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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (Body Only) 

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  • Compact, lightweight body in the tradition of the famous OM series, in magnesium alloy and enhanced with proven dust-/splashproof capability as found on the E-5
  • Speed - the world’s fastest* FAST AF auto-focusing system plus 3D tracking for improved moving object tracking performance. *As of February 2012. Among interchangeable lens cameras – including SLRs – on the market, and using Olympus’s in-house test conditions.
  • 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.
  • 1.44-million-dot high-resolution electronic viewfinder, with unique optical design to reduce vignetting, 100% field of view and very short display time lag

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Colour Name: Black | Size Name: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 12.1 x 9 cm ; 372 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: OM-D
  • ASIN: B0073A1DJC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Feb 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,530 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Olympus E-M5: Finally, what the world of photography has been waiting for

Dust and splash-proof design
Dust and splash-proof design
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If you think that the digital SLR still has the edge for photographers in most circumstances, be prepared to think again. Blowing away preconceptions while at the same time affirming many hopes, the Olympus E-M5 is the first model in the brand new OM-D range. Though its esteemed heritage stretches back 40 years to the original OM analogue series, this is a ground breaking new interchangeable lens digital camera with an exceptionally light and compact body; plus there are already a plethora of exciting new lens options.

Though it offers a beautifully classic carry-anywhere OM design, this is truly a benchmark raising, next generation product that brings the OM back in style. One of the camera's many impressive key features is a 1.44 million dot resolution electronic viewfinder complete with new interface, allowing discerning uses to carry out real time checks on manual adjustments to colour temperature, exposure levels and the effect of applying Olympus' Art Filters.

Serious users will also find peace of mind in the dust and splash-proof OM-D series body, fashioned from lightweight yet tough magnesium alloy. But the take-anywhere Olympus E-M5 is about more than the sum of its parts; obvious to anyone who views an image created on it. With the E in the model name denoting Excellence, this is one camera photo enthusiasts will be proud to own.

World's first five axis image stabilisation (IS) system
World's first five axis image stabilisation system
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World's first five axis image stabilisation (IS) system

Banishing the blur that can ruin an otherwise perfectly composed and exposed shot is top of every photographer's wish list. The Olympus E-M5's world first of a five axis image stabilisation (or 'anti shake') system ensures that both stills and video are always sharp, even when shooting handheld. Unlike many interchangeable lens rivals, Image Stabilisation is built into the body, so the camera automatically counteracts blur with any lens you attach.

The new 'IS' mechanism now corrects effectively for horizontal shift, vertical shift and 'rolling', or rotary motion. Being able to decisively combat blur particularly comes into its own when shooting close up macro subjects. Alternatively, for those shooting when on the move themselves, multi motion IS with wide frequency band compatibility also compensates for shake.

World's fastest autofocus system
World's fastest autofocus system
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FAST(ER) AF: World's fastest autofocus system refined

Combining obvious sophistication with speed, the Olympus E-M5 benefits photographers in offering the fastest ever auto focus of an interchangeable lens camera – and that includes DSLRs – with a further refinement of FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology), a technology also found on Olympus PEN cameras, including the E-P3.

This drives the camera's Live MOS sensor at 120fps, while the speed of communications for controlling the lens action has been improved. Also helping to provide a speed increase, Olympus' MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) system has been adopted, quickening auto focus whilst also reducing any noise produced by the lens. Improved subject tracking is also provided via 3D tracking.

For sequential shooting the camera is capable of operating at impressive speeds up to nine frames per second (9fps). When capturing an image, the brief pause while the image is written to card before the camera returns to Live View mode (or 'recovery time') has also been shortened. This has been achieved by the output to the rear LCD, or electronic viewfinder, no longer being dependent on completing recording of the captured image.

16.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor plus powerful TruePic VI processor: speed & accuracy combined

Fast and accurate: that's the Olympus E-M5. The camera not only comes with a new high resolution sensor but also a new, latest generation TruePic VI image processing engine at its core. In combination these features provide the inaugural OM-D camera with an excellent noise reduction capability, allowing for light sensitivity settings to be offered as high as ISO25600 whilst maintaining an excellent performance. Expanded dynamic range is a further benefit, allowing for more faithful reproduction of a wide brightness range.

What's more, Fine Detail Processing technology, first seen on Olympus' range topping E-5 Four Thirds digital SLR, eliminates unwanted image artifacts and colour aberrations, with Real Colour Technology deployed to accurately reproduce previously hard to render colours, such as emerald green.

