The OM System OM-5 is the second new digital camera underneath OM Digital Options, the corporate shaped after Olympus offered the imaging division. It’s one of many smaller mirrorless cameras out there, and has an enormous vary of equally small Micro 4 Thirds lenses out there, however can it ship high quality photos?
Launched in November 2022, the OM-5 sits neatly as a alternative for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, however with a number of updates that make it an much more interesting digital camera.
Priced at $1199 / £1199 physique solely, the digital camera sits above the E-M10 vary, and affords an IP53 weather-sealed digital camera physique making it a really perfect selection for individuals who need to journey mild, and never fear in regards to the climate.
It’s value remembering that the E-M5 has at all times been Olympus’ mid-range, light-weight, however high-speed weather-sealed digital camera, and this places the brand new OM-5 up in opposition to the likes of the Canon EOS R7 (30fps, $1499 / £1350 physique solely, weather-sealed), Fujifilm X-T4 (30fps cropped, $1549 / £1549 physique solely, weather-sealed), and in some respects the Sony Alpha A6600 (11fps, £1399 / £1450 physique solely, weather-sealed).
OM System OM-5 At a look:
- $1199 / £1199 physique solely
- $1599 / £1499 with 12-45mm F4 PRO lens
- 20.4MP 4 Thirds sensor
- ISO 200-6400 (prolonged: L64-25600)
- 30fps capturing
- 4K 30p video
- 2.36m-dot EVF
- 3inch, 1.04m-dot vari-angle LCD
OM System OM-5 Options
The OM-5 makes use of the identical 20MP sensor because the E-M5 Mark III, with phase-detection AF, and an ISO vary of ISO 200 to 6400, which may be prolonged all the way down to L64/100 (Low), and as much as ISO 25,600.
You’ll discover the OM-5 has a very related digital camera physique and management system because the E-M5 Mark III.
Nevertheless, the updates embody improved weather-sealing, improved picture stabilisation, in addition to quite a few options inherited from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III / OM System OM-1, together with Starry Sky AF (for astrophotography), built-in LiveND (as much as ND16), and different video updates.
How does the OM-5 examine vs the E-M5 Mark III:
- Identical digital camera physique (as E-M5 III)
- Improved climate sealing – now IP53
- Improved picture stabilisation (6.5 stops, or 7.5 stops with Sync IS)
- Up to date picture processor (inherited from E-M1 III) – TruePix IX
- Handheld Hello-Res multi-shot – offers 50MP photos
- Constructed-in LiveND filter, as much as ND16 (4EV or 4 stops)
- Improved face/eye detection AF, detects smaller faces within the scene
- Starry Sky AF launched
- OM-Log400 (8-bit) video profile launched
- Direct USB webcam operation (plug and play)
- Vertical video help
- Interval mode (with publicity smoothing)
- In-camera battery charging (USB)
There’s extra too, together with customized AF goal mode, MF help, as much as 4 customized modes (referred to as by buttons), and MyMenu has been added. There’s now no video recording time restrict, a pink body is proven throughout video recording, and help for a wi-fi distant management (RM-WR1) has been added.
Autofocus makes use of on-sensor section detection, with 121 AF factors, and there’s improved face and eye detection AF, in addition to as much as 10fps steady capturing with AF. Nevertheless, the digital camera doesn’t characteristic the identical topic detection AF options because the E-M1X and OM-1. Starry Sky AF has been added, and is designed for autofocusing precisely on stars at night time.
You should use the OM-5 as a webcam, just by utilizing the USB cable supplied within the field, with none want for software program or a seize card. In-camera battery charging can be included, though there shall be these unhappy to see that the USB port hasn’t been up to date to USB-C, because it’s nonetheless a MicroUSB connection.
ProCapture can shoot at 30fps utilizing an digital shutter. This isn’t new to this mannequin, however is value mentioning as it may possibly provide the edge over cameras with out this, and you can even shoot as much as 10fps with steady AF.
- 30fps digital shutter (full decision, uncooked photos), 18 uncooked, 20 JPG
- 10fps with C-AF, mechanical shutter, max 149 uncooked, limitless JPG
Utilizing ProCapture you’ll be able to take as much as 14 photographs earlier than urgent the shutter launch button, nonetheless the pretty restricted buffer when capturing at 30fps could also be a limiting issue. Fortunately when capturing at 10fps, the buffer is rather more succesful.
