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Olympus HLD-6

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

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by Woody Sherman
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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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Highlights:

  • 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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Features

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.

Dimensions:

  • 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.
Pros:
Works great. Makes the camera easier to hold, better feel.
Cons:
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.
Pros:
The HLD-6 is a well-designed accessory that will enhance the use and enjoyment of the OM-D.
Cons:
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.
Pros:
Well designed
Cons:
Must remove grip to get at primary battery and is very expensive
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