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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus OM-D E-M5

neocamera.com
15 November 2012
  • Summary: The high-resolution sensor of the E-M5 delivers quality that rivals DSLRs. It shows very low image noise until ISO 1600 and remains usable up to ISO 12800 for mid-size prints and 25600 for small ones. The exposure system is really good and automatic white-balance is great. Color accuracy is not perfect but not entire off either. Although there are some quirks to the E-M5, it is the most advanced mirrorless camera available with only much larger competitors.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Very good metering, Reliable Automatic White-Balance, Superb built-in stabilization, Virtually no shutter-lag, Fast contrast-detect AF, Good shot-to-shot speed, Very responsive, Excellent automatic, Unique, Highly customizable interface, Instant video recording, Excellent build quality
  • Cons: Poor color accuracy, Low-contrast EVF, Not always, Modal Exposure-Compensation, Some tiny, Uncomfortable eyelets, Poorly placed tripod mount, Low battery life, Rear control-dial uncomfortably high
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great camera for the great outdoors

CNET
9 August 2012
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: 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.
  • Cons: The photo quality is solid, but not outstanding, especially if you shoot only JPEG.
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Overall 9
8.5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

Digitaltrends
1 June 2012
  • Conclusion: If you can afford the EM-5 and you’re in the market for a MFT, yes, you should buy it. That might sound a little niche, but MFT cameras are becoming insanely popular and insanely expensive, so there’s real demand for what Olympus is offering here. The OM-D E-M5 is an incredibly capable, fun camera that you won’t easily tire of.
  • Pros: 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
  • Cons: Button design, No pop-up flash – accessory only, There can be some in-camera digging before you get your customized settings up and running
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus OM-D E-M5

thinkdigit.com
22 May 2012
  • Summary: Olympus definitely has a winner on its hand with this mirrorless ILC. It has a great set of features, a dedicated electronic viewfinder - which is a boon, great ergonomics, beautiful image quality, impressive low light performance among other things. It is priced at a whopping Rs. 77,000 with the kit lens and you get a 16GB San Disk card free.
  • Pros: Dedicated electronic viewfinder, Great ergonomics, Beautiful image quality, Impressive low light performance
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 8
8.0

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5

Wired
16 May 2012
  • Excerpt: The latest micro four-thirds camera from Olympus is clearly designed to appeal to all those hoary, wizened photographers who long for the good ol’ days. Olympus’ new digital OM series is modeled after the company’s original, beloved OM film cameras from the 1970s. But the new OM-D line is not just some tossed-off homage — the first camera in the line, the E-M5 , is a fantastic picture-making tool.
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Overall 8
8.4
Design 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Video quality 9
9.0

Do the 1970s have something to teach 2012 about cameras?

theverge.com
1 May 2012
  • Summary: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 does nearly everything right: it's fast, gorgeous, and takes great images and video. Its biggest setback is its price: at $1,099.99, you're definitely paying a premium for the E-M5's gestalt, even over Olympus's own PEN line of very good Micro Four Thirds cameras. At that price this camera is competing with shooters that have larger sensors, too, and if there's one rule of thumb worth following it's that larger sensors mean better pictures.
  • Pros: Excellent image and video quality, Blistering performance, Extremely attractive
  • Cons: Expensive for a Micro Four Thirds camera, Smaller sensor than most $1,000-plus cameras
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
25 March 2012
  • Summary: 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 absolutely no complaints about the image quality. It's small, attractive, and a pleasure to use, and its pictures are equally enjoyable.
  • Pros: 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, Good level of direct control despite small body, Tilting OLED screen very good, Large amount of control over image parameters, Art Filters can help produce interesting results from dull subjects, Almost every aspect of the cam...
  • Cons: 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, Several useful features hidden in obscure and confusingly-named menu options, Otherwise useful HLD-6 grip makes some controls more awkward to reach, No warning given that focus is locked during high-speed shooting
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Overall 9
8.5
Features 8
8.0
Build quality 9
9.0
Autofocus 8
8.0

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: I consider the styling and build quality of the OM-D E-M5 as being equal to the best compact system cameras around, especially with the grip and battery pack attached. Also, by using the micro four thirds to OM mount adapter, old OM lenses can find a new lease of life on this body. Among other things, the high-class feel of the camera and higher pixel count make the E-M5 the best Olympus model yet.
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Overall 7
6.7
Value for money 5
5.0
Features 5
5.0
Performance 7
6.7
Picture quality 7
6.7

Olympus OM-D E-M5

PC Pro
17 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Olympus raises the bar for compact system cameras, but this capable all-rounder fails to shine in the company of upmarket DSLRs
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review

wired.co.uk
26 August 2012
  • Conclusion: Whether you're agog over the E-M5′s flashback styling or you're absolutely exhausted by the nostalgia of its sheathing, there's no denying it's at the head of this century's pack of compact mirrorless cameras. Given the guts of this camera, its usability and its performance, it's even a contender for a DSLR replacement.
  • Pros: 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.
  • Cons: 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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