the Olympus 12mm f2, the Olympus 45mm F1.8 and Panasonic 20mm F1.7 before I bought the camera.
v) It is fast at focusing for a compact system camera, unless you use a slow focusing lens like the Panasonic 20mm F1.7.
vi) The top control dials (PASM, Exposure and Aperture/Shutter) are a joy to use. I mention this because a lot of mirror-less cameras only have 2 of the 3 control dials.
vii) The in-body image stabilization is amazing.
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