Camera News
by Brad Soo on February 8 2012

Olympus E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera

Olympus has just announced the first ever professional level Micro Four Thirds camera, which also happens to be their new flagship. Following the ‘retro’ naming scheme started by their PEN Micro Four Thirds camera, Olympus is touting the new OM-D E-M5 camera they announced today as the digital ancestor of their old OM cameras from almost half a century ago. This means the Olympus E-M5 does not sit in the ‘PEN’ family in terms of heritage and branding, but it will take the same Micro Four Thirds lenses used by Olympus PEN cameras as well as Panasonic’s Lumix interchangeable lens cameras.

The new E-M5 comes with a retro design resembling those classic cameras and comes with a set of features that will rival mid-range to high-end digital SLR cameras to boot!

  • 16 megapixel Live MOS image sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (2X crop factor)
    Can use full-sized Four Thirds lenses using new weathersealed adapter
  • In-body image stabilization; new system uses magnets and compensates for 5 ranges of movement
  • Rugged magnesium alloy weather-sealed body with retro design
  • Flip out and rotate 3 inch touchscreen LCD (610,000 pixels)
    Electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage, 1.15X magnification, 120 FPS refresh rate
  • Full manual controls with RAW support and flash hotshoe
    ISO range 100 to 25,600
  • Super-fast autofocus with 3D tracking and continuous autofocus
  • 9 FPS continuous shooting
  • Art Filters, Creative Control mode, Live Bulb mode (shows and updates live preview in bulb mode)
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) movie mode with stereo sound
    Rolling shutter and sharp edges have been reduced
  • Accessory Port 2 below hotshoe for various attachments: EVF, external microphone, macro arm light, PenPal Bluetooth adapter
  • Camera comes bundled with weather-sealed external flash; supports wireless flash control
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in April for $1000 (body only), $1100 (with 14-42 mm kit lens) or $1300 (with 12-50 mm lens)
  • Comes in your choice of silver or black

Olympus has also announced two new lenses and an external flash, which is great news for both potential and existing Micro Four Thirds system users.

  • 75 mm f1.8 M. Zuiko prime lens (release date later in the year)
  • 60 mm f2.8 macro weathersealed lens (release date later in the year)
  • Olympus FL-600R external flash (guide number 36 m) with autofocus assist LED light which also works as a video light; available for $300

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