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MILC 16.1MP 1.15x Nov 2013
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Good Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from camera expert review site thestar.com.my.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Users have rated this camera as superb on average. This means that users think this waterproof camera is one of the better waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Good Video Capture

Some people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Al mentioned in his review of this digital camera “X) It makes fairly good videos, especially with the image stabilization” . Two years ago Dave H said “The video is way better than I expected too - so take the plunge you won't be disappointed”. Four years ago S. Carter scored it very highly and said in their review “The video quality is great and does not suffer the 'jelly on a plate' like effect when panning as most (if not all) other DSLRs do”.

Good Quality Lens

Several people considered that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 had a good lens. Three years ago A. R. T. Ormsby scored the product 4 stars and said on Amazon “The low light performance - even with the slowish kit lens - is really remarkable” in their review. Archie wrote on Amazon four years ago “Zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 lens is fairly small”. Aussie_in_guernsey wrote “It takes all the lens and is just as easy to use” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and rated it 5 stars.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good autofocus. A. R. T. Ormsby mentioned on Amazon “Autofocus is generally quick” in their review. A. R. T. Ormsby also mentioned “Focusing on fast moving subjects is does not seem to work well for me”. Brandon said on Amazon “It takes the best pics and the touch screen focus is excellent” in his review of this digital camera and gave it an excellent review score.

Ten Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. G. Edwards mentioned on Amazon “The camera in body image stabilisation system is great” in their review. George Martin mentioned in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “And 45mm f1.8 and the wonderful 5 axis image stabilisation system and you have a very fast, intuitive camera capable of great results”. S. Carter gave it a score of 5 stars and said “You can almost hide this camera in your hand! The image stabilisation is much better than previous incarnations”.

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good zoom. Hopefullyhelpful wrote in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “The 12mm is a wide angle side of the zoom which gives a good wide perspective of the picture you are taking” . Pillbox said on Amazon two years ago “I use it with a panasonic 35-100mm 2.8 zoom and it is wonderfully light” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Good Quality Pictures

Sixty-two Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who bought the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Adam Mcgee mentioned in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “With the selection of m43 primes images were tack sharp -” . Al mentioned “I upgrade from my Panasonic GF1, because I wanted a view finder for composing pictures on bright sunny days” in his review. Al also mentioned “Vii) The in-body image stabilization is amazing”.

A number of people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Archie said on Amazon “This camera benefits from recent advances in sensor technology and has a claimed ISO range of 200-25600” and gave the product an excellent review score. Archie also mentioned “The useful ISO range is similar to the good recent DSLRs”. Electronicfur said in their review on Amazon “Low light, high ISO performance is great, view finder very clear”.

A few people who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Andrew Curtis gave this digital camera a very good review score and he said “The noise performence in low light is fantastic up to ISO 1000 I find, coupled with the 5Axis IBIS, nightime/ indoor low light shots are lovely”. Mr. T. A. Maurice wrote “The OM-D EM5 produces JPEG images that are very impressive even in low light situations”. Pro Recordist said in their review “It is superbly built, focuses swiftly even in low light”.

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers reckoned that the product had a good image sensor. Elsa mentioned on Amazon four years ago “I was especially taken by the direct control dials, weather-proofing, swiveling touch screen, built in viewfinder, bigger sensor, improved in-body stabilisation” in her Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Paul mentioned on Amazon “It has a first class sensor, great dynamic range” in his review of this digital camera. Paul also wrote “Size of APSC and 35mm "full frame" sensor cameras”.

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners reckoned that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Adam Mcgee wrote “For me more than high enough resolution.”. Mr. T. A. Maurice wrote “A satisfactory resolution to the situation” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Robust

A few people considered that this digital camera was well made. :) mentioned “The units are well built” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Dark Heart said in their review of this digital camera “The Olympus OMD-EM5 is built like a swiss watch”. Dark Heart also said “The EM5 its built as good as any Nikon”.

Five customers said in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was reliable. Andrew Curtis mentioned on Amazon “Moving subjets (despite what others say) It is accurate, reliable and hits the mark 90% of the time”. Electronicfur wrote on Amazon “Perfect progression from my trusty E-P1” in their review. Electronicfur also wrote “I'm glad I waited for the OM-D before finally retiring my trusty E-P1”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was sealed. Three years ago Adam Mcgee wrote on Amazon “The buttons are small and squishy (it's weather sealed, which is good.” in his review. K. Barclay said “It has rubber seals around the contacts so I take it that it is weather sealed as well”. Last year Thestar.com.my wrote “It has a compact body and is fully weather sealed”.

Three Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. K. Barclay said “A Gold star from DPreview.I have had mine for almost three weeks now and it is sturdy, portable, easy to use” in their review of this digital camera. Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote “Rugged, weathersealed body with highres EVF” in their review of this digital camera.

Two Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who reviewed it thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Last year Hopefullyhelpful said on Amazon “The camera body itself is waterproof, so you can take it wherever you want”. S. Carter wrote “The waterproofing is very useful when you get caught in the rain” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Twenty-one Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who purchased it considered that it was good looking. Ajs (london) said on Amazon “They were well-built and handled beautifully despite the photo press being rather negative about them at first” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Three years ago Al said in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “I'm a sucker for a beautiful camera, so I bought the silver version”. Al also wrote “The black version is less eye-catching.”.

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who purchased the product agreed that it was ergonomic. Two years ago Keith Seume mentioned “Robust nature of it – it is exceptionally well made, ergonomically near perfect”. Paul mentioned four years ago “It's a joy to use, ergonomics are first class generally, though I found the secondary thumb wheel a bit difficult at first”. R Racaza wrote in their review on Amazon “Everything just felt right about it – excellent image quality, incredibly fast auto focus, wide lens selection, superior ergonomics with a boatload of customization options” and scored it very highly.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who purchased the product considered that it was a good design. St84 Photography wrote on Amazon “The battery grip design is excellent - it comes in two parts that are easy to attach” in their Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Four years ago Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “Compact design” in their review. Brisbanetimes.com.au also mentioned “Its got the look, innovative stabilisation system, fast autofocus, weather-sealed design, customisation and detailed menus”.

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers said in their reviews that it was retro. Prospero mentioned “So it has a very attractive retro look” in their review of this digital camera. Brisbanetimes.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Wellbuilt, weathersealed metal body with a retro flair”. Brisbanetimes.com.au also mentioned “Solid build and retro style”.

Two customers mentioned that it was smooth. John Wishart wrote in November last year “Is now smooth to use” . Brisbanetimes.com.au said “Sharp, smooth EVF” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Support

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “First attempts suggest good results, although it's manual focus only, so I've had plenty of misses” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Andrew Curtis wrote on Amazon “Having the choice of 3 zoom modes is a great addition (electronic, manual and macro” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Elsa rated it 5 stars and she wrote in her review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “I would happily recommend it to anyone, whether beginner or experienced, as it offers scope to work your way up from the iAuto mode to fully manual”.

Good Size

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was compact. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote three years ago “I wanted a compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses” . A. R. T. Ormsby also mentioned “Is pleasingly compact and light”. Al rated the product as excellent and he wrote on Amazon “V) It is fast at focusing for a compact system camera, unless you use a slow focusing lens like the Panasonic 20mm F1.7”.

A number of people who reviewed the product agreed that it was a good body shape. Colson wrote “Vintage body design, impressive functionality, even just the kit lens can deliver such stunning image quality especially in the macro mode, great job Olympus.” . Peter Bailey wrote on Amazon “The very best micro four thirds body!” in his review. Prospero mentioned “This is partly due to its metal body unlike the plasticky/rubbery bodies found on the average SLR type camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Jogo mentioned in their review on Amazon last year “Fantastic camera! Lightweight, classic look”. Brisbanetimes.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Lightweight and comfortable to hold”.

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who reviewed it considered that it was a good weight. This month David Addis wrote in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “However, walking a lot I found that its weight was great”. Elsa said in her Olympus OM-D E-M5 review on Amazon “Has a great weight to it”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Stuart C said “I'm not missing the big heavy bags of gear one bit” and gave the Olympus OM-D E-M5 a score of 5 stars. One person who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 reckoned that it was good physically. St84 Photography said “Includes a macro option; therefore it fully justifies its longer physical length”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 agreed that it had good features. Brandon mentioned in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 two years ago “This camera actually made me want to figure out how to use it because it has all the bells and whistles”. In November this year C. Konig mentioned “This is perfect - compact, packed with features and weather sealed” in their review of this digital camera. Greyman said in their Olympus OM-D E-M5 review three years ago “It would tick all the boxes - compact size without compromise on features, wide choice of high quality glass, beautiful Olympus colour, out-of-camera JPEG”.

Good Product Quality

Fifty-two Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners reckoned that this digital camera was good quality. Archie wrote “It is very well built with alloy metal body, weather sealing” in his review. Archie also said “It arrived in two weeks - very nice quality and can be used either as a half case or with the cover fixed as a full case”. Biff mentioned on Amazon in November last year “Image quality is very good and compares well with cameras costing substantially more”.

