Disclaimers: - I strongly believe that in the near future all cameras will be mirror-less. - I currently use a Canon 5DIII. - I rented the OM-D E-M5 for my wife, who has been using a Canon 40D but wants something smaller. Summary: If you shoot wildlife or sports, this is not the mirror-less camera you are looking for. For things that don't move, it provides good image quality in a small package. Details: Image quality is good for the size and price of the camera. The camera allows a huge range of adjustment and customization. What is wrong with the camera for what my wife and I were doing (landscape and wildlife photography in a cold climate): The camera frequently crashed (multiple times per day). Normally turning it off would reset it, but on several occasions I had to remove the battery and wait a while in order to get it to reset. The autofocus strongly prefers the background over the subject. It is often unusable with wildlife. The display of control settings (e.g., aperture, shutter speed) has a huge lag. You turn a wheel and wait a while to see the response. Way way to long. For some controls that are push-on, push-off, you never really know if you pushed the button or how many times. I consider this lag so bad, I would rate its severity as stop-ship if I were developing this product. The EVF is very slow to turn on when you put the camera to your eye. So slow that you will miss your shot and should plan on losing track of the animal you were interested in photographing. It might be possible to have the EVF on all the time. If you are shooting sports or wildlife I would strongly recommend this. But be aware that this will make the already poor battery life worse. The controls are too small to operate with gloves, even for small hands. The controls are so small that they are difficult to operate without gloves with medium sized hands. There is something about control placement on the back, or how they work, that causes control setting such as focus point to be accidentally changed very frequently. You should assume that every time you go to take a shot, there is at least a 10% chance that some critical setting has been changed since your last shot. Turning the camera off after every shot helps with this problem and helps with battery life. But turn-on time is long compared to other cameras that I use so you will still be missing shots. Battery life is short. Expect to change batteries several times per day under conditions where the 5DIII will go several days on a battery.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 MFT Camera
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Notes: The camera lacks a built-in pop up flash. However, a small removable flash unit is included with the rental.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is a culmination of cutting edge technology resulting in a lightweight, portable platform that's easier to transport than your average DSLR. Featuring an electronic eye-level viewfinder, a 120fps refresh rate, a tilting 3.0" OLED touchscreen monitor, a 16MP image sensor, and compatibility with a vast array of Micro 4/3 lenses, the E-M5 is a highly capable imaging tool.
Olympus' own "FAST AF" is now even faster and more accurate on the E-M5. With improved 3D Tracking, the new high-sensitivity focus system offers superior AF performance in low-light situations, assuring every moment is captured. In addition, the new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor's high-speed read-out performance offers maximum sequential shooting at 9 fps, making it easy to capture sports action or fast-moving subjects such as pets, kids and wildlife.
Enjoy trouble-free shooting in any environment with the E-M5's weather resistant technology. Multiple ring-shaped seals protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, and water spray, making it ideal for all kinds of outdoor shooting.