Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
Olympus OM-D E-M5
16MP Live MOS sensor | SVGA electronic viewfinder | weather-sealed body
What we like:
- Super-fast focusing
- Excellent image quality
- Weather-sealed body
What we don't:
- Tracking AF not great
- Disappointing movie quality
- Buttons too small for some
The Olympus E-M5 was the first model in the film-camera-mimicking OM-D range, and represents a step forward both for Olympus and mirrorless cameras as a whole. It offers classic twin-dial ergonomics in a small package, with a good SVGA (800x600) electronic viewfinder and flip up touchscreen when needed.
"Our readers voted the OM-D E-M5 'Camera of the Year in 2012,' and we can't help but agree"
The E-M5's JPEGs are among the most pleasant on the market - vibrant and punchy; attractive, rather than accurate. Noise levels are impressively low, in terms of both JPEG and Raw output, meaning the E-M5 isn't significantly out-gunned by its APS-C contemporaries.
Handling is good, thanks to a sensible control system in a solid-feeling, weather-sealed body. The touchscreen aspects are sensibly integrated and can be ignored if you prefer. The only down-side is that its small size means shooters with larger hands may find individual buttons a bit fiddly (anyone wanting a more substantial hand-grip might want to consider the optional battery/grip accessory set).
Our readers voted the OM-D E-M5 'Camera of the Year in 2012,' and we can't help but agree - fast focus and excellent image quality in a small, well thought-out, high-quality body is a pretty compelling combination.