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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Jan 2015
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Olympus E-M5Cutting-edge yet nostalgic in appearance, the Olympus E-M5 takes all the past engineering expertise of the Micro Four Thirds standard and overhauls it with enhanced features and... More
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Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review site thestar.com.my scored this Olympus camera 80%.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 193 user reviews this digital camera has a terrific average user rating. That puts this waterproof camera in the top 19% of all the cameras of a similar type and age.

Good Video Capture

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Three years ago Al said “X) It makes fairly good videos, especially with the image stabilization” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Dave H scored this digital camera very highly and he wrote in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “The video is way better than I expected too - so take the plunge you won't be disappointed”. S. Carter rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The video quality is great and does not suffer the 'jelly on a plate' like effect when panning as most (if not all) other DSLRs do”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who bought the product wrote that it had a good lens. Three years ago A. R. T. Ormsby rated the product 4 stars and mentioned “The low light performance - even with the slowish kit lens - is really remarkable” in their review of this digital camera. Archie mentioned on Amazon “Zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 lens is fairly small” in his review. Aussie_in_guernsey wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It takes all the lens and is just as easy to use” and rated it as excellent.

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners wrote that the product had a good autofocus. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote three years ago “Autofocus is generally quick” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. A. R. T. Ormsby also wrote “Focusing on fast moving subjects is does not seem to work well for me”. Brandon he wrote on Amazon “It takes the best pics and the touch screen focus is excellent”.

Ten people said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. G. Edwards gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “The camera in body image stabilisation system is great”. Last year George Martin gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “And 45mm f1.8 and the wonderful 5 axis image stabilisation system and you have a very fast, intuitive camera capable of great results”. Four years ago S. Carter said in their review on Amazon “You can almost hide this camera in your hand! The image stabilisation is much better than previous incarnations” and gave it a very good review score.

Some customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Hopefullyhelpful said on Amazon “The 12mm is a wide angle side of the zoom which gives a good wide perspective of the picture you are taking” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Pillbox wrote “I use it with a panasonic 35-100mm 2.8 zoom and it is wonderfully light” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 agreed that it was able to produce good images. Adam Mcgee gave it an excellent rating and he wrote “With the selection of m43 primes images were tack sharp -” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Al wrote on Amazon three years ago “I upgrade from my Panasonic GF1, because I wanted a view finder for composing pictures on bright sunny days” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Al also wrote “Vii) The in-body image stabilization is amazing”.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers thought the product had a good ISO range. Archie wrote “This camera benefits from recent advances in sensor technology and has a claimed ISO range of 200-25600” . Archie also wrote “The useful ISO range is similar to the good recent DSLRs”. Electronicfur said on Amazon three years ago “Low light, high ISO performance is great, view finder very clear”.

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 thought it was good in low light. Andrew Curtis wrote on Amazon “The noise performence in low light is fantastic up to ISO 1000 I find, coupled with the 5Axis IBIS, nightime/ indoor low light shots are lovely” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Mr. T. A. Maurice said in their review of this digital camera “The OM-D EM5 produces JPEG images that are very impressive even in low light situations” . Pro Recordist said in their review “It is superbly built, focuses swiftly even in low light” .

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 had a good image sensor. Elsa mentioned “I was especially taken by the direct control dials, weather-proofing, swiveling touch screen, built in viewfinder, bigger sensor, improved in-body stabilisation” in her review of this digital camera. Paul gave the product a very good review and he mentioned “It has a first class sensor, great dynamic range”. Paul also said “Size of APSC and 35mm "full frame" sensor cameras”.

Some customers who reviewed it said that it had a good picture resolution. Adam Mcgee wrote in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “For me more than high enough resolution.”. Mr. T. A. Maurice gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “A satisfactory resolution to the situation”.

