Olympus OM-D E-M5

Released March, 2012
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" OLED
Although we generally like the compositional guide of a rule-of-thirds grid, we'd recommend movie shooters should consider the 16:9 guides which mark the crop that the camera's movies are shot in.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, 43rumors.com and 2 more


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

826 ISO
Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO
Pentax K-5
1,162 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

2,600 LPH
Pentax K-5
2,200 LPH
Fujifilm X-E1
2,300 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

277 ms
Pentax K-7
93 ms
Pentax K-5
104 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

56 ms
Pentax K-5
92 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

1,100 ms
Fujifilm X-E1
2,400 ms
Pentax K-5
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

9 fps
Pentax K-7
5.2 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus OM-D E-M5

This is essentially impossible and closer examination shows the last point at which it clearly differentiates between the lines is actually nearer 2600 (which is what you'd expect of a sensor of this resolution).

In the Natural picture mode, colours are vibrant without being garish or over-saturated, while dynamic range is very good.

Overall build quality is very high, with the E-M5’s magnesium alloy outer casing fully weather-sealed against dirt and moisture.

Color Creator, the hue/saturation color correction tool, doesn't do anything new but I think it's one of the most natural interfaces I've seen for making these adjustments.


8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Using the higher-end kit lens, I was consistently surprised with how sharp my photos were, especially in the corners and in bad lighting.
by David-Pierce (May, 2012)
The company also claims the camera's performing more intelligent sharpening, using the MTF data from the lens to determine the correct amount of sharpening to apply, plus it theoretically offers better chromatic aberration correction, via the TruePic VII version of its image-processing engine.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
Better still, Art Filter effects can be applied while the camera is set to any of the PASM exposure modes, which gives you full creative control over depth-of-field (via Aperture-priority) and shutter speed.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)


At ISO 200, the JPEGs look excellent, although the camera frequently oversharpens - in some places where it shouldn't be sharpening at all.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
Post-processing of Raw files also allows you to tune the sharpening and noise reduction of your image to suit the particular subject.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
The corresponding raw files are inevitably more noisy at lower ISOs.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)

Image quality

The result is a camera that produces JPEGs with very competitive dynamic range, really making the most of what the sensor can capture.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
And, since dynamic range is the range between highlights and a specified noise level, this would be considered a boost in dynamic range.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
The focus is near-instant in good light and only drops off in very low light.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)


Continuous-shooting speed also zips along nicely.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
Like some of Olympus' recent primes, the 12-40mm f2.8 incorporates a manual focus clutch, where pulling back on the focus ring automatically puts you in manual-focus mode.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The manual focus ring feels a little too loose for my taste, but I got used to it.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)


That comment would be justified, perhaps, if the 3-inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen wasn't also an OLED panel, as opposed to the common-or-garden LCD variety, with a super bright 610k-dot resolution.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
While a fully articulated side-hinged screen would offer more flexibility the vertical movement of the E-M5’s screen does make light work of overhead and low-level shooting, and for this reason it remains preferable to a completely fixed screen.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
The E-M5 then makes the screen more useful by making it tiltable and touch-senstive.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 35
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.44x
Display type LCD


Max continuous shooting 9 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 277 ms
Shutter lag 56 ms
Startup delay 1,100 ms


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack Proprietary
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes


Size 3"
Resolution 610 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 122 x 89 x 43 mm
Thickness 43 mm
Weight 425 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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