Olympus has debuted its new OM-D E-M5 that takes the past engineering expertise of the micro four thirds standard and couples it with enhanced features and new innovations on the inside. The E-M5 comes with an electronic viewfinder system. Unlike an optical VF, it lets you frame images and get creative with them, too – controlling highlights and shadows, white balance, magnification and aspect before taking the shot. The E-M5’s image quality owes a great deal to its new 16M Live MOS sensor that is utilised by the TruePic VI image processor. It aims to give you all the detail of 16-megapixel resolution, plus reduced noise, high range of sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, rich gradation and accurate colour reproduction. 

Rugged cameras FTW!

Rugged cameras FTW!

Here are few of the features of the E-M5:

Image Quality

  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 16 megapixel LiveMOS sensor
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • 5-axis image stabilization for movies & stills.
  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO 25,600


  • World's fastest auto focus system as of February 2012
  • 9 fps sequential shooting.
  • Quick response touchscreen panel.
  • Eye sensor for automatic Live View / EVF switchover


  • Dust proof and splash proof
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • EVF creative control function.
  • 3-inch tilting OLED monitor
  • Full HD Movie with stereo

The recording formats supported include 

  • RAW – 12 bit
  • RAW & JPEG – Yes parallel recording
  • JPEG – Yes
  • Aspect ratio – 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
  • MPO (3D) – Yes

It’s got the world’s fastest AF system with improved functionality. This camera also claims to have the world’s first 5-axis image stabilisation: visible and controllable through the viewfinder, this in-built mechanism compensates for every blur giving you sharper stills and movies. They’ve got some good build quality to the camera as well. The magnesium alloy body has a dust- and splashproof design that can handle some pretty rugged conditions. 

As far as rugged cameras are concerned, we’ve reviewed the Nikon Coolpix AW100 and the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT3 and we quite liked both the cameras. However, it’s important to note that they were point and shoots, whereas this one is a micro four thirds camera. Pricing hasn't been disclosed as of now, but we’re definitely waiting to get our hands on this one and test it in some extreme environments. 

Publish date: February 8, 2012 5:59 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:33 pm

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