Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

May 14, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 from around the web.

dpreview.com »

With the launch of the E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems - the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. The E-M5 is the first camera in an OM-Digital lineup that will run alongside the PEN series and, according to the company, its Four Thirds models. For reasons of clarity, it should be stated that this isn't a continuation of the old OM line - the OM-D models won't be SLRs and are based around Micro Four Thirds, not OM lens mounts. However, they do embody the spirit of the much-loved camera line - a small, well-built camera designed for enthusiasts. And, particularly in silver and black form, the E-M5 is one of best looking cameras we've encountered in some time.
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theverge.com »

Jump To Top Hardware / design LCD / viewfinder Controls Features Performance Wrap-up Comments Close Micro Four Thirds cameras are coming fast and furious, and getting better and more technically impressive all the time. For its latest offering, however, Olympus looked backward for inspiration rather than forward. The OM-D E-M5's design harkens back to the 1970's, to Olympus' old OM-1 film SLR. The OM-1 was introduced in 1972, and was a revelation in both size and build quality; the E-M5's petite stature isn't quite as game-changing this time, but it's still awfully small, and still awfully nice-looking. It's the first in a new line of Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus, designed to be more premium products than the PEN line, which includes cameras like the E-PL3.
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engadget.com »

Stepping across the great DSLR divide into the land of mirrorless cameras always requires some compromise. Focusing speed, image quality, lens compatibility and battery life are frequent casualties, but for everyone except professional shooters, the size and cost benefits of swapping a full-grown beast for a compact ILC surely help soften the blow. The latest Micro Four Thirds model from Olympus, the OM-D E-M5, adds functionality that expand that list of betterments even further, allowing more versatility than larger DSLRs have to offer. These perks include a water-resistant design, for starters, along with a nifty lens that offers macro shooting and both manual- and powered-zoom in one compact package.
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stevehuffphoto.com »

Well here we are in May of 2012 and Olympus has now released a new line of Micro 4/3 cameras, fittingly called the “OM-D”, which is actually a homage to the little “OM” of the film world. The OM series has sort of a cult following and for good reason. Those little film cameras were so good, so small and so solid that even today many are still in use. The original OM series film cameras are highly recommended if you want to get into some low cost film shooting.
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neocamera.com »

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the flagship Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera from Olympus. As the first model in the high-end OM-D lineup, the E-M5 adds weather-sealing and a built-in EVF compared to its predecessors.
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