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Olympus announces OM-D E-M5 weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds camera

By dpreview staff on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:00 GMT
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Olympus has finally announced the long-rumored E-M5, the first of its OM-D range of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-M5 is built around a 16MP sensor and features the company's latest 5-axis image stabilization system that works for both stills and movies. It can shoot 1080i60 movies in MOV format (h.264 compression) and includes a 1.44M dot EVF in its weather-sealed magnesium alloy body.

It will cost around $1299.99 / £1149.99 / €1299.99 with the weather-sealed 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 power zoom lens and will be available from April 2012.

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Press Release:

CLASSIC OM DESIGN REVIVED INTO A NEW STATE OF THE ART DIGITAL CAMERA - THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW:
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D (E-M5)

The Olympus E-M5 Unites an Intuitive Built-In Electronic Viewfinder with the World’s First*1 5-Axis Image Stabilization and World’s Fastest*2 Autofocusing System inside a Powerfully Portable and Rugged Dustproof and Splashproof Body

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 7, 2012, 9:00pm – Today Olympus builds upon the 40-year legacy of the OM SLR film camera series and marks the beginning of the new digital imaging era with the launch of the Olympus E-M5, the first of the new Olympus OM-D (OM Digital) Series of Micro Four Thirds™ products. Designed to meet the needs of advanced photographers, the Olympus E-M5 is packed with a built-in electronic viewfinder, superior image technology, blazing fast speed and total creative control in a classic, rugged body ready for sand, sun, sleet or snow.

Evoking the classic design of the original OM Series introduced 40 years ago, and transforming it for the modern age, the Olympus OM-D Series is a new and entirely unique Micro Four Thirds camera system. It combines outstanding features found in the Olympus E-System DSLR line with those of the compact Olympus PEN® Series to meet the requirements of discerning photographers who demand more performance and portability from their interchangeable-lens cameras. The compact and ready-for-action Olympus E-M5 boasts breakthrough innovations inside, including:

  • A built-in 120-fps (frames-per-second) refresh rate, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) with outstanding image quality, eye detect and intuitive functionality that enables real-time viewing of shooting conditions
  • A 16.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic™ VI image-processing engine for superior image quality and high sensitivity
  • The world’s first*1 5-axis image stabilizer to compensate for multi-directional camera shake during both still photography and HD moviemaking
  • The world’s fastest*2 autofocusing system (FAST AF) plus new 3D AF tracking for improved performance following moving subjects at up to 9 frames-per-second sequential shooting
  • A lightweight magnesium alloy body that is enhanced with the same dustproof and splashproof durability of the Olympus E-5 DSLR
  • A tilting 3.0-inch touch screen OLED and new Movie Effects: One Shot Echo, for a semi-transparent frame at your whim and Multi Echo, for a multi-motion trail effect.

 Intuitively Designed Electronic Viewfinder

The OLYMPUS E-M5 is the first Olympus interchangeable-lens camera to incorporate a 120-fps refresh rate, High-Definition electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor to seamlessly switch the display between the tilting, 3.0-inch touch screen OLED and the electronic viewfinder for ease-of-use, features a 100-percent field of view, maximum 1.15x magnification and an eye point of 18mm for fatigue-free viewing. Camera setting information, such as shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder so photographers can concentrate on framing shots and take full advantage of an EVF’s ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments and Art Filter effects – all without having to take the eye away from the viewfinder.

Superior Image Quality

The Olympus E-M5 uses a new 16.1 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor offering improved performance and exceptional clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. Olympus’ TruePic VI image-processing engine dramatically improves image quality in low-light environments. The camera’s sensor allows for a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been expanded for more faithful color reproduction.

Unprecedented 5-axis image stabilization

The Olympus E-M5 is distinguished by the world’s first 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism capable of reducing the effects of camera motion and image blur from five directions on stills and video, even including motion blur caused by the photographer walking or running. Previous IS mechanisms compensated for camera shake by addressing only two kinds of movement along the vertical and horizontal axis. However, camera shake can actually be caused by five different kinds of movement: horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotary motion, as well as the yaw and pitch. While some technology has attempted to correct for camera blur by building the Image Stabilization mechanism into the lens, the Olympus E-M5 IS mechanism is incorporated into the camera body itself so that all lenses mounted on the body can take advantage of this sophisticated technology, whether shooting stills or HD video.

