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?

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 review


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Dynamic range

We have not seen any four thirds cameras offer a dynamic range much over 10EV. This performance falls short of most APS-C cameras, which typically have dynamic ranges of over 12EV. We do not have the official figures for the OM-D E-M5, but looking over my images there is no reason to suspect that the E-M5 is any better than its peers. Using a smaller sensor means the dynamic range is compromised more than a larger sensor would be when using higher ISO ratings in low light.

In recognition of its limited dynamic range, there are a number of exposure bracketing options and a shading compensation tool to give extra detail in shadow areas.

Image: Here the OM-D E-M5 struggles to record the range of tonal information in a single frame. On the right is a ±2EV bracketed sequence over five frames, processed through basic HDR software. Another option in-camera is the image overlay, for up to three frames

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. HLD-6 grip and battery pack
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Noise, sensitivity and resolution
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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