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Good Size

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who bought it reckoned that it was compact. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote “I wanted a compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses” in their review of this digital camera. A. R. T. Ormsby also said “Is pleasingly compact and light”. Al mentioned on Amazon three years ago “V) It is fast at focusing for a compact system camera, unless you use a slow focusing lens like the Panasonic 20mm F1.7” and gave this digital camera an excellent rating.

A few customers who bought it agreed that it was a good body shape. Peter Bailey mentioned in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review on Amazon “The very best micro four thirds body!”. Prospero said on Amazon four years ago “This is partly due to its metal body unlike the plasticky/rubbery bodies found on the average SLR type camera”.

A number of people who reviewed the product thought it was heavy and bulky. Stuart C mentioned in his review “I'm not missing the big heavy bags of gear one bit” .

Two Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 agreed that it was a good weight. David Addis said “However, walking a lot I found that its weight was great” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Elsa mentioned “Has a great weight to it” in her Olympus OM-D E-M5 review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Jogo scored it very highly and wrote in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “Fantastic camera! Lightweight, classic look”. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “Lightweight and comfortable to hold” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Support

A number of people thought it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “First attempts suggest good results, although it's manual focus only, so I've had plenty of misses” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Andrew Curtis said two years ago “Having the choice of 3 zoom modes is a great addition (electronic, manual and macro”. Elsa gave it a score of 5 stars and she said “I would happily recommend it to anyone, whether beginner or experienced, as it offers scope to work your way up from the iAuto mode to fully manual” in her review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers considered that the product was good quality. Four years ago Archie he wrote in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Amazon “It arrived in two weeks - very nice quality and can be used either as a half case or with the cover fixed as a full case”. Biff said “Image quality is very good and compares well with cameras costing substantially more” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Last year Dark Heart said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The micro four thirds camera's have a great reputation for image quality so I decided to give the OMD a whirl with a good prime lens attached”.

Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote “It's an engaging camera to use” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Adam Mcgee wrote three years ago “I've used Canon equipment for about 7 years, about 3 years ago I bought the Panasonic GF1 as a lighter option to use (for example travelling, or social events” and scored it 5 stars. Adam Mcgee also wrote “It was a dream to use (in conjunction with my current m43 lenses the Pana 20mm 1.7, Oly 45mm 1.8”.

A few people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Ajs (london) wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Adjacent to the screen, one of which is the Menu switch”. Andrew Curtis mentioned “The menu is easy to get used to” in his review of this digital camera. Aussie_in_guernsey wrote in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “It's a very creative camera with all the built in settings”.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Prospero said on Amazon “It is extremely pleasant to hold”. S. Carter said “Even without one the camera feels very comfortable in my hands” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. The Navigator wrote two years ago “Small body - Ok to hold”.

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Three years ago Electronicfur said on Amazon “The camera handles perfectly.” in their Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. George Martin said on Amazon last year “For even better handling I would recommend the vertical grip” and scored it very highly. Mr. T. A. Maurice said in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “Handling should be even better with the HLD-6 Grip which is available free with the Olympus promotion which runs until the 31/08/2014” .

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good interface. Thestar.com.my mentioned in their review of this digital camera last year “The user interface is friendly and easy to manipulate” .

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Good Battery Life

A number of people who purchased the Olympus OM-D E-M5 concluded that it had a good battery life. :) wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “Called tech support, they credited my account for the cost of a genuine new battery and then some, excellent service”. Three years ago A. R. T. Ormsby said in their review “The images sharp and with good colour balance, battery life is excellent (I managed a two week holiday” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars. Adam Mcgee said “However, with the OMD coming down in price, coupled with the current (until Sept 2013) offer of a free battery grip (more on that later), I finally bit the bullet” and scored it 5 stars.

Nice Design

Twenty-one Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was good looking. Al said in his review on Amazon “I'm a sucker for a beautiful camera, so I bought the silver version”. Al also mentioned “The black version is less eye-catching.”. Amazon Customer mentioned in the same month “Overall I'm pretty pleased with it”.

Seven Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was ergonomic. Two years ago Keith Seume wrote in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Amazon “Robust nature of it – it is exceptionally well made, ergonomically near perfect” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Paul said on Amazon “It's a joy to use, ergonomics are first class generally, though I found the secondary thumb wheel a bit difficult at first”. R Racaza scored the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Everything just felt right about it – excellent image quality, incredibly fast auto focus, wide lens selection, superior ergonomics with a boatload of customization options” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was a good design. Colson said in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “Vintage body design, impressive functionality, even just the kit lens can deliver such stunning image quality especially in the macro mode, great job Olympus.”. Three years ago St84 Photography gave the Olympus OM-D E-M5 a very good review score and said in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Amazon “The battery grip design is excellent - it comes in two parts that are easy to attach”. Four years ago Brisbanetimes.com.au said “Compact design” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people considered that this digital camera was retro. Prospero mentioned “So it has a very attractive retro look” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “Wellbuilt, weathersealed metal body with a retro flair”. Brisbanetimes.com.au also said “Solid build and retro style”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was smooth. John Wishart mentioned last year “Is now smooth to use” . Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned in their review “Sharp, smooth EVF” .

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Robust

Some people who purchased it concluded that it was well made. :) wrote on Amazon in November “The units are well built” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Ajs (london) rated the product 5 stars and wrote four years ago “They were well-built and handled beautifully despite the photo press being rather negative about them at first”. In the same month Archie wrote in his review “It is very well built with alloy metal body, weather sealing”.

Five Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was sealed. Adam Mcgee he said in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review on Amazon three years ago “The buttons are small and squishy (it's weather sealed, which is good.”. K. Barclay gave the product an excellent rating and wrote on Amazon “It has rubber seals around the contacts so I take it that it is weather sealed as well”. Thestar.com.my mentioned “It has a compact body and is fully weather sealed” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Five Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers said in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was reliable. Two years ago Andrew Curtis he said on Amazon “Moving subjets (despite what others say) It is accurate, reliable and hits the mark 90% of the time” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago Electronicfur wrote on Amazon “Perfect progression from my trusty E-P1” in their review of this digital camera. Electronicfur also mentioned “I'm glad I waited for the OM-D before finally retiring my trusty E-P1”.

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners concluded that the product was strong and durable. K. Barclay mentioned on Amazon “A Gold star from DPreview.I have had mine for almost three weeks now and it is sturdy, portable, easy to use” in their review and gave the product an excellent review. Brisbanetimes.com.au said “Rugged, weathersealed body with highres EVF”.

Several people said that it was good at resisting water ingress. Hopefullyhelpful scored the Olympus OM-D E-M5 very highly and mentioned “The camera body itself is waterproof, so you can take it wherever you want”. S. Carter wrote in their review four years ago “The waterproofing is very useful when you get caught in the rain”.

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Reasonably Priced

Seven Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners reckoned that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was good value for money. This year :) wrote on Amazon “Amazon are good through, I found this out the second day and called tech support, they credited my account for the cost of a genuine new battery” in their review. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote “There are a range of reasonably priced lenses that mean the overall system cost isn't unreasonable”. Two years ago Keith Seume said “It also represents exceptional value for money and has completely”.

Six Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers agreed that the product was a bargain for the price. C. Konig mentioned in November this year “It might be even wider than this) I think this is a great deal”. Dark Heart mentioned on Amazon in November last year “The EM5 is going for a bargain price now the newer EM10”. George Martin said on Amazon last year “This camera is superb in every way and a bargain now the Omd Em5 mkii has hit production” in his review.

Four people who bought this digital camera thought it was cheap. Four years ago Pen Teller said on Amazon “Then M4/3 is not a proper replacement - very expensive” although they only rated it 60 out of 100.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was quiet. Andrew Curtis wrote on Amazon “A great lns for video with its silent electronic zoom” and rated it 5 stars. Archie wrote on Amazon “The zoom is very quiet which is an advantage when recording video”. Archie also wrote “The shutter is very quiet compared with most DSLRs which of course have mirror flipping up”.

