The OM-D E-M5 from Olympus is a fresh look at mirrorless camera technology with a solid little body that is ready as ever to bring you joy while shooting video. If we start at the top of this device, we begin with a huge highlight. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) senses when it is put to your eye, provides 100 percent frame coverage and can show your adjustments in focus, exposure compensation, white balance, and more.
The EVF should ensure that you do not miss the shot, with refresh rate at 120 fps and 1.4 million dots. On either side of this EVF are two dials that control important attributes like white balance, exposure, aspect ratio and highlight and shadow. If the powerful EVF doesn't suit the situation, then perhaps the 3-inch tiltable touch OLED will. The interchangeable component of the E-M5 is the increasing collection of M.Zuiko Digital lenses, each combining with the Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor for video at 1920×1080 and stills at 4608×3456. The 16 million effective pixels and TrueVI image processor should produce very good tones while the five axis stabilization will help steady your shots, even while you're zoomed in.
For the instances in which stills are your choice, a super fast auto focus is most appreciated, as are the nine photo frames per second. [image:blog_post:12842] To get a form that rivals the best of DSLRs, the HLD-6 power battery holder ($300) attachment allows for dual batteries, thus continuous and/or powered shooting and provides extra grip with a convenient shutter for the portrait shooter. These match the construction of the E-M5's dust and splash-proof body.
Other notable features of the E-M5 that are necessary to know when shooting are that it has no built-in flash or mic jack, can reach an ISO of 25,600, takes SD cards, records at 60i in MOV and AVI, and uses HDMI mini. [image:blog_post:12843] For $1,000, the OM-D E-M5 is worth considering, especially for those looking for the step between consumer camera and pro DSLR.