Quick shutter speeds can be found, with as much as 1/8000s utilizing the mechanical shutter, or 1/32,000s utilizing the digital shutter.
Video has been up to date to incorporate OM-Log400, vertical video recording help, and a pink file body. The OM-5 can file limitless 4K 30, 25, and 24fps at a decision of 3840×2160 (UHD) at 102Mbps, or C4K at 237Mbps. Excessive-speed video may be recorded at 120fps at Full HD decision. You may also use the time-lapse capturing mode to create 4K movies in-camera.
The film mode has choices for auto ISO pace (higher and decrease restrict) which can be utilized in guide film mode, in addition to timecode, to call only a collection of the choices.
OM System OM-5 Key Options
1 – Handheld Hello-Res – A handheld high-res mode can be utilized to offer 50MP photos robotically generated in-camera, or 80MP utilizing a tripod (this was tripod solely on the E-M5 III)
2 – Constructed-in ND – LiveND helps you to use a built-in (digital) ND filter for as much as 4 stops, supplying you with an ND16 equal filter.
3 – Picture stabilisation – In-body Picture Stabilisation (IBIS) has been improved, with as much as 7.5 stops when utilizing a appropriate Sync IS lens.
4 – Climate-sealing – The digital camera physique now has an IP53 score, one of the best at school, and you may register to increase the guarantee to a powerful 5-years!
5 – Limitless video recording – The digital camera can file limitless 4K video, with help for vertical video, in addition to a pink file body displayed on display when recording
OM System OM-5 Construct and Dealing with
The design of the physique mirrors that of the E-M5 Mark III, with little or no modified between the 2 aside from the labelling, with OM System emblazoned on the highest triangle, which prefer it or not, is right here to remain. The OM System OM-1 was the final digital camera to characteristic the Olympus branding.
Dealing with for a smaller mirrorless digital camera is nice, due to a big rear thumb grip, and a deep sufficient entrance grip. It’s an important stability between maintaining the digital camera small, while additionally offering sufficient grip, nonetheless in order for you a bigger grip, then the OM-5 is appropriate with the identical elective grip from the E-M5 III.
There are a selection of exterior buttons, giving fast entry to publicity compensation and ISO settings, plus a rear AEL/AFL button that can be utilized for back-button focus. The 4-way controller (with center OK button) can be utilized to maneuver the main focus level (on default settings), however the lack of a joystick management is somewhat disappointing in in the present day’s market.
An excellent-control panel offers fast entry to different settings, with the intention to attempt to keep away from going into the menus.
Ah the menus….
The menus stay the outdated fashion of Olympus menus which may take a while to get used to, and sadly the OM-5 doesn’t profit from the brand new menus launched on the OM-1. When you’re acquainted with the Olympus menus, then you definately do (finally) get used to them, however it may possibly nonetheless take time to attempt to discover the place a characteristic is hiding.
One huge enchancment made right here although, is with the introduction of a MyMenu part which provides you with faster entry to your favorite settings – this was sorely lacking from the E-M5 III, particularly because it featured on the E-M1x and following E-M1 III.
The video choices are all saved in a video part, so at the least these are simple to search out.
You get facet entry to the reminiscence card slot, which helps UHS-II playing cards, and there’s a microphone socket, in addition to distant socket and microHDMI. Nevertheless there isn’t a headphone socket (though you should use the LS-P5 audio recorder, which has Bluetooth headphone help).
The digital camera makes use of the identical BLS-50 battery because the E-M5 III, and that is additionally utilized in a wide range of different cameras, together with the E-M10 collection, and PEN E-P7. Spares are available, and extremely really helpful, as battery life is comparatively brief (however pretty typical for compact mirrorless cameras) at 310 photographs per cost. USB charging is now out there, however not USB energy, so in an effort to cost the digital camera you’ll need to modify it off. The battery compartment is lockable and incorporates a rubber seal to maintain moisture out.
Viewfinder and display:
The digital viewfinder (EVF) has a decision of 2.36m dots, and a magnification of 0.69x, which is best than some others available on the market (Fujifilm X-S10 0.62x, Canon EOS R10 0.59x we’re taking a look at you), however inferior to others available on the market (Fujifilm X-T4, X-T5 and so forth). Nevertheless, contemplating the worth, that is affordable, and the digital viewfinder offers a transparent view with good color copy that additionally matches the rear display. There’s dioptre adjustment for glasses wearers.
