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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black Digital Camera with 12-50mm lens includes enhanced innovations and takes all of the past engineering expertise of the Micro Four Thirds system and wraps it into a classic OM design that's compact and portable. Specifically for the Micro Four Thirds lenses, the enthusiast Olympus E-M5 includes a weather sealed magnesium alloy body and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) system. Unlike an optical viewfinder, it lets you frame your images and get creative with them too - controlling highlights, shadows, white balance, magnification and aspect before even taking the shot. The E-M5's large 16 megapixel sensor and powerful TruePic VI processor work together to ensure exceptional image quality. The E-M5 features a fast AF system with vastly improved functionality and a 5-axis image stabilisation designed to counter act vertical, horizontal, and rotational movement to ensure images and movies are sharp and clear. More
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* as of February 2012. Olympus in-house test.
Experienced camera users will appreciate the advances in camera speed on the OM-D, with the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, a world-beater also featured on the PEN E-P3, driving the Live MOS Sensor at 120 fps. The speed of communications for controlling the lens action has been improved, while the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) system has also been adopted for AF speed increase and noise reduction in the lens. In sequential shooting, the camera is capable of operating at an impressive 9 fps, and even with focus employed it can perform at a maximum speed of 4.2 fps *3. Users are also sure to appreciate the noticeable reduction in Live View return time after release. This has been achieved by using independent image-processing cores for the recorded images and Live View images, as found in the new TruePic VI engine, since the output to the rear-panel monitor or electronic viewfinder is no longer dependent on completing recording of the captured image.
Superior image quality and colour reproduction, plus Art Filter enhancements
The new High-Speed Live MOS Sensor on the OM-D comes with 16.1 megapixels, and allied to the TruePic VI image processing engine it offers excellent noise reduction capability and still image shooting sensitivity as high as ISO25600. There’s more faithful reproduction of a wide brightness range, thanks to the expanded dynamic range. Fine Detail Processing technology, first seen on the E-5, eliminates moiré and pseudo-colours, while Real-Colour Technology is used to reproduce previously hard-torender colours such as emerald green. The OM-D offers a new “Key Line” filter to enhance edge lines, allowing the
picture to look more like an illustration; there are two variations, providing different-strength effects. Art Filter Bracketing enables the user to generate multiple pictures with different Art Filters from a single shot – all features designed to inspire the user to experiment and become more creative in their camera use.
Superior viewfinder quality
The 1.44 million dot high-definition integrated electronic viewfinder is a first on an Olympus interchangeable lens camera, and is sure to prove a strong selling point. It features a 100% field of view and max. 1.15x magnification, with an 18mm eye point. The optimised display time lag is a major benefit, particularly when shooting fast sports action, while the unique optical design means the image can be viewed clearly from the centre to the periphery with little or no vignetting. The camera’s eye sensor can switch between the rear-panel monitor and electronic viewfinder automatically – a small but significant enhancement to ease-of-use. Information, including shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder – allowing the user to concentrate on the framing operation. The electronic viewfinder, unlike an optical viewfinder, also assists in image composition, by allowing the user to check the effects of various manual adjustments and Art Filters. Extended through-the-viewfinder operation is further facilitated via a new interface, EVF Creative Control, which enables separate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness, monitored using the viewfinder image with a tone curve overlay. White balance, magnification and aspect ratio can similarly be adjusted without the eye moving away from the viewfinder.
Superior, world-first*1 5-axis image stabilisation (IS)
The previous mechanism compensated for camera shake by dealing with two kinds of rotary movement, yaw and pitch. However, camera shake is
actually caused by five different kinds of motion, and the new IS mechanism now also corrects effectively for horizontal shift, vertical shift and rotary motion (rolling). Particularly when shooting at larger magnifications (macro shooting), the user will appreciate the value of being able to correct blur. The OM-D also comes equipped for shooting on the move, as multi-motion IS with wide frequency-band compatibility compensates for shake.
Superior movie functions
The camera’s built-in IS has evolved into the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) IS system, offering improved stabilisation of movie images. Users who like to perform their movie post-editing on a PC will particularly appreciate the Full-HD movie recording function which adopts the MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264). It allows a recording time of about 29 minutes. Traditional AVI (Motion JPEG) format is also available. Linear PCM audio is used for both recording modes. One-shot echo and multiecho effects can now be added to movies, adding to the user’s creative options.
Superior ease-of-use and reliability
Alongside the enhancements to facilitate operation while working through the viewfinder, the OM-D also features a 3.0-inch OLED rear-panel monitor that can be tilted by max. 80° upwards or max. 50° downwards, to assist when shooting from high and low angles. It uses a special layout of 610,000 dots and can display video data equivalent to VGA, while its capacitive-type touchscreen has a high response speed that enables intuitive operation with finger-tip focussing and shutter release. In a further development facilitating ease-of-use, the Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the rear-panel monitor at preset intervals during bulb shooting. It also allows the user to assess the final image during the exposure and to adjust the exposure time accordingly.
The OM-D is a camera to rely on, even in demanding conditions. It makes extensive use of shields and has a tough dust-/splashproof construction. To facilitate use of interchangeable lenses, Olympus has developed the SSWF (Super-Sonic Wave Filter). Installed in front of the image sensor, it is activated as the camera is switched on to remove any dust attached to the image sensor by generating supersonic vibrations.
Superior lens options
The OM-D is compatible with all MFT Olympus lenses, which will be supplemented by two new lens options later this year: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro. The 75mm lens is in a high-quality metal design and affords fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports shooting, while the dustand splash proof 60mm lens features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 0.19m.
*1 As of February 2012. Among interchangeable lens cameras.
*2 As of November 2011. Among interchangeable lens digital cameras on
the market, and using Olympus’s in-house test conditions.
*3 When fitted with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ lens.
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Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Silver Digital Camera with 12-50mm Black Lens:
It has everything you want to be contending with at an enthusiasts level and exploring all the creative ways you like to shoot the EM5 provides the fun while using it....Battery life feels short but I use the LCD a lot so it could be longer.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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So much power in such a small package
By fuse consulting
Shooting at high ISO no problem - toy like size but very powerful. Sold my bulky Canon system and bought something as powerful and now portable. Street shots a pleasure. Expensive though.
A real object of desire
By Dawn on an Island
A good solidly built camera. I love that its rain proof and dust proof and has already stood up to being dropped on a hard floor (not by me I must add). Gives really great picture results, especially with the free portrait lens that olympus is giving away until the new year. At the moment I'm using the filters but wonder if they are just a novelty. Only time will tell, although the black and white and dramatic filters give interesting results. It also looks fantastic.Not so great is the flash which takes ages to attach. Saying that, the camera seems to manage in even the most subdued lighting if the subject will sit still.
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best camera i have i have bought
having had the canon 5d+5d m11 and l lenses and finding the bulk to heavy to carry,i decided to go for lighter camera and choose the OLYMPUS OM-5D E5,and it has really produce images up to the stadard that i had with the canon and l lenses. i have the 12-50 3/5 and the 75/1.8, both ecellent lenses. ihope to get some more prime lenses soon.
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Have this along side a full frame canon and many L lenses. For a few things I will keep the DSLR. For every thing else this camera is just fun all the way. Image quality is superb with the Oly primes. The kit 12-50 is very good also if only a bit slow, but worth buying as a kit. I am gobsmacked at the ease of use and image quality. I first purchased into the sont nex system and was disapointed. This little gem of a camera is just that a Gem in good light bad light and low light and it is so very responsive. I took it along to a Red Arrows show and got plenty of brilliant images, the focusing system works like a charm and is fast fast fast. Sorry so exited about having a truelly portable camera that does perform as well as my full frame DSLR.
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Worth every penny!
This Olympus OM-D gives all the capabilities of a conventional digital SLR with added scene and art programmes, all wrapped-up in a beautifully made retro body.
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Taking 4/3rds to new heights
Took a bold decision to switch out of heavy Canon + L series lenses to move to the Olympus to shed weight yet still maintain image quality. Have never looked back. Coupled with the Olympus 45mm f1.8 this just delivers image quality that at A3 is on a par with a DSLR. Lightening fast autofocus, great retro styling and for those wanting to move away from the weight of a DSLR yet retain the features then this is the Camera for you.
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Everything I ever wanted a camera to be
As soon as I saw the OMD-EM5 I realised it was everything I'd ever been looking for from a camera. The retro looks took me back to the photography club at school (we had an OM1), small, lightweight and weather-proof with quality built in. My main hobby is cycling with photography coming a close second. This was the camera I wanted to put into a bar bag on my bike which meant I could combine the two (SLR quality pictures without SLR camera weight). I cannot recommend this camera highly enough.
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Included Accessories: BLN-1 Rechargeable Battery, FL-LM2 Flash, Battery Charger BCN-1, Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC-2), Shoulder Strap, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Image Management Software, Olympus Viewer 2 Software CD-ROM
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