Blazing Speed

Focus and shoot faster with record-breaking autofocus speed and imaging processing. The Olympus E-M5 employs the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, introduced in the PEN E-P3, but with even greater speed. The 16MP Live MOS chip drives image data off the sensor at a blazing 240 frames-per-second, a 2X speed increase in Continuous Autofocus, with reduced image blackout enabling photographers to track fast action, Maximum frame rates in sequential shooting have also increased more than 2X with a max frame rate of 9-fps in Single AF. A new 3D tracking AF system can follow the subject through the X-, Y- and Z-axes to dramatically improve focus on moving subjects. Paired with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50-mm f3.5-6.3 electronic zoom lens for optimum focusing speed, fast camera start-up times and operational speeds enable the photographer to keep up with the most challenging shooting situations, while dual control dials and dedicated function buttons help them adjust settings on-the-fly.

Creative Freedom

The Olympus E-M5 features a 3.0-inch tilting OLED touch-screen to enable photographers to get up high or down low for any shot. The touch screen interface offers intuitive focus and release of the shutter and review and enlargement of images in playback with the touch of a finger. The new Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the OLED screen at pre-set intervals during long exposures and enables the user to preview continually unfolding action such as fireworks or waterfalls and adjust the exposure time accordingly while capturing the image at the desired moment. An innovative new interface, EVF Creative Control, produces a tone curve overlay on the viewfinder screen to enable separate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness, white balance, magnification and aspect ratio can also be manipulated via the EVF

A new “Key Line” Art Filter joins ten other available filters on the Olympus E-M5 and enhances the edge lines of the image to make it look more like an illustration. New “Cross Process II” and “Dramatic Tone II” Art Filters provide variations on the popular existing filters, and the two new Echo effect for movies leaves a momentary residual image of a subject’s movements when activated during movie recording. Users who like to perform their movie post-editing on a PC will particularly appreciate the Full HD 1080i movie recording function, which adopts the MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264).

Powerful Portability and Rugged Durability

The striking, iconic design of the Olympus E-M5 is more than just looks; its magnesium alloy body is rugged enough to stand up to severe environmental conditions like heavy rain and blowing sand. The Olympus E-M5 employs internal seals extensively and, when the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens is attached, this combination delivers an integrated dustproof and splashproof camera system. The electronic viewfinder section of the body is also made of magnesium alloy to ensure durability, and the FL-LM2 Electronic Flash that ships with the camera features the same dustproof and splashproof construction.

New Lenses and Accessories for Every Shooting Challenge

The HLD-6 Power Battery Grip, in the same dust- and splashproof construction as the Olympus E-M5 body, is an adaptable, two-part grip that can be used either as a landscape grip for easier handling or as a portrait grip with an additional shutter release. The portrait grip accommodates an extra lithium-ion battery to supplement the one in the E-M5, thus extending battery life. The FL-600R electronic flash (GN 50 at ISO 200 or GN 36 at ISO 100) offers improved recharge time and enhanced flexibility and operability for movie recording, and with a wireless control option. Equipped with a built-in LED, the FL-600R can be used to light movies and as a brighter AF auxiliary light. The MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter is designed for mounting a Four Thirds Standard-compliant lens on a Micro Four Thirds Standard-compliant camera body. The MMF-3, which also features dust- and splashproof construction, is ideally suited for use with Olympus’ similarly constructed High Grade and Super High Grade lenses.

The Olympus E-M5 is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses, including two new lenses that Olympus will introduce later this year: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 macro. The 75mm lens is a high-quality metal design with fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports shooting, while the dustproof and splashproof 60mm lens features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 7.5 inches.

*1 As of February 2012. Among interchangeable-lens cameras.
*2 As of November 2011. Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras on the market, and using Olympus’ in-house test conditions. In C-AF Tracking mode, maximum frame rate is 4.2fps.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus E-M5 will be available in April and ships in the following configurations: 

Estimated Street Price: 
$999.99 (Body only, available in Black and Silver)
$1,299.99 (Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens)
$1,099.99 (Black body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens)
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1583

