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  • 16.1 MP Digital Camera
  • M. Zuiko ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ
  • 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
  • 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch Tilting OLED
  • Product type: Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
  • Memory: 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
  • Screen size: 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
  • Sensor Type: 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
  • Number of pixels / Aspect ratio: Number of effective pixels: 16.1 million pixels;
  • Total number of pixels: Approx. 16.9 million pixels;
  • Aspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)
  • Dust reduction: Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
  • Filter array
  • : Primary color filter (RGB)
  • Recording format: DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
  • File format: RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
  • Type: Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)
  • * yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling
  • Modes: 3 modes (IS1, IS2, IS3), OFF
  • Effective compensation range: maximum 5 EV steps
  • Shutter speed range: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
  • Eye Level Finder type: Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M
  • Eye point / Finder Styles: Approx. 100% / Approx. 0.92x*1 - 1.15x*2 (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)
  • *1 : at Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect 4:3) *2 : at Finder Style 3 (aspect 4:3)"
  • Diopter adjustment range: Approx. 18mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 ~ +2m-1
  • Preview: Available with Live Preview function button [custom function]
  • Level Gauge: 2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical
  • Finder Style: Selectable from 3 types
  • Brightness / Colour temperature control: +-7 levels / +-7 levels
  • EyeCup: Removable, Optional eyecup EP-11 is available
  • Live view: 100% field of view,
  • Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,
  • Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14)
  • OFF
  • Grid/ Monitor Display Types: Normal Mode, Grid Line Mode(4 types), Histogram Mode, Magnified View Mode, OFF
  • Magnification Ratio
  • : x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
  • Monitor information
  • : Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
  • Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
  • Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition
  • Display of Face Detection: Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
  • Monitor Specs: 3.0-inch tilting OLED monitor, Approx. 610k dots, Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type
  • Touch control: Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel
  • Tilting angle: Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
  • Brightness / Color temperature control: +-2 levels / +-3 levels
  • Color tone select: Vivid / Natural
  • AF Type: High-speed imager AF
  • Focus modes: Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) *
  • Full-time AF: Available
  • Magnified frame AF: Selectable from over 800 AF points
  • Enlarged view check by magnify button
  • Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
  • Face detection AF / Eye detection AF: Available / Available
  • Eye Detection AF mode : OFF / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
  • Focusing point / Focusing point selection: 35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
  • AF illuminator: Yes
  • Manual focus assist: Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
  • AF tracking: Yes
  • TTL Image sensor 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
  • Metering range: EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
  • Exposure modes: i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE,
  • S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro* * Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
  • Scene Select AE Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D * * Still image only
  • ISO sensitivity: AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
  • Exposure compensation: +-3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
  • AE lock: Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
  • Metering standard value adjustment: 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
  • Type: Computerized focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.)
  • Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.)
  • Flash intensity control method: TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, FP-TTL AUTO*, FP-MANUAL*
  • * Available on the external flash
  • Built-in flash: No
  • Bundled flash (FL-LM2): TTL flash, GN=10 (ISO200.Em) / GN=7(ISO100.Em)
  • Flash mode: Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 (FULL) - 1/64)
  • Synchronization speed: 1/250sec. or less* (using the bundled flash)
  • * It depends on flash models or flash mode
  • FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Exept FL-50R: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
  • Flash intensity control: Up to +-3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
  • Compatible external flash: FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-30, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
  • Colour Temperature: 5500+-400 degrees K
  • Compatible external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
  • Control method: Triggered and controlled by bundled flash (FL-LM2) ** Available on FL-LM1/ FL-600R.
  • (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
  • Channel No.: 4 channels?@
  • Group Number: 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash)
  • DRIVE:
  • Drive mode: Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
  • Sequential shooting maximum speed: [Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps;
  • [Sequential shooting L mode]; 3.5 fps /4.2fps in case of "I.S. OFF"
  • Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting: [RAW] Max. 17 frames (in seq. shooting L), Max. 11 frames (in seq. shooting H)
  • [JPEG] Up to full extent of data storage capacity (in seq. shooting L),
