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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 but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.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 reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Comparative Crops

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is known to deliver the very best image quality from a Micro Four-Thirds digital camera to date. To evaluate the advantage of sensor-size with current technology, here we compare it to state-of-the-art 16 megapixels APS-C and Full-Frame sensors from the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
and the Nikon D4
Nikon D4
respectively.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Pentax K-5 Nikon D4
ISO 200
ISO 200
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 400
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 800
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 1600
ISO 1600
ISO 3200
ISO 3200
ISO 3200
ISO 6400
ISO 6400
ISO 6400
ISO 12800
ISO 12800
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO 25600
ISO 25600

Even though noise-reduction is turned off on all these cameras, they each takes a different approach to image processing which is why the crops look so different. However, it is clear that the gap between Micro-Four Thirds and APS-C is much smaller than between APS-C and Full-Frame. This makes sense since the surface area of an APS-C sensor is closer to Four-Thirds than to Full-Frame.

APS-C currently shows a visible lead over Micro Four-Thirds from ISO 400 to 6400, while Full-Frame leads from ISO 400 to 25600 and beyond. The comparison stops at 25600 because that is the maximum sensitivity of the OM-D E-M5.

Olympus OM-D E-M5
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Olympus E-M5 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 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
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.45" Built-in EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X)Custom 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 Battery
9 FPS Drive, 17 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 610K Pixels
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