- Editor's Rating
- Good images and video
- DSLR-like feature set
- Compact, stylish form factor
- Costly body-only configuration, grip and lenses add expense
- A 2x crop factor doesn't lend itself to wide angle shooting
Quick TakeThe Olympus E-M5 is more than just a pretty face. It matches classic style with fast auto focus, a full feature set, and great hardware like a built-in EVF. It's costly, but it's likely to please photographers of any skill level.
The Olympus O-MD E-M5 rests amongst the best cameras in its class. The viewfinder is a great addition, allowing users to forgo having to line up shots via the camera monitor if they wish. The optional HLD-6 battery holder/grip pretty much negates the compact size advantage, but the makes the E-M5 a much nicer handling camera.
Shutter response and autofocus acquisition time are both speedy. One touch HD video capture, a wide variety of camera features and settings to please the most finicky shooter, and full auto settings for everyone else give this camera the potential to appeal to a wide audience. The 2x crop factor produced by the sensor size is a boon for folks who tend to shoot telephoto lenses, though it is also a hindrance for those who see in wide-angle. The Camera is DSLR-like in its ability to allow users to shift shooting settings. Additionally, the high ISO noise performance is competitive with the best APS-C sensor cameras at present.
While the price for admission is high, sitting at $1000 for the body and most likely around $1300 for a full kit, this camera is well worth it for serious users as there is not a lot this little Olympus can\’t do.