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Olympus OM-D E-M5 (no lens included)
16-megapixel hybrid interchangeable-lens camera body (Black)
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Item #: 279EM5K
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Original Price: $799.99
Sometimes the intersection of innovation, convenience, and cool is so compelling that it demands to be noticed. Such is the case with the eye-turning Olympus OM-D E-M5 interchangeable-lens hybrid camera. Springing from the distinguished tradition (and informed by the design) of Olympus's original OM-D line of SLRs, the E-M5 honors that spirit while moving the innovation threshold forward.
What do you notice when first looking at the E-M5? It's a tie between its compact overall size and its attractive legacy-aware design. Pick it up and feel it in your hands and some other attributes rise to the top. Two easy-to-manipulate control dials present themselves readily to your hand. A bright, detailed electronic viewfinder (EVF) complements a 3-inch, high-res touchscreen OLED (organic LED) monitor that tilts in order to give you a better view from unusual angles. What's more, the camera's Micro Four Thirds mount means that a bevy of well-regarded lenses can be at your disposal please note that they too are a pleasure to control with this camera, as the E-M5's compact size puts lens rings at your fingertips.
The E-M5 is optimized to give you the best possible image with all due speed. To that end, they've gone back to the drawing board with this camera's approach to image stabilization, making it in-camera and movement-aware in 5 axes, so that even quick rotational movements will cause minimal motion blur, regardless of the lens that's on the front of the camera. The FAST AF autofocus system acquires subjects almost instantaneously, and tracks them in three dimensions, so that even fast movements toward or away from you are quickly refocused. At its top speed, the E-M5 is capable of an impressive 9 frames-per-second still image capture rate. If you typically shoot pictures of wildlife, children or pets, this camera is sure to get you a lot of keepers.
Despite its small size, this camera plays big in other ways. It's well-sealed against the elements, and is touted by the manufacturer as not only dust-proof but splash-proof. An external flash unit is bundled with the camera, attaching to the accessory shoe and giving even more sophisticated light support options when your available illumination is low. And in-camera art filters and multiple aspect ratios multiply your creative options with the images you harvest.
These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.
So far, a fantastic choice and excellent replacement for my previous APS-C DSLR camera. Much smaller and lighter than expected, great image quality, very fast and generally accurate auto focus, and amazing in-body stabilization. Weather-sealing is a major plus as well.
This camera is compact and easy to hike with. The pictures are excellent, have developed several 16 x 20 with great results. The camera works great for HDR photos, just set bracketing and fast sequential shooting.
Pros: Image Stabilization in camera so lenses are affordable.
Cons: You will need to study and practice with the camera to get all features figured out
I bought this camera with a portrait 45mm f1.8 lens before the arrival of my baby. This combo is perfect for portrait photography. This camera comes with a lot of setting options that can be very helpful after you get use to it. I personally like the vintage look of this camera.
Pros: Lot of setting options, compact, lite and looks great
Cons: Little expensive compared to other entry level SLRs from Canon and Nikon
|LCD Screen Size||3" OLED|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Built-in Flash||Unit included|
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.05|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/60i|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The OM-D is a new mirrorless, digital interchangeable lens camera series from Olympus. It features a Micro Four Thirds mount and a lineup of quality lenses to choose from. The OM-D's compact size and weight makes is easier to use. Advanced features include a 5-axis Image Stabilization System, fast auto focusing, a 16MP Live MOS image sensor, and an Electronic Viewfinder. This OM-D package includes the E-M5 camera body only. No lenses are included.
Micro Four Thirds: The E-M5 has a standard Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The following Olympus lenses are compatible with the camera:
Note: The EM-5 is sold in two separate kits: the Zoom Lens Kit (with a 14-42mm lens), and the Movie Kit (with a 12-50mm lens).
Rugged Construction: The E-M5's Magnesium-alloy and Aluminum construction makes the camera lightweight and tough. It is also built with a degree of splash and dust protection, especially around the monitor and card slot, so you can depend on the camera in harsh environments.
Image Pickup Device: The E-M5 uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor with approximately 17,200,000 total pixels and 16,050,000 effective pixels. This is the same sensor used in Olympus DSLRs, and is 8 times larger than the typical sensor found in the average point-and-shoot camera. The Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' new TruePic VI Image Processor for increased ISO sensitivity and fast auto focusing.
Dust Reduction System: The E-M5's Dust Reduction System includes a Supersonic Wave Filter to eliminate dust particles on the image sensor. The self-cleaning sensor unit silently vibrates 30,000 times per second, ensuring clear, spot-free images.
