Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera First Look

I’ve been waiting for this new pro series Micro 4/3rds system camera for a while now. The first photos I saw of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 included an accessory grip for the side and a battery grip, which to my eye simply ruined it. But once I saw the camera sans grip, I’ve got to say, I was turned around. I’m a big fan of old film cameras, particularly the Leica rangefinder styling. To my eye, that new Fuji X Pro 1 camera is the best looking camera on the market. This new Olympus, again in my humble opinion, is a close second. It won’t hold a candle to the Fuji camera, technically speaking, but when compared to cameras in its class, I suspect we’ll find this one will be a leader. It comes in retro silver & black (as in the video), but also in all black. I don’t know which I like better. It will be interesting to see what Panasonic comes out with to counter this new Olympus.

Here are some of the features, as posted at dpreview.com:

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Twin control dials
  • New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
  • Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
  • 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
  • VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Latest TruePic VI processor
  • Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking

For a full, hands-on write up of the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, check out dpreview.com

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2 Responses to Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera First Look

  1. pixelogist says:

    nice! this is looking to be one of THE m43 bodies to look for. i dont use the m43 format myself (yet) but this looks very impressive

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