Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera Review

It is equipped with the popular mirrorless technology, which allows for a light and small body in the form of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera.

More than that, however, the OM-D E-M5 is an outstanding camera that includes features such as an electronic eye-level viewfinder, 120 frames per second refresh rate, and a 3.0-degree tilting LCD screen “Among the features is an OLED touchscreen monitor with 16Mp of the resolution, as well as a growing number of compatible lenses that are being added all the time.

All of these considerations add up to a camera that is more portable than the ordinary DSLR while still offering a wide range of creative options as well as a slew of other high-end features and functions.

Let’s take the characteristics of the OM-D EM-5 one at a time and start with the outstanding image quality that the camera produces.

The 16Mp Live MOS image sensor and the TruePic VI image processor are responsible for capturing such outstanding 16Mp stills and 1920 x 1080 HD video at such high resolutions.

These two components, which form the core of the camera, collaborating with a variety of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses to produce stunning photos and videos.

Olympus’ autofocus technology, which captures fast and precise photographs in a range of conditions, is another characteristic that deserves to be mentioned here. Additionally, high-speed sequential photography at 9.2 frames per second goes a step further to ensure that fast-moving subjects are recorded with ease.

The camera’s 5-axis, sensor-shift image stabilization technology is also in action here, accounting for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera wobble, which traditional 2-axis systems have been unable to control in the past.

This stabilization system is integrated into the camera body and guarantees that it works well with all lenses.

A High-resolution 1.44 million dot LCD with 100 percent field of vision coverage and a 1.15x maximum magnification is included on the device.

The EVF also has the capability of increasing the focus point, allowing the user to witness the effects of a variety of various functions immediately in the viewfinder. In addition to the outstanding EVF, the camera is equipped with a 3.0MP sensor “Because of its tilting OLED touchscreen LCD, it is the first Olympus camera to include such capabilities.

Using the touchscreen monitor, you can navigate between menus quickly, as well as compose and evaluate scenes in stunning detail.

Additionally, the OM-D EM-5 is a rugged camera, with a dust- and splash-proof build. In the words of Olympus, “several ring-shaped seals protect the camera against abrasions such as sand, dust, rainfall, and water spray.”

That eliminates the need to be concerned about the weather and, as a result, miss the picture. The OM-D also has this function in the supplied flash unit, the optional grip, the power battery holder, and the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens, among other things.

Electronic Viewfinder With An Intuitive Interface

The OLYMPUS E-M5 is the first interchangeable-lens camera from Olympus to incorporate 120 frames per second refresh rate, high definition electronic viewfinder, and an eye sensor to seamlessly switch between the tilting 3.0 inch LCD and the conventional 3.0 inch LCD “For ease of use, the OLED touch screen and electronic viewfinder are included.

It has a 100 percent field of vision, a maximum magnification of 1.15x, and an eyepoint of 18mm, which makes it ideal for fatigue-free viewing. Information about the camera’s settings, such as the shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder, allowing photographers to concentrate on framing shots and taking full advantage of the EVF’s ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments and Art Filter effects – all without having to take their eyes away from the viewfinder – while framing shots.

Image Quality that is second to none

With a 16.1-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor, the Olympus E-M5 offers increased performance as well as remarkable quality and speed in all aspects of picture recording, including video capture. The TruePic VI image-processing engine from Olympus significantly enhances image quality in low-light situations.

Using the camera’s sensor, you may capture images at a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been increased to provide more accurate color reproduction.

Image Stabilization using 5 Axes, which is unprecedented.

Among the many features of the Olympus E-M5 is the world’s first 5-axis image-stabilization system, which reduces the impacts of camera motion and picture blur from five directions on stills and video, even while the photographer is walking or running.

IS methods in the past addressed just two types of movement along the vertical and horizontal axes, which was sufficient to compensate for camera shake. However, there are five primary types of movement that might create camera shake: horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotational motion, as well as yaw and pitch movements.

Instead of incorporating the Image Stabilization mechanism inside the lens, the Olympus E-M5 IS mechanism is embedded into the camera body itself, allowing all lenses attached on the body to benefit from this advanced technology, whether taking still images or high-definition video. The sensor-shift approach is employed by the IS system.

Exceptional Swiftness

With record-breaking autofocus speed and image processing, you can focus and shoot faster than ever before. The Olympus E-M5 incorporates the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) autofocus mechanism, which was first introduced in the PEN E-P3, but with significantly faster response times than that model.

