Olympus - OM-D E-M5
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Digital viewfinder, World's Fastest AF, World's Most Advanced Stabiliser, Weatherproof.

The E-M5 is the first model in the new epoch-making OM Digital series. Featuring an integrated 1.44 megapixel digital viewfinder, 16 megapixel LiveMOS image sensor and OLED touchscreen, it is the world’s fastest auto-focusing camera and is equipped with the world’s most advanced image stabiliser built into its weather-proof alloy body

  • Pro kit (12-40mm lens) $1399
  • Weatherproof kit (12-50mm) $899
  • Body only $799

610k OLED
TruePic VI
Advanced image processor



High Resolution Digital Viewfinder

The integrated 1.44 megapixel Digital Viewfinder features advanced aspherical optics, 18mm eyepoint and a 100% field of view. The Olympus E-M5 immerses the you fully into the creative process through a genuine WYSIWYG experience.

Exposure, colour and filter effects are seen live, not after the picture has been taken. Built-in diopter adjustable.

World's Fastest Autofocus Speed*

The E-M5 sets a new AF speed benchmark using its FAST-AF technology with 35 AF zones and 3D AF tracking. Sensor frequency improvements allow for information to be sent from the imaging sensor to the TruePic VI processor at a rate of 240fps. * Among interchangeable lens type digital cameras available as of Feb 8, 2012.

*Based on Olympus in-house test conditions, using the M.Zuiko 12-50mm lens.

World's Most Advanced Image Stabiliser

The E-M5's groundbreaking 5-axis stabilisation system provides near foolproof shake compensation, counteracting pitch, yaw, roll, and horizontal and vertical translational movements. This new system has a maximum -5 EV stabilisation capability. It also has the ability to show a Live image-stabilised view and is effective for both stills and video shooting. The body-integrated nature of the system means that all lenses used with the camera are stabilised, eliminating the need for costly specialised lenses. Even heritage manual focus lenses that are non-electronically coupled can benefit from stabilisation.

Full HD video with Multi-motion image stabilisation

The E-M5 captures broadcast quality video in Linear PCM stereo sound. Rolling shutter effects are virtually eliminated ensuring the video capture quality is aberration free. Combined with the world's most effective stabilisation system, the E-M5 delivers a truly unique video capturing experience for casual and enthusiast videographers.

16 megapixel LiveMOS high-speed image sensor

The new high resolution, high sensitivity - low noise imaging sensor found in the E-M5 provides a maximum sensitivity of up to 25600 ISO. Fantastic results can even be had in a wide variety of lighting conditions allowing for clean image output in both captured detail and colour in well lit and dark shooting environments.

TruePic VI advanced image processor

The latest TruePic processor provides a new level of image quality with even better noise processing for cleaner and clearer pictures and superior video processing results with significantly reduced aliasing. Multi-cored processing technology ensures that the E-M5 will be able to keep up with your shooting needs no matter the shooting conditions and allows for accurate autofocusing even in trying lighting conditions.

Splashproof and Dustproof metal alloy chassis

For all-weather shooting, the E-M5 is the first weather-sealed compact system camera in the world when used with Olympus' weather proof lenses. Whether you are shooting in a tropical rainforest environment or fighting the harsh elements in dusty arid desert, the E-M5 will be able to survive even in the harshest of weather conditions.

9 frames per second sequential shooting rate

High readout speeds and extremely quick image processing enables the E-M5 the ability to shoot sequentially up to a speed of nine frames per second. Capture all the action whether it is the fastest of sports or the quickest of wildlife. Combined with the world's fastest focusing system, the E-M5 is a camera that can keep up with your fast paced needs.

3-inch tilting OLED touch-screen

A brilliant OLED screen with 610,000 pixels provides crystal clear LiveView and image playback. Touchscreen control enables one-touch tap shooting with autofocusing as well as touch-enabled playback control. The tilt-mechanism enables an upwards angle of 80 degrees and downwards of 50 degrees.


Product Type

Product type
Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System Camera
SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2) *1. Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting *2. Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount

Image Pickup Unit

Product type
4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels
Number of effective pixels : Approx.16.1 million pixels Total number of pixels : Approx.17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter

Image Stabilisation System

Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization) * yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling
3 modes (IS1, IS2, IS3), OFF
IS for finder image
Available (by half-pressing the shutter button)
Focal length setting

Electronic Viewfinder

Finder type
Eye-level electronic viewfinder
Field of view
Approx. 100%
1.44 million dot
Approx. 0.92x*1 - 1.15x*2 (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity) *1 at Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect 4:3) *2 at Finder Style 3 (aspect 4:3)
Eye point
Approx. 18mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface)
Diopter adjustment range
-4 ~ +2m-1
Available with Live Preview function button [custom function]
Displayed Grid
Off / Normal Grid / Golden Grid / Scale / Diagonal / Movie Grid selectable
Level Gauge
2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical
Finder Style
Selectable from 3 types
±7 levels
Colour temperature control
±7 levels
Optional eyecup EP-11 is available.

