Summary Olympus E-M5

Prices Price
Body only $799 With 14-42mm lens $899
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Within its price range #n/a of 32 Among similar cameras #n/a of 43
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm Screen resolution Help 610k dots
Megapixels Help 15.9 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 25,600 ISO
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The Olympus E-M5 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Lens availability More lenses available Help
40 lenses
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Popularity Very popular Help
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Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Digital
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
500 shots
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos

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Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.44x
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Announced Old Help
February, 2012
Size Slightly large Help
Standard size 122x89x43 mm
Sensor type Sensor type Help
LIVEMOS
Weight Heavy Help
425 g
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
610k dots
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
35
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

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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 thelittlekicks thelittlekicks (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 ?