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Olympus OM-D E-M5 review

Is this retro-styled Micro Four Thirds camera worth its high price?

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent viewfinder
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • Customisable dials and buttons
  • High image quality at low ISOs
  • New art filters

Against

  • Plastic unresponsive buttons
  • No in-built flash
  • Odd (sound) emitted

Overall picture

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 , we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted. If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 200

JPEG files

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800, score: 12 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: resolution ISO 25600

ISO 25600 , score: 10 (see full image)

Raw Images

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 200

ISO 200 , score: 26 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 400

ISO 400 , score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 800

ISO 800 , score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600 , score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200 , score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400 , score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800 , score: 14 (see full image)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review: TIFF resolution ISO 25600

ISO 25600 , score: 10 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyOM-D
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG (AVI), MOV
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)425 g
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeOLED
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution16.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBLN-1
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Height88.9 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth43.2 mm
Autofocus Points35
Image FormatsRAW, MPO, JPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, X-sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-M5
Product NameOM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineOM-D
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV204040SU000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

A new era in Micro Four Thirds technology is about to begin. The new, revolutionary mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M5, has an exceptionally light and compact body. Its Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time. When shooting, the photographer can instantly "create" a truly unique world and preserve it in exceptional quality. The "world" will be transformed from something you see to something you "take part" in.

The OM-D is a groundbreaking, new digital interchangeable lens camera perfect for people who want to "take part", "create", and "share".

Battery Life330 Shot
Display Resolution610000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker