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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera Review

Olympus updates the OM series with the OM-D E-M5, a high-end compact system option with a great design.

$1,099.00
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8.9 score Tested by Experts
  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is better than 85% of the DSLRs we tested.
  • It is better than 87% of the compact SLR / system DSLRs we have tested.
  • This product is scored relative to other digital cameras we've tested. Learn more.
# of DSLRs Product Score This graph shows the Olympus OM-D E-M5’s score compared to other DSLRs we tested.
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Introduction

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 brings back the hallowed OM line of compact SLRs from Olympus, with a design that calls directly on the spirit of the original OM-1, released in 1972. The E-M5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, however, sporting a new Live MOS image sensor, electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen OLED display, and weather-sealed body. The E-M5 is designed to appeal to professional and enthusiast photographers looking for a high-end experience and performance in a body far smaller than your typical prosumer DSLR. The E-M5 is available in silver or black flavors and was slated to debut at the end of March, though Olympus is still taking pre-orders ($999 body-only), with a likely June ship date.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Hardware
  3. Durability
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Dynamic Range
  10. Low Light
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Video Features
  20. Conclusion

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