The first thing we do when a bright, shiny and in-demand camera lands on our desks? Unbox it like crazy, of course!
The OM-D is an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) from Olympus, sporting a dust- and splash-proof construction. It's lightweight in the hand, but it doesn't slouch when it comes to its specifications. You can also look at our first hands-on take with the camera.
Here is the OM-D E-M5, all boxed up and ready to go. Inside is a single lens kit featuring the 12-50mm lens.
The lid peeked open and inside — the first sign of the OM-D all bubble-wrapped. There's also instruction manuals and a CD.
Here is the body of the camera without any accoutrements attached. It is actually rather petite, when you pick it up without a lens.
Also hidden away in the box is the 12-50mm lens, all wrapped in another layer of blue plastic.
The camera comes with a small flash that sits on the hotshoe, connecting via the accessory port. There are no fewer than three flaps that you need to remove and store safely, from the camera body and the flash unit itself, before you can make it all connect.
With the lens attached (pardon the plastic covering still over the Olympus insignia), the OM-D looks quite the part of a serious ILC.
Bless; there's even a small pouch in the box to house the flash when it's not in use.
We received a stereo microphone to test out with the OM-D, which also sits in the hotshoe and accessory port.
The battery grip (an optional extra) comes in two parts. In this photo, we attached the first component. It doesn't look particularly prominent, but trust us, it's there to add a little more bulk to the shooting experience.
The other part of the battery grip sits underneath the first add-on, providing a firm hold for vertical shooting.
With all this extra grip, the OM-D becomes a little more lens-heavy. Still, it's very comfortable to hold.