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Olympus OM-D E-M5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 463 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and performance also get good feedback. Opinions about the exposure and flash are mixed, and there are some less positive reviews about the features and value for money.

responsiveness, performance, portability, image quality, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review


With the Olympus OM-D E-M5 you've got the manufacturer taking what was great about the original OM line of SLR units with a collection of fabulous add-ons that work perfectly well in the digital world. In this 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69-inch beast that weighs in...

You can pick this device up for $1000 with the body only or for $1300 as a kit with the 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 zoom lens, that being the setup you’re seeing above (with all photos being taken with that lens as well. Grab if from your favorite retailer today!


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Olympus O-MD E-M5


Olympus is one of the pioneers of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) category as we know it. The PEN series has been one of the most popular sellers of this segment, and the E-P3 has made its way to the top of more than a few “best of” lists over the past...

Great battery life ; Superior image quality, even in low light ; You can really push ISO without sacrificing resolution ; Durability ; Very powerful auto-focus and image stabilization technology

Button design ; No pop-up flash – accessory only ; There can be some in-camera digging before you get your customized settings up and running

The OM-D E-M5 is an incredibly capable, fun camera that you won’t easily tire of.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 (with 12-50mm lens, Black)


Much as it did when launching the PEN series of Micro Four Thirds cameras, Olympus trots out another beloved film brand and updates it for the digital age. This time out, though, Olympus frames enthusiasts squarely in the scene. Olympus' reincarnation...

A dust-and-weather-sealed design distinguishes the Olympus OM-D E-M5 from the rest of the interchangeable-lens crowd, and its class-leading performance doesn't hurt, either. Plus, it's got an interesting, relatively streamlined shooting design.

The photo quality is solid, but not outstanding, especially if you shoot only JPEG.

If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.


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A Bow to Heritage, With a Hot Rod Under the Hood


Olympus delivers a vintage-styled, power-packed digital OM camera for the 21st century.

Compact, relatively light magnesium body. Both the body and the 12-50mm kit lens are weather-sealed. Fun, creative art filters for in-camera experimentation. A wide array of available lenses. Super-comfortable and almost-indispensable grip attachment

No built-in pop-up flash. Can’t change exposure settings while shooting video. Shallow eye cup diminishes the EVF’s effectiveness in bright outdoor situations

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Olympus OM-D E-M5Digital Camera Review


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...

It hasn’t taken Olympus long to speed into our hearts with their retro-inspired compact system camera lineup. The Micro Four Thirds PEN series was well-received not only for its style, but its image quality and usability. Seeing a gap at the top of...

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 review


Micro Four Thirds cameras are coming fast and furious, and getting better and more technically impressive all the time. For its latest offering, however, Olympus looked backward for inspiration rather than forward. The OM-D E-M5's design harkens back...

Excellent image and video quality ; Blistering performance ; Extremely attractive

Expensive for a Micro Four Thirds camera ; Smaller sensor than most $1,000-plus cameras

What's not to like?

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Olympus OM-D E-M5


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera preview (video)Cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M5 five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization hands-on (video)Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera to ship on March 31st? (update: now April) Stepping across the...

Incredibly fast autofocus ; 5-axis image stabilization ; Manual/auto-zoom kit lens

Expensive ; Battery meter issues at launch ; Poor focus accuracy in low-contrast scenes

Olympus's OM-D E-M5 is the company's best camera yet, but battery meter and focusing issues may be a dealbreaker for some.


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Olympus OM-D E-M5


With the launch of the E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems - the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. The E-M5 is the first camera in an OM-Digital lineup that will run alongside the PEN series and, according to the...

Very good image quality, even at high ISO ; Bright, punchy JPEGs make the most of camera's capability ; Very fast autofocus with most Micro Four Thirds lenses ; Weather-sealed body ; Built-in image stabilization helps increase number of sharp shots ;...

Focus tracking distinctly unreliable ; Small controls sometimes awkward (especially with cold/gloved hands) ; No in-camera correction of CA (which can be problematic with 12-50mm kit zoom) ; Default JPEG settings a bit keen to blur detail away ;...

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is certainly the most capable Micro Four Thirds camera we've reviewed and arguably the most likeable mirrorless model yet. It falls down a little bit on its continuous focusing but we have no absolutely no complaints about the...

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Olympus E-M5 Hands On First Look


The OM returns with Olympus' first OM-D model; the E-M5. This sophisticated EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) camera is loaded with various features that we've come to love about their Digital PEN cameras. It utilizes the same Micro...

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Olympus OM-D E-M5First Impressions Review


The Olympus E-M5 is a continuation of Olympus' desire to bring retro design back into modern digital photography. The camera is based directly off the designs of the original OM line of film single-lens reflex cameras. While so much has changed in...

The Olympus E-M5 is the first camera in Olympus’ new OM-D series, going back to their roots as a compact camera maker. Splitting from the PEN line but retaining the Micro Four Thirds lens mount and image sensor, the OM-D line should appeal to advanced...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:4/3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus BLN-1
Battery Type:OLY BLN-1


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes