Olympus HLD-6

Battery holder/grip for the Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Extend your shooting time and increase the comfort and security of your grip with this convenient battery holder/grip for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 digital camera. Splashproof and dustproof, the HLD-6 separates into two parts, allowing it to be useful in both landscape and portrait orientations. The landscape unit includes a built-in shutter button as well as a dial for locking the grip onto the bottom of the E-M5. The portrait unit includes a grip that allows better control when holding the camera vertically, plus a shutter button, two programmable function buttons, and a power jack for continuous shooting (requires the optional AC-3 Power Adapter). It also houses a BLN-1 lithium-ion battery.

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  • holds additional battery and allows camera to be better managed during long continuous shooting
  • splashproof and dustproof
  • innovative two-piece construction makes it useful in both portrait and landscape modes
  • portrait unit offers two programmable function buttons that are independent from any function buttons on the camera body
  • houses a BLN-1 lithium-ion battery
  • 8.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • HLD-6P Battery holder / vertical grip for E-M5 camera
  • HLD-6G horizontal grip for E-M5 camera
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

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Overview: The HLD-6 is a Power Battery Holder made to work with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. It consists of two parts that can be used separately or together. The battery holder will accommodate a spare BLN-1 Lithium-Ion battery, which will double your shooting capacity. Like the E-M5 camera, the HLD-6 is dust- and splash proof.

HLD-6P: The HLD-6P battery holder and vertical grip is designed to be used when shooting photographs or movies in the Portrait (vertical) orientation. It has a molded grip for stable shooting, a Main Dial, a built-in shutter button, two programmable Function buttons, and a DC-IN port for plugging in an optional AC Power Adapter (AC-3). The HLD-6P attaches to the bottom of the E-M5 camera, and is locked in place with a thumbscrew. An additional BLN-1 battery will fit into the cavity of the grip to give you longer shooting times. In the camera menu, you can choose which battery to use first; once it is drained, the camera will start using the second battery. It adds approximately 1-1/4" to the height and 4.5 ounces (6.3 ounces with battery) to the weight of the camera.

HLD-6G: The HLD-6G grip fits onto the bottom of the camera, and is designed to be used when shooting in the Landscape (horizontal) orientation. The grip has a built-in shutter button, and a thumbscrew for locking it onto the camera. It can be used with or without the HLD-6P. It adds approximately 7/16" to the height and 3.6 ounces to the weight of the camera.


  • HLD-6P: W=4.627", H=1.414, D=2.111"
  • HLD-6G: W=4.684", H=2.837", D=2.015"
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4 out of 5

Olympus HLD-6

Written By MattC, Denver, CO on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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For several weeks I have been using the first part that extends the grip and adds an additional shutter button and sub dial. I use these all the time instead of the one on the camera. I think it makes the camera much more convenient and secure to hold. The grip has to be removed to change the battery, a mild inconvenience that takes only a few seconds, just spin the lock wheel and that's it. I will continue to use it full time going forward. Haven't had much need yet to use the 2nd part that holds a second battery and adds several Fn buttons, additional shutter button for vertical shooting plus an additional main dial. Having both attached increases the height considerably.
Works great. Makes the camera easier to hold, better feel.
Great addition other than the price is more than it should be. Price is only reason I did not give it 5 stars. 1/3rd the price of a replacement body is too much.
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5 out of 5

OM-D + HLD-6 = A Very Good Start

Written By LW, Houston, MO on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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The HLD-6 is the ideal accessory for the OM-D as it facilitates holding/operating the camera while providing access to a reserve battery. After experiencing the convenience of using the OM System Winder 2 with my OM-1, I knew how important the HLD-6 would be for my enjoyment of the OM-D. I currently use only the grip portion of the unit as it is designed to be used with or without the battery storage compartment. When I know I will likely need a reserve battery for extensive camera use, I will use the complete unit.
The HLD-6 is a well-designed accessory that will enhance the use and enjoyment of the OM-D.
The cost of the unit can be significant, especially if considered in combination with the purchase of the OM-D and/or additional lenses.
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4 out of 5

nice but expensive

Written By bindigrey, so cal on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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This grip is really great! It makes it easy to hold the camera at any angle and the buttons are a great help.
Well designed
Must remove grip to get at primary battery and is very expensive
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1 question already asked

How many batteries does the Olympus HJD-6 hold when in use? How long does fully charged batteries last during a normal shoot of about 300 continuous shots? [ James  Oct 21, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • I do not have this camera. [ MARILYN   Oct 22, 2014 ]
  • The HLD6 holds and additional battery to that of the one in the camera body. On average I get about 500 shots out of each battery. But there are many factors that shift that number up or down. [ JOSE   Oct 21, 2014 ]

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