Olympus Officially Announces the Retro-styled OM-D E-M5

Today Olympus finally announced its OM-series Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M5. In chrome and without a battery grip, the camera actually looks a lot better than the leaked images we saw a couple days ago. Styled like an old school SLR, the E-M5 is a 16-megapixel camera with blazing 9fps continuous shooting, RAW capabilities, weatherproofing, 1080i video recording, the “world’s fastest autofocus” on any camera, 5-axis image stabilization, a 3-inch tilting LCD screen, an ISO range of 100-25,600, and a 1.44m dot electronic viewfinder. It’ll be available starting in April — though it’s already available for preorder on Amazon — at a price of $1,000 for the body only, $1100 when bundled with a 14-42mm lens, or $1300 when bundled with a 12-50mm lens.

Here’s a quick introduction to the camera by DPReview:

Back in 2010, there was a rumor floating around that Olympus had plans to ditch the DSLR market entirely in favor of mirrorless cameras. Now, with the launch of the E-M5, it seems that the shift is in the process of happening.

  • ERC

    Gorgeous.  I’ll take in silver with the 12/2, 25/Summilux, & the 75/1.8 and go see the world.

  • Anonymous

    1080i video. That’s definitely RETRO.

  • freeboprich

    My OM-1n is the all black type, it was given to me by my godfather about 11 years ago when I started shooting for my fine art course.  He was responsible for getting me interested in photography in the first place when I was pretty young and this was one of his favourite cameras.  Suffice to say I used it almost exclusively during my course and only gave it up when I couldn’t afford to buy more films.  I didn’t get my first DSLR until nearly 4 years later when I started freelancing as it was obviously the more economical option, and I went over to the Canon 30D as I was used to using my mate’s 300D and now have the 50D.  I have been hoping for something compact and powerful like this (I wasn’t keen on the 4:3 format but I’m confident the noise problems could be negated) to arrive and the fact that it’s based on the OM range just seems like the ideal answer to my prayers.  I’d get the silver version too, if only to avoid confusion!

  • Kaitanium

    this camera has me looking at 4/3 again!! its so sexy. anyone know if panasonics X 14-42 lens can fit on this? the standard 12-50 is a eyesore/monstrosity 

  • Anonymous

    It’s a 4/3 mount, so yes. But take a look at that 12-50 again, it’s a macro lens too, not to mention it has manual focus and zooming in it, aside from a non-crappy metal construction, unlike the X 14-42…

  • Kaitanium

    i wish you would have said no. this means now i have to empty my wallet LOL

  • Stop

    Luckily Panasonic does not have to rely on any retro and can bring next camera which is contemporary and keep variable screen as it is ,and not this silly only horizontal version.