  • Max. 17 frames ( in seq. shooting H)
  • (with TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, under Olympus test standard)
  • Self-timer: Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
  • Wireless remote control: Not Available
  • Exposure bracketing: 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
  • White balance bracketing: 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
  • Flash bracketing: 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
  • Art Filter bracketing: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
  • MOVIE:
  • Recording format: MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
  • Maximum Recording Times: Full HD: Approx. 29min (Fine) / Approx. 22min (Normal); HD: Approx. 29min (Fine) / Approx. 29min (Normal)
  • Effects: Movie Effect: One shot echo / Multi echo
  • Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie
  • IS for Movie: Built in (Image sensor shift type image stabilization)
  • IS1. mode only
  • AE Lock: Available
  • Exposure control: P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter
  • * S mode and M mode: Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.
  • Compression ratio: Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
  • File size: MOV Format : Max 4GB
  • Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
  • Recording format: Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
  • Micophone/Speaker: Stereo/Mono
  • Microphone function: Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume
  • Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
  • Color matrix: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Mode: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
  • Gradation: Auto, Normal, High Key, LowKey [except fot Art Flters]
  • Adjustment parameter: 4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)
  • Filter effect (B&W filter): Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
  • Picture tone: Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
  • At High ISO setting: Off, Low, Standard, High
  • At Slow shutter speed: Off, On, Auto
  • On: effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.
  • Auto: effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200)
  • Number of picture / Function: 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
  • Post Processing: RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
  • Detection: 2-axis
  • Magnification: x2
  • Playback mode: Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto),
  • Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
  • * Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.
  • (Still)
  • Information display: Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
  • MENUS;
  • Languages: 34 languages selectable: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
  • Reset and custom settings (My mode): 4 settings recordable
  • Editing function: RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording
  • RAW picture editing: RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
  • JPEG editing: Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait
  • Image Overlay: Up to 3 RAW images
  • Erasing function: Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)
  • Protect function: Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
  • Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
  • USB/AV/Remote controller connector: Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 High Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
  • HDMI connector: Micro HDMI Type-D)
  • Flash attachment: Hot shoe
  • Accessory Port 2: Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
  • PC interface: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • TV interface: HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
  • DC-in: [Optional Power Battery Holder HLD-6 has DC-IN jack for AC-3.]
  • Battery: BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
  • Power battery holder: (Option) Power Battery Holder HLD-6
  • AC adaptor: (Option) AC adapter AC-3 *Optional HLD-6 has DC-IN jack for AC-3.
  • Sleep mode: Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
  • Dimensions: 4.8 inch (W) x 3.5 inch (H) x 1.7 inch (D)
  • [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
  • Weight: Approx. 15 ounces [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card];
  • Approx. 13 ounces [body only]
  • Temperature: 32 ~ +104 (operation) / -4 ~ +140 (storage) Farhenheit
  • Humidity: 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
  • Olympus M. Zuiko ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ:
  • Zoom Lens
  • Motorized Zoom Mechanism
  • Dust and Splash Proof
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Maximum magnification of 4.2X, covering a range that extends from a wide angle of 24mm (35mm camera equivalent) - ideal for taking wide shots even indoors - to a medium telephoto focal length of 100mm (35mm camera equivalent), - optimal for portraits
  • Motorized zoom mechanism makes smooth, quiet zooming while shooting movies possible
  • AF system is based on the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, and enhanced by a "Linear Motor Drive" that enables faster, quieter focusing
  • Macro shooting as close as 7.87 inches with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent) is possible
  • Dust and Splash Proof construction lets you shoot in harsh conditions without worry
  • Specifications:
  • Mount: Micro four thirds standard
  • Focal length: 12-50mm
  • 35mm equivalent: 24-100mm
  • Construction: 10 elements in 9 groups; DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, HR lens and ED lens
  • Dust and Splash Proof: YES
  • Angle of View: 84-24 degree
  • AF System: High-speed Imager AF (MSC); Linear Motor Drive System
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 13.7 inch (at Normal mode); 7.87 inch (at Macro mode)
  • Maximum Image Magnification: 0.36x (at Macro mode); 0.72x (at Macro mode)
  • Minimum Field Size: 36x48mm (at Macro mode)
  • Aperture Blade no.: 5 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
  • Max. Aperture: F3.5(12mm) - F6.3(50mm)
  • Min. Aperture: F22
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Dimensions: Diameter 2.04 inch x 3.26 inch
  • Weight: 7.44 oz.

