April 26, 2012
Please don’t hate me for being this lucky. My Olympus family sent me the newest baby, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. As a PEN EP3 user I didn’t think it could get better. But this one is in a league of its own.
The Olympus PEN is gaining popularity locally among those who want more than a point and shoot compact camera but don’t want to carry a D-SLR. I never leave home without my EP-3. I have convinced so many friends to upgrade to a PEN. Now everyone who sees the OM-D is even more intrigued. Both are Micro Four Thirds System cameras with interchangeable lenses.
OLYMPUS OM-D is an offshoot of the popular OLYMPUS OM-1 system developed in the 1970s – smaller and lighter than other contemporary 35mm SLR cameras. The OM Series was produced up to 1994 and maintained its compact size, light weight and originality that made it a legend among camera buffs all over the world.
This new generation system camera, the OLYMPUS OM-D, picks up where the original OM series left off. It has a sexy magnesium-alloy body that looks traditional. It is more compact than a DSLR. And it is dust and splash proof! Finally I don’t have to worry about hiding my camera when it rains. Or if you ever catch yourself in a sandstorm, this camera should be able to hold up.
Like the popular PEN Series models, the OLYMPUS OM-D features a compact, lightweight design that’s fully compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. But whereas the PEN Series inherited the convenience, simplicity, and high image quality offered by the PEN Series in the film age, the OLYMPUS OM-D has inherited the tradition of a true system SLR from the OM Series. The OLYMPUS OM-D is designed for serious camera buffs who want to make full use of interchangeable lenses and shoot photographic masterpieces by looking into the viewfinder, without having to worry about the weather or environmental conditions. Sand, sun, sleet, or snow, the OLYMPUS OM-D is a camera that’s ready to go. – Press kit.
I played with my OM-D over the weekend. I’m sure you’d rather see actual photos than read technical specs about a camera. I have been so busy (what else is new) this week that I haven’t uploaded what I’ve shot. But I will work on it today. I just had a home-service massage. And my body feels like mush. Let me enjoy this… Promise I’ll post photos soon.
To summarize, the OM-D’s features
1. Compact, lightweight body in the tradition of the famous OM Series: Made of magnesium alloy and enhanced with the same dust-/splash-proof capability already proven with the E-5 camera
2. 16.05-megapixel new Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VI image processing engine for high image quality and high sensitivity
3. Electronic viewfinder with high image quality and high functionality that enables real-time checking of various shooting conditions
4. World’s first*¹ 5-axis image stabilization to compensate for camera shake of any kind during both still photo and movie shooting
5. World’s fastest*² FAST AF autofocusing system plus 3D tracking for improved moving object tracking performance
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 retails for Php 56,750 for body only and Php 62,750 for body with kit lens.