Live View

Live View
Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type Approx.100% x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14 Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area, Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.


Monitor type
Tilt type* OLED monitor / Touch control (Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel) * Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
Total no. of pixels
610k dots
Brightness control
±2 levels


AF system
High-speed imager AF
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) * * C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AF
Magnified frame AF
Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses*) Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable * old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF
Available / Available (Eye Detection AF mode : OFF / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority)
Focusing point
35-area multiple AF
Focusing point selection
All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
AF illuminator
Manual Focus Assist
Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)

Exposure Control (Still)

Metering system
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro* * Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D* * Still image only
ISO sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)


Product type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.) Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.)


Built-in flash
No. Special external flash is bundled.
Bundled flash
Flash mode
Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Synchronization speed
1/250sec. or less* * It depends on flash models or flash mode FL-LM2: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Exept FL-50R: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R

Wireless flash control

Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL-600R
Control method
Triggered and controlled by bundled flash FL-LM2* * Available on FL-LM1/ FL-600R. (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Number of channel
4 channels
Group setting
4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash)* * Available on FL-LM1/2 / FL-600R


Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed
[Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps (in case of "I.S. Off")* Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot. [Sequential shooting L mode] 3.5 fps / 4.2fps * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ
Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting
[RAW] Max. 20 frames (in seq. shooting L / 4fps), Max.15 frames (in seq. shooting H / 9fps) [JPEG] Max. 70 frames (in seq. shooting L / 4fps), Max. 19 frames (in seq. shooting H / 9fps) * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ. * With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)


Exposure bracketing
2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable

Art Filter

Pop Art (I/II), Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color (I/II), Light Tone, Grainy Film (I/II), Pin Hole (I/II/III), Diorama, Cross Proscess (I/II), Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone (I/II), Key Line (I/II)
Variation / Effect

Recording (Movie)

Recording format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode
[MOV] Full HD : 1920(H)x1080(V), 30p(29.97fps) Recording 20Mbps(Fine) / 17Mbps(Normal), Aspect 16:9 HD : 1280(H)x720(V), 30p(29.97fps) Recording 13Mbps(Fine) / 10Mbps(Normal), Aspect 16:9 [AVI] HD : 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps*, Aspect 16:9 SD : 640(H)x480(V), 30fps*, Aspect 4:3 * Except for some of the Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time
[MOV] Max29min(Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min) [AVI Motion-JPEG] HD: 7min, SD: 14min (Some Artfilters are exceptional)
IS for Movie
Built in (Image sensor shift type image stabilization), IS1. mode only
AE Lock
File size
MOV Format : Max 4GB / Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB

Recording (Sound)

Recording format
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone function
Wind Noise Reduction*, Recording level adjustment, Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.) * Sound quality slightly different from normal recording.

White Balance

White Balance mode
Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
Preset white balance
7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K) - Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB

Color Mode

Color Mode
sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Auto, Normal, High Key, LowKey [except fot Art Flters]

Multi Exposure

2 frames, Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture (RAW)

Multi Aspect

Multi Aspect
4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

Level Gauge

Level Gauge

One push Tele-converter

One push Tele-converter

Wi-Fi Function

Image Share
Eye-Fi compatible


Playback mode
Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound) * Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF

Image Editing

Image Editing
RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording


USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI connector
Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
Accessory attachment
Accessory port 2 (Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.])
PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed
TV interface
HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
[Optional Power Battery Holder HLD-6 has DC-IN jack for AC-3.]
Microphone input
With Optional SEMA-1 Attachment

Power Requirements

BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Power battery holder
Power Battery Holder HLD-6 / BLN-1(Optional)
AC adaptor
AC adapter AC-3(Option)*Optional HLD-6 has DC-IN jack for AC-3.
Sleep mode
Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 360 shots (with BLN-1 and Toshiba Super High speed Class 6(4GB) SDHC card under CIPA testing standard)


121 x 89.6 x 41.9mm (excluding protrusions)


Approx. 425g (including Battery and Memory card) / Approx. 373g (body only)

Operating Environment

0 - 40°C (operation) / -20 - 60°C (storage)
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

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