Making a dramatic entry drenched with water droplets, Olympus finally introduced the OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera last evening. Its the first camera from Olympus’ new OM-D line, a series with lineage as far back as the 1972 Olympus OM-1, then the thinnest SLR camera available. Fashioned out of durable magnesium alloy, the mirrorless camera is the latest to join the ever growing Micro Four Thirds offerings from Olympus. And while it is more expensive than the Olympus PEN Series, the E-M5 also offers more feature. A 16.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor, working in tandem with the TruePic VI image processor, offers utmost picture clarity even at low-light situations. The sensor also allows a maximum ISO range of 25,600 for a faithful color reproduction and an auto focus system capable of continuous shooting at 9 frames-per-second. One other unique feature is it’s 5-axis image stabilizer, a world’s first. In living up to its retro form factor, the E-M5 employs a new electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 120fps. Plus, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen OLED display for less strenuous viewing.
Comes in silver or black, the camera is virtually dust and water proof, a testament to Olympus’ craftsmanship. Fully adoptable to all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses and additional accessories to come, Olympus is pricing the E-M5 at US$ 999.99 for body only, US$ 1,299.99 with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens and US$ 1,099.99 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens. The camera will be available for purchase in the month of April.
- 16.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
- Olympus TruePic VI Image Processor
- Micro Four Thirds
- 5-Axis Image Stabilizer
- ISO 100-25,600
- FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System Capable of Continuous Shooting at 9fps
- High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinder with Refresh Rate of 120fps
- 3-inch Touchscreen OLED Display
- Waterproof & Dustproof Construction
Release Date: April 2012