Olympus has taken some cues from retro camera styling for its new OM-D E-M5 that sort of replicate the designs elements from the ’70s-era OM System. As the new, revolutionary mirrorless camera for Olympus, the OM-D E-M5 features an exceptionally light and compact body, measuring 4.8 inches wide and 1.8 inches deep. But the 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor is the heart of the new camera and comes with the ability for five-axis image stabilization, which allows the sensor to shift a variety of ways to compensate for camera movement that acts as a built-in Steadycam. Its autofocus system is also pretty impressive and what the company calls the “world’s fastest autofocus” of any camera. It’s also packed with an ISO range of 200-25,600, and support for 1080p video.
The OM-D E-M5’s new electronic viewfinder (EVF), with 120 fps refresh rate, features a high-resolution 1.44-million dot LCD, 100% field-of-view coverage, and 1.15x maximum magnification so users can totally immerse themselves in their subject and actively control image creation. It also allows you to see the effect of Highlight & Shadow Control, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Aspect Ratio, and a host of other settings and advanced digital image processing functions from the actual 3-inch viewfinder. The tilting OLED touchscreen is also supposed to respond instantly to your touch with fast operation, which makes it easy to maneuver to focus on subjects, play back images, and adjust settings such as exposure and white balance. IT’s also the first Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus to have support for a battery grip. This relocates both control dials and the shutter release for shooting in portrait orientation.
The camera comes in two color options, either black or silver and will sell for $999.99 starting in April. You can also buy the E-M5 as part of a 12-50mm or 14-42mm kit, with pricing set at $1,300 and $1,100, respectively. Olympus has also announced new accessories for it, including HLD-6 Power Battery Grip, the FL-600R electronic flash, and the MMF-3 mount adapter, which will allow you to use Four Thirds lenses with the E-M5.
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