RRP: From $1199 for body only
- 16-megapixel LiveMOS image sensor
- OLED touchscreen
- Five-axis image stabiliser
- TruePic VI advanced image processor
- World’s fastest autofocus speed
- 9 frames per second sequential shooting
- Splashproof and dustproof metal alloy chassis
The era of premium mirrorless cameras is upon us and Olympusis confident its latest camera has enough grunt to beat the competition and even give DSLRs a run for their money.
Olympus promised a lot when it was unveiled and now that we have it in our hands the OM-D has certainly delivered.
This is one of the best mirrorless cameras we have ever tested.
First of all let’s look at design, the OM-D has a distinctive retro-styling that looks fantastic but is also functional thanks to its weather-proof alloy body. It’s reasonably light and compact too.
But the design isn’t the major selling feature of the OM-D, it’s the outstanding image quality.
Whether in day or night, this camera never struggled to take a good shot. Its night time shooting in particular was quite amazing. Dark, dull and uninteresting landscapes seemed to come to life when captured with the OM-D and it rarely suffered from camera blur or noise.
Auto focus is one of the fastest around and the attached M-Zuiko Digital 14-42mm IIR lens even has specific manual, powered and macro zoom modes.
There is barely anything to fault with the OM-D E-M5, it is a little too expensive and the plastic menu buttons don’t really fit in with the premium styling. But that’s about it.