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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-On Preview | True Blue Retro With Pure Awesomeness!

After attending the local Olympus OM-D (model ID E-M5) (check latest price) a few minutes ago, I’m here to provide a hands-on preview report on this awesome camera.

The launch event was done simultaneously across all countries that will officially carry the Olympus OM-D, the sheets were unveiled at exactly 11AM Singapore time and we can now feature the Olympus OM-D.

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True to the Olympus OM Series – The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 Camera

The original Olympus OM line back in the 70s boasted to have the smallest bodies in an SLR system and Olympus continues its tradition with the Olympus OM-D in terms of the concept of a small, high-performance interchangeable lens camera system, sans the SLR mirror box assembly.

The Classic Olympus OM-4 Ti

The body is made of high-quality, yet light magnesium alloy and offers the legendary Olympus weather-sealing present only with the flagship Olympus E5 previously.

The standard M.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ kit lens as well as the kit-provided Olympus E-M5 flash unit are also weather sealed!

The design of the body is clearly a modernized version of the original OM film SLRs but with a flair of the Olympus E-P3 Digital PEN series.

The Olympus OM-D features a highly-functional and traditional wheel knobs for most settings, particularly important ones like aperture and shutter speed adjustment right beside the shutter button.

Build and fit is exceptional, better than the Olympus E-P3 (and that’s a pretty darn good finish already) thanks to its magnesium alloy body with weather seals all over.

The rear panel is dominated by the swivel screen that snaps tight and securely, it can swivel flat up or down at 90-degrees for those right-angle shots, and everything in between. It cannot swivel out, however. It’s amazing that they can do this and still retain the weather sealing abilities of the camera.

Above the camera is the most exciting and obvious feature of the Olympus OM-D, the viewfinder. Olympus acknowledged that most advanced users still prefer a proper ‘look-through’ viewfinder rather than composing with the rear LCD screen.

The viewfinder itself is quite a specimen, sporting an HD resolution with 120fps refresh rate, it offers a 1.15x max magnification and 100% field-of-view.

In addition, there’s an eye-sensor right next to the viewfinder so the main LCD automatically shuts down and the EVF activated when you position the camera near your face.

Olympus was able to integrate the EVF dead-center of the camera, allowing a very natural and ergonomic use of the viewfinder, just like traditional SLRs. Of course, the advantage of an EVF still remains such as the what-you-see-is-what-you-get feedback, immediate exposure adjustment simulation, and more.

The buttons is a mix between the E-P3 and the E-5. Gone is the annoying bright blue light of the PEN series and this really looks great both to hold and look at. You’ll notice the area where your thumb naturally lands is a protruded rubber grip that resembles the film advance lever of film cameras – nice touch!

Lastly, the buttons feel a lot better than the Digital PENs, they’re very tactile and you can really feel the individual buttons without taking your eyes off the camera. According to Olympus, the buttons feel different due to the weather sealing elements behind the buttons as well.

Small Size, Excellent Handling

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is thinner than the film OM-4 and it’s even smaller than the Olympus E-420. The lack of a mirror box makes this camera very small, yet the availability of the grip and overall shape of the camera compensates the size issue.

In the image below, you’ll see the overall thickness of the OM-D with the optional battery/portrait grip, the Olympus HLD-6 attached. It’s still a lot thinner than DSLRs.

Olympus OM-D Fastest AF System

The Olympus OM-D’s boasts the fastest AF system when coupled with the standard kit lens, including DSLRs!

While I don’t have a lab benchmark testing facility, I can tell you that even at f/6.3 at maximum zoom in a low-light National Geographic store (where the event was held), the AF locked onto the faces accurately, quietly and really quickly with virtually no hunting. It’s really fast especially when you consider that this is using contrast-detect system.

The contrast detect AF system also allows a continuous, multi-axis face-detect tracking across the entire frame.

Silent Shooting with 9 FPS Capability

Matching the fast AF is the ability of the Olympus OM-D to shoot at 9fps in single-AF mode. The shutter sound of the OM-D is very, very pleasing. It’s quieter than a rangefinder, in fact, it’s as quiet as the Fuji X100, if not quieter.

This makes the camera a very discreet, yet capable sport and candid shooter as well.

5-Axis Image Stabilization

The first-generation of image stabilization by most camera makers compensate for left/right, up/down, and front/back axis of movements, then Canon’s later Hybrid IS system found in the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro [review here] that compensates for yaw motion as well.

The Olympus OM-D has all of that, and then some. In addition to the X/Y/Z/Yaw motion compensation, it also compensates for rotational camera shake!

The image stabilization feature works on movie modes as well, so you’ll be able to take Steadicam-mounted like stability with your videos when you’re following the moving subject.

Olympus OM-D E-5M Specifications

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Product Type Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2)
*1: Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with endlessmode. Release time lag may be generated in actual use.
Screen size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number 16.1 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit Product type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels 16.9 million pixels
Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels
Recording(Movie) Recording format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode (AVCHD) [MOV]
Full HD Fine : 1920(H)x1080(V), 59.94i Recording*1, 20Mbps*2, Aspect 16:9
Full HD Normal : 1920(H)x1080(V), 59.94i Recording*1 17Mbps*2, Aspect 16:9
HD Fine : 1280(H)x720(V), 59.94i Recording*1, 13Mbps*2, Aspect 16:9
HD Normal : 1280(H)x720(V), 59.94i Recording*1, 10Mbps*2, Aspect 16:9
[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *3, Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *3, Aspect 4:3
*1 Sensor output 30fps
*2 bitrate
*3 Except for some of the Art Filters
File Size MOV : Max 4GB / AVI Motion-JPEG : Max 2GB
Maximum Recording Time [MOV] Max29min(Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min)
[AVI Motion-JPEG] HD: 7min, SD: 14min (Some Artfilters are exceptional)
Recording(Sound) Recording format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec / Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Mic/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Tele-converter effect x2
Electronic Viewfinder Finder type Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M-dot
Field of view Approx. 100%
Viewfinder magnificatione3C/span> Approx. 0.92x*1 - 1.15x*2 (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)
*1 at Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect 4:3)
*2 at Finder Style 3 (aspect 4:3)
Eye point Approx. 18mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface)
Diopter adjustment range -4 ~ +2m-1%3/td>
Preview Available with Live Preview function button [custom function]
Level Gauge 2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical
Finder Style Selectable from 3 types
Brightness ±7 levels
Colour temperature control ±7 levels
EyeCup Optional eyecup EP-11 is available.
Live View Type Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view 100%
Display Mode Normal Mode, Grid Line Mode(4 types), Histogram Mode, Magnified View Mode, OFF
Magnification Ratio x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, IS, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area, Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
AF High-speed imager AF
Image Stabilizer System Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)
* yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling
Mode 3 modes (IS1, IS2, IS3), OFF
IS for finder image Available (by half-pressing the shutter button)
Manual Function Available
IS for Movie Built in (Image sensor shift type image stabilization), IS1. mode only
Monitor Product type Tilt type* OLED monitor / Touch control (Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel)
* Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
Size 3.0 inches
Total no. of pixels Approx. 610k dots,
Brightness control / Color balance ±2 levels / -
Color temperature ±3 levels
Monitor color VIVID (Default) / NATURAL
Focusing AF system High-speed imager AF
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) *
* C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Focusing point 35-area multiple AF
Focusing point selection All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
AF illuminator Available
Focus tracking Available
Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF Available / Available (Eye Detection AF mode : OFF / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority)
Manual Focus Assist Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Exposure Control (Still) Metering system Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro* * Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D*
* Still image only
ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 – 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
Exposure bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
Exposure Control(Movie) P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter
* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.
White Balance Auto WB system Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance 7 preset WBs (3000K – 7500K) – Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis
* Except for Custom WB
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature, 2000K to 14000K.
One-touch white balance 2 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color Mode sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Adjustment parameter 4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)
Filter effect Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
Picture tone Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, LowKey [except fot Art Flters]
Art Filter bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
Noise Filter Off, Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction Off, On(effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.), Auto(effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200))
Shutter Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 – 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.)
Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.)
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (Optional RM-UC1)
Wireless remote control Not Available
Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed [Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps
[Sequential shooting L mode] 3.5 fps / 4.2fps in case of “”I.S. OFF””.
Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting [RAW] Max. 15 frames (in seq. shooting L), Max. 1t frames (in seq. shooting H)
[JPEG] Max. 20 frames (in seq. shooting L), Max. 17 frames (in seq. shooting H)
(with TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, under Olympus test standard)
Flash Built-in flash No. Special external flash is bundled.
Bundled flash FL-LM2
G.No GN=10 (ISO200·m) / GN=7(ISO100·m)
Mode TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, FP-TTL AUTO*, FP-MANUAL*
* Available on the external flash
Wireless Flash Control Available(4ch, 4Groups)e2C FL-KM2/FL-600R is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL *External Flash control mode
Flash mode Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)?E?E/64)
Synchronization speed 1/250sec. or less* (using the bundled flash)
* It depends on flash -odels or flash mode
FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Exept FL-50R: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Wireless flash control Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control method Triggered and controlled by bundled flash (FL-LM2) ** Available on FL-LM1/ FL-600R. (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Number of channel 4 channels
Group setting 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash)
Art Filter Mode Pop Art (I/II), Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color (I/II), Light Tone, Grainy Film (I/II), Pin Hole (I/II/III), Diorama, Cross Proscess (I/II), Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone (I/II), Key Line (I/II)
Variation / Effect Available
Multi Exposure Number of picture 2 frames
Functions Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Level Gauge 2-axis
Playback Playback mode Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x – 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
* Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Menu 34 languages selectable – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting 4 settings recordable
Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media -
RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait
Image Overlay Up to 3 RAW images
Print Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed
TV interface HDMI (HD/StereokSound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
DC-in - [Optional Power Battery Holder HLD-6 has DC-IN jack for AC-3.]
Accessory attachment Accessory port 2 (Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.])
Power Requirements Battery BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 360 shots (with BLN-1 and Toshiba Super High speed Class 6(4GB) SDHC card under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder (Option) Power Battery Holder HLD-6
Dimensions/Weight Dimensions 121 x 89.6 x 41.9mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 425g (including Battery and Memory card) / Approx. 373g (body only)
Operating Environment Temperature 0 – 40°C (operation) / -20 – 60°C (storage)
Humidity 30 – 90% (operation) / 10 – 90% (storage)
Splash Proof Yes

Lenses and Accessories for the Olympus OM-D

Announced with the Olympus OM-D are some lenses and accessories that work with all of Olympus’ Micro 4/3 cameras such as:

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm EZ F/3.5-6.3 MSC Zoom Lens

This is the standard kit lens included with the OM-D, and it’s stellar as a kit lens. The focal length equivalent on 35mm would be 24-100mm, which is a very versatile range that fits almost all shooting subjects.

The lens itself is weathersealed as well, now ask yourself, when was the last time you had a kit lens that’s weathersealed? The zooming mechanism is internal, so the lens doesn’t move back and forth during zooming, in addition, the zoom ring can be both powered (zoom by motor like a point-and-shoot) as well as passive (manual) by flicking the zoom ring backwards.

The kit lens also features a macro focus-limiter, often found only with telephoto or macro lens, allowing you to skip farther focus distances during close-up shooting for even faster AF performance.

As I mentioned, the AF is lightning quick even in low-light and smallest aperture setting (f/6.3), it’s whisper silent as well.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8

The Olympus’s answer to a premium portrait lens. With a equivalent focal length of 150mm, and a wide aperture of f/1.8, this will be a great addition to any portrait artist.

olympus m. zuiko 75mm prime lens

Olympus M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

The 60mm f/2.8 Macro of Olympus will probably be the most popular add-on lens after the standard kit lens. This lens offers full weathersealing capabilities just like the OM-D and 12-50mm kit lens. As a macro lens with 120mm equivalent focal length, this can couple as a fine portrait lens as well.

olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro

Olympus FL-600 Flash

This new external hotshoe flash is quite a feat of engineering as well. Sized smaller than the current FL-36R flash, it actually takes in FOUR (4) AA sized batteries instead of the FL-36R’s 2 AA battery. In addition, the flash also offers an LED light for video shooting and wireless TTL capabilities, controllable by the factory add-on flash unit.

