Olympus Revives The Classic OM Design With The New OM-D EM-5

Olympus Revives The Classic OM Design With The New OM-D EM-5

Olympus has revived its classic OM SLR film camera series this week, with the brand new Olympus OM-D EM-5, the first in a series of OM Digital Micro Four Thirds cameras, and the world’s first camera to offer 5-axis image stabilization.

Aimed at advanced photographers, the EM-5 boasts a built-in electronic viewfinder and a rugged dust- and splash-proof body. Olympus promises you’ll also get superior image quality and blazing fast speeds.

The EM-5 attempts to restore the wonderful design of the original OM Series — which was introduced 40 years ago — and bring to the modern age, with modern specifications and breakthrough innovations. It combines the features found in an Olympus E-System DSLR with those in the PEN series to provide a camera for professional photographers who require the best performance in a portable shooter.

It’s the first interchangeable-lens camera from Olympus that offers a high-definition electronic viewfinder with a 120-fps refresh rate. The built-in eye sensor seamlessly switches your view between the 3-inch touchscreen OLED display and the electronic viewfinder.

The EM-5 uses a new 16.1 megapixel high-speed live MOS sensor to provide superior image quality and speed. Combined with Olympus’ TruePic VI image-processing engine, it also improves image quality dramatically in low-light settings.

The EM-5’s other features include:

  • A built-in 120-fps (frames-per-second) refresh rate, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) with outstanding image quality, eye detect and intuitive functionality that enables real-time viewing of shooting conditions
  • A 16.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic™ VI image-processing engine for superior image quality and high sensitivity
  • The world’s first*1 5-axis image stabilizer to compensate for multi-directional camera shake during both still photography and HD moviemaking
  • The world’s fastest*2 autofocusing system (FAST AF) plus new 3D AF tracking for improved performance following moving subjects at up to 9 frames-per-second
  • A lightweight magnesium alloy body that is enhanced with the same dustproof and splashproof durability of the Olympus E-5 DSLR
  • A tilting 3.0-inch touch screen OLED and new Movie Effects: One Shot Echo, for a semi-transparent frame at your whim and Multi Echo, for a multi-motion trail effect.

The Olympus EM-5 will be available in April in the U.S. with an estimated retail price (body only) of $999.99.

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  • Jordan Clay

    This is the absolute most beautiful camera out,  but there is no way I can spend $1K on camera w/o a lens. 

  • Don Pope

    its $1100 with Olympus’ collapsible zoom, which keeps it small.
    I think I’m going for that one.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    I feel picky for pointing this out, but how is a Digital Micro Four Thirds camera with 16.MP resolution a revival of “classic OM SLR *film* camera series? That is really pretty though. 

  • iDaBoss

     agreed. way overpriced for a micro 4/3 camera. Might be more acceptable if it had an APS-C sensor, at least.

  • iDaBoss

     i think they’re just referring to the design of the outer casing.

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