Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

5.0
May 14, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Body material Magnesium alloy body
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 '' Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 16.1 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 17.2 Megapixels
Engine
Type TruePic VI
Filter
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filter Hybrid type
LPF filter Fixed type
Viewfinder
Viewfinder type Electronical Viewfinder
Pixel number 1.440 K dots
Diopter adjustment Yes -4.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Field of view Approx. 100 %
Magnification Max. 1.15 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre (depending on selected viewfinder style)
Eye point 18 mm at -1 dioptre from eyepiece lens
Style 3 styles selectable
Displayed information Aperture value, Shutter speed, AF frame (super impose), AF confirmation mark, AF lock, Auto bracket, Battery check, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure compensation value indicator, Exposure level indicator, Exposure mode, Flash, FP flash, IS activating mode, Metering mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, White balance
Brightness adjustment +/- 7 levels
Correction of colour temperature +/- 7 levels
Live View
Displayed information Aperture, Shutter speed, Auto bracket, AE lock, Focus mode, Shooting mode, Battery check, My Mode, IS activating mode, Internal temperature warning, Face / Eye detection mode, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting mode , White Balance, Metering mode, Exposure compensation value, AF frame display, AF confirmation mark, Shooting information, Spot metering area, Super FP, Flash status, Touch Panel Condition, Focal length, Eye-Fi condition, Flash mode, Histogram
AF type Contrast detection system
100% field of view Approx. 100 %
Magnification levels 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 x
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Five-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 5 EV steps
Focusing System
Method Contrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
Focus areas 35 points / Automatic and manual selection
/ Auto selection with Face Detection ON
800 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode
AF lock Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Modes Manual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking
AF illuminator Yes
Full time AF Yes
Manual focus Yes , With enlarged focusing area
Face Detection extension Eye Detect AF: Off, Left side priority, Near side priority, Right side priority
Predictive AF Yes
AF tracking Yes , Available in continuous AF mode
Exposure System
Modes Programme automatic, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Bulb, Time, i-Auto, Scene Modes, Art Filter
Exposure compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure bracketing 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
ISO bracketing 3 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
AE lock Yes
My Mode 4 settings storable
Enhancement function Shadow Adjustment Technology
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 24
Modes Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D, Wide converter, Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide
Multi-Exposure
Max. number of frames 2 frames (shooting)
3 frames (editing)
Auto gain control Yes
Frame assistance Live View
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 0 - 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filter
Modes Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone, Gentle Sepia, Key Line
Variation / Effect Available
Sensitivity
Auto ISO 200 - 25600 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Self timer 2 s / 12 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/4000 - 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
White Balance
AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
One-touch white balance 2 custom settings can be registered
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
Preset values Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade, Underwater
Auto Flash adjustment Off / Auto WB / Flash
Keep warm colour On / Off
Sequence Shooting
Speed (H) Approx. 9 fps
Speed (L) 4.2 fps (IS off) , 3.5 fps
Max. number of frames 20 frames (RAW)
70 frames (JPG / Large Normal mode)
Conditions Memory card: Toshiba SDXC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB
Note: Depending on shooting conditions, the sequential shooting speed may reduce speed during shooting.
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Engine TruePic VI
Art Filter bracketing Available
Tele converter effect 2 x
Internal Flash
Modes AUTO, Manual, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
Type Detachable flash (bundled)
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Guide number 10 (ISO 200)
X-sync speed 1/250 s
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash, Manual
Intensity +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
Wireless Flash Control
Number of channels 4 channels
Compatible external flash FL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Group setting 4 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
Monitor
Monitor type Tiltable OLED - Touch Panel
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 '' (3:2)
Resolution 610000 dots
Brightness adjustment +/- 2 levels
Colour balance +/- 3 levels Vivid (default) / Natural
Level Gauge
Detection 2-axis
Display Rear display and viewfinder
Super Control Panel
Displayed information Battery indicator, Record mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indicator, ISO, AE bracketing, AF frame, Focus mode, AEL notification, Face detection, Number of storable frames, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Internal temperature warning, Histogram
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes parallel recording
JPEG Yes
Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
MPO (3D) Yes
Image Size
RAW 4608 x 3456 compressed / 17 MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 7.5 MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 3.5 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.2
PIM III
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
Movie Recording System
Recording format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
Image Stabilisation Mode Yes Sensor shift
HD Movie quality Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 20Mbps (MOV)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 17Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 13Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 10Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)
Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)
29 min (17Mbps)
14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG®)*
Max. file size 4 GB (AVCHD)
2 GB (Motion-JPEG)
Exposure Modes Aperture priority, Art Filter, Manual, Programme automatic, Shutter priority
* Some Art Filters are excluded
Movie effects Multi shot echo, One shot echo
Sound Recording System
Internal microphone Stereo
Recording format Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base
External microphone Optional
Image footage 30 s
Speaker Yes
Microphone functions Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume
View Images
Modes Index, Calendar, Zoom, Slide show, Movie, Single
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Off / On
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
Trimming Yes
e-Portrait Yes
Menu
Menu languages in camera English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Customisation Options
Fn Button Yes
My Mode 4 settings storable
Factory reset Full / Standard
Programmable button Yes
Interface
Media SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
HDMI™ Yes Micro connector (Type D) *
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
* "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Eye-Fi Card compatible Yes
Bluetooth® Yes (with optional adapter PENPAL)
Connection Accessory Port 2
Other Features
Weatherproof Yes
Dustproof Yes
Power Supply
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Live View shooting Approx. 330 images (50% with Live View)
Environment
Temperature 0 - 40 °C operating temperature / -20 - 60 °C storage temperature
Humidity 30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 % storage humidity
Size
Dimensions (W x H x D) 121.0 x 89.6 x 41.9 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 425 g (including battery and memory card)
373 g (body only)
Available Colours
Black  
Silver  

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