You may also use the simulated “OVF” (S-OVF) setting to offer a extra impartial view, just like the impact you’d get trying via an optical viewfinder.
The display is a 3inch, vari-angle, touchscreen, with 1037K dots, which is similar display we noticed on the E-M5 III. The display is nice, with correct color copy, and good viewing angles as nicely. Nevertheless, it’s a disgrace this hasn’t been up to date, as we’ve seen 1.62m dot screens on cheaper cameras such because the X-T30 II. With the display tilted out, and away from the digital camera, the eye-sensor is robotically disabled, in order that it doesn’t by accident change to the EVF.
The touchscreen can be utilized to set the main focus level (in stills and video), and can even function the Tremendous Management Panel, in addition to scroll via photographs in playback. Nevertheless, it can’t be utilized in the primary menus.
Part detection AF offers 121 cross-type factors overlaying nearly all of the body, with customisable AF areas out there, in addition to quite a few preset areas.
Face and eye-detection, and topic monitoring is obtainable; nonetheless, the digital camera doesn’t inherit the extra superior topic detection AF from the E-M1x and OM-1.
Focus is speedy, and performs nicely even in decrease mild circumstances, and may be very correct, with face and eye detection AF working extraordinarily nicely. Olympus have been one of many first firms to introduce this with the E-M5 in 2012, so it’s no shock that this works extraordinarily nicely. It may possibly make an especially helpful distinction utilizing this when capturing portraits, in comparison with a extra conventional DSLR digital camera.
Steady AF monitoring prioritises focusing accuracy somewhat than body charge, so this could sluggish the continual capturing pace down, nonetheless this may be adjusted in case you’d choose to prioritise capturing pace.
Handbook focus may be shortly chosen utilizing the rear change, and with a central button, this can be utilized as a back-focus button on default settings. Handbook focus has all the standard options and advantages that you simply come to count on on mirrorless cameras together with focus peaking, magnified view (as much as 14x), and focus help.
OM System OM-5 Efficiency and Picture High quality
Olympus cameras have persistently produced a few of the nicest color copy on the market, and the OM System OM-5 is not any completely different, producing photos with stunning color straight out of the digital camera with nice JPEG processing.
This has loads to do with the digital camera’s glorious auto white stability (AWB) efficiency, which is extraordinarily dependable, and barely wants altering. The digital camera offers you the choice to “Maintain heat color” which supplies nearly all of photos a delightful tone, and in case you as a substitute need to take product photographs with a white background, then merely switching this off means you’ll have among the best cameras out there for product photographs. It’s comparatively fast and simple to setup a customized white stability setting as nicely, and also you’ll discover a good variety of helpful presets together with sunny, shade, and cloudy, amongst others.
There are a number of color modes out there, together with Vivid, or Pure, that are nice beginning factors, and relying by yourself private preferences you’ll be able to merely depart the digital camera on these settings, and get nice outcomes.
You may also alter a wide range of settings together with distinction, sharpness, saturation, gradation, plus spotlight, midtone and shadow. Do you have to want to alter the look additional, or you’ll be able to shoot JPEG + uncooked after which alter the uncooked information to your coronary heart’s content material. Past this, there are an enormous variety of Artwork Filters out there, must you want to apply a particular artistic look.
Dynamic vary captured in JPEG photos is nice, and the digital camera does a great job of balancing between mild and darker areas in photos, with a dependable metering and publicity system serving to right here.
For these used to the look of HDR photos from smartphones, you’ll be able to recreate this look utilizing the digital camera’s built-in HDR mode that takes quite a few photographs and combines them (in-camera) to supply a JPEG picture with elevated dynamic vary. The digital camera affords each a comparatively regular trying HDR choice (HDR1), and a extra creative and boosted trying HDR choice (HDR2). Personally, I discovered the JPEG outcomes to be completely cromulent, and would merely use the uncooked file to recuperate highlights on the uncommon event it wanted additional dynamic vary.
The digital camera’s shutter sounds genuinely good, it’s on the quiet facet of the dimensions, however not too quiet, and has a extra premium sound in comparison with the E-M10 III. While that is after all subjective, there’s a particular air of high quality that I affiliate with the “snick” sound of the OM-5 shutter, compared to the “clack” sound discovered on each the E-M10 III, and Sony A7 III. It is usually quieter than the shutter sound on the Panasonic Lumix G9.
