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First Look: The rugged, yet sophisticated Olympus OM-D E-M5

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First Look: The rugged, yet sophisticated Olympus OM-D E-M5

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If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.

EO TEM 50 -- -- -- out another beloved film Brandon updates at for the digital age. The reincarnation of the -- film line targets those enthusiasts who've proven to be either Olympus loyalists. -- -- fans of the micro four thirds interchangeable and standard. Has some really outstanding qualities including a great feature set to class leading performance. Let's impressed with the photo quality than I would've liked to -- It has a modest sized body along the same lines as the DS LR. -- tank like with a magnesium alloy body that's dust and weather sealed and it's weather resistant from negative four degrees 240 degrees. The -- takes advantage of its ancestors -- shaped housing. Here instead of an optical viewfinder though it uses an electronic viewfinder. -- that -- a hot issue and connector for the bundled compact flash. Overall I really -- shooting with. Its comfortable grip angle lenses -- small enough to stash and roomy jacket pocket necessary. The retro look deservedly attracted quite a bit of attention and some accidental drops -- to the camera sturdy built. The media and tilting OLED touch screen display -- bright and usable. -- comes nearly visible in direct sunlight and I always find OLEDs a little too cool in contrast -- for my taste. Some of the buttons -- machine and some of them are a little too small for quick and easy access. Plus there's no -- -- the front dial which adjusts exposure compensation. Without -- changing its function entirely. -- -- -- unique features is that you can adjust the highlight and shadow areas of the exposure compensation curve while looking in the viewfinder. Little more useful is the ability to finally just a lot of the parameters. You can customize the display in gazillion different ways so that for the most part you'll only see the options you want. -- -- the camera doesn't have a full touch screen interface. It is a touch screen so you can perform most of the operations you really want to do it. Touch focus with magnification. Touch shutter and -- to -- to navigate during playback. Evelyn doesn't small it does have a -- nice features including a macro setting and quite electronics and for video. -- -- weather sealed and feels well built. It's not the -- -- fastest lens and it probably is better class code but that would also make are more expensive. And mixed feelings about photo and video quality. On one hand it delivers very well rendered color and actor consistent exposures. At iso 200 -- look excellent for the camera frequently over sharpens. It retains highlight detail extremely well too and bright saturated reds and -- does look just as they shut. A one stop up to ISO 400 and the noise suppression -- -- for the JPEG and -- begins to learn that significant amounts of detail places. Unfortunately that's normal for many of these cameras. But there also seems to be a lack of dynamic range and the shadows which makes it difficult to get really good results from raw files at ISO 16100 or higher. There's little detail to recover and you get a lot of noise. And while I generally like the video quality from the camera that's what -- call consumer good. It's fine for shooting vacations kids and pets but it's probably not up to the standard of real video shooters. The cameras quite fast in fact it's pretty much the fastest in class overall. One aspect of performance I find irritating is the lagging is coming out of sleep. Frequently had to check to ensure the power was on as they waited for the camera to wake up. The burst shooting is also surprisingly robust and PDF refreshes well enough for most continuous shooting. Well you don't get best in class photo quality with the and one DEM five that's a small tradeoff for the rest of the package. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the -- -- -- --

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