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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 released in 2012 has been dubbed the ‘Best Camera of 2012’ by the readers of esteemed photography website Digital Photography Review.


A user poll was conducted on the international website in December 2012 where approximately 15 000 camera-mad readers cast their votes.


The website announced the winning Olympus with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in third place and the Nikon D800 in second.


Pipping the Nikon D800/E by one percentage point in the overall count, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 won out in this year’s poll by a whisker. Although a very different camera to the D800, the OM-5 EM-5 is a seriously impressive product.

As of February 2012, Olympus in-house tests announced the OM-D to have the fastest autofocus of any interchangeable lens camera and it boasts 16.1 megapixels.

Since we couldn’t get our hands on one of these guys, a reviewer from Photo Focus gives the lowdown on the pros and cons of the Olympus OM-D after a long term review.

The biggest pros to using the Micro Four Thirds system

1. Stealth
2. Small size
3. Low weight
4. Easy to pack and carry
5. Amazing glass
6. Lower overall cost
7. Options not available to DSLR users

The biggest cons to using the MFT system

1. Low-light performance isn’t as good as DSLR
2. AF on moving subjects is sub-par
3. Can’t tether
4. Short battery life
5. Minimal support system

Camera Specs

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Twin control dials
  • New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
  • Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
  • 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
  • VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Latest TruePic VI processor
  • Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
  • Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec

Read the full story of The Best Camera of 2012 and the full review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Sourced from and Photo Focus.

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