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Olympus' best camera yet

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Simply put, we love the E-M5. It's a solid shooter -- literally, thanks to its "splash-proof body" -- with excellent image quality throughout the ISO range and a slick, versatile lens. That five-axis stabilization is innovative as well, as is the incredibly fast focusing system. While powerful, that focusing system isn't perfect, often slipping with low-contrast sand and snow scenes. Still, that issue is arguably minor, considering that this camera isn't designed for sports-shooting pros, and, like the battery meter, it may be corrected with a firmware update. The $1,300 kit price will be a tad too much to swallow for some, but with a solid body and a diverse collection of lenses, there hasn't been a better time to hop aboard Micro Four Thirds.

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Critic reviews

8.6
6 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.0
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Durability
    8.1
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0

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User reviews

8.9
11 reviews
9.0
Engadget May 1, 2012

Simply put, we love the E-M5. It's a solid shooter -- literally, thanks to its "splash-proof body" -- with excellent image quality throughout the ISO range and a slick, versatile lens. That 5-axis stabilization is innovative as well, as is the incredibly fast focusing system.

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10
PC Mag Apr 24, 2012

It's got a top-notch stabilization system, is fully weather sealed, can shoot in all types of light, and ships with a sharp and versatile kit lens. Add it all up, and you have our new Editors' Choice for high-end compact interchangeable lens cameras.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Apr 30, 2012

The most capable Micro Four Thirds cameras we've reviewed and arguably the most likeable mirrorless model yet. It falls down a little bit on its continuous focusing but we have no absolutely no complaints about the image quality. It's small, attractive and a pleasure to use.

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8.0
SlashGear Jul 18, 2012

With such knock-out features like 5-axis stabilization in such a tiny body as this, you’ve got one heck of a mobile-minded shooter on your hands.

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8.0
Imaging Resource Jun 15, 2012

Resurrecting a popular design from its past proves fruitful for Olympus: Not only does the Olympus OM-D E-M5 look great, it takes great pictures, meeting or exceeding the quality of some pretty surprising competitors.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 13, 2012

Olympus has delivered a fantastic camera, which, along with its premium CSC cohorts, has the potential to be a game-changer, stealing focus from certain areas of the DSLR market. There's a lot to love about the OM-D, especially the great image quality and its retro appeal.

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9.0
mike24mcse mike24mcse

I kept waiting for a good DSLR but would never pull the trigger because once I would find the nice DSLR I wanted looking at pricing for lenses would make me go back to my piggy bank crying. This camera is amazing and the Olympus prime lenses are butter! I would recommend this camera to anyone. If...

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9.0
psbern psbern

Bought camera as an upgrade to my PM1! using same lenses. Great images and very good video. I like the micro 4/3 system

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9.0
halfmac halfmac

As a OM-D EM-5 owner, I can say it is the best Compact System Camera to date. Bravo to Olympus. "I put my hands on an Olympus OM-D (EM-5) and I loved it right away. It left the store with me. When Olympus first announced the camera I was impressed but was not that excited. I loved...

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8.0
Ckdavies Ckdavies

The only camera kit I ever regretted buying, just didn't deliver the results for me. Portrait photography was uninspiring with this. The only good lens was the 45mm f1.8.

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10
Fiatopichan Fiatopichan

One of the best mirrorless cameras. I love everything form the built to the pictures it's taken. Also it has superb 5-axis stabilization. One drawback is the battery life, if you compare with other mirrorless, it's great. But if you compare with other DSLR, it's bad. Also, I can't find any...

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