Powerful support from new OM-D accessories and lenses

Compatible with all current Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Olympus E-M5 is a portable new system camera that hits the ground running, and keeps going, thanks to support from an essential range of accessories from day one. These include the optional HDL-6 power battery holder, with the same splash and dust proof build and affording portrait or landscape shooting thanks to an additional shutter release. An extra lithium ion battery is provided to supplement the one already in the E-M5. When used together the camera can record around 650 images according to industry standard CIPA testing.

Also available on launch is a MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter – affording the camera instant access to a whole host of existing Olympus lenses – plus FL-600R electronic flash for added expandability.

The flash's specifics are a Guide Number of 50 at ISO200 or GN36 at ISO100. Along with improved recharge time plus enhanced flexibility and operability for moving recording, via the feature of a LED that can be used to illuminate videos or provide a brighter AF auxiliary light, the flash also comes with the option of wireless control.

Again, the lens adaptor provides the same build quality as the camera itself, being dust and splashproof. In that respect it is especially apt for use with similarly dust and splashproof 'Pro' and 'Top Pro' series lenses.

In addition two new lenses are also poised for release later in 2012. These are the creativity extending M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro. The 75mm lens offers a fantastic quality metal build plus fat aperture settings for indoor portraiture and spots shooting. The 60mm lens meanwhile is splashproof, features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 0.19m.

Integrated electronic viewfinder
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First integrated electronic viewfinder (EVF) on an Olympus interchangeable lens camera

To add to its already impressive list of world firsts, the E-M5 further entices the enthusiast photographer by virtue of it being Olympus' first lens swappable camera to feature a built-in EVF at eye level. The electronic viewfinder offers accuracy in framing via a 100% field of view, maximum 1.15x magnification and 18mm eye point.

Coming into its own when shooting sports is an optimised display time lag, a further benefit being that the unique optical design affords detailed viewing from the centre to the periphery, with little or no vignetting.

Acting as a time saver and making for intuitive use, a built-in eye sensor effortlessly and automatically switches between the rear panel LCD and EVF instantly.

Shooting information, including shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the EVF – an advantage over a plain optical viewfinder – as is the ability to check the effects of various manual adjustments and application of Art Filters. A new interface, EVF Creative Control, enables separate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness, which is monitored using the viewfinder image with a tone curve overlay. Without removing the eye from the viewfinder, white balance, magnification and aspect ratio can similarly be controlled.

Not just superb stills, but fantastic looking Full HD video too

Videographers looking to edit their Full HD video footage on a PC will appreciate the widespread compatibility offered by the Olympus E-M5's adoption of MOV format, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264 compression. This affords a recording time of around 29 minutes, while the traditional AVI, Motion JPEG format is additionally available. Making the most of Olympus' expertise in the world of audio as well as imagery, superior stereo sound quality is offered, with Linear PCM audio being used for both recording modes. The E-M5's already considerable arsenal of creativity is further enhanced with the ability of being able to add one-shot echo and multi echo effects to movie clips.

Add in a Supersonic Wave Filter dust protection system, installed in front of the image sensor to prevent any undesirables attaching themselves when swapping lenses and the result is a visible consistency of excellence.

Large, tilting touchscreen OLED monitor
Large, tilting touchscreen OLED monitor
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Large, tilting touchscreen OLED monitor for better contrast and vastly improved viewing

The E-M5 takes inspiration from the best features of its critically acclaimed PEN range, in featuring a large 3-inch OLED monitor on its backplate. Not only does this produce a very life-like image with deeper blacks and improved contrast when compared to a standard LCD screen, the screen is also angle adjustable.

To better enable those otherwise awkward arm's length high or low angle shots, the swivel-type monitor can be tilted by a maximum of 80° upwards or a maximum 50° downwards. With a resolution of 610,000 dots it can display video in VGA quality.

In addition the first ever OM-D camera's screen is also a touchscreen, providing rapid responses when the finger is used to bias focusing or even fire the shutter release. A new Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the rear panel monitor at preset intervals during bulb shooting. This facility allows photographers to monitor and access the image for exposure and tweak as necessary.

High capacity SDXC and Eye-Fi card compatible

The E-M5 allows you to take your photography further by offering almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities for all those JPEG, Raw and movie files. It provides compatibility with the SDXC removable media card format.