3" OLED Monitor: The camera has a 3" OLED touchscreen display for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The 610,000-dot display can be tilted up or down to a 45° angle for low- or high-angle shots. Touch navigation lets you control the camera in both the shooting and playback modes with the touch of a finger.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the E-M5 has a built-in, high-resolution Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with a 120 fps refresh rate. The 1,440,000 dot EVF provides a bright clear view of your subject with a choice of three different informational display modes. An eye sensor next to the viewfinder automatically switches between the EVF and the 3" monitor. There is also a diopter to let you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Image Recording Formats: The E-M5 records digital still images in JPEG format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record up to 30 seconds of audio with still images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and AVI Motion JPEG with 16-bit PCM stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The E-M5 allows you to shoot still images in 8 sizes with your choice of 4 compression modes. The available picture sizes in the 4:3 aspect ratio include 4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1920 x 1440, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480. You can change the aspect ratio when taking pictures in Live View to 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 or 3:4. Compression modes available for each picture resolution are Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4608 x 3456 resolution with lossless compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression).
Movie Modes: There are six movie modes from which to choose:
|Record Mode||Pixel Count||Frame Rate||File Format|
|Full HD Fine||1920 x 1080||59.94i||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Full HD Normal||1920 x 1080|
|HD Fine||1280 x 720||59.94p|
|HD Normal||1280 x 720|
|HD||1280 x 720||30 fps||Motion JPEG|
|SD||640 x 480|
Recording Media: Still images and movies with sound are recorded on SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. (Class 6 cards or higher are recommended for movie shooting.) The E-M5 is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards.
5-Axis Image Stabilization: The E-M5 features a new 5-axis in-body Image Stabilization System to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. In addition to vertical and horizontal camera shake, the E-M5's IS System also compensates for rotational movement--pitch, yaw, and roll. You can choose from the following IS modes:
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from 3 Easy Shooting Modes, 4 Advanced Shooting Modes, and Movie Mode:
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
Focus Modes: The E-M5 features a fast, contrast type auto focus system. You can select Single-AF (focuses when shutter button is pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode. If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature. In this mode, the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 35 Auto-Focus targets for focusing on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically chooses from the full set of the 35 AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. The Group Target mode lets you select a group of nine AF targets, and the camera chooses the specific target for focusing.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually. You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or 1/3 EV.
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the E-M5 can also shoot images continuously. When Sequential H is selected, photos are taken at approximately 9 frames per second for as long as the shutter button is pressed. Focus, exposure, and white balance are fixed at the first shot. Sequential L takes photos at about 4 fps while the shutter button is held down. Focus and exposure are fixed according to the options selected for AF mode and AEL/AFL.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds or 12 seconds.
Bulb Shooting: The E-M5 can take extra long exposures with bulb shooting. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter button stays pressed. Use of a tripod is highly recommended for bulb shooting.
Flash Modes: The E-M5 comes with the external FL-LM2 flash, which attaches to the camera's hot shoe. The camera does not have a built-in flash. You can select from several flash modes: Auto, Fill in flash, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), and Flash off. You can also manually set the intensity of the flash to full, 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64 power.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can perform bracketing in the following ways:
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and adjust the focus and metering automatically.
Multiple Exposure: The E-M5 lets you create multiple exposures in a single frame. Methods include: two frames combined as one, portions of one frame merged with portions of another, or RAW frames overlaid in the playback mode.
Digital Level: To ensure that your pictures are level perfect, the camera has a digital level gauge that can be viewed in the monitor and the electronic viewfinder.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The E-M5 allows you to play back your still images or movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for connecting to an HDTV. Output resolution can be set to 1080i, 720p, and 480p. No Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included. In addition, you can connect the camera to a TV with a composite video, using the supplied AV cable connected to the camera's multi-connector.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI. The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display or hide the information display and the index display.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer, regardless of brand.
Power Options: The E-M5 is powered by the supplied BLN-1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.6 volts/1220mAh). The battery charges in approximately 4 hours in the supplied BCN-1 battery charger. The BLN-1 battery is good for approximately 360 shots on a single charge.
Optional Power Battery Holder: The optional HLD-6 is a combination battery holder and grip designed for use with the E-M5. The HLD-6 can hold an additional BLN-1 battery to double the shooting capacity of the camera. The device can be separated into two parts, one tailored to shooting in landscape orientation, and one that is designed for portrait shooting.
Olympus Viewer 2 Software: The E-M5 includes Olympus Viewer 2 software on CD-ROM. The software is compatible with the following operating systems:
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
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Springing from the distinguished tradition (and informed by the design) of Olympus's original OM line of SLRs, the OM-D E-M5 honors that spirit while moving the innovation threshold forward.