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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Black 16.1 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3" OLED Touchscreen - Body Only

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  • 11 In-Camera Art Filters
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  • 16MP Live MOS Image Sensor
  • EVF with 120fps Refresh Rate & Hi-res 1.44-million dot LCD
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The Beginning Of The New

A new era in Micro Four Thirds technology is about to begin. The new, revolutionary mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M5, has an exceptionally light and compact body. Its Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time. When shooting, the photographer can instantly create a truly unique world and preserve it in exceptional quality. The world will be transformed from something you see to something you take part in.

The OM-D is a groundbreaking, new digital interchangeable lens camera perfect for people who want to take part, create, and share.

Powerful Portability and Rugged Durability E-M5

Intuitively Designed Electronic Viewfinder
The OM-D'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 that let you totally immerse yourself in your subject, and actively control image creation. The EVF also enables you to enlarge the focus point for precision focusing in virtually any shooting situation, and can show you the effect of Highlight & Shadow Control, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Aspect Ratio, and a host of other settings and advanced digital image processing functions right in the viewfinder. With improved precision and responsiveness that make it as easy to use as an optical viewfinder, the E-M5's advanced EVF gives you virtually unlimited creative control. Eye sensor technology automatically activates the EVF when you bring the camera to eye level.


Dust-Proof & Splash-Proof Construction
Trouble-free shooting in all environments is assured by our proven dust-proof and splash-proof technology. Multiple ring-shaped seals protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray, making it ideal for all kinds of outdoor shooting. What's more, the OM-D extends this protection to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, the bundled attachable flash unit, and the optional grip with power battery holder.

Total Control
Two full size control dials in concert with dedicated function buttons allow fast setting changes on the fly. Adjust highlight and shadow, exposure, white balance, aspect ratio and more and preview the results instantly in the EVF or on the tilting 3” OLED touch screen.

Lenses and Accessories
In addition to the new electronic motorized M.Zuiko Digital Lenses ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens with quiet, linear drive AF, the OM-D is supported by an ever-expanding range of wide-angle, macro, portrait, and telephoto Micro Four Thirds M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. System accessories include cases, straps, filters, external flash units, and mount adapters for Four Thirds System lenses and OM System lenses.

Superior Image Quality E-M5

All New Sensor
A new 16-Megapixel Live MOS image sensor for rich tonal expression, increased dynamic range and support for a maximum 25,600 maximum ISO.

M.Zuiko Digital Lenses
A wide line-up of Micro Four Thirds lenses featuring the most advanced optical designs and performance take full advantage of the sensor's capabilities.

Micro Four Thirds will also include two new lenses that Olympus will introduce later this year: the ED 75mm f1.8 and the ED 60mm f2.8 macro. The 75mm lens is a high-quality metal design with fast aperture settings for portraits and indoor sports shooting, while the dustproof and splashproof 60mm lens features 1:1 macro and a closest shooting distance of just 7.5 inches.


Image Processor
The TruePic VI image processor delivers superb color fidelity and the fast performance required for continuous still shooting and movie capture. The optimal balance of these three factors ensures the high resolution, sensitivity, and color accuracy you need to brilliantly capture the world around you.

Five-Axis Image Stabilization
The E-M5 is equipped with the world's first 5-axis image stabilization system, and can compensate for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems of the past have been unable to handle. Built into the camera body to ensure effective stabilization with all lenses, its unique 5-axis design makes it particularly effective when taking high-magnification telephoto shots, macro close-ups, and long exposures. In addition, it can be activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, so you can also use it to stabilize the viewfinder image and obtain a crisp, clear view of your subject that makes it easy to frame and compose your shots.

Blazing Speed E-M5

Fast AF
The world's fastest* AF system, FAST AF, has been made even faster and more accurate on the E-M5. Improved new 3D Tracking AF assures you won't miss the moment even when subjects move toward or away from you, and the new high-sensitivity image sensor ensures superior AF performance even in dim light.

Nine-Frame-per-Second High-Speed Sequential Shooting
Thanks to the new 16-Megapixel Live MOS image sensor's high-speed read-out performance, the E-M5 offers maximum sequential shooting at 9 fps, making it easy to capture sports action or fast-moving subjects such as pets, kids and wildlife. In addition, a compact new high-speed shutter mechanism enables the E-M5 to offer this performance without compromising the handling advantages of a light and compact body.


