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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Type Micro Four Thirds System
Sensor Four Thirds System 16MP Live MOS
Lens Micro Four Thirds System mount
Flash Detachable and can trigger remote flash
Exposure metering Intelligent Multiple
Exposure modes Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, User settings
Focus areas 35 area selectable auto-focus
Focus modes Automatic or Manual
Viewfinder 1.44 million dot Epson Ultimicron LCD
ASA/ISO range ISO 200–12800, extendable to 125-25600
Custom WB Auto / Color temperature setting / Manual measurement
Rear LCD monitor VGA-equivalent 3in OLED touchscreen tilts upwards and downwards with live preview
Dimensions 4.8" x 3.5" x 1.69" (122 x 89 x 43mm)[1]
Weight 14.99 oz (425 g) with battery

The Olympus OM-D E-M5, announced in February 2012, is a Micro Four Thirds compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. In style and name it references the Olympus OM series of film SLR cameras, but it is not an SLR camera (there is no optical path from lens to viewfinder: a high quality electronic viewfinder is used).


  • Awards 1
  • Features 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In April 2012, the enthusiast photography web site Digital Photography Review (DP Review) awarded the OM-D EM-5 a Gold Award. On the same website it was subsequently voted Best Camera of 2012 in a photographers' poll.[2]


  • Magnesium alloy body with extensive weather sealing
  • Up to ISO 25,600
  • 16 MP Four Thirds sensor, with substantially lower noise than the earlier 12 MP sensor[2]
  • HD video capture, including 1080i at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps
  • No built-in flash (a small shoe mounted flash is included, which can act as a wireless commander for E-system flashes which support wireless mode)
  • TruePic VI processor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation
  • Up to nine frames per second continuous shooting
  • Very fast contrast detect auto focus[3]
  • "Live Bulb" (without toggle) and "Live Time" (with toggle) bulb mode settings, where the viewfinder and display get updated 'during' the exposure in order to allow the photographer to inspect the exposure while it "develops". The display refresh rate for this mode can be configured between 0.5 s and 60 s.
  • Tilting 800 x 600 LCD OLED touchscreen, allowing shooting from awkward angles and with the ability to select the focus point and release the shutter with a touch[4]


  1. ^ "Olympus OM-D E-M5". Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Olympus EM-5 In Depth Review - Conclusion". Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Olympus EM-5 In Depth Review - Performance (Speed and AF )". Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ "The Olympus OM-D EM-5 Review - Creative Freedom". Retrieved 2012-07-20. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Olympus instruction manual (PDF)
  • User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 at DPReview
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