Camera Type:Compact System Camera
Camera Style:Pro Grade
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format:Micro Four Thirds
Effective Pixels:16.1MP
Approx. Resolution:16MP
Sensor Type/Size:17.3x13.0mm MOS
File Formats:JPEG, MPO, RAW
Dust Reduction System:Yes
Memory Card Type:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Noise Reduction:Yes
Image Stabilization:Yes
ISO Sensitivity:200-25600
Shutter:Type: Electronic Speed: 60-1/4000 sec.
Remote Control:RM-UC1
Metering Method:Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes:Modes: AE Bracketing, AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes:Auto, Custom, Preset Manual
Burst Rate:N/A
Continuous Shooting:Up to 9 FPS
Start-Up Time:N/A
Shutter Lag:N/A
Self Timer:2 sec, 12 sec
In-Camera Image Editing:Yes
Connectivity:Av Output, DC Input, HDMI D, USB 2.0
Focus Control
Focus Type:Auto & Manual
Focus Mode:Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points:35
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
Viewfinder Size:N/A
Viewfinder Coverage:100%
Viewfinder Magnification:Approx. 1.0x
Diopter Adjustment:-4.0 to +2.0m
Screen Size:3"
Display Screen Type:Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD
Screen Coverage:100%
Live View:Yes
AV Recording
Video Recording:Yes: NTSC/PAL
File Size:N/A
Aspect Ratio:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Continuous Shooting Time:29 Min.
Audio Recording:With Video, Stereo, Via Optional External Mic
Flash Modes:N/A
Guide No. (Feet/Metres):N/A
Max Sync Speed:1/250 sec.
Flash Compensation:N/A
Swivel/Tilt LCD:Yes
Weather Resistant:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes
Operating/Storage Temperature:0 to 40?C (32 to 104?F) Humidity: 30-90%
Weight:15 oz. (430g)
Dimensions (WxHxD):4.8x3.5x1.7" (122x89x43mm)
Kit Lens Performance
Focal Length:12-50mm
Aperture (Max. & Min.):Max: f/3.5-6.3, Min: f/22
Camera Mount Type:Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility:Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View:84?-24?
Minimum Focus Distance:1.15' (0.35m)
Maximum Close-Up Magnification:0.36x
Groups/Elements:9 Groups/10 Elements
Diaphragm Blades:5
Kit Lens Features
Tripod Collar:No
Image Stabilization:No
Kit Lens Physical
Dimensions (DxL):2.24x3.27"
Filter Thread:52mm
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  • *****
  • Oly E-M5: A Whole New World