Face and Eye Detection AF
Improved Eye detection lets you choose from left or right eye priority modes to get the correct focus point quickly for perfect portraits every time. Up to 8 separate faces can be detected by the AF system.


3D AF Tracking
Advanced "predictive" AF system can track moving subjects moving not only on the x and y axis but along the z-axis as well. The system uses face, color, and pattern information and can support 4.2 fps continuous frame rates.

Creative Freedom E-M5

Tilting 3-Inch OLED Touchscreen
In addition to offering dial and button controls, the E-M5 is the first Olympus camera to feature a tilting touchscreen monitor for intuitive fingertip operation. The 3-inch OLED touchscreen delivers high-resolution images of your subject with rich color reproduction. It also responds instantly to your touch with fast operation that makes it easy to focus on subjects, play back images, and adjust settings such as exposure and white balance. E-M5

Tilting 3-Inch In-Camera Art Filters Touchscreen
11 Art Filters that can be applied to both still photos and HD movies right in the camera. Apply these filters instantly while shooting or apply post capture. Combine Art Filter effects for custom variations. Apply frames for even more creative control.

Multiple Exposure
Unleash your imagination by combining JPEG frames with overlay preview to produce your own unique vision. Additional RAW frames can be overlaid in the playback edit mode for nearly unlimited possibilities.

Multi-Aspect Shooting
Choose from five different Aspect ratios while shooting to get the special compositional effect your photo deserves traditional 4:3 and 3:2, 16:9 for cinematic effect or 6:6 that emulates the medium format look.


What's in the Box

  1. OM-D E-M5 Body
  2. Electronic Flash (FL-LM2)
  3. USB Cable (CB-USB6)
  4. A/V Cable (CB-AVC3)
  5. Lithium-ion Battery (BLN-1)
  6. Lithium-ion Battery charger (BCN-1)
  7. Shoulder Strap
  8. Software CD-ROM: (Windows) / OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (Windows/Mac)
  9. Instruction Manual
  10. Warranty Card Item # V204040SU000

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Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
4/3 Live MOS
Image Sensor Size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Gross Pixels
16.9 MP
Effective Pixels
16.1 MP
Aspect Ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Dust Cleaning System
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Image Stabilization
Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis image stabilization)
RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB

White Balance

White Balance
White Balance Modes: Auto WB, 7 Presets 2 One-Touch Settings, Custom by Kelvin Scale
White Balance Compensation: +/-7 steps in each Amber-Blue/Green-Magenta axis (Except for Custom WB)
White Balance Presets: Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)


Viewfinder Type
Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M
x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14

LCD Monitor

3.0" 610K Touch
LCD Coverage
Brightness Adjustment
+/-2 levels / +/-3 levels


Focusing Modes
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Focusing Point Selection
35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target


Exposure Control
i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro* * Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Metering System
TTL Image sensor metering: Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range: EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual: ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
AE Lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)


Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.)
Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.)
12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)


Flash Mode
Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual[1/1(FULL)~1/64]
Flash Control
TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, FP-TTL AUTO*, FP-MANUAL*
* Available on the external flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to +/-3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
External Flash
Compatible external flash: FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Compatible wireless external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Sequential shooting H mode: 9.0 fps
Sequential shooting L mode: 3.5 fps / 4.2fps in case of "I.S. OFF".


Live View Function
100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14) OFF
Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
* Slideshow: Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still)
4 settings recordable

Recording System

File Format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording Media


Movie Format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Recording
Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V), 59.94i Recording *3
20Mbps(Fine) *4 / 17Mbps(Normal) *4: Aspect 16:9
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 59.94i Recording *3,
13Mbps(Fine) *4 / 10Mbps(Normal) *4: Aspect 16:9
*3: Sensor output 30fps
*4: bitrate

[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 4:3
*4: Except for some of the Art Filters
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount


A/V Out
NTSC/PAL selectable
Micro HDMI (Type-D)

Power Source

BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life
Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)

Dimensions & Weight

4.8 inch (W) x 3.5 inch (H) x 1.7 inch (D) [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
Approx. 15 ounces [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card]
Approx. 13 ounces [body only]

Package Contents

Package Contents
OM-D E-M5 Body
Electronic Flash (FL-LM2)
USB cable (CB-USB6)
A/V cable (CB-AVC3)
Lithium-ion battery (BLN-1)
Lithium-ion battery charger (BCN-1)
Shoulder Strap
Software CD-ROM:/ [ib] (Windows) / OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (Windows/Mac)
Instruction Manual
Warranty card
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