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Olympus OM-D E-M5 + ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ - Black

RRP £799.99  £599.00


Olympus OM-D E-M5 + ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ - Black

The OM-D EM-5 combines stunning looks with cutting edge technology in superb, high performance package. A 16.1 megapixel sensor is paired with a super-responsive autofocus system and powerful TruePic VI image processor to deliver rich, detailed images. Full-HD movie recording and a host of intelligent features make this a perfect companion for the enthusiast.

  • 16.1 megapixel 4/3” sized CMOS sensor delivers superb image quality
  • Capture great shots in low light without flash thanks to ISO 1,600 – expandable to ISO 25,600
  • 7.6cm articulated OLED touchscreen provides amazing shooting flexibility and intuitive control
  • Up to 9 frames per second shooting ensures you never miss a moment (4.2 fps with continuous autofocus)
  • Built-in 1.44m dot electronic viewfinder provides a detailed view of your subject
  • Twin control dials provide fingertip control
  • Dust and splashproof magnesium-alloy body
  • Includes Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens

Park Verdict

With its classic looks, 16.1 megapixel sensor, responsive autofocus system and a host of intelligent features, the OM-D EM-5 is a brilliant way to explore your creativity.

We Love

 Tilting OLED touchscreen display gives you fingertip control
 Responsive, accurate autofocus system
 Dials and buttons provide flexible customisation
 Versatile lens gives you an effective shooting range of 24-100mm

Full Details


Cutting-edge yet nostalgic in appearance, the Olympus E-M5 takes all the past engineering expertise of the Micro Four Thirds standard and overhauls it with enhanced features and innovations on the inside. The jewel in the crown of the Olympus OMD E-M5 is its ingenious electronic viewfinder system. Unlike an optical VF, it lets you frame images and get creative with them too - controlling highlights & shadows, white balance, magnification and aspect before even taking the shot. The E-M5's incredible image quality owes a great deal to its new 16M Live MOS sensor,fully utilised by the powerful TruePic VI image processor. It gives you all the detail of 16-megapixel resolution, plus greatly reduced noise, high range of sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, rich gradation and accurate colour reproduction.

Team this up with the world's fastest AF system* with vastly improved functionality and you can look forward to incredible sharpness with greater control than ever before. The list of pioneering technological breakthroughs is truly extensive: Yet another is the world's first 5-axis image stabilisation: Visible and controllable through the viewfinder, this sophisticated in-built mechanism compensates for every blur giving you razor-sharp stills and movies. This is one tough tool on the outside too: The magnesium alloy body has a dust- and splashproof design that can handle some pretty rugged conditions.

* as of February 2012. Olympus Inhouse test.

Key Features:

Image Quality

  • Innovative electronic viewfinder
  • Next generation 16Mpixel LiveMos sensor.
  • Powerful TruePic VI image processor.
  • 5-axis image stabilisation for movies & stills.
  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO 25,600.


  • World's fastest auto focus system*
  • 9 fps high-speed sequential shooting.
  • Quick-response touchscreen panel.
  • Eye sensor for automatic Live View / EVF switchover.


  • Dust- & splashproof
  • Magnesium alloy body


  • EVF creative control function.
  • 3-inch tilting OLED monitor.
  • Full HD Movie with stereo sound, depth of field and integration of Art Filters


