Olympus has launched their latest Micro Four Thirds camera named as the Olympus OM-D E-M5. It is the first model by Olympus in its new OM-D series. The retro design of the E-M5 model is similar to other classic Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus. According to Olympus, the E-M5 is the world’s first camera ever to feature 5-axis image stabilization and to have the world’s fastest autofocusing system. Moreover, E-M5 is an outstanding camera loaded with some amazing tools like an electronic eye-level viewfinder, a tilting 3.0″ OLED touchscreen monitor, a 120fps refresh rate, 16Mp of resolution and an ever-expanding array of compatible lens options.
The OM-D E-M5’s body is made of magnesium alloy making the E-M5 a dust and water resistant camera. The weather sealing is also offered on the detachable flash and M Zuiko 12-50mm, 75mm and 60mm lenses and even on the new battery grip. The E-M5 has the capability to give higher dynamic range and better low light performance because of the TruePic VI image processor and 16 million pixel Live MOS Sensor. Combination of these two along with an array of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses results in very impressive images and movies. The camera can capture spectacular 16Mp images and 1920 x 1080 HD video. Plus, 9.2 fps (frames per second) high-speed sequential shooting guarantees that even the fast moving objects are captured easily and clearly.
Unlike other cameras, E-M5 has an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) mounted on the camera. The EVF is a 1.44 million dot LCD with around 1.15x magnification and a 100 per cent field-of-view coverage. It also enables the photographers to enlarge the focus point to get accurate focusing. The EVF helps the users to shoot in very bright or dark conditions, when the LCD screen is not visible clearly. Moreover, as the EVF mount has an accessory port, the users can add an external flash unit on the camera. Along with this EVF, the camera also has a tilting OLED touchscreen monitor of 3 inches. The touchscreen display enables fast menu navigation and fast review of scenes.
The 5-Axis image stabilization system reduces the effect of camera motion while capturing images and videos, which in turn results in clear images rather than the blurred one. Mainly camera shake is actually caused by 5 different kinds of movements namely horizontal movement, vertical movement, rotational movement, yawing, and pitching around the optical axis and the 5-Axis system compensate such movements. The system can even handle the low frequency shakes caused by breathing or walking. This innovative system is incorporated into the body itself so that each and every lens mounted on the camera can take advantage of the technology.
Besides having fast autofocus system, the camera also offers a 4.2 fps (frames per second) in burst-shooting mode with continuous autofocus and 1080i video recording at 60 fps (frames per second) along with automatic correction for rolling-shutter effect. Camera settings such as shutter speed are shown at the bottom of the EVF, so that photographers can fully concentrate on framing shots. The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is available in black or white color. It is available for $999 (body-only), camera along with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens for $1,099 and for E-M5 with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens, it costs $1,299.
- 16.1Mp 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
- TruePic VI Image Processor
- Tilting 3.0″ OLED touchscreen monitor
- Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder with a 1.15x maximum magnification
- 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture
- Computerized Focal-Plane Shutter
- 9.2 fps high-speed sequential shooting
- 5-axis image stabilization system
- Dust-proof and splash-proof design
- Optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses
Olympus OM-D E-M5 review video from youtube: