Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review Summary
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Assessment
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the flagship mirrorless camera from Olympus. It is an advanced model that delivers a professional feature set in a relatively compact weather-sealed body. This includes a 16 megapixels sensor capable of ISO 200 - 25600, 9 FPS continuous shooting and 1080p HD video capture along with dual control-dials, a built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor and amazing 5-axis image-stabilization built-in.
The high-resolution sensor of the E-M5 delivers quality that rivals DSLRs. It shows very low image noise until ISO 1600 and remains usable up to ISO 12800 for mid-size prints and 25600 for small ones. The exposure system is really good and automatic white-balance is great. Color accuracy is not perfect but not entire off either.
Although there are some quirks to the E-M5, it is the most advanced mirrorless camera available with only much larger competitors. Its speedy performance finally makes the Olympus E-M5 usable for action photography thanks to a 9 FPS drive and sharp 1.4 megapixels EVF which can keep up.
In the end, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 substantially narrows the gap between mirrorless and DSLR cameras while keep a compact size and rich feature set. Combined with a high-quality Zuiko lens, this digital camera is capable of producing superb images.
|Excellent image quality||Poor color accuracy|
|Very good metering||Low-contrast EVF|
|Reliable Automatic White-Balance||Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram|
|Superb built-in stabilization||Modal Exposure-Compensation|
|Virtually no shutter-lag||Some tiny buttons|
|Fast contrast-detect AF||Uncomfortable eyelets|
|Good shot-to-shot speed||Poorly placed tripod mount|
|Very responsive||Low battery life|
|Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist||Rear control-dial uncomfortably high|
|Unique Live-Bulb mode|
|Highly customizable interface|
|Instant video recording|
|Excellent build quality||Excellent Excellent|
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Olympus E-M5 Facts
Mirrorless digital camera
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)||ISO 200-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.45" Built-in EVF 1.4 Megapixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion|
|9 FPS Drive, 17 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 610K Pixels|
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