  • October 14, 2012
  • By: Osama

I've been a Sony/Minolta guy for the past 5 years. I accumulated some pretty decent gear, but the thing that bothered me about it all was the size. In my head, a system changeover was in order. So when the time came to replace my aging Sony Alpha A100, two options were open to me: Sony's E-Mount System (get the NEX-7) or Micro Four Thirds (get the Olympus OM-D E-M5). After a fair bit of evaluation, reading reviews and taking my own shooting style into consideration, I went with the E-M5. Two primary reasons for choosing M4/3 over Sony E: Better lens selection in M4/3 and the fact that the NEX-7 didn't provide a wired shutter release option (something I like to have). Finally got the E-M5 at the end of summer and have been using it ever since. I got it with the (weather-sealed) 12-50mm kit lens (a fairly decent lens which doesn't get used much on my E-M5). I made my purchase at the Henry's location at Brampton, and was given the best possible price. The E-M5 is a whole new world for me! Note that my comparisons are based on my experiences with my old Sony Alpha A100. A few things that I love about it: * Manual Controls: This camera is quite customizable. Buttons can be set up to operate in multiple ways, with quite a few shortcuts. * IBIS: The 5-axis system has been commented on way too often; I won't go there. However, I love how I can change the focal length to provide stabilization to my manual adapted lenses. * Built-in EVF: Excepting the EVFs on Sony's latest SLT and NEX cameras, for me, the Oly E-M5 has the best EVF in its class. I checked out the new Fuji XE-1 and the Panasonic GH3 at the Exposure Show; neither of their EVFs are as awesome as the E-M5's. As far as the optical vs. electronic viewfinder argument goes, I am fully comfortable with the EVF and actually find it to be better than even viewfinders on high-end bodies under low light conditions. * Weight of gear: This one is obvious; I barely feel the weight of my E-M5 around my neck, whether it is with a native lens or an adapted lens. Paired with the Panasonic 14/2.5, it's feather-weight. * High ISO Performance: With my A100, I could barely go past ISO 400, now I am comfortable shooting at ISO 1600, with options available to go higher should the need arise. A few things that are a minor annoyance: * Spongy buttons: In all fairness, for me, only the "Play" button suffers from this, takes a couple of tries to get right. * Placement of USB port Rubber flap: The LCD screen needs to be lifted to open up the flap. * Placement of D-Rings: Since the grip is small (I don't mind this!), the strap lugs/D-rings dig into my palm (I definitely mind this!). This can be remedied by the battery grip (hoping to get this soon). Overall: Image quality is superb! The shutter has a really neat, quiet sound. You might want to turn off the focus confirm beep, since I found it a little too loud with no way to dial it down. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If that is true, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the most beautiful camera I've had the pleasure to see, use and own. To check out my photography, visit

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  • Quality time with the E-M5

  • November 26, 2013
  • By: Robert

I picked up the E-M5 last spring prior to travelling in the Mediterranean. My other camera is the Olympus E-5 which I am in love with but I needed something a bit more discreet for candid street photography. I have not been disappointed. The 12-50 kit lens gives great image quality and the weather resistant aspect has come in very handy. Truth be known, every olympus digital I have owned (Including the Evolt 300 and two E-510's) has proven to be remarkably tough so I'm imagining I could probably drown this one then hit it with a rock and have it still working just fine. Focus is fast and quiet with the kit lens and still acceptable with a 4/3 to m4/3 adapter and the 50mm 4/3 pancake which became my favourite walk-around kit. There's also a huge improvement in focus ability and speed in low light situations. Image quality is definitely superior to the E-510 but I must admit that the overall image quality is still better with the E-5 pro model in spite of the higher resolution of the E-M5. Go figger! That said, I've shot weddings with my old E-510 and the clients were as thrilled as I was with the results. The E-M5 is a huge leap forward from there in a compact chassis that is as capable and versatile as it is compact and light.

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  • *****
  • Amazing Camera!!!

  • October 22, 2012
  • By: Kristin

I have been using olympus all my adult life and recently upgraded to a mirrorless in June (EpM1) and after realizing how awesome that camera was I upgraded again 3 months later to this one!!! What a differance! Both are great, but this one is amazing. I am also currently taking a class and the teacher really thinks that this is a great camera for its size and price! Said that he may look into one as well!! And he is a professional photographer, and well known!

