Good News for all of the OM-D E-M5 video shooters out there.  The new firmware update, v 1.5 now takes a camera that already had some of the best image stabilization in the world and applies that powerful “Steady-Cam” like performance to legacy lenses. Tyson Robichaud posted this great video illustrating the enhanced performance over the previous firmware version. Here’s Tyson’s report: Just a quick comparison pre and post firmware v1.5 update showing the difference that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) makes when using adapted, third party lenses in video mode on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The above video [More]
TechRadar has posted a Hands-On Review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and this little bad boy continues to impress. TR put the E-PL5 up against some stiff competition in their testing, namely the Panasonic GF5, the Sony NEX 5R and it’s older brother, the Olympus E-PL2, and the new PEN in town held it’s own with, or even beat the competition, including the vaunted Sony NEX cam. Witness the JPEG Dynamic Range Test below, where no one even touches the E-PL5. The new PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2) share the same sensor and processor as Olympus’ [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras. Steve writes: This is a gorgeous lens if you are looking for a fast portrait prime. Remember, a 75mm on micro 4/3 will equal 150mm equivalent so this is a long lens! This is a great portrait lens. It’s super sharp and produces creamy and gorgeous bokeh (blurred background). We’ve been very impressed with many of the Olympus M.Zuiko Micro 4/3 lenses and this one is definitely no exception. It produces high quality images in both photo and video (see Steve’s video [More]
43Rumors posted a story from German Website Der Spiegel (Translated Version Here) praising the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, which looks like it’s going to be an incredible little camera. The E-PL5, as well as the new PEN Mini E-PM2 use the same sensor and processor as the much celebrated flagship in the Olympus Micro 4/3 lineup, the O-MD E-M5 – which is renowned for the superior quality images that it produces. Here’s the blurb from 43Rumors: Meantime the press keeps talking about the Micro Four Thirds system. Der Spiegel, the largest European weekly magazine just praised the new Olympus [More]
ePhotozine got their hands on the final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and wasted no time putting it up against the Micro 4/3 Star of the last year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The GH3 is Panasonic’s new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, replacing the Lumix GH2, which is one of the most celebrated cameras of the last 2 years, especially for video makers. But just how will the new GH3 stand up against the vaunted OM-D? The video above is a low light test of the Panasonic GH3. Below is the low light test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.   [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) takes a detailed look at the Olympus HLD-6 battery grip for the OMD EM5. The battery grip is highly recommended, especially for those with larger hands or who just want to get more images in one charge. It comes in 2 pieces, on which adds substantially to the grip of the camera and makes it much easier to hold, even with one hand. The other attaches to the bottom, adding a large battery and additional shutter release button and controls for shooting in portrait orientation. Check out the OM-D E-M5 and the battery grip below:
Hat Tip to MirrorlessReviews for posting this video that underscores just how awesome the 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) works on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. These OM-D videos are shot handheld at 150mm (300mm equivalent) lens at Fenway Park. In body image stabilization is turned on and off for each scene for comparison. Lens used is Olympus Zuiko 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds lens. Just another example of the impressive technology that’s being developed and put into mirrorless camera systems. Check out the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and it’s optional battery grip (recommended, especially for those with larger hands) below:
Mirrorless Central proudly welcomes award winning photographer Giulio Sciorio, of SmallCameraBigPicture.com, to our lineup of official contributors. Giulio is a true pioneer in the mirrorless movement, and a year ago he ditched his big, bulky Canon DSRL gear and now shoots exclusively with mirrorless cameras – an Olympus OM-D E-M5, an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1, and more recently, he’s been working a Fuji X-Pro1 into the mix. Read more about Giulio on our Contributors Page. In this in depth video “Pimp Yo PEN”, Giulio shows you how to pimp out your Olympus Pen with some stylish accessories. If you don’t [More]
Here’s the Fuji Guys in a Super Secret (at least, before September 6th 2012) Video going over the selling points of the new Fuji X-E1, the little brother to their flagship mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1 – and comparing it to the competition.   Namely, the Sony NEX 7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5, two other high quality and extremely popular mirrorless cameras in the same price range. We’re really excited about the X-E1, which borrows a lot of technology from it’s big brother, the X-Pro1 – which we LOVE –  and the X-E1 shares a LOT of that camera’s features, including [More]
OK…  So the video above has nothing to do with this post, other than that they’re both about the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, but the BesteProduct girl is cute.  Too bad we don’t speak her language…  Oh well, ; ) On to more important news.  43Rumors just put up a post about Dynamic Range testing on the E-PL5, and surprise surprise, it actually did better than Olympus’ flagship Micro 4/3 Camera, the much celebrated OM-D E-M5. Here’s what 43Rumors had to say: Our polish friends at M43.eu are the first to compare the image quality of the new E-PL5 [More]
Malaysian Photographer Ming Thein got his hands on a new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and wrote up a great review on the new camera. Here are some highlights below: The OLympus OM-D E-M5 clearly demonstrated that the image quality potential of Micro Four Thirds could be taken quite a bit further without entailing any compromises. After enjoying a period of exclusivity to that body, the same sensor and imaging processor has now made its way into Olympus’ lower end offerings – the E-PL5 Pen Lite and E-PM2 Pen Mini, both recently announced at Photokina. I was given the opportunity to [More]
Aussie website PhotoReview.com takes an in depth look at the new Olympus PEN “Lite” E-PL5, and not surprisingly, the new offering from Olympus doesn’t fail to impress. After all, the E-PL5 has an impressive pedigree as it shares the same sensor and TruePic VI dual-core processor as the much celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Here’s Their Conclusion: The E-PL5 is a nice little camera and would be an excellent choice for photographers who want a small and light interchangeable-lens camera with superior overall performance. Olympus has a wide choice of excellent lenses to match it and, if you can’t find precisely [More]
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the OM-D EM-5 is one killer camera… and now DxOMark is putting a thick underline beneath that statement! From 43Rumors DxOMark finally published the full Olympus E-M5 sensor test (Click here to read it). And the conclusion couldn’t be any better: “These Olympus high-end compact hybrids achieve scores that approximate those of their APS-C rivals (such as the Sony NEX). Simply put, the OM-D E-M5 is equipped with the best sensor we have ever analyzed for a micro 4:3, and to date the closest to that of the Sony NEX.” Cameras [More]
From 43Rumors – The Olympus Image Share App that will allow you to wirelessly (using the bundled Toshiba Aircard) share images between your camera and your iPhone is now available on iTunes. This app will work with the new Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2), 2 brand new offerings from Olympus that share the same sensor and image processor as their flagship M43 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s what 43Rumors has to say: If you are going to buy the new E-PL5 or E-PM2 than you will be happy to have this, the new Olympus image share App. [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) “borrows” a pre-production Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens at an Aussie Trade Show and takes it for a spin around the block. Here’s what Blunty has to say: This High-Grade Portrait Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras boasts top class quality among all M. ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System Standard. Please note, my time with the new 75mm lens was also within my first 24 hours with the OM-D E-M5, so this was all “suck it and see” experimentation, the sample video and still photography was more about playing with [More]
From 4/3 Rumors – The Phoblographer pits the Fuji X-Pro 1 against the Olympus OM-D E-M5 to see which camera has the fastest autofocus speed. The Fuji just got a new firmware upgrade that has greatly enhanced it’s AF speed, but is that enough to keep up with the blazing fast speed of the OMD? Watch and see… The X-Pro 1 and the OM-D E-M5 are two of our absolute favorite mirrorless cameras, and both of them produce STUNNING QUALITY IMAGES that rival (and even surpass) just about any DSLR out there. You really can’t go wrong with either system, [More]
Here’s the new Olympus PEN E-PM2 (aka the “PEN Mini”). Here’s how Olympus touts their new camera: The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is all the proof you need that small and stylish can deliver impressive images. This compact technological wonder features an expansive 16 MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI™ Image Processor for powerfully vivid images that rival the quality of an SLR. Let the camera achieve photographic perfection with features like iAuto and 23 Scene Select Modes. Or take control using Direct Live Guide. Explore your creative side with 12 ready-to-use Art Filters. The PEN E-PM2 features technology to [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Micro 43 lens, which is one of our absolute favorites, and it would seem that Steve agrees with us. Steve writes: This is a fantastic lens and now sits up there with the best micro 4/3 lenses. If you own a Micro 4/3 camera, you owe it to yourself to get this lens… and at only $399, it’s well worth it! Check out the lens below along with the others that Steve recommends in this video. We’ll also add links to the Olympus E-P3 as well as a [More]
Serial Photo Ninjas Giulio Sciorio of SmallCameraBigPicture.com and Frederick Van Johnson of ThisWeekInPhoto.com talk about Giulio’s move from Big Bulky DSLR cameras to the smaller but still highly sophisticated mirrorless systems he now uses. Watch as these two pros talk about BIG CHANGES in Photography, cool new technology and how smaller cameras are creating a whole new breed of street photographers. Check out Giulio’s Favorite Cameras below:
Geekanoids roll out a 1080p Full-On Video Test of the Olympus OM-D EM-5. This video features some 1080P footage using the camera both tripod mounted (opening scene) and handheld (outdoor scenes), all with the internal mic. While this is far from the best video that we’ve seen produced with this little beastie, we can’t help being impressed by the results that the OMD produces in video, especially with it’s rock solid 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) and blazing fast auto-focus. It’s no wonder why to E-M5 is a favorite of Pro and Enthusiast photogs alike. The OMD features [More]
Matt Granger, aka That Nikon Guy is yet another fan of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and it’s optional grip. Matt writes: I love the OM-D, but I wouldn’t use it without the handgrip.
From RedDotPhoto – A hands on and first look at the Olympus OMD EM5, demonstrated by Mr Terada from Olympus. At Mirrorless Central, the E-M5 is one of our favorite cameras, and what’s not to love?… It features a 16 megapixel SONY sensor that produces GREAT IMAGE QUALITY in Photo and Video! It’s easy to use, it has lots of Creative Art Filters, and it’s incredible 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) gives you “Steady-cam” quality stabilization, plus it has Blazing Fast Auto-Focus! We do recommend picking up the optional battery grip, especially if you have larger hands. It’ll [More]
MirrorlessReviews pits the Olympus OM-D E-M5 against the SONY NEX 7 in a head to head comparison. Part II focuses on Video Recording and Menus. In our opinion, the OMD, wins in movie mode, hands down. Don’t get us wrong, the NEX 7 does record stunning quality video, but there have been numerous reports of overheating issues in video mode, and the 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) on the E-M5 is just superb! They’re pretty much neck and neck in pricing, but if you tack on another $300 and go for the extra battery grip for the E-M5 [More]
MirrorlessReviews pits the Olympus OM-D E-M5 against the SONY NEX 7 in a head to head comparison. Part I focuses on handling, size, build quality, screens and EVF. In our opinion, to get the most out of the OMD, from a handling standpoint anyway, you really need to check out the battery grip. It adds a substantial amount to the grip surface as well as the battery life. The E-M5 and NEX 7 are two of the big boys in the mirrorless camera arena, along with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the 2 year old (but pro and indie video [More]