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

  • 16.1MP Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600

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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
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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