Olympus E-M5 Review

By Xite - November 1, 2012
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Photography is fast becoming a hobby amongst many people today, and especially thanks to social networking sites and smart phones, photography is now a keen interest for the general population.

Olympus E-M5

Photography is fast becoming a hobby amongst many people today, and especially thanks to social networking sites and smart phones, photography is now a keen interest for the general population. So the only thing you need to figure out next is, what’s a good camera for you to use and show your skills to the world.

Last month we got our hands on the new Olympus E-M5, which is part of the 4 decade old OM series. The camera is retro styled, so it might appeal to people looking for something a little but more stylish to carry around, and it’s also quite easy and comfortable to use. This new model uses a 16.1 MP Live MOS sensor, and it works really well because it shifts the sensor in 5 directions to promote image stabilization. The quality of pictures was quite good, since we tested out the camera while on the move.

The AF System works really fast, and Olympus even claims it is the fastest in the world. Nonetheless the pictures come out very decently. The camera body itself is very small and easy to hold, but difficult to use the controls at times, since all the buttons are very small. The other drawbacks are that there is no integrated flash –you have to attach it when you need it – and video quality is 1080i and not 1080p.

If you are a beginner, this camera is great because the quality of photos really is good, and the sensor is practical for everyday use and you will also like the 3inch touch screen display. The image stabilization is also paired with TruePic VI image processing engine and gives the camera a good dynamic range and ISO settings, something that a beginner will appreciate. Overall it’s a good camera.

Key Features
Max resolution: 16.1 megapixel Camera
Sensor Type: Live MOS Image Sensor
Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Video: Full HD Recording
Video Display Res.: 1920 x 1080, 30
LCD Screen Size: 3.0” Tiltable OLED Touch Panel
ISO: 200 – 12800
Weight: 373 g (Body Only), 425 g (with Battery)
Speed (H): Approx. 9 fps
LENS: 12 – 50 mm

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