OM-D. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 harks back to the 35mm film era when the Olympus OM-1 took the camera world by storm. Back then, the OM-1 was a revolutionary DSLR with everything squeezed into a compact and light body, yet unmistakenly professional in both quality and performance. In addition, the OM-1 came with a complete system of lenses and accessories.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 wants to pick up that legendary mantle with a mirrorless DSLR, the film having been replaced by an image sensor, the optical viewfinder by a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and, since the mirror is now redundant, the latter is removed — hence the mirrorless label. In all other aspects, the OM-D E-M5 is a professional DSLR camera.
In addition, the OM-D E-M5 features a magnesium-alloy housing that is dust-proof and splash-proof for trouble-free shooting in all environments. This protection is extended to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, the bundled attachable flash unit, and the optional grip with power battery holder.
Though the Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time. The display screen is a high-resolution (610k-dot) 3.0-in. tilting OLED touchscreen with a fast 120fps refresh rate.
The OM-D E-M5 has PASM shooting modes, blazing fast Contrast-detect AF, Continuous Shooting at 9fps. Other features include Art Filters and Multiple Exposure capability.
The E-M5 has the Micro Four Thirds (mFT) mount and therefore accepts all mFT lenses, as well as Four Thirds (FT) lenses, OM lenses, some Leica lenses and lenses from other brands with the appropriate adapter. A Dust Reduction System ensures any dust that may have entered the camera when changing lenses are removed from the sensor.
A direct HD Movie button gives instant access to Full 1080 HD movie 1920×1080 pixels with manual control over aperture and shutter speed. The popular in-camera Art Filters apply to both still shots and video.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5, in all its retro-look glory, is the first of the new OM-D mirrorless DSLR line and is sure to become a favorite of enthusiast photographers. It comes in Black or Silver, and is priced at about US $999 (CAD $999) body only.
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|Olympus OM-D E-M5||
|US | CA | UK|
|Image Sensor||16.1 Megapixels, 4/3 Live MOS Sensor, 17.3 x 13.0mm|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds Mount|
|File Format||RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)|
|Media||SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2)
*1: Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with endlessmode. Release time lag may be generated in actual use.
|Viewfinder||Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M, 120 fps refresh rate
|Shutter Speed||1/4000 – 60 sec., Bulb (up to 30 min)|
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 9fps|
|Exposure Modes||iAuto, PASM, Scene Modes, Art Filter|
|Exposure Metering||Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control|
AUTO: ISO 200 – 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
|Dust Reduction System||Supersonic Wave Filter|
|Autofocus||High-speed imager AF
35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
|Display Monitor||3.0 in. (610k-dot) Tiltable OLED Touchscreen|
|Movie||Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i|
|External Flash||Compatible external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R|
|Art Filter||Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Proscess, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line|
|Multiple Exposure||2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)|
|Battery||BLN-1 Li-ion battery (TBD shots) included|
|Construction||Magnesium-alloy and Aluminum construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection.|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||121 x 89.6 x 41.9 mm / 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7 in. (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||body only: 373 g / 13 oz
including Battery and Memory card: 425 g / 15 oz
body only: US $999.99 / CAD $999.99 / UK £ / €
*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.
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|Olympus OM-D E-M5|
|Body only (Black)||with 14-42mm (Black)||with 12-50mm (Black)|
|Body only (Silver)||with 14-42mm (Silver)||with 12-50mm (Silver)|
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