CNET First Look
Olympus OM-D E-M5Olympus' new OM-D series revives the now-vintage look of its film cameras, but this digital incarnation is packed with some very modern technology.
Hey, there I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor with CNET. And if you've been paying attention to camera news lately, you may have seen Olympus teasing a new product with a tag line, The Beginning of the the New. This would be the new it was speaking of, the Olympus OMD EM5. Now, Olympus already has a line of mirror less interchangeable lens compact cameras. It's PEN System, as well as it's E-System digital SLRs. The OMD fits in between them giving you more of the look, feel and control of SLR, but the mirrorless compact body of the PENs. Some highlight shooting features include a new 16-megapixel live MOS sensor which Olympus claims is improved from the 12-megapixel one used in its PENs with higher sensitivity up to ISO 25600. Olympus also says it's faster able to burst at up 4.2 frames per second with autofocus and 9 frames per second with focus fixed from the first shot. It also has a new 5 access image stabilization system that will help with roll from say pressing the shutter release. And of course, you get manual and semi-manual controls along with auto and seeing options and Olympus's art filters. I really like the look and feel of the EM5 except for the shallow hand grip. Though there will be an add on grip available as well as a battery pack. On back, you have a high raise 3 inch articulated touch touch screen OLED display and 1.4 million pixel resolution electronic view finder. And although there is no built in flash, this little add on unit will come with the initial kit. That kit will include this F356312 to 50 mm lens that has both manual and power zoom control. The lens is also slash proof and actually so is the add on flash and the whole magnesium alloy body. So it has the same build quality as the E-System SLRs. I'd love to be able to tell you about the photo and video quality or even just the quality of the EVF and display, but unfortunately that will have to wait until we get our hands on a full production model. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a quick look at Olympus OMD EM5.