Olympus OM-D E-M5

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only)


Olympus’ first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company’s popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s. The new OM-D E-M5 was inspired by the popular OM-series 35mm SLRs of the 1970s, featuring a classic and functional design and an excellent 16.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor.

Building on the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) contrast-based AF system introduced in the PEN E-P3, the OM-D E-M5 doubles the speed, providing a shooting rate of 4.2 fps with 3D tracking AF that can follow a moving subject through X, Y and Z axes. The camera can do 9 fps in single-shot AF mode.

The E-M5 can record 1080 full HD video in program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority or manual mode. You can also apply special effects to your video in-camera. A built-in microphone provides stereo sound recording.

Perhaps the most rugged Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M5 features a sturdy, lightweight magnesium-alloy body with dust- and splashproof sealing like Olympus’ E-5 pro DSLR. While not all Micro Four Thirds lenses are splashproof, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 EZ kit zoom is, as are the FL-LN2 flash unit, optional HLD-6 Power Battery Grip and MMF-3 Four Thirds lens adapter.

Like all Micro Four Thirds System cameras, the OM-D E-M5 can use all Micro Four Thirds lenses, which currently number around 30, with 35mm-equivalent focal lengths of 14mm through 600mm. Adapters allow use of many other lenses, including the new MMF-3 adapter for regular Four Thirds System optics.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization for still and video shooting with all lenses, which counters horizontal and vertical shift, plus roll, yaw and pitch motions.

1. A new 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder provides convenient eye-level operation.

2. The tilting 3-inch OLED monitor offers touch-screen AF and easy odd-angle shooting.

3. The Mode dial provides easy access to shooting modes, Art Filters, video and more.

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