Olympus OM-D E-M5 specs and accessories

Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera accessories

I still don't have all the details, but there will be several new accessories announced for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera (see picture above). Here are some updated camera specs:

  • 16MP
  • 5 axis image stabilization
  • ISO range: 200-25,600
  • 4 fps
  • Shutter speed: 60-1/4000 seconds
  • 1.44M EVF
  • 3 in, OLED touch screen with 610k dots resolution
  • No built-in flash
  • Full HD video recording
  • 29 minutes maximum video recording time
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 89mm x 43mm
  • Weight: 369 grams (body only)
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  • It looks like there are 2 new lenses 75/1.8, and 60/2.8:

  • Camaman

    Is that a new small flash on the first camera on the left?
    Looks like a small PEN flash on an E-M5..

  • fghi

    How much tor the new 75mm?

    • MJr

      Now that i would love to know as well ! Expecting something like a $1000 bucks.

  • CRB

    Admin..any word on the sensor? 16mp, same as panasonic gx1? thanks.

  • Brian

    So it looks like they are trying to make a pro type camera . Why then only 4 fps and 1/4000 rather then 1/8000?

    I’d be more interested in those features instead of all the extra add ons to make it look/function like a dslr. The om style viewfinder hump seems unnecessarily bulky. I’d rather see the viewfinder off to the side without the hump and therefore more compact.

    • Andrew

      It’s 9 FPS, this is wrong.

      • possible, this is the info I received

  • craig

    4 fps. really!?

    Also, isn’t this a m43? What are the 60 and the 75 for?

    • MJr

      What are you for ?

    • Ke

      60 is a macro.

      75 would be a long portrait lens.

  • Brian

    This appears to be all style and no substance. Take away the viewfinder hump and all the grips and this OM looks to be just another EP pen.

    • Frog

      Weather proofing. Magnesium body. better sensor. faster AF. Much better in body stability system.

      But weight for the Pen P4 and some of that will be in there, with hopefully EVF

  • Chris

    I’m guessing it does have an OM mount?

    • Ke

      It has the m4/3 mount.

  • jarda

    Style? It is all retro!
    Bad design compared to Pentax K-01…

  • Mike

    This is funny. Sooooo much effort to make a camera without a mirror. Yet there is soooo much effort to make it look like a DSLR of yore. Still only a max shutter of 1/4000.

    • I would think for a “pro” or other demanding shooter, 1/4000 would be less of an obstacle than the relatively slow x-sync for existing m4/3 cameras of 1/180. Even if they don’t raise the spec of the focal plane shutter, a good electronic shutter implementation (if there is one) can bring the fast flash sync.

  • Christopher M

    Looks pretty cool. I think it is what Pentax should have done.

  • Ray

    Let’s hope better video and low light than its predecessor 🙂

  • Frog

    It is faster the 4 fps, that is with focusing and even then it is a little faster. Real shutters with speeds that are high are hard to make that are any good after being used a bit. I would not depend on a high speed shutter speed to work to long except on the very best of cameras, and there I would check it, before committing to an important shot. The other way around this is to take a lot of shots and hope.

    I do not think it is a “pro” camera, but an enthusiast camera. That does not mean it can not be used for money. It will need some better zooms etc. before it comes that.

  • Full Frame Olympus!

    Please make a Full Frame Mirrorless Olympus!

    Olympus made such great cameras and lenses for the OM line. I want a Full Frame, modern day version. M4/3 has zero interest for me and my wallet.


    • Frog

      It is more likely they will have a medium frame 3 x 5 inches before a 24mm x 36mm camera again. The market is saturated by the very good offerings of Canon and Nikon. It would be suicidal to go against their dominance, hence Sony is. Olympus is all in for m43; as sensor technology gets better their cameras will get dramatically better.

      Come to think of it an S2 or larger size sensor might be good for Olympus, and can be built in limited quantity in the super high quality Japanese production plant.

  • lolly

    Apart from the retro/pro look and image stabilization, there may be an ace up Olympus’ sleeve … image quality.