Handheld high-res mode helps you to shoot 50MP photos and is surprisingly efficient contemplating how simple it’s to make use of this characteristic. When you’ve discovered the setting on the finish of the record of drive modes, you’ll be able to shoot handheld, with the digital camera combining 8 photographs in-camera, and utilizing the tiny variations between them to seize additional decision. This offers you photos with visibly improved element. If you would like even greater decision photos, then you’ll be able to shoot as much as 80MP when utilizing the digital camera on a tripod. As with different digital camera’s high-res multi-shot modes, any motion within the scene may trigger picture artefacts.
The OM-5 has a wide range of images centric capabilities, together with LiveND, which helps you to use the built-in digital ND filter, with as much as 4 stops, that means you’ll be able to shoot clean waterfalls and rivers with out having to hold any further filters with you.
On the Bulb (B) mode setting, you’ll additionally discover the digital camera’s Dwell Time, Dwell Composite, and Dwell Bulb modes that allow you to see the publicity develop on the display in actual time, so you realize when to finish the publicity, with out having to make use of guess work. When you shoot low-light, night time images, or lengthy exposures, when you’ve used this, you’ll marvel the way you ever lived with out it. For astrophotography, the Starry Sky AF takes a few of the ache out of focusing precisely on stars.
Picture stabilisation – The built-in in-body picture stabilisation (IBIS) is very helpful for maintaining the ISO pace low and capturing photos the place you wouldn’t usually with out the stabilisation system. So long as your topic is appropriate (and doesn’t transfer) this may be extraordinarily helpful. I used to be capable of get sharp photos when capturing in low-light, at 45mm (90mm equal), with a shutter pace as sluggish as 1 second. Nevertheless, relying how regular you’re, you may handle even longer than this.
ISO and Noise
When trying on the JPEG photos from the digital camera on normal settings, the noise efficiency is usually good as much as and together with ISO 1600, and ISO 3200, with stronger noise showing at ISO 6400. My very own private preferences imply that I’d be blissful to make use of as much as ISO 6400, however would attempt to keep away from ISO 12,800, and significantly ISO 25,600. Nevertheless, your personal wants might differ. With such efficient picture stabilisation, it’s attainable to maintain the ISO pace decrease.
Video Recording Efficiency
The digital camera has been up to date (or warmed over) by way of video recording, giving quite a few helpful updates together with vertical video help, a pink recording body across the display, and limitless video recording, till your battery runs out, or your card fills up.
I examined this, and recorded over 1 hour and 30+ minutes, continuous, till the battery went flat, at 4K 24p, 102mbps video, with no points in anyway.
Not like different cameras, there have been no points with “overheating” and no want for added cooling. Maybe a advantage of the smaller sensor measurement supplied by this digital camera?
When recording 4K video (at 24fps, 102mbps), the digital camera can file repeatedly however splits the information into 5minutes and 20seconds every, with every file roughly 3.5-3.6GB in measurement.
There’s additionally webcam help, however at a surprisingly low decision of 720p. Nevertheless, it’s possible that it will look significantly better than many laptop computer webcams that are nonetheless surprisingly (largely) 720p and terrible on most Home windows laptops.
For people who need to use the OM-5 for greater decision webcam use, you’ll want to make use of the microHDMI out and a seize card.
Picture stabilisation throughout video recording is extremely spectacular, and OM System proceed to supply a few of the finest picture stabilisation of any digital camera system. This makes it attainable to file video that appears way more skilled than the standard wobbly hand-held footage, because the stabilisation system gives the look of utilizing a gimbal, significantly when utilizing IS and Digital stabilisation. There are alternatives to make use of IS + Digital, IS solely, and the choice to modify this off.
There are a selection of video choices together with 4K (UHD) at 30/25/24fps, in addition to CINE 4K at 24fps, nonetheless, the bitrate for these is mounted at 102mbps (4K), or 237mbps for CINE 4K. For some cause the digital camera solely offers you bitrate choices when recording Full HD video. It’s a thriller, because the menu gives the look that you must be capable of change this, however it’s greyed out, and solely out there for Full HD.
Excessive-speed Full HD video may be recorded at body charges as much as 120fps, nonetheless, it will disappoint people who need 240 or greater body charges.
