Summary Olympus E-M5

Prices Price
Body only
$511 - $899
With 14-150mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
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Among similar cameras
#n/a of 2
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 610k dots
Help 15.9 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 25,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Olympus E-M5 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
425 g
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size Quite small Help
Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds


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The Olympus E-M5 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
25,600 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.9 MP
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
610k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Announced Old Help
February 2012
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help




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Avatar for Paul Paul (4:06 PM, October 24, 2014)
I would instantly buy it if it wasn't

Avatar for Andrew Andrew (0:31 PM, October 23, 2013)
It's the focus mode called C-AF. The "hunting" problem you are having is something I also experience. The continuous movie focus on this camera is probably it's biggest weak point, but it does have it and I can work with it in a pinch. My normal solution to this problem is to stop down a bit which generally makes the hunting invisible in the final video.

I do, however, prefer focusing movies manually, especially indoors, as do most filmmakers. So it's less of a problem than you might think.

I hope that helps. The new E-M1 has made dramatic improvements to its focus system including much better continuous mode, so I expect people to have better luck with it.
Avatar for vanessacarey vanessacarey (8:47 PM, October 22, 2013)
Hey Andrew, Can you let me know how to enable it? I've tried taking a few videos and all of them went in and out of focus the whole time I was shooting. Any idea what to do? Thanks
Avatar for Andrew Andrew (1:27 PM, July 22, 2013)
The OM-D E-M5 certainly has continuous movie focus. I own one, and I use this feature all the time.

The accuracy of this website seems pretty questionable.
Steve Rounds (4:46 PM, March 30, 2012)
The OM-D E-M5 is NOT NOT NOT limited to the internal mics.  The optional SEMA-1 adapter allows an external mic to input its audio through the SEMA-1 adapter (3.5mm jack).
Inkobl (2:20 PM, March 14, 2012)
c'est vraiment dommage, que des appareils comme celui-ci ressortent mauvais dans votre classement du fait qu'il n'ai pas passé le DXO Mark Scores. Je pense qu'il serait bon de ne pas les faire figurer dans la partie score tout simplement ? de plus parfois je m'interroge sur la fiabilité de leurs tests ?