To find out more about the OM-D E-M5, visit the OM-D site at: www.olympusomd.com

Olympus OM-D E-M5 specifications

Price
MSRPEU: € 1099 (Body only) UK: £1149.99 EU: € 1299 (with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 2592 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 3200 x 1800, 3216 x 2144, 2400 x 2400, 1824 x 2432, 2560 x1920, 2560 x 1440, 2544 x 1696, 1920 x 1920, 1440 x 1920, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1280, 1440 x 1440, 1104 x 1472, 1600 x 1200, 1536 x 864, 1584 x 1056, 1216 x 1216, 864 x 1152, 1280 x 960, 1280 x 720, 1296 x 864, 960 x 960, 720 x 960, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 576, 1008 x 672, 768 x 768, 576 x 768, 640 x 480, 640 x 360, 624 x 416, 480 x 480, 384 x 512
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VI
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto (200 - 25600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DCF
  • DPOF compatible
  • MPO compatible
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes (Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode))
Number of focus points35
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots610,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTouch control in electrostatic capacitance type OLED monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.15×
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • i Auto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Time
  • Scene select
  • Art Filter
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • e-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Landscape + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night + Portrait
  • Children
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • DIS mode
  • Macro
  • Nature Macro
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Documents
  • Panorama
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
  • Fisheye Conv
  • Wide Conv
  • Macro Conv
  • 3D
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe (FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R))
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (2), Manual (3 levels)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive9 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI type-D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional (RM-UC1))
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)425 g (0.94 lb / 14.99 oz)
Dimensions122 x 89 x 43 mm (4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Additional images

   
Top view with additional grip attached. Accessories
Weather sealing  
 Splash proof  Optional hand strap
Left and right sides of the OM-D Optional 4/3 lens adapter
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I own it
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I want it
174
I had it
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Comments

Total comments: 218
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compositor20
By compositor20 (Feb 8, 2012)

If you go to olympus japan site you have there samples from iso 200 to iso 25800 :results at low resolution images: iso 25800 unsable; iso12800 really looked usable... and iso 6400 should really look like e-p3 iso 1600!!!!1 that would make iso 3200 very good which is ISO that takes you to f2.8 3200 and 1/60 (weddings) or f2.8 3200 1/500 (indoor sports)

The increased DR mode is probably the ability to see the tone curve. Sometimes we overexposure by 0.3 or underexpose by 0.3 so if you dial the tone curve to maximum higlight retention you could have a way to see if the raw files would support post processing in the hilights without the need to lift shadows so its great! It detects faces and focus on the near eye which is good for 45mm f1.8 lens.

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snowboarder
By snowboarder (Feb 8, 2012)

R Butler,
can you please share your impressions about the EVF?

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Omar G
By Omar G (Feb 8, 2012)

Does it actually take all Zuiko lenses that I've been accumulating over the last few years--16-60, 50-200, 9-18, 50, ...etc--or would I need to use the adapter. If so, how would the balance work? Thanks.

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Feb 8, 2012)

Only m4/3 mount lenses. Older lenses, including 4/3 lenses, require an adapter. The MMF-3 is weather sealed for your weather sealed 4/3 lenses.

0 upvotes
DrawnByLight
By DrawnByLight (Feb 8, 2012)

Hmmm. in the lens line up image there are two lenses that I don't recognise. Can anyone tell me what the two lenses are just below and diagonally below and left of the FL14 flash?

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mike051051
By mike051051 (Feb 8, 2012)

Found this link on 43rumors.com - they are apparently the new 75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 Macro:

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/m.zuiko_digital_ed_60mm_f_2.8_macro_m.zuiko_digital_ed_75mm_f_1.8/

1 upvote
fmian
By fmian (Feb 8, 2012)

75mm f/1.8!
:o

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DrawnByLight
By DrawnByLight (Feb 8, 2012)

I just found them too!
They do look like fun.
http://www.olympus.com.au/Learn---Explore/Blog/Olympus-Blog/February-2012/Olympus-Announces-Two-New-Lenses-for-Micro-Four-Th.aspx

0 upvotes
dsm6
By dsm6 (Feb 8, 2012)

I might get crucified here for saying this, but the body and design is not doing anything for me. There is really some great technology here, but why create a camera that isn't a SLR to look exactly like a 30 year old SLR. I understand the desire to evoke nostalgia, and a 'retro' feel, but it's about time for some fresh design input in this industry. The technology and mechanics of taking pictures has progressed much in the last 5 decades, so why design cameras around ergonomics for antique film based SLRs?

There must be a balance somewhere between the extremes of the Nikon/Canon cold war of releasing the newest iteration of their panzer tank line every few months, and the ultramodern Pentax K-01.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
9 upvotes
Matthew W
By Matthew W (Feb 8, 2012)

When I first saw it on the rumor websites, I felt the same way. But now that I've seen it more I've gotten used to it and think it looks pretty good.

1 upvote
HiRez
By HiRez (Feb 8, 2012)

Totally agree. I'm sorry, but that thing is UGLY.

6 upvotes
zxaar
By zxaar (Feb 8, 2012)

very very ugly camera. Poor m43 users.

4 upvotes
Russ Houston
By Russ Houston (Feb 8, 2012)

I think it's cool looking, but it negates one of the advantages of the E-P1 for me. It looks like a "professional" camera, meaning I can't take into shows and venues that don't allow "professional" (meaning dSLR) cameras. The Pen doesn't have that problem.

Still, an impressive feature set. I was about ready to ditch my Pen kit and buy the new Pentax K-01 so I can share lenses and accessories with my K5, but this will at least make me think about it first.

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Fleabag
By Fleabag (Feb 8, 2012)

Because you can't create something too scary (E-500 cough).

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M1963
By M1963 (Feb 8, 2012)

That's because Olympus want to continue the OM series disrupted ten years ago - as silly as it may sound.

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GarageBoy
By GarageBoy (Feb 8, 2012)

I'm also over the poser retro fad...
The Fuji X100 already looked like a cheap 1970s RF camera (which happens to sell for $1300)

0 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Feb 8, 2012)

Precisely.
Except for mechanical shutter there's no other tech left from analog-mechanical film era.
So would be time to use legacy free approach to camera design taking only those parts from pastg cameras which give best ergonomy and controls.
Eight years old KonicaMinolta A2 prosumer has quite compact body without lens part and ergonomically and control wise it beats every single consumer DSLR and marketroid designed mirrorless. And in one thing it beats even higher end DSLRs: Ease of looking into EVF. Thanks to body ending next to lens part viewfinder is close enough to edge so you can simply lift camera between eye and what you are looking without nose hitting to camera.
With film roll removed there was no reason for DSLRs to keep that long protrusion of body to left side of lens mount but still they copied everything from old.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Will you people make up your minds once and for all? Is it FUGLY or is it BEAUTIFUL? Both, simultaneously?

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thethirdcoast
By thethirdcoast (Feb 8, 2012)

Good luck shooting macro or telephoto handheld with that tiny grip.

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fmian
By fmian (Feb 8, 2012)

Should be doable if you cup the lens with your other hand.

1 upvote
MikeNeufeld30
By MikeNeufeld30 (Feb 8, 2012)

I will try my best!!! thanks..

0 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Feb 8, 2012)

There is a body grip + a battery pack.

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ijack
By ijack (Feb 8, 2012)

That's what the extra handgrip module is for

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Dafffid
By Dafffid (Feb 8, 2012)

Well I've been holding cameras by the lens for thirty years now, why break the habit of a lifetime?

1 upvote
Agalant007
By Agalant007 (Feb 8, 2012)

This is just a beginning of a new Era in photography. Olympus has just started a a very well respected road map. I am sure they will go far with this new product.

This is the Camera I've been dreaming since my first Pen (E-P1). I am sure it takes stunning pictures even though I am very happy with my E-P1 Image Quality. I am a buyer without any hesitation.
I really love the curve graphic for shadows and highlights in real time on the OLED Screen.

Many Many Thanks to Olympus and all his staff for this amazing work. :-)

my hat up to Olympus !

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

I think those features will be visible on the EVF, not on the OLED screen.

0 upvotes
bunfoolio
By bunfoolio (Feb 8, 2012)

Nice very nice. Maybe one day

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Feb 8, 2012)

Ahh what a cute tiny little sensor. Yawn.

2 upvotes
Chris_in_Osaka
By Chris_in_Osaka (Feb 8, 2012)

Oh...what an original comment, haven't heard that one at all since the E-1 was released way back when. Yawn.

8 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Feb 8, 2012)

Well if you're happy with a tiny sensor than fine. This would actually be a cool camera if it was full frame/APS-H.....or even APS-C. I just can't be bothered paying for a camera like this with basically a P&S sensor.

1 upvote
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (Feb 8, 2012)

I'm sure Oscar Barnack heard this too 100 years ago...