Easy to Use

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “It's an engaging camera to use”. Adam Mcgee scored this digital camera very highly and he wrote on Amazon also three years ago “I've used Canon equipment for about 7 years, about 3 years ago I bought the Panasonic GF1 as a lighter option to use (for example travelling, or social events” in his review of this digital camera. Adam Mcgee also mentioned “It was a dream to use (in conjunction with my current m43 lenses the Pana 20mm 1.7, Oly 45mm 1.8”.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Ajs (london) mentioned “Adjacent to the screen, one of which is the Menu switch” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Andrew Curtis said in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review “The menu is easy to get used to”. Aussie_in_guernsey said on Amazon “It's a very creative camera with all the built in settings”.

Several people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Prospero said on Amazon four years ago “It is extremely pleasant to hold” in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. S. Carter said on Amazon “Even without one the camera feels very comfortable in my hands”. Two years ago The Navigator wrote “Small body - Ok to hold”.

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who purchased the Olympus OM-D E-M5 wrote that it was easy to handle. Electronicfur wrote in their review of this digital camera “The camera handles perfectly.”. George Martin gave the Olympus OM-D E-M5 a very good review and he mentioned on Amazon “For even better handling I would recommend the vertical grip”. Two years ago Mr. T. A. Maurice mentioned “Handling should be even better with the HLD-6 Grip which is available free with the Olympus promotion which runs until the 31/08/2014”.

One customer wrote that this digital camera had a good interface. Thestar.com.my gave it a rating of 4 stars and said “The user interface is friendly and easy to manipulate”.

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Good Battery Life

Several people said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. In November :) wrote on Amazon “Called tech support, they credited my account for the cost of a genuine new battery and then some, excellent service” in their Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote three years ago “The images sharp and with good colour balance, battery life is excellent (I managed a two week holiday” in their review of this digital camera. Adam Mcgee mentioned on Amazon in the same month “However, with the OMD coming down in price, coupled with the current (until Sept 2013) offer of a free battery grip (more on that later), I finally bit the bullet”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Andrew Curtis said in his review two years ago “A great lns for video with its silent electronic zoom” . Archie wrote in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review on Amazon “The zoom is very quiet which is an advantage when recording video”. Archie also mentioned “The shutter is very quiet compared with most DSLRs which of course have mirror flipping up”.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners who bought it concluded that it was noisy. Archie wrote in his review of this digital camera “Obviously at the highest ISO settings there is noise and loss of image quality”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Al said on Amazon “The touch to shoot LCD screen is really good fun for taking sneaky shots without anyone noticing” in his Olympus OM-D E-M5 review. Jogo wrote “Liveview screen helpful for framing a shot” . Paul wrote “It has a lovely high-res screen on the back” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and rated it as very good.

Several Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners concluded that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 had a good viewfinder. A. R. T. Ormsby wrote “The viewfinder is great too, even for wearers of glasses like me” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Archie said “The built-in electronic viewfinder is good”. Jogo wrote on Amazon “Built in viewfinder very helpful especially in bright sunlight”.

A number of Olympus OM-D E-M5 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 had an electronic viewfinder. Adam Mcgee said “The EVF is great” in his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. G. Edwards wrote in their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 “The camera is a joy to use and the EVF is excellent.” . Thestar.com.my gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Built-in EVF” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who purchased it thought it was mirrorless. Pawitra S. wrote in their review last year “It is one of the great mirror-less camera” .

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Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

We checked 1,704 owner and expert reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

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Good Connectivity

One person who bought it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Three years ago Jose Ricardo Maciel Rubiao wrote on Amazon “It came with a small problem in the paint near the usb port.I'm really impressed with the colour” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The OM-D E-M5 has a maximum optical sensor size of 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of a 1/2.33"" digital camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5.

A 1/4"" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across similar types of digital camera.

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3D Compatible

The OM-D E-M5 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which are not 3D compatible.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The OM-D E-M5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including a cheaper camera such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Waterproof

The OM-D E-M5 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

We compared this camera to all the other waterproof cameras and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] are also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the OM-D E-M5 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the OM-D E-M5. The average digital zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 5.9x.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type that we have assessed the maximum camera shutter speed of, the OM-D E-M5's maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest. The maximum camera shutter speeds of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 0.03s to 60s.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the OM-D E-M5 have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 7,900. The OM-D E-M5 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (25,600) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the OM-D E-M5 the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 38. When compared to other cameras of a similar spec and age to the OM-D E-M5 that we have assessed, the maximum aperture of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 of 22 is one of the smallest.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The OM-D E-M5 has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Olympus camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. This camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The worst flash exposure correction of all digital cameras of this age and spec is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Ten White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of audio formats than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the OM-D E-M5.