240 frames per second are achieved using the 16Mp Live MOS chip, which provides a 2x boost in Continuous Autofocus speed as well as decreased picture blackout, allowing photographers to keep up with fast-moving action.

Sequential shooting has also seen an increase in maximum frame rates of more than 2x, with a maximum frame rate of 9 fps in Single AF being achieved. A revolutionary 3D tracking autofocus technology can track the subject across the X, Y, and Z axes, allowing it to significantly increase focus on moving targets in low-light conditions.

Unbridled Creativity

The Olympus E-M5 is equipped with a 3.0 “Photographers may get up high or down low for any shot with the help of a tilting OLED touch-screen device. Using a single finger, the touchscreen interface allows for straightforward focus and release of the shutter, as well as viewing and magnification of photos while playing back footage.

During long exposures, the Live Bulb feature updates the Live View image on the OLED screen at pre-set intervals, allowing the user to preview continuously unfolding actions such as fireworks or waterfalls and adjust the exposure time accordingly, all while capturing the image at the desired moment.

The Live Bulb feature is available on the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS M cameras. A revolutionary new interface, EVF Creative Control, creates a tone curve overlay on the viewfinder screen, allowing for distinct adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness. Other features including white balance, magnification, and aspect ratio may be controlled through the EVF interface.

A “Key Line” is a phrase that is important to remember. The Art Filter, which is one of eleven different filters available on the Olympus E-M5, emphasizes the edge lines of the image, giving it the appearance of being drawn on a piece of paper.

The “Cross Process II” and “Dramatic Tone II” Art Filters are variants of the popular existing filters, and the two new Echo effects for movies, when triggered during movie recording, leave a temporary leftover picture of a subject’s motions.

Users who want to edit their movies on a computer will particularly appreciate the Full HD 1080i movie recording option, which uses the MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) and records in Full HD 1080i resolution.

Powerful portability combined with tough durability

The Olympus E-distinctive, M5’s iconic design is more than just for show; its magnesium alloy body is tough enough to withstand harsh climatic conditions such as torrential rain and sandstorms, among other things.

Olympus E-M5 incorporates a large number of internal seals, and when combined with the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens, this combination results in integrated dust- and splashproof camera system. It is also composed of magnesium alloy to guarantee durability, and the FL-LM2 Electronic Flash that comes along with it is built with the same dustproof and splashproof design as the rest of the camera body.

All Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses are compatible with this camera.

Both the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses, both of which will be released by Olympus later this year, are fully compatible with the Olympus E-M5 and will be compatible with any Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses.

Featuring a high-quality metal design and fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports photography, the 75mm lens is ideal for portraits and indoor sports photography, while the dustproof and splashproof 60mm lens offers 1:1 macro and a near shooting distance of only 7.5 inches.

What’s in the Box

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Micro Four Thirds Sensor (Body, Black)

FL-LM2 Flash Unit (Flash Light Module)

Batteries Lithium-Ion BLN-1 (BLN-1)

Battery Charger Model BCN-1

The capacity of the body

USB Cable is a type of cable that connects two computers together.

A/V Cable is a type of cable that is used to transmit video and audio.

Strap across the shoulders

CD-ROM with the Olympus Viewer 2 software

Warranty for a period of one year only

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Specs

MSRPEU: € 1099 (Body only) UK: £1149.99 EU: € 1299 (with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3)
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 2592 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 3200 x 1800, 3216 x 2144, 2400 x 2400, 1824 x 2432, 2560 x1920, 2560 x 1440, 2544 x 1696, 1920 x 1920, 1440 x 1920, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1280, 1440 x 1440, 1104 x 1472, 1600 x 1200, 1536 x 864, 1584 x 1056, 1216 x 1216, 864 x 1152, 1280 x 960, 1280 x 720, 1296 x 864, 960 x 960, 720 x 960, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 576, 1008 x 672, 768 x 768, 576 x 768, 640 x 480, 640 x 360, 624 x 416, 480 x 480, 384 x 512
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VI
ISOAuto (200 – 25600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes (The live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode))
Number of focus points35
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots610,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTouch control in electrostatic capacitance type OLED monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.15× (0.57× 35mm Equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot-shoe (FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R))
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (2), Manual (3 levels)
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI type-D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional (RM-UC1))
Environmentally sealedYes
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)425 g (0.94 lb / 14.99 oz)
Dimensions122 x 89 x 43 mm (4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69″)
Timelapse recordingNo