Raising the excitement around its Micro Four Thirds cameras, Olympus added a new branch to the line with the OM-D E-M5. Once again, Olympus resurrected both the name and appearance of a successful camera line from the company’s past to appeal to the sense of nostalgia we’re seeing return to the digital camera space.
The new digital camera upgrades the sensor to 16 megapixels and includes a built-in electronic viewfinder, both firsts for an Olympus-badged MFT camera. Available in both black and silver starting April 2012, the new camera is also somewhat pricey, starting at US$1,000 body-only, US$1,100 with a standard 14-42mm lens, and US$1,300 with the unique 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens pictured at right.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Specification Highlights:
• 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
• Weather-sealed body
• Twin control dials
• New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
• Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
• Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
• 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
• VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
• Latest TruePic VI processor
• Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
• Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec