Olympus OM-D E-M45 - The Best M43

8/3/2012 5:34:29 PM

Despite the long and difficult-to-remember name, Om-D E-M45, the newest m43 camera of Olympus, is very impressive in the mirror-less segment.

Description: Olympus OM-D E-M45

Olympus OM-D E-M45

Despite the long and difficult-to-remember name, Om-D E-M45, the newest m43 camera of Olympus, is very impressive in the mirror-less segment. This product is always sold up in the foreign market. With classical design, high image quality, operation in different weather conditions, 5-dimensional anti-shock, and the high quality lens system, E-M5 promisingly compete with 2 top-leading mirror-less cameras Sony NEX-7 and Fujifilm X-Pro 1. This review will introduce briefly about the camera only.

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In the old SLR film world, Olympus has 2 prominent series: tiny PEN and OM with better quality and bigger size. In the m43 series, all cameras are PEN and now the OM is reborn. However, OM – D (D for Digital) is no longer SLR but changed into m43, which Olympus and Panasonic are pursuing both. As a result, the upper path is no longer prism, but changed into an electric viewer EVF with 1.4 million pixel resolution. The upper viewer OM-D has good colors and details, and the less latency than X-Pro1.

Made of metal and water-proof materials, OM-D delivers a nice feeling of holding, solid, not too light and not too heavy. In addition, the grip is smartly-designed. It is not too deep like NEX 7 but gives enough fulcrums. The most pity point is that some buttons are so small due to physical limitation and we have to lift the screen to use connection port. That is a strange decision of Olympus.

Detailed configuration

Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS Sensor (Micro Four Thirds 16.1 megapixel)

ISO: 200-25.600

Flash synchronization speed: 1/250s   

Eye Level Finder: Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M; Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M: 0.92x*1 - 1.15x*2

Screen: 3.0-inch OLED monitor, 610k dots, Touch control, Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees

Image processing kit: TruePic VI

35-area multiple AF

Movie format: MPEG-4AVC/H.264, Motion JPEG, Micro Stereo integrated

Movie speed and resolution: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)

Single AF: 9 fps; Continuous AF: 4.2 fps

5-axis image stabilization

Dust reduction: Supersonic Wave Filter

Face detection preview: up to 8 faces

Bundled flash: FL-LM2

File format: RAW 12-bit, MPO (3D still)

Optional Power Battery Holder HLD-6, dust and water proof

Adapter transferring 4/3 lens to Micro Four Thirds MMF-3, dust and water proof

Color: Black, Silver

SDXC memory card, UHS-I speed, Eye-Fi Card compatibility

USB 2.0 and micro-HDMI

Size: 122 x 89 x 43 mm

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