I have been watching out and raving about this new Olympus Camera. It’s one lavishly retro-fied and distinctly looking camera. Slightly bigger than the PEN models, but everything is already built-in, including the electronic viewfinder (E-VF2), which is usually sold separately for the PEN system.
Much more like a souped up full-spec PEN E-P3 with weather sealing and better IQ. Better kit lens too!
The OM-D E-M5 design is based on it’s older siblings from ages ago – the film SLR OM system. That distinct looking triangular top and silver body really blew me away!
I guess the trend nowadays are retro-looking or retro-fied cameras. From the PEN system and Fuji X models (x100, x10, x-pro) which are rangefinder-type design, now Olympus really took us back to the 60’s and 70’s with this OM SLR design. I myself was an OM-10 user way back high school.
Some of the key specs I really liked: (copied from dpreview.com)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 specification highlights:
- 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
- Weather-sealed body
- Twin control dials
- New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
- Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
- Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
- 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
- VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
- Latest TruePic VI processor
- Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
- Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec
I’ve been meticulously reading all online reviews and youtube videos these past two months and this definitely is one hell of a camera.
I’ve been looking for a good-enough camera that I can use and take with me everyday. I already fell in love with the PEN system, but this OM-D really got me thinking. Do I really need all these bulky and heavy equipment for non-professional use? This actually suits my shooting needs.
And boom, I decided to sell my current system. Yes, I sold my beloved DSLR and all my lenses for this. Retained only my strobist equipment (umbrella, softbox, stands) and eneloop batteries.😉
The retro SLR-look, small size, weather sealing and high ISO handling of the OM-D E-M5 already sold me.
I used the comparison tool of dpreview and this baby can produce clean and sharp-enough images even at ISO 3200. Way better than my current DSLR which is already quite grainy at ISO 800. Better than the E-P3 too! Doh!
The M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 is a great kit lens as well. From wide to zoom (24mm-100mm equivalent for full-frame 35mm), plus the weather sealing and macro capabilities, this lens is very promising. Haven’t tried it yet though, but after reading loads of reviews from the net, I definitely need one.
Add to this lens another powerful (and cheap!) arsenal, the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, then my line-up is complete! From wide/landscape shooting, street shooting, macro and portraits with great bokeh, this new set of equipment really got my heart pumping!
And oh, the E-M5 also has a nifty accessory available, a battery grip! Yes!
Local pricing (Red Dot Philippines) SRP is Php62,750 for Single Lens Kits, and Php55,000 for Body Only.
Now the waiting game begins… Can’t wait to get mine next week!
Official Photos c/o Red Dot Ph
*Some online reviews you might want to check out:*
http://olympusomd.com/region/ — Olympus OM-D E-M5 official website
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusem5/ — check out the high ISO test shots.
http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2012/02/olympus-om-d-e-m5-first-impressions.html — detailed review and real-world tests and sample shots
http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2011/12/olympus-mzuiko-12-50mm-f35-63-review.html — some sample photos and macro shots of the new 12-50mm