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  • Switched From a DSLR

  • September 26, 2012
  • By: Ryan

I had been wanting to make the switch from DSLRs to something smaller for a while... After going on some trips, lugging around all that large gear just wasn't doing it for me. I have two black labs, so lighter gear was a priority for me personally. It may not be everyone's priority, but it definitely was for me. I sold my 60D, grip, lenses. I had a few "what the hell am I doing?" moments along the way, but I made the plunge. Am I happy? Well yeah, I sure am. It's a FNTASTIC CAMERA! Some of the apsects I really enjoy about this camera are the live view/live guide/live bulb functions. In live bulb, I can basically press the shutter, wait for the picture to appear on the screen, and release the button when the light is right on the screen. Great for night shots. I enjoy the touchscreen... but that's more because I'm a geek. Of course, the size compared to my old 60D is like night and day. It's splash proof and dust proof. Perfect for those rainy days out on the coast. The EVF sometimes lags slightly, but to me this is a non-issue. I don't typically shoot action or hold the shutter release down for max FPS, so to me, no big deal. But others may find it irritating. I love the in-camera image stabilization. Keeps handheld shots sharp. Two different settings too. Pretty amazing. Most reviewers will probably mention this as one of the OM-D's standout features. In terms of image quality, I've had one or two images blown up. I'm not disappointed at all. People have knocked the 12-50 lens a bit, but to me (i am no pro, but I love to shoot, and I know what I want in a lens) it's more than adequate. Plenty sharp. Might be a tad slow on the tele end, but for a kit lens, again you can't have it all. The macro function on this lens works surprisingly well too. and the electronic zoom when using video is a nifty trick. I like that. Keeps it silent. I bought the grip for my OM-D and I'm glad I did to be honest. It changes the way you hold the camera so dramatically, that you'll wonder why you didn't buy it sooner. The camera is a little on the pricey side. Enthusiasts might not think so, and I didn't hesitate to order mine immediately. What you get for your money is a quality tool to ignite your creativity. We all know that it's the photographer that makes a great picture, not the camera. I agree with this, but I also think that having the right camera is also pretty important. The OM-D is that camera for me.

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  • E-M5

  • July 03, 2012
  • By: Nicolas

For a while I was interested in photography, but was not willing to carry something bigger than a decent P&S. In my research to change camera, I stumbled on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and I really liked it. I was thinking to myself that I was willing to accept a fairly bigger camera for a better image quality.

Well, when the camera came, it was bigger, but not nearly as big as what I thought it would be. I was sure I'd need to purchase an accessory such as the HLD-6, but after having used the camera for a bit, I came to the conclusion that the grip was comfortable as it was and that I did not needed such accessory; however, that may not be the case for everyone. Someone coming dSLR might feel the need for the grip.

The buttons are fairly small, but all of them are fairly easily accessible. The review and Fn1 buttons are probably the ones placed in the most awkward position and you do feel they are small, but accessibility is not a concern for me.

As I was reading reviews, I was dreading the Olympus menu which is said to be fairly complicated. I can't say the first few days I wasn't overwhelmed, but now I am much more comfortable with it and for 99% of my shooting, I do not need to dig deep in the menu. The only thing I still struggle with is the flash, but that is probably because I try never to use it and as a matter of fact, I have only used it once out of necessity. But talking about the flash, I had an incredibly hard time remove the terminal cover to use the FL-LM2. I was sure you had to slide it according to the manual, but its actually a matter of uncapping.

I couldn't review the EM-5, if I was not talking about IBIS. Even if I knew it was "noisy", it took me a few days to notice it(and that is because I put my ear next to the camera). It works well, I have no complaints about it.

Movies/sound are surprisingly good, but this is a camera so that's all I'll say about it.

The 12-50mm lens is very useful, decently fast to AF, decently sharp, but the real reason why it was purchased was to complement the EM-5's weather sealing. It has yet to show its magic, but I won't put it through an artificial rain just for the sake of testing it.

And now for the most important part, picture themselves. This might also be the shortest part. They are very good. I personally keep the auto ISO maxed at 1600, but that is because I prefer to manually raise the ISO past this point knowing that despite the very good performance of the camera the picture quality will degrade slightly. I would not hesitate to raise the ISO to 6400 or even 12800 in situations where it calls for it, but I wouldn't want all of my pictures taken at such high ISO because there is a loss in quality.

If I could, I'd give this camera 4.5 stars because nothing is perfect (but for me this is as close as it gets) and there are some tiny details I wished could be better.
1. I'd like it if lowest ISO was 100 (or even better 50).
2. I wished an integrated (internal) ND filter could be used (like on some compact cameras).
3. Continuous shooting mode is fast, but the buffer could be improved.
4. EVF proximity sensor is great, but it makes it hard to use the touch screen sometimes
5. 12-50mm lens is rather big, but that is part of the weather sealing deal.
6. Price is high, stock is low, but that is what happens when you have a successful product

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In order to get the most out of using this item, you may be interested in these courses:
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Body
  • M. Zuiko ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens
  • Flash FL-LM2
  • Li-ion battery BLN-1
  • Li-ion battery charger BCN-1
  • USB cable
  • AV cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM)
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

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