Body materialMagnesium alloy body
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
Type4/3 '' Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels16.1 Megapixels
Filter arrayPrimary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution16.9 Megapixels
TypeTruePic VI
Dust reduction filterSupersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filterHybrid type
LPF filterFixed type
Viewfinder typeElectronical Viewfinder
Pixel number1.440 K dots
Diopter adjustmentYes -4.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Field of viewApprox. 100 %
MagnificationMax. 1.15 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre (depending on selected viewfinder style)
Eye point18 mm at -1 dioptre from eyepiece lens
Style3 styles selectable
Displayed informationAperture value, Shutter speed, AF frame (super impose), AF confirmation mark, AF lock, Auto bracket, Battery check, Exposure compensation indicatior, Exposure compensation value indicator, Exposure level indicator, Exposure mode, Flash, FP flash, IS activating mode, Metering mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, White balance
Brightness adjustment+/- 7 levels
Correction of colour temperature+/- 7 levels
Live View
Displayed informationAperture, Shutter speed, Auto bracket, AE lock, Focus mode, Shooting mode, Battery check, My Mode, IS activating mode, Internal temperature warning, Face / Eye detection mode, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting mode , White Balance, Metering mode, Exposure compensation value, AF frame display, AF confirmation mark, Shooting information, Spot metering area, Super FP, Flash status, Touch Panel Condition, Focal length, Eye-Fi condition, Flash mode, Histogram
AF typeContrast detection system
100% field of viewApprox. 100 %
Magnification levels5 / 7 / 10 / 14 x
Image Stabiliser
TypeSensor shift
ModesFive-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation RangeUp to 5 EV steps
Shutter speed range2 - 1/4000 s (not available when Bulb is selected)
Focusing System
MethodContrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
Focus areas35 points / Automatic and manual selection
/ Auto selection with Face Detection ON
800 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode
AF lockYes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
ModesManual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking
AF illuminatorYes
Full time AFYes
Manual focusYes , With enlarged focusing area
Face Detection extensionEye Detect AF: Off, Left side priority, Near side priority, Right side priority
Predictive AFYes
AF trackingYes , Available in continuous AF mode
Exposure System
ModesProgramme automatic, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Bulb, Time, i-Auto, Scene Modes, Art Filter
Exposure compensation+/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure bracketing2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
ISO bracketing3 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
AE lockYes
My Mode4 settings storable
Enhancement functionShadow Adjustment Technology
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes24
ModesPortrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D, Wide converter, Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide
Max. number of frames2 frames (shooting)
3 frames (editing)
Auto gain controlYes
Frame assistanceLive View
Light Metering
MethodTTL open aperture light metering
Zones324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range0 - 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
ModesESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filter
ModesPop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone, Gentle Sepia, Key Line
Variation / EffectAvailable
AutoISO 200 - 25600 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
ManualISO 200 - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter typeComputerised focal-plane shutter
Self timer2 s / 12 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range1/4000 - 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb modeUp to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
White Balance
AUTO WB systemAdvanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch)Yes
White balance bracketing3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
One-touch white balance2 custom settings can be registered
Custom WB1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
Preset valuesTungsten, Flourescent 1, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade, Underwater
Auto Flash adjustmentOff / Auto WB / Flash
Keep warm colourOn / Off
Sequence Shooting
Speed (H)Approx. 9 fps
Speed (L)4.2 fps (IS off) , 3.5 fps
Max. number of frames17 frames (RAW)
Up to card capacity (JPG / Large Normal mode)
ConditionsMemory card: Toshiba SDXC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB
Note: Depending on shooting conditions, the sequential shooting speed may reduce speed during shooting.
Image Processing
Colour spacesRGB / AdobeRGB
Sharpness + Contrast5 levels
Contrast5 levels
Saturation5 levels
Black & White filterYellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toningSepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture modei-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Gradation4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
EngineTruePic VI
Art Filter bracketingAvailable
Tele converter effect2 x
Internal Flash
ModesAUTO, Manual, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
TypeDetachable flash (bundled)
Flash compensation+/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Guide number10 (ISO 200)
X-sync speed1/250 s
External Flash Control
X-sync speed1/180 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
ModesAuto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash, Manual
Intensity+/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
Wireless Flash Control
Number of channels4 channels
Compatible external flashFL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R
Control methodTriggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Group setting4 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
Monitor typeTiltable OLED - Touch Panel
Monitor size7.6 cm / 3.0 '' (3:2)
Resolution610000 dots
Brightness adjustment+/- 2 levels
Colour balance+/- 3 levels Vivid (default) / Natural
Level Gauge
DisplayRear display and viewfinder
Super Control Panel
Displayed informationBattery indicator, Record mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indicatior, ISO, AE bracketing, AF frame, Focus mode, AEL notification, Face detection, Number of storable frames, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Internal temperature warning, Histogram
Recording Formats
RAW12 bit
RAW & JPEGYes parallel recording
Aspect ratio4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
MPO (3D)Yes
Image Size
RAW4608 x 3456 compressed / 17 MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 7.5 MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 3.5 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
Movie Recording System
Recording formatMOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
Image Stabilisation ModeYes Sensor shift
HD Movie qualityFull HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 60i, 20Mbps (MOV)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 60i, 17Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p, 17Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p, 13Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEGu00ae)
Movie quality640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEGu00ae)
Max. recording time29 min (HD) (AVCHD)
22 min (20Mbps)
14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEGu00ae)*
Max. file size4 GB (AVCHD)
2 GB (Motion-JPEG)
Exposure ModesAperture priority, Art Filter, Manual, Programme automatic, Shutter priority
* Some Art Filters are excluded
Movie effectsMulti shot echo, One shot echo
Sound Recording System
Internal microphoneStereo
External microphoneOptional
Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base
Image footage30 s
Microphone functionsWind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume
View Images
ModesIndex, Calendar, Zoom, Slide show, Movie, Single
Light boxYes
Histogram in playback modeYes
Shooting informationOff / On
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modesSingle, All, Selected
Image protect modeSingle frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Image Editing
RAW data editYes
Red-eye reductionYes
Black & WhiteYes
Correction of saturationYes
Shadow AdjustmentYes
Menu languages in cameraEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Customisation Options
Fn ButtonYes
My Mode4 settings storable
Factory resetFull / Standard
Programmable buttonYes
MediaSD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
HDMIu0099Yes Micro connector (Type D) *
USB 2.0 High SpeedYes
Combined V & USB outputYes NTSC or PAL selectable
* "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Eye-Fi Card compatibleYes
Bluetoothu00aeYes (with optional adapter PENPAL)
ConnectionAccessory Port 2
Other Features
Power Supply
BatteryLithium-Ion Battery
Sleep mode1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Live View shootingApprox. 330 images (50% with Live View)
Temperature0 - 40 u00b0C operating temperature / -20 - 60 u00b0C storage temperature
Humidity30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 % storage humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)121.0 x 89.6 x 41.9 mm (without protrusions)
Weight425 g (including battery and memory card)
373 g (body only)
Available Colours



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