Olympus MMF-3

This adapter allows you to use standard Olympus 4/3 pro-grade lenses on the OM-D, an adapter that fits the original OM mount will also be available, so you can use classic Zuiko lenses from the 70s-90s with no problems.

Olympus HLD-6 Grip and Battery Holder

As mentioned earlier, the Olympus HLD-6 attaches to the bottom of the Olympus OM-D to improve balance and handling, especially for those with larger hands. The grip fits an extra battery that extends the shooting time as well of the camera.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to put in our memory cards for some sample photos, but I’ll let you guys know as soon as I receive a unit for review in the near future.

Bulb Mode Live View

There are several neat features mentioned during the launch event, one of them is the Bulb Mode Live View wherein you can literally see the exposure unfold during a bulb mode sequence. In the past (as in before this feature was available), shooting in bulb mode was pretty much a ‘best guess’ affair, you’ll never know what you’ll get.

With this new Bulb Mode Live View mode, you activate it and you’ll see exactly what has been recorded in real-time on the OM-D’s LCD. You know exactly when to stop when you get the exposure you want, no matter how long your shutter stays open!

The Olympus OM-D also has a nifty movie processing mode called the Echo modes, either one-shot or continuous. Sorry I don’t have a video right now, however.

Finally, another feature mentioned was you can actually set shadow and highlight limits in-cam so the exposure meter can worry about the midtones. That’s like placing a histogram limiter for highlight and shadows in Photoshop, allowing the metering sensor to adjust everything in between for maximum tonality.

Olympus OM-D vs. Fuji X-Pro1

With all these juicy info, I’m sure most will wonder whether it can compare to the Fuji X-Pro1 that’s coming out soon. That’s one camera that has excited many, a retro rangefinder-like camera with interchangeable lens. But in my opinion, they’re so totally unrelated in so many ways.

First is the price, the Fuji X-Pro1 costs $1,699 [check price] for the BODY ALONE, and additional prime lenses will set you back another $600-700 each. That brings the price of a basic, shootable outfit to $2,300, while the Olympus OM-D’s basic kit cost $1,299

Yes, the Fuji has a wonderful APS-C sensor, but it’s also huge compared to the Olympus OM-D, it’s heavier as well and less options with lenses. The Olympus is more versatile, practical, and in a way, durable because of the weathersealed body as well.

In short, the Olympus OM-D is a more serious version of the fun-and-quirky PEN series, but retains all the cost, flexibility, and portability of the Micro 4/3 format. The Fuji X-Pro1 is more of a niche camera, an expensive alternative to the usual DSLR but a poor-man’s version of the Leica digital rangefinder.

Initial Conclusion and Impression

The Olympus OM-D E-5M clearly has a unique place in the crowded interchangeable lens camera segment. The Micro 4/3 format has established itself in the marketplace as a legit and profitable segment in many markets, particularly in Asia. In fact, the Olympus Micro 4/3 sales have hovered around the same figures as Canon and Nikon’s DSLR segments the past year in Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea.

The OM-D is quite a looker indeed. The styling is even more pleasing than the original Digital PEN (E-P series) and it exudes a serious, professional look. The magnesium body, EVF hump, add-on grip, and the weathersealed body all adds up to the Olympus OM-D being a serious tool that even professionals should consider, particularly if weight and portability have been issues to you.

Imagine how much smaller your travel kit would be with a full Micro 4/3 system.

Speaking of which, the Micro 4/3 Composium now consist of not only Olympus and Panasonic, but also Sigma, Tamron, Cosina, Kenko, Schneider, Komamura, and Zeiss optics. So expect more options for the Micro 4/3 system down the road, and it brings back memory of the M42 mount days (OK, I’m dating myself a bit now).

With a totally new sensor, faster AF, more lens options, a more traditional ergonomic feel, and aggressive pricing, the OM-D should be a home-run for Olympus.

Retail price current is at $1,299 [check price] for the OM-D + 12-50mm lens kit, $1,099 [check price] for the OM-D + 14-42mm lens, and $999 for the body only.

For more information, visit the official Olympus OM-D E-M5 portal here http://olympusomd.com/region/

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So what do you think? Do you like the Olympus OM-D? Will it convince you to get started with the small camera movement? Chime in below in the Comment section!