  • inteliboy

    I love everything about this camera except that it is m43. Shame. A real OM camera with an OM mount and at the very least an APS-C sensor is far more appealing.

    • pdc

      Don’t be a dinosaur. Think intelligently.

      m43 sensors will always have a system size and weight advantage over APS-C systems. Future m43 BIS sensors will handily outperform the presently best
      APS-C ones, and who needs better IQ than Sony’s NEX-7 sensor or the Fuji X-trans? The only threat to m43 is a future Canon using their G1X sensor format.

      • Eric

        Who needs better than that? Thats a pretty bold statment.

        I have 3 aps-c bodies. 3 full frame camerAs and a 6×9 camera.

        They all have a time and a place. I cannot get the same kinds of dof
        With a 90mm 3.5 lens that i can on a medium format camera.

        In order to get great dof on dx format you need either a tele, large aperture, or shooting macro to maximize dof. There are other ways but that is just to mark a few….

        I do think there are some snobby full frame people out there…. But there are lots of clear advantages for full frame. A sensor isnt just megapixels and noise measurments.

      • inteliboy

        You are correct in that the technology has got to a point where smaller-sensor sizes are performing extremely well. And yes there is no doubt a somewhat ‘dinosaur’ habit of being stuck in this 35mm mentality…

        Though technological advances aside, in terms of actual creative photography, cropped sensors fail for 2 reasons:

        1) It’s all about DOF control and having the creative elements of photography at your disposal. The smaller your sensor or film gets, the wider your DOF… not a desirable outcome for many photographers. 35mm, by pure chance, found a sweet spot in size & price vs the physical limits of optics.

        2) Decades of legacy (and brilliant) glass become cropped and thus in many ways defunct for their actual engineered purpose.

        • pdc

          Shallow DOF is just an artefact of larger film or sensor formats. There is nothing inherently better about shallow DOF. True, portraiture can be emphasized, but at least in the studio you can set up correct background and lighting to do that without having to deal with eyes being in focus while nose and ears are not. I prefer candid portraiture, and a really fast m43 lens such as the Nokton 25/0.95 softens the background as much as I need it to. Try a few fast lenses in the 25-70mm range, and then explain to us why m43 portraiture is inherently inferior.

          • inteliboy

            Sensor size, just like film size, is an important aspect to photography… for not only myself but I’m sure many other photographers. It’s really as simple as that.

            The fact that a 25mm lens has to open up to f0.95 to get a similar DOF effect of a FF 50mm 1.8 lens says a lot.

            Though don’t get me wrong, the m43 system has it’s own unique pro’s, it’s just not my cup of tea, and sadly shouldn’t be an “OM” camera’s cup of tea either.

    • Personally, I don’t think APS-C OM is true to the system (nor is APS-C Leica M true Leica M) . It’s FF or nothing, unless you have a cabinet full of OM glass moulding away. I’d also like a mirror, but that’s not going to happen either. Olympus is committed to M4/3 anyway, so it would never have been APS-C.

      pdc’s got a point about m4/3’s potential. If you can have nearly a stop more light for a glass element of the same size, and sensor tech means both m4/3 and APS-C can be shot in 5-digit ISOs then I’ll take the smaller sensor system, even if DoF of the larger aperture is similar, because I can have the option of shooting fast normals with a usably deep (yes, deep) DoF and the option of smaller lighter lenses.

  • Doug

    Something wrong with the viewfinder on the image, did anyone else noticed that?

  • Charcoal

    5-axis image stabilisation ???

    I can guess three axis: Up-down, left-right, and sensor plane rotation.
    What’re the other 2? Forward-back is focusing. Does this thing have built in tilt shift?

    • Probably Up-down, left-right, and sensor plane rotation on three axes.

  • Jos

    Love the design of the camera, want to hear more about the sensor capabilities and see some high ISO results and I am really disappointed in the new 12-50mm zoom. f6.3 at 100mm ????, so slooooow and entirely unusable in low light.

    Would love to see a selection of fast usable m4/3 zoom lenses (12mm – 35mm / 35mm – 100mm) with f2, f2.8 apertures.

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