This affords high storage capacities of up to a gargantuan 2TB to ensure you don't run out of space for those many thousands of photos and videos at an inopportune moment – thereby making the E-M5 as 'future proof' as possible. Wireless transfer is also possible due to compatibility with (optional) Eye-Fi media cards.

Creative Magic: Art Filters & Art Filter Bracketing

Turn your memories into works of art. The first OM-D camera in the Olympus E-M5 comes with a new Key Line filter. This enhances edge lines so that a photograph looks even more like a well-defined illustration. Two variations provide different strength effects.

Added to this, Art Filter bracketing offers the creative flexibility of being able to create multiple versions of the same shot by applying different Art Filters to it. Both of these options – and many more – are designed to inspire photographers to experiment with their OM-D camera and produce more satisfying imagery.

Two further new filters have been added to the line up in Cross Process II and Dramatic Tone II, to instantly give both your images and movies a unique look and feel. Just select the desired Art Filter before taking a picture or shooting a movie; the effect is then shown directly on the LCD in Live View Mode.

In total the 11 available Art Filter modes comprise Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, and Key Line.

In addition there are five 'Art Effects': Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect and Star Light Effect.

In addition to the above, the ground breaking, once-in-a-generation Olympus E-M5 is available in black and silver, and in the following configurations:

  • Body only
  • Or as a kit with the black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 zoom lens.

Review


From dpreview.com:

With the launch of the E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems - the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. The E-M5 is the first camera in an OM-Digital lineup that will run alongside the PEN series and, according to the company, its Four Thirds models. For reasons of clarity, it should be stated that this isn't a continuation of the old OM line - the OM-D models won't be SLRs and are based around Micro Four Thirds, not OM lens mounts. However, they do embody the spirit of the much-loved camera line - a small, well-built camera designed for enthusiasts. And, particularly in silver and black form, the E-M5 is one of best looking cameras we've encountered in some time.

It would be easy to dismiss the E-M5 as simply an upgraded E-P3 with a built-in viewfinder, but that would rather miss the point. Looked at another way, the E-M5 appears to be a synthesis of the best bits of recent Olympus cameras. It offers greater capability than the company's range-topping E-5 DSLR in a compact body with the classic styling of the OM range. It also echoes of the E-620 - the small, photographer-focused camera that, to us, made most sense of the Four Thirds concept. Its magnesium alloy body also manages to incorporate the same extensive weather sealing that the E-5 offered - complementing the similarly-sealed M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ lens the company announced in December 2011.

And it is small - actually slightly smaller than the diminutive OM-4Ti whose looks it apes. But, like that camera, it has plenty of external controls. Twin dials protrude from the front and rear of the narrow top-plate, giving direct access to the major shooting functions in a way that we always hoped the top-of-the-line PENs would. The early push by manufacturers to create beginner-friendly mirrorless cameras means it's still rare to find cameras that offer two good control dials when your hand is in a shooting grip.

The camera is built around a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, which all our testing suggests may well be the same one seen in Panasonic's DMC-G3. This can only be seen as a welcome step forward, as it's a much newer and more capable sensor. The sensor is combined with the company's latest, TruePic VI processor, which appears to bring the usual Olympus magic to the JPEGs. The company claims improved dynamic range and, with an newer sensor and better processing, it's reasonable to expect better performance in terms of noise. And, since dynamic range is the range between highlights and a specified noise level, this would be considered a boost in dynamic range.

The company has also totally reworked its built-in image stabilization system. The new design is described as 5-axis (translational movement vertically and horizontally, and rotational movement around 3 axes - shown below), in contrast to the previous system that only corrected for up/down and left/right rotation. If it works, the ability to correct for rotation around the lens axis caused by pressing the shutter button offers a clear advantage over in-lens stabilization systems. Meanwhile, correction for translational movements promises more effective stabilization for macro photography at high magnifications (like Canon's 'Hybrid IS'). The system continues to work in video. Although none of these systems is inherently original, this is the first camera we've seen to incorporate them all at once, we look at its effect on the performance page of this review.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 specification highlights:

  •     16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  •     Weather-sealed body
  •     Twin control dials
  •     New, '5-axis' image stabilization
  •     Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
  •     Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
  •     800x600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
  •     VGA-equivalent 3" OLED touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  •     Latest TruePic VI processor
  •     Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
  •     Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Pro recordist on 5 Nov 2012
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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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GreyMan on 22 May 2013
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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
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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
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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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