Olympus Announces the OM-D E-M5

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Today Olympus announced their long-awaited OM-D EM-5, the first Olympus Micro 4/3 camera to offer an integrated electronic viewfinder (EVF).

    Key features of the E-M5:
    • Even faster autofocus than E-P3
    • New 16MP sensor (probably same one as in Panasonic G3/GX1)
    • Autofocus tracking system which is effective even for subjects moving towards/away from the camera (up until now this has been a weak point for mirrorless cameras)
    • 9.2 FPS sequential shooting (4FPS during AF tracking)
    • 5-axis image stabilization system can compensate for 1) pitching, 2) yawing, 3) horizontal movement, 4) vertical movement, and 5) rotational movement around the optical axis
    • Proven dust-proof and splash-proof technology
    • Tilting 3-inch OLED touch screen
    • 1.4million dot EVF with eye sensor for automatic switching between EVF and rear OLED
    • Two control dials
    • Quiet shutter sound

    DPReview Preview: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

    Evolving, comprehensive coverage of the E-M5 at 1001 Noisy Cameras.

    If you are pre-ordering this camera, please help support Mu-43 by using our links:


    Pre-Order at B&H:
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black Body Only at B&H ($999)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Silver Body Only at B&H ($999)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Silver 12-50mm Kit at B&H ($1299)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black 12-50mm Kit at B&H ($1299)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black 14-42mm Kit at B&H ($1099)

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    Pre-Order at Adorama:
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    First look at the Olympus OM-D EM5, demonstrated by Mr. Terada from Olympus. From [url=http://www.reddotphoto.com.sg/content.php/305-Olympus-OMD-EM5-launch-review-preview-HLD-6?]Red Dot Photo[/url]:

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  2. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
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  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
  4. yottavirus

    yottavirus Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 13, 2011

    I'm going to be living off cup noodles for the next few weeks.
    That $1k price for a fully weather sealed body is REALLY attractive.
  5. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    The price makes this very competitive. I cannot wait to see the reviews.
  6. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA

    Yeah, I am going to start needing to use coupons and perhaps even home hair cuts?

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  7. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Oops, no.

    Can you please post the mu-43 credit link in the original post? Thanks!
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  8. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2010
    Wow! I may have to buy this!
  9. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Done, and I changed the link in your post as well. Thanks!
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  11. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
  12. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2011
  13. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Okay, I know I'm going out on a limb by saying this having never touched or seen this camera yet, but I've had enough experience with Olympus cameras to know what features and designs work and don't work for me by now... and I have to say that from everything I see here this will probably be my favorite Olympus camera yet! it has everything I wanted put together in what seems like the all the right ways.

    Too bad I got so many bodies from last year's models though, that I'm not likely to see an OM-D in my camera bag any time soon. :( At least now I have something to strive for, lol... I want this way more than the E-5, as I'm pretty much done with DSLRs and so wanted something that could effectively take the place of a weather-sealed Oly DSLR. Of course, I want the weather sealed 4/3 mount adapter with it...
  14. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Real Name:
    "The AP2 port can even be used with the VF-2 and VF-3 external viewfinders, if you want to make use of their ability to hinge upwards by 90 degrees. We can't imagine many people will do this but it's nice to see Olympus hasn't prevented its use."

    Heh! You can use the VF-2!
  15. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    why oh why are the fn buttons limited still? Not that what's there isn't what I need it seems... but the principle of it... why!?!?

    REC can be reassigned.. woot! (tho, could other oly's do this? i wish my G3 could...)
  16. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Yeah, they're still stuck with very strange "limited" customizability. Oh well. (Yes, my E-P3 can re-assign the movie record button to other functions).

    Saving up $$$ now. w00t!
  17. yottavirus

    yottavirus Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    Damn right. If there was a body that justified u43 (in stills), this would be it.

    Same here, I've got enough stuff already. If I do more paid gigs I could probably justify buying this, but right now I'm looking at this as as proof of concept model. Olympus is pretty good with its stuff, so I'll definitely look at buying one of their bodies in the next year or two.

    Loving the looks as well. My FM3a totally reels in the chicks, so this would be a GREAT replacement for many things in my bag.
  18. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    It's official from Olympus USA.
  19. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Love it! I guess if they allow you to use the VF-2 along with another 1.44 million dot EVF, then maybe there's a chance of the next E-7 DSLR having an AP2 port under the hotshoe to allow VF-2, VF-3, PenPal, MAL-1, and even EMA-1 (for two mics, like the two viewfinders?) compatibility along with the optical viewfinder. xD

    Not that this concerns me now, because the OM-D is paving my way to not going back to DSLRs. I just think it would be fun to see, lol.
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