The shortage of a headphone socket will even be a disappointment to the extra severe videographers, and in reply to this OM System does supply the LS-P5 audio recorder, which has Bluetooth headphone help. Nevertheless, this received’t be appropriate for all, and does add to the expense of the system (round $249 / £219). With built-in Bluetooth, why haven’t we seen any cameras with built-in Bluetooth headphone help?
Worth for Cash
When you have a look at the cameras out there available on the market, it’s clear there are a variety of entry-level fashions that don’t characteristic in-body picture stabilisation (IBIS), and for brevity, we’ll skip these, as these don’t characteristic weather-sealing both.
However step up a degree, and you can begin taking a look at cameras in an analogous worth level because the OM-5, beginning with the Fujifilm X-S10, which barely lower than the OM-5 physique solely, and contains IBIS, however no climate sealing.
The subsequent choice can be the Canon EOS R7, which is $1399 / £1349 physique solely, and affords IBIS, and weather-sealing when utilizing with a weather-sealed RF-mount lens. Nevertheless, you’ll discover that there are at the moment no weather-sealed APS-C lenses out there for this digital camera, so to get this profit you could purchase massive, costly full-frame lenses.
An alternative choice is the Fujifilm X-T5, which is $1699 / £1699 physique solely, with IBIS, weather-sealing, and a great vary of X-Mount lenses. Nevertheless, it’s attention-grabbing to notice that you simply’re having to take a look at a digital camera that’s noticeably greater than the OM System OM-5 earlier than you’re discovering one thing with related ranges of options.
This makes the OM System OM-5 spectacular worth for cash, at $1199 / £1199 physique solely, and the vary of Micro 4 Thirds lenses on supply makes it an much more interesting system.
OM System OM-5 Verdict
While the saying goes ‘If it aint broke, don’t repair it’ the identical may simply be mentioned of the brand new OM-5. The digital camera appears virtually similar to the E-M5 III, aside from the labelling, and also you’d be forgiven for overlooking this digital camera in case you’re already acquainted with the E-M5 III.
Nevertheless, there are a number of updates that make the OM-5 much more compelling, together with improved weather-sealing, and picture stabilisation. A couple of different tweaks and additions make this an important digital camera for photographers, together with built-in LiveND. For people who need to journey mild with out carrying a tripod, now you can use the hand-held hi-res mode to seize 50MP photos.
Maybe the nearest competitor to the OM-5 is the Fujifilm X-S10, which options IBIS, however not weather-sealing, and to get weather-sealing from one other digital camera you’re taking a look at a dearer digital camera than the OM-5, such because the Canon EOS R7 (which lacks any weather-sealed APS-C lenses), and the Fujifilm X-T4 / X-T5.
If measurement and weather-sealing is of a precedence, then the OM-5 can make the most of a variety of compact weather-sealed lenses, together with the F4 PRO lens vary, which incorporates an 8-25mm (16-50mm), 12-45mm (24-90mm), and 40-150mm (80-300mm) making this a very compact total system.
The worth is $1199 / £1199 physique solely, in comparison with the E-M5 III, which was £1099 physique solely on launch. This isn’t a large worth distinction contemplating all of the world occasions and monetary adjustments over the past three years. It’s additionally essentially the most reasonably priced IP53 rated weather-sealed digital camera at the moment out there, and also you might be able to discover it with $100/£100 (or extra) off now that the digital camera has been out for some time.
Add to that, the glorious JPEG output from the digital camera which period after time offers dependable publicity, and delightful color, and you’ve got a digital camera that’s nicely definitely worth the cash. While the OM-5 doesn’t match the output of the OM-1, resulting from the usage of a distinct sensor and processing, it’s value noting that the OM-1 is sort of twice the worth.
While the OM-5 isn’t being marketed as a “vlogging digital camera” it might be fairly simple to see how this digital camera could possibly be a superb selection for vloggers (and video makers, so long as the dearth of a headphone socket isn’t an excessive amount of of a problem). Particularly because the digital camera has a powerful, if not one of the best, in-body picture stabilisation, and one of the best vary of lenses out there.
After all, there are people who suppose “full-frame” is the be-all and end-all, however for individuals who worth light-weight and journey somewhat than a sore again on the finish of the day, then the OM-5 is value its weight in gold. With an unmatched lens vary, you actually can have your cake and eat it.
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