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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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By on 2012/11/07
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Olympus E-M5 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)ISO 200-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.45" Built-in EVF 1.4 MegapixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
WeatherproofStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion
9 FPS Drive, 17 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 610K Pixels
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