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Olympus OM-D E-M5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1221 reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the storage. Opinions are divided on the flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and size. The performance and portability also get good feedback.

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87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (Body Only) Olympus OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (Body Only) 

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 469 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good comments, but there are some less positive comments about the storage and memory.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, size

memory, storage

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only] (Black)Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only] (Black)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Opinions about the usability and color are overall positive. The lens and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some critical opinions about the durability and portability.

performance, image quality, lens, color, usability

portability, durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M5 V204045BU000 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 12-50mm Lens (Black)Olympus OM-D E-M5 V204045BU000 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 12-50mm Lens (Black)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Zach Honig (engadget.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera review

 

More InfoOlympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera preview (video)Cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M5 five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization hands-on

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.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review

 

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.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Jackson Lynch (wired.com)

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5

 

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

May, 2012

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

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?

May, 2012

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

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...

Apr, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5

 

The best Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a top-notch stabilization system, is fully weather sealed, and ships with a sharp and versatile kit lens. Add it all up, and you have our new Editors' Choice for high-end compact...

Compact body. Fully weather sealed. Crisp LCD EVF. Articulating rear display. Sharp kit lens. Impressive high ISO performance. Fast autofocus. Shoots at 9 frames per second. In-body stabilization. Large native lens library. Optional grip available.

External flash. Lacks a standard mic input.

The E-M5's body is fully weather sealed, and if you opt to buy the kit we reviewed, which includes the sealed M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED lens ($499.99 if purchased separately), you've got a camera that you can take outdoors in almost any type of...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Karsten Lemm (ubergizmo.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

 

nbsp; A small and lightweight camera with a grown-up feature set, delivering professional results – that's the holy grail of digital photography. With the OM-D E-M5, Olympus aims to get close: the camera, touted as “groundbreaking” and “revolutionary,”...

If the OM-D E-M5 were a couple of hundred dollars or euros cheaper I would not hesitate to recommend it as a great all-round camera and masterful feat of digital-image engineering. As it is, potential buyers will have to answer for themselves if the...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

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...

With such knock-out features like 5-axis stabilization in such a tiny body as this, you’ve got one heck of a mobile-minded shooter on your hands. This device is great for those of you out there looking to amp up your game with your old OM, and with...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5Digital Camera Review

 

What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.

We took some gorgeous videos with the Olympus E-M5, and we found the camera was able to capture sharp, crisp details even in low light situations. The camera struggled in extreme low light, however, which may be a direct result of Olympus capping the...

May, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):330
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BLN‑1
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Anti-dust function: Yes
Brightness adjustment:Y / Yes
Built-in processor:TruePic VI
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2, RAW / DCF, Exif 2.2 / EXIF 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-4 - 2
Dioptre correction: Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram:Y / Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Image processor:TruePic VI
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Saturation, Sharpness / Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Live view: Yes
Multi-shot: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Art, Black&White, Muted, Neutral, Sepia / Art, Black&White, Muted, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:8.46 x 12.2 x 4.92 / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / CE, FCC, EN-IEC 60601-1\nIP 68 / Office Home & Business Premium プラス Office 365 サービス
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Movie, Program
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Lamp, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Magnesium / Magnesium, Plastic
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant
Splash proof: Yes
Waterproof: Yes

Display

Display:LCD / OLED
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):610000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:393.7
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:0.004

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:35
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:19.7 / 7.87
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:14
Filter size:2.05 / 2.28
Focal length range (f-f):0.472 - 1.57 / 0.472 - 1.97 / 0.551 - 5.91
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure:10/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):10/9 / 15/11
Lens Type:Wide-angle zoom
Maximum aperture number:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.94
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Number of diaphragm blades:5
Optical Zoom:1.15

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 1600, 25600, Auto / 1600, 25600 / 200, 1600, 25600 / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Maximum memory card size:8
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi:Y

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.945 - 3.94
Aperture priority AE: Yes
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 22
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Color temperature:14000
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.76 x 1.65 x 3.53
Dust-resistant: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.945 - 3.94
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
On/Off switch: Yes
Shutter priority AE: Yes
Splash proof: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connectivity: Yes
Weight:0.822

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Sensor Size:4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16.1
Sensor Type:Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768, 2560 x 1920, 4608 x 3456 / 1024 x 768,2560 x 1920,4608 x 3456 / 4608 x 3456 / 4608 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768 / 4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:17.2

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Microphone in:Y
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1 / 1/4000 / 1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / NTSC,PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30 / 60
Video compression format:AVCHD, AVI, H.264, MOV, MPEG4 / AVCHD, AVI, M-JPEG, MOV / AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,AVI,H.264,MOV,MPEG4 / AVCHD,AVI,M-JPEG,MOV / AVI,H.264,M-JPEG,MOV,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Electronic
Magnification:1.15 / 1.48
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.65 / 1.75
Height:3.35 / 3.53
Weight:13.2 / 14.7
Weight (including battery):15
Width:4.76 / 4.87