Olympus OM-D E-M5 Officially Announced

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010

    Olympus just announced the 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    DPReview Preview: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    Thanks! That preview pretty much confirms that, apart from some minor points, this is the kind of CSC I've been hoping to see. I love how small it is, and how much control customisation it offers; you can make this a seriously quick camera to operate! Unless a weatherproof EX1 / LX5 / XZ1 comes along, I might just have to buy one of these OM-D's some day when I have the money!

    And wow, that silver version is pretty! In my opinion, even prettier than the Fuji X100...
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I agree about the looks of this camera. I'm pre-ordering the silver one.
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    It's cheaper than I thought. $999 for this body is a pretty good deal by today's standards.
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  5. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Well I will order one I think as soon as they get here. A silver one for me, might just wait to see the photos people are getting :)
  6. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
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    Kyle Krug
    +1 I was thinking it was going to be around $1200.

    Man, I am going to try to hold out for the updated Pens, as I don't always carry an EVF. It will be tough in April!
  7. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
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    Stephen Noel
    This is what I've been waiting for ever since we went digital, except not enough cash on hand. Some day when the prices drop, maybe.
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    having seen the progression of new technology (and specificly the PENs), the body alone should be around $800 in 4-6 months, and around $650 in a year or so. I LOVE trickle down economics!
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  9. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Just gotta love the comparison pic versus the canon rebel ... for all the people who said it was no smaller than a DSLR:yahoo:


    But this says it more sweetly ...

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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
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    for me, when the time comes, it will be silver with the 12-50mm lens. Doesn't get any better than that, methinks. Lets see how the pricing develops over time.
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    I'm canceling my NEX7 preorder.

    I like RF styled cameras better, but the OMD seems to have combined just about everything I'd hoped for in a m4/3 camera --- dual dials and fully customizable buttons! Weather seal and tilt touchscreen LCD are gravy! Still wish the hump was smaller, but after seeing various videos, I really like it!

    I can't wait to see Oly's JPG engine combined with the 16 mp sensor.

    Only question now is black or silver? :) Help!!

    Ps: I may cancel that XP1 preorder too. Any news on the actual release date of the OMD?

    Pps: I take it back ... the buttons are fully customizable. 5 freaking FN buttons, and metering can't be assigned to ANY of the five!!!! Why Oly??? WHY????
  12. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
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    Kyle Krug
    It sounds like mid March in Asia, April for the US.
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    April? Geez ... the XP1 will probably arrive before then. Sigh.
  14. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I cancelled my X Pro 1 order.
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  15. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
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  16. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
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    that size comparison did it for me! wow, just wow!
  17. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
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    I will wait and see how this one turns out, but I am now fully committed to rangefinder style cameras and I am still full speed ahead with the X-PRO1 for digital and vintage Nikon rangefinders for film
  18. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Looking very good, but I'll wait until Leica's announcement later this year before buying a new camera system. We will see great deals on EP3s soon and many showing up in the used market.
  19. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Upset now that it seems that metering can't be assigned to ANY of the five FN customizable buttons.
  20. Naveed Akhtar

    Naveed Akhtar SC Regular

    Dec 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Finally .. its happening :)