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy. Four years ago Archie rated the product as excellent and he said on Amazon “Obviously at the highest ISO settings there is noise and loss of image quality”.

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Good Technical Features

A few people who purchased the Olympus OM-D E-M5 concluded that it had good features. Brandon rated the product 5 stars and he said on Amazon “This camera actually made me want to figure out how to use it because it has all the bells and whistles” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. C. Konig wrote in November this year “This is perfect - compact, packed with features and weather sealed” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Three years ago Greyman said in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “It would tick all the boxes - compact size without compromise on features, wide choice of high quality glass, beautiful Olympus colour, out-of-camera JPEG” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eleven people agreed that it had a good screen. Al wrote on Amazon three years ago “The touch to shoot LCD screen is really good fun for taking sneaky shots without anyone noticing” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Jogo wrote in their review “Liveview screen helpful for framing a shot” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Paul mentioned on Amazon “It has a lovely high-res screen on the back” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

A number of people thought it had a good viewfinder. A. R. T. Ormsby said in their review on Amazon “The viewfinder is great too, even for wearers of glasses like me”. Archie said “The built-in electronic viewfinder is good” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Jogo wrote on Amazon “Built in viewfinder very helpful especially in bright sunlight” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

A few people mentioned that the product had an electronic viewfinder. Adam Mcgee mentioned on Amazon “The EVF is great”. G. Edwards rated the product as excellent and wrote “The camera is a joy to use and the EVF is excellent.” in their review. Thestar.com.my said “Built-in EVF” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One person concluded that the product was mirrorless. Pawitra S. wrote in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Amazon last year “It is one of the great mirror-less camera”.

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Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

On average Olympus waterproof cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras manufactured by Olympus.

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Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased it considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. Jose Ricardo Maciel Rubiao said on Amazon “It came with a small problem in the paint near the usb port.I'm really impressed with the colour” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a maximum optical sensor size of 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the OM-D E-M5.

A 1/4"" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across comparable types of camera.

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3D Compatible

The OM-D E-M5 is 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5 are not 3D compatible.

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Supports Full HD Video

The OM-D E-M5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the OM-D E-M5.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews; or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price], or the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the OM-D E-M5, the OM-D E-M5 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price], and the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] are also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The OM-D E-M5 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the OM-D E-M5 also are waterproof.

We compared this digital camera to all the other waterproof cameras and we think the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price], and the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the OM-D E-M5 have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.8x. The OM-D E-M5 has one of the bigger digital zooms (14 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the OM-D E-M5 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

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Very Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the OM-D E-M5 range from 0.03s to 60s. When compared to other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the maximum camera shutter speed of, the OM-D E-M5's maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

Cameras of this spec and age have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 52,000. The OM-D E-M5 has a quite high maximum ISO speed (25,600) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture

When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years, the maximum aperture of the OM-D E-M5 of 22 is one of the smallest. The maximum apertures of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 range from 2.7 to 22, and the average maximum aperture is 6.5.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The OM-D E-M5 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most digital cameras of this type and age. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The worst flash exposure correction of all comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the OM-D E-M5 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The OM-D E-M5 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most cameras of a similar age and type to it. In addition, this Olympus camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

Across similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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OLED Display

The OM-D E-M5 has a better display than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has an OLED display, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display across all cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the OM-D E-M5.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Has Three Playback Modes

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on digital cameras of this age and type. The playback modes "Single image" and "Slide show" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 17.2 megapixels, the OM-D E-M5 has a quite many total megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have total megapixel counts of between 5MP and 24MP, and the average total megapixel count is 15MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The OM-D E-M5 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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330 Shots Per Battery Charge

The OM-D E-M5 is a digital camera that takes 330 shots shots per battery charge.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the OM-D E-M5. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports One Power Source

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of power sources than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Olympus camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of digital cameras of this type and age range from 4.5mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 25mm. At only 24 millimeters, the OM-D E-M5 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Exposure Control

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 owner said in their reviews that it did not have good exposure controls. Thestar.com.my said in their review of this digital camera “Can't change exposure settings while shooting video” yet they still scored it 4 stars.

Bad Environmental Credentials

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was not good in terms of power usage.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 have an image stabiliser, however the OM-D E-M5 does not have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price]; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not support video recording. The OM-D E-M5 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video recording to this camera and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 does not have a GPS. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price], or the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of this age and type do not support WiFi connectivity. The OM-D E-M5 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Heavy

The weights of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the OM-D E-M5 range from 36g to 1.4kg, and the average weight is 260g. With a weight of 373 grams, the OM-D E-M5 is quite heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (205g) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the OM-D E-M5 is more than most waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the OM-D E-M5. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the OM-D E-M5 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2 and RAW are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the OM-D E-M5 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras of a similar type and age to the OM-D E-M5. The photo effects "Art", "Muted", "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The shooting modes "Manual", "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Thick

Cameras that have been around for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 have depths of between 1mm and 83mm. The OM-D E-M5 is fairly thick (41.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Pricey

After checking the price of 23 similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years they range in price from £36 to £3,000. We think that this Olympus digital camera looks expensive compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Olympus digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the OM-D E-M5 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the Optio WG-3[pl_1993993_price], and the Optio WG-3[pl_1993993_price] both from Pentax which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper); or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

The OM-D E-M5 has a fairly average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Multi-Shot Mode
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(3)

Thestar.com.my

8 June 2015

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a really great little camera for the advanced amateur ? it has a lot of features and is built tough.The feature set is almost the same as the E-M1's with the added bonus...

Nice build quality, compact
High Res Shot mode, lots of customisable buttons
Very good image quality
Stacks of functions and filters
Good video mode
Button overload may confuse some users
Lots of menus, can be daunting to use
Some buttons are too small and uncomfortable
Hinges screen not useful for self portraits
Menu system is not easy to use

Olympus OMD EM-5.OLYMPUS OMD E-M5Price: $1479 ''Movie kit'' with 12mm-50mm lensBliss!The low-down: This is a 16-megapixel micro four thirds camera in a body reminiscent of Olympus OM 35mm SLRs,...

Dedicated electronic viewfinder
Great ergonomics
Beautiful image quality
Impressive low light performance
Very good photo quality (though best results are achieved by shooting RAW)
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A cute little camera that's packed with features and offers excellent image quality
Appealing body design
Smaller camera is easy to hold and quite small
Battery grip makes the E- 5 feel like a tiny professional camera
EVF works well
Just never felt comfortable shooting with it
Price
999 (body only, in black or silver)
1 299 (black or silver body with black M
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User Reviews

(94)
Reviewed 10 July 2016 by :)
(Verified Purchase)

An excellent piece of kit, the macro is brilliant and the units are well built. Beware if you buy new though. these kits are a few years old and the batteries are L-ION, they aren't good sitting... Read more…

Reviewed 28 June 2016 by J. A. Heath
(Verified Purchase)

The model is excellent but purchased as used it had a fault that eventually cost me £100 to get fixed...

Reviewed 20 June 2016 by Mr D James
(Verified Purchase)

Just started using the Olympus, always been a Nikon user, all good so far, excellent camera.

Reviewed 29 May 2016 by Mr Singh
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect...

Reviewed 29 April 2016 by David addis
(Verified Purchase)

When I received the camera I thought that it may be to small. however ,walking a lot I found that its weight was great. then the lens 12/50 was beyond my expectations no problems whatsoever.

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus omdem5, olympus 4010942s, olympus 4010946s, olympus sh480079, olympus omdblackkit, olympus omdsilverkit
Barcodes 00017890987960, 00017896523377, 00050332182745, 00050332182752, 00050332182769, 04017386100862, 04017386384101, 04017386410947, 04017386640689, 04545350040390, 04545350040406, 04545350040413, 04545350040420, 04545350046248

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