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
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Fleabag
By Fleabag (Feb 8, 2012)

Clint, yes people are happy with a tiny little sensor.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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GarageBoy
By GarageBoy (Feb 8, 2012)

MF users:: Aww cute little 24x36 sensor....
Yawn

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

The M4/3 imager is probably larger than the pea sized brains of some of the folks commenting here, no?

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Feb 8, 2012)

No, it would not be "a cool camera" if it was full-frame because it would be impractically bigger! Now go troll some other forum for a 21" iPad.

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mike051051
By mike051051 (Feb 8, 2012)

OM-G! (sorry, couldn't resist).
I may be just an old hardware geek from way back, but this is a beauty. If I'm able to acquire one of these I'm just going to call it my "OM-5".
I have to stop writing now 'cause my face hurts from smiling so much!

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Lights Perfection
By Lights Perfection (Feb 8, 2012)

You took all the words right out of my mouth! I so want one in black!

Eugene

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Won't they make it in red, pink, and blue as well? Would look great in yellow, too, I bet.

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Feb 8, 2012)

Gorgeous!!! I wished Olympus uses APS-C sensor... this is the camera Nikon and Canon should have made

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

You are wrong. This one is made by Olympus, not by Canon or Nikon.

Also, it has a Micro 4/3 sensor. Not an APS-C sized sensor.

Clearly, you want something else made by someone else, not this one. Right?

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Feb 8, 2012)

If you want mirrorless APS-C go buy a Fuji X-Pro1 - this is not the camera for you. And if this had an APS-C sensor they would be neglecting their large market of mFT lenses. And Nikon chose to make a mirrorless camera with an even smaller sensor, so obviously they do not agree with you on that point...

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emircruz
By emircruz (Feb 8, 2012)

R Butler,

1) are the buttons backlit?
2) any chance you've played around with the new adapter and old 43 lenses? - is AF any better?

thx

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 8, 2012)

Both 'No' I'm afraid.

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emircruz
By emircruz (Feb 8, 2012)

Thx. Last question, if you dont mind. Is there an infra red sensor for remote shutter?

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fmian
By fmian (Feb 8, 2012)

The silver one with the leather texture wrap looks simply gorgeous.
Reassuring thumb grip on the back unlike the flat backed Pentax K-01.
This should have been what they released instead of the E-P1 way back when.
I can imagine a lot of M43 owners wetting their pants right about now.

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Tesselator
By Tesselator (Feb 8, 2012)

Awesome! Finally a pro (or at least semi-pro) µ4/3 body!

Awesome features and cool sounding new flash unit!

Looks like a complete winner to me!

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 8, 2012)

mFT and "pro" in one sentence is a paradoxon ^^

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Bring out more of the anti-M4/3 trolls, please!!!

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

dpreview "And, particularly in silver and black form, the E-M5 is one of best looking cameras we've encountered in some time"

9 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Feb 8, 2012)

OM-D EM-5, right camera at the right time. Olympus haven't lost the fight yet and I have to say this camera is much more compelling to me than the Sony NEX-7.

Way to go Olympus, I hope you sell a ton (granted the camera is as good as it looks on paper and in pictures).

Carl

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Feb 8, 2012)

After seeing the Pentax K-01, all these retro designs and concepts do look outdated. But despite the boring old look and feel, I hope people will appreciate these news from Olympus.

3 upvotes
phoenix15
By phoenix15 (Feb 8, 2012)

True, for few people this might be good. But, to my opinion, the designer is not creative to create something fresh and new.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

You guys should get together and design something much, much better looking, right?

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Kokoro
By Kokoro (Feb 8, 2012)

nice. I like it. It is upsetting that it is unaffordably expensive.

Added to want list anyway.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Yeah, if you cannot afford a US$1,000 digital camera in the year 2012.... then this is NOT the one you should be getting, surely.

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Kokoro
By Kokoro (Feb 9, 2012)

That is exactly why i wont be buying it.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Feb 8, 2012)

so...it's better than the NEX7 in every way except for the sensor, maybe the EVF, and maybe handling? all at a cheaper price? I'm down for it. Just waiting for Samsung to announce the NX20 to see if it's worth looking into.

But am I the only one who doesn't like how it looks? It just looks like an awkward, clunky, kind of retro plastered block. Like an elegant K-01 or something.