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OLED Display

The OM-D E-M5 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

An OLED display is actually the best display amongst all waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

An LCD display is the worst display across similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Olympus camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has one of the more total megapixel counts (17.2 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have total megapixel counts of between 5MP and 24MP.

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330 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most cameras of this age and type take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge, including the OM-D E-M5 which takes 330 shots per battery charge.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The OM-D E-M5 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction found on most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. Cameras of this spec and age light exposure correction range from ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) to ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Supports One Power Source

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the OM-D E-M5.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the OM-D E-M5 is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 35mm. With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst cameras of this age.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Exposure Control

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewer who purchased it considered that it did not have good exposure controls. Thestar.com.my wrote in November last year “Can't change exposure settings while shooting video” however they still rated it 80 out of 100.

Bad Environmental Credentials

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewer wrote that this digital camera was not good in terms of power usage.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other cameras of this age and type have an image stabiliser, however the OM-D E-M5 does not have an image stabiliser.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price]; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the OM-D E-M5 does not support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The OM-D E-M5 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The OM-D E-M5 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Heavy

The OM-D E-M5 is fairly heavy (373 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average weight of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 260g, and the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (205g and higher rated).

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Only Features Eight Flash Modes

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2 and RAW are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Six Photo Effects

The OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the OM-D E-M5. The photo effects "Art", "Muted", "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a greater number of shooting modes than most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras of a similar age and type to the OM-D E-M5. The shooting modes "Manual", "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 120mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 4.7mm to 270mm. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a quite short maximum focal length (only 100 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

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Thick

Across all the waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years the depths range from 1mm to 83mm. The OM-D E-M5 is quite thick (41.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the OM-D E-M5.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the OM-D E-M5.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the OM-D E-M5 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the OM-D E-M5.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the OM-D E-M5 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (16.79MP and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Other Features
Weight
Dimension
Focal Length
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Colour Temperature

Expert Reviews

(3)

Thestar.com.my

8 June 2015

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a really great little camera for the advanced amateur ? it has a lot of features and is built tough.The feature set is almost the same as the E-M1's with the added bonus...

Nice build quality, compact
High Res Shot mode, lots of customisable buttons
Very good image quality
Stacks of functions and filters
Good video mode
Button overload may confuse some users
Lots of menus, can be daunting to use
Some buttons are too small and uncomfortable
Hinges screen not useful for self portraits
Menu system is not easy to use

Olympus OMD EM-5.OLYMPUS OMD E-M5Price: $1479 ''Movie kit'' with 12mm-50mm lensBliss!The low-down: This is a 16-megapixel micro four thirds camera in a body reminiscent of Olympus OM 35mm SLRs,...

Dedicated electronic viewfinder
Great ergonomics
Beautiful image quality
Impressive low light performance
Very good photo quality (though best results are achieved by shooting RAW)
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A cute little camera that's packed with features and offers excellent image quality
Appealing body design
Smaller camera is easy to hold and quite small
Battery grip makes the E- 5 feel like a tiny professional camera
EVF works well
Just never felt comfortable shooting with it
Price
999 (body only, in black or silver)
1 299 (black or silver body with black M
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User Reviews

(94)
Reviewed 10 July 2016 by :)
(Verified Purchase)

An excellent piece of kit, the macro is brilliant and the units are well built. Beware if you buy new though. these kits are a few years old and the batteries are L-ION, they aren't good sitting... Read more…

Reviewed 28 June 2016 by J. A. Heath
(Verified Purchase)

The model is excellent but purchased as used it had a fault that eventually cost me £100 to get fixed...

Reviewed 20 June 2016 by Mr D James
(Verified Purchase)

Just started using the Olympus, always been a Nikon user, all good so far, excellent camera.

Reviewed 29 May 2016 by Mr Singh
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect...

Reviewed 29 April 2016 by David addis
(Verified Purchase)

When I received the camera I thought that it may be to small. however ,walking a lot I found that its weight was great. then the lens 12/50 was beyond my expectations no problems whatsoever.

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers em5s1250n, olympus em5, olympus em5i, olympus em5ii, olympus omdem5, olympus omdem5m, olympus n130379, olympus 4010942s, olympus 4010946s, olympus n130379w, olympus sh480079, olympus omdem5ma, olympus omdem5mar, canon v207042se000, olympus omdem5mark, olympus omdblackkit, olympus omdem5marki, olympus omdem5markii, olympus v207042se000
Barcodes 00000001612472, 00017890987960, 00050332182745, 00050332182752, 00050332182769, 00635131600609, 04017386100862, 04017386384101, 04017386410947, 04017386640689, 04545350040390, 04545350040406, 04545350040413, 04545350040420, 04545350046248, 04545350048358

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