Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera Review

Posted: September 7, 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera Review

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds digital camera comes with a 16 megapixel sensor, 1080p video recording and a 3" OLED touch display packed in a stylish retro design for $1,000. Matt Mira and John Barrowman go hands on with the camera for its Gadget Pr0n rating.

What You Need To Know

  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a tasteful update to their OM line.
  • The design is great and we really like the feel and positioning of the buttons.
  • They kept the large dials up on the top that the original OM had.
  • The camera also comes with a removable flash, which is not the easiest thing to keep taking on and off, due to a lot of covers (four, to be exact, and they are incredibly easy to lose).
  • There is also an electronic view finder with an adjustable screen.
  • On the side is an HDMI out and AV cables.
  • The OLDE screen is great: it pops out and you can tilt it to pretty much any angle you would need.
  • The body on the digital camera is metal and sealed, which means you can take this thing outside.
  • The Om-D is meant to compete with DSLRs, which means the pictures are very, very good.
  • This has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and can shoot at a number of different ISO stops from 200 all the way to 25,600.
  • The color saturation is good.
  • We thought the camera performed well indoors and macro shots were easy to use.
  • This camera hs a number of settings but if you're new to shooting, you may want to stick to Auto.
  • This camera is very versatile and shooting modes can be customized with every conceivable setting.
  • This is a great way to learn more about photography.
  • The video quality was solid but nowhere near as the quality of DSLRs.
  • In a well light situation, the video is crisp and colors bright.
  • We can’t really say the same about low light but that's typical for a consumer level camera.
  • If you're a serious shooter, you should look at a camera like the Sony NEX-7 or the Canon DSLRs that we love.


  • $1,350


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is a very powerful camera for its size and the fastest mirror-less camera we have tested.
  • Images look very good.
  • The design and durability of the body really make this camera something to consider.
  • The price is really holding it back from being a 5.

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