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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review, Specifications and Price

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 First Look:

Some classic designs really have been around for so long, that you appreciate the beauty of them in a much deeper way, as it starts to grow on you. Things around such timeless designs can keep changing, but their stillness really makes them stand out and leaves a big impression on you. So, will the classic OM series from Olympus be just as good in its digitised avatar? Will its timeliness produce the same quality of images that we\’ve been expecting? Is this the new classic micro four thirds of the future? Ok, enough questions let\’s test and find out!  

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review:

The E-M5 looks vaguely similar to the old OM series film cameras, but in the digital world, things have changed. And for the better. The E-M5 has got 5 point axis image stabilizer. It also has a digital viewfinder, that senses you want to use it rather than the LCD screen and quickly adjusts accordingly. Looks-wise, though, it does resemble the PEN series of Olympus quite a bit. But it\’s got a separate slot just for the SD card, which is good, plus two dials for shutter speed and aperture. The buttons on the back feel a bit spongy, and the power switch is at the very bottom, almost Canon-like, annoyingly! The leather sealed body and metallic frame feels great to hold and use, and the weather-sealed lens is perfect to shoot even in our Indian monsoon. Or so, we hope. The auto-focus is quite good on the camera, quite quick and quite smart. Not always, but most times. It\’s got 9 fps burst-rate, and the shutter noise is really not much. It\’s sharp, accurate and silent. Almost like a ninja\’s fart. Jokes apart, the camera does capture really nice images, but some of the modes are quite gimmicky. Like the ˜dynamic\’ mode which really makes everything look more dramatic in every possible way. There are as many as 35 point to select the focus from. These points are arranged in a 7×5 array and you can select one box, a group of 9 boxes or the entire array. You can shoot movies with the ART filters on. There is a new addition to the video shooting menu called one-shot echo and multiple echo.  

Olympus OM-D E-M5 OLED SCREEN:

The camera comes with a 3-inch 610k dot tilting OLED screen. The display is quite vivid, and you still see all the details while using this OLED in sunlit conditions, which is a definite plus. While the tilting OLED allows you to shoot over your head and at the ground level easily, we still love the articulating LCD offered by the Canon cameras, which allow you to point your camera at a 90 degree angle of view from the LCD screen, giving you one more angle to explore.    

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Specifications:

16.1 MP Live MOS Sensor 35 focus points 3 inch tiltable OLED Touch Panel SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I Compatible) card support Full HD Video recording.

Verdict on Olympus OM-D E-M5:

If you are the kind of discerning photographer who wants his or her camera to look the part, the OM-D E-M5 wins hands down. Although we had got the black bodied E-M5, there is one with a silver body, which looks like a compact version of the older generation Olympus OM series of cameras. There is a huge price gap which Olympus may be thinking of filing with a future PEN ILC launch or a future DSLR, we don’t know. But at Rs. 77,000, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is in direct competition with some established DSLRs. Of course the USP of the form factor with a dedicated EVF is still there.

The Techy Rating: 4/5  

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Price: Rs. 77,000 (approx.)

 

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