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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Olympus OM-D E-M5


Recalling the wildly popular OM-1 35mm camera, Olympus introduces a high-performance, retro-look mirrorless camera

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Creative Video Capabilities
The new camera can record 1920x1080 full HD and 1280x720 HD MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) video at 60i (59.94 fps), and 1280x720 HD and 640x480 SD AVI (Motion JPEG) at 30 fps. A built-in microphone provides stereo Wave Format (Linear PCM) sound. You can shoot video in program, shutter-priority and aperture-priority AE mode or manual, and apply a number of effects, including the cool new Echo and Multi Echo, which leave a momentary residual image of a subject's movements.

Two Viewing Options
The camera features a new 1,440,000-dot, eye-level electronic viewfinder centered over the lens axis, with a 120 fps refresh rate. Plus, a tilting 3.0-inch, touch-screen OLED monitor allows easy odd-angle shooting—and touch-screen AF.
Rugged Body
The OM-D E-M5 features a rugged and lightweight magnesium-alloy body with dust- and splash-proof sealing like the Olympus E-5 pro DSLR—you can shoot outdoors in heavy rain and blowing sand. The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 EZ kit lens and provided FL-LM2 flash unit are also dust- and splash-proof, as is the accessory HLD-6 Power Battery Grip.

Art Filters Galore
Olympus introduced its creative Art Filters in the E-30 DSLR, and the new OM-D E-M5 has several, such as the new Key Line I and II. Others include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone. All are in-camera adjustable.

Essential Accesories

Creative Software
onOne Photo Suite 6 is a powerful collection of software that gives you absolute power over your images. Picking up where the OM-D E-M5's Art Filters leave off, the onOne software will let you do more than ever with your photos. www.ononesoftware.com

Monopod & Head
Round out your travel outfit with the Really Right Stuff MH01-Pro Package. It includes the MC-34 carbon-fiber monopod and MH-01 Pro head. reallyrightstuff.com

Classic Bag
The retro look of the OM-D E-M5 calls for a bag with retro styling. The Billingham S3 is ideal for the compact Olympus camera. www.rtsphoto.com

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