Olympus OM-D E-M5
Price as Reviewed:£1,150.00
The OM-D E-M5 is Olympus’s most highly specified four thirds camera to date, and its most attractive, but is its performance good enough to provide a lasting legacy?
HLD-6 grip and battery pack
During this test, I used the OM-D E-M5 with the HLD-6 grip and battery pack. The first thing to note is that the battery pack is attached through the grip and does not slot directly onto the camera.
The grip makes holding the camera with one hand much more comfortable, and duplicates the shutter release and exposure dial on the body of the E-M5 for an easy reach. With the grip in place, the battery pack can be attached.
Like other battery packs, the HLD-6 transforms the handling of the camera, providing a practical balance for portrait and landscape orientation.
The controls are mirrored in portrait format, with two exposure dials, a shutter release, two function buttons and a lock. Activating the lock prevents the accidental taking of pictures when using the camera in landscape format, which can occur because the palm of the hand naturally rests over the extra shutter release.
Furthermore, with a second battery inserted into the pack (the same BLN-1 type used in the camera, costing £59), the battery life is extended to a claimed 650 shots. Without the pack, the camera is capable of a relatively modest 330 shots.
Both grip and battery pack are weatherproofed and made to the same high standard as the body. I am not in the habit of recommending camera extras, but in this case I’ll make an exception.
- Video: 1080 HD at 30p, 720P at 30p, AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG
- Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +1
- White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, manual, 2 custom modes
- External mic: Yes (accessory port 2 only)
- Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I
- Built-in Flash: No. External unit supplied with GN 10m @ ISO 100 output
- LCD: 3in, 610,000-dot touchscreen OLED
- Viewfinder Type: Electronic, with 1.44-million-dots
- Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
- Field of View: 100% (with 1.15x magnification)
- White Balance Bracket: Yes
- AF Points: 35-point system, touch focus, face and eye detection
- Sensor: 16.1-million-effective-pixel Live MOS (17.3x13mm)
- Exposure Modes: PASM, bulb, iAuto, 24 scene modes, 11 art filters
- Max Flash Sync: External flash X-sync 1/180sec and 1/4000sec (Super FP mode)
- Weight: 425g (including battery and card)
- Power: BLN-1 Rechargeable Li-Ion (330 shots)
- File Format: JPEG, raw (ORF), JPEG + raw, AVI (motion JPEG)
- Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec + bulb up to 30 minutes
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- Drive Mode: Up to 9fps, or 4.2fps with continuous AF
- RRP: £1,149 (body only)
- Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
- ISO: 200-25,600
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual, tracking
- DoF Preview: No (via test picture)
- Dimensions: 121.0x89.6x41.9mm
- Metering System: 324-zone multi-pattern TTL digital ESP, spot, centreweighted, highlight, shadow
- Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI
- Compression: 2-stage JPEG
- Exposure Comp: ±3EV