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Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 8, 2012)

"it's better than the NEX7 in every way except for the sensor, maybe the EVF, and maybe handling?"

What else is there ?

I was thinking it's a shame that Sony packs the NEX-7 with so much more advanced technology (sensor, better EVF, higher res LCD, peaking, front electronic curtain, 12fps) into a compact package, but just can't understand or doesn't want to understand photographers. Oly adds IBIS and faster AF (with a lower price) plus weather sealing for those who care about weather sealing with a slow kit lens ;) On balance, I'd say they're both reasonably competitive, just different.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Feb 8, 2012)

I wonder if the sensor is really worse than the NEX7 given how the NEX7 sensor only has resolution to brag about, having a higher proportion of noise than all current m43 sensors.

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Xellz
By Xellz (Feb 8, 2012)

Biggest letdown of nex is their lens lineup, it's just simply bad, really bad. And for people, who can't spend too much on cameras, it's even worse. m4/3 has far better balance as a system.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Even worse, Sony also have a dedicated video camcorder called NEX-FS10. Priced at $5,000, that has the same deformed E-mount lens mount. What is that good for, I wonder?

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Feb 8, 2012)

Lol, had I seen this in the forum I'd say it is the worse ps job ever. :D

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

1920 x 1080 (60 fps) !!! wow..better than the D800/5D mk2

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 8, 2012)

That should have read 1080i/60 which is much worse than 1080p @ 60 FPS. I also believe that the 720p is limited to 30 FPS by the sensor. Can dpreview double check this?

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

Yes, i want to know if it doubles frames to get to 60fps.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 8, 2012)

I'm afraid it does - I've clarified in the preview. We need to overhaul the database to cope with these (important) subtleties.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Feb 8, 2012)

But... isn't it 1080i? Also, the D800 has a head phone output as well. Does the OM-D have that also? What about mic input and sound compression quality?

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Dafffid
By Dafffid (Feb 8, 2012)

Of course, regardless of its advertised capabilities... if its as hackable as the Panasonics... ;)

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 8, 2012)

Hacked 1080i is still worthless. Luckily this is actually 1080p @ 30 FPS which is actually not bad. Still not as good as when the GH2 gets 1080p @ 30 FPS hacked(1 week). But still not horrible.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 8, 2012)

Lot of misinformation here, it seems. Video-related negatives I picked up:

(a) LCD is only 610K resolution.

(b) Video recording is 60i instead of 60p. For some, this might be a deal-breaker.

(c) No 3.5mm mic input. That is probably a deal breaker for many, actually. The Fuji X-S1 w. the 26x zoom has such a jack, but not this high-end Olympus.

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Donald B
By Donald B (Feb 8, 2012)

this ticks all the right boxes. when can i get my hands on one.....

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AllC
By AllC (Feb 8, 2012)

I wouldn't call this design "the beginning of the new", rather "in with the old", but otherwise looks like a fine camera. I'm interested in the image samples to judge its IQ.

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emircruz
By emircruz (Feb 8, 2012)

yay!!!! can we call it just the M5? sweet!

E-5 like sealing. 5-axis stabilizatization. 3D CDAF Tracking. And a chance to mount another EVF!!! lol. awesome!

time to sell my brand spanking new ep-3

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burnymeister
By burnymeister (Feb 8, 2012)

Sweet.

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highwave
By highwave (Feb 8, 2012)

nice price point (999.99$ for body)

This should compete nicely with NEX-7 and Fuji

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QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (Feb 8, 2012)

They are going to sell a sh it load of these... Oh and if its E-1 weather sealed its basically water proof.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

I took my E-5 with 8mm lens about a foot under water. No issues at all. (It was a quick dip, i was not trying to film or take pictures lol)

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jquagga
By jquagga (Feb 8, 2012)

I'm not sure I like the way that screen pops out and it looks way better without that grip on it but not bad Oly. Lets see what it can do photo-wise before I decide if I want one or not.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

Award for best looking digital camera?

5-Axis Image Stabilization, I wonder if anyone can ever do this in lens and how much better is it than 2-axis IS.

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Hentaiboy
By Hentaiboy (Feb 8, 2012)

Nowhere as good looking as the original (OM-1). They should have resurrected the screw-on hotshoe.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Olympus_OM-1.jpg

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 8, 2012)

That is why I said digital :)

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Feb 8, 2012)

this is the shiz

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