The OM System OM-5 is just an Olympus OM-D E-M5 III with a built-in ND filter

Oct 26, 2022

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The OM System OM-5 is just an Olympus OM-D E-M5 III with a built-in ND filter

Oct 26, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, we knew it was coming and much of the information was leaked yesterday, but now we officially have the rest of it, along with a price. OM System has now announced the OM-5 mirrorless camera. Styled very much like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III and coming in at the same $1,199 price point, the new OM-5 essentially carries on that product line. But looking at the specs, it’s difficult to see what’s really changed.

But there have been a couple of changes. For a start, it has the newer generation TruePic IX image processor and brings an extra stop to the sensor-shift image stabilisation. One (the only) standout feature of the OM-5 over the E-M5 Mark III, though, is that it features a built-in 4-stop electronic ND filter for long exposures and video shooters.

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Other than those three features, though, the two cameras seem to be pretty much identical. It still has the same 20.4-megapixel resolution and the mechanical and electronic shutter speed range is the same, as is the ISO range. It has the same exposure compensation range, the same continuous shooting speeds and the same video specs. It has the same array of ports, including micro USB instead of USB-C and no headphone jack.

To describe this as an incremental update probably does a disservice to the word “incremental”. For existing OM-D E-M5 Mark III users, there’s little point in switching out to the new OM-5, but the OM-5 does offer a little extra over the E-M5 Mark III for those who have been thinking about one. Namely, an extra stop of image stabilisation performance and the built-in 4-stop electronic ND filter.

OM System OM-5Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
Sensor20.4-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS (2x)20.4-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS (2x)
Lens MountMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
Max resolution20.4-megapixel (50-megapixel “High Res Shot mode)20.4-megapixel (50-megapixel “High Res Shot mode)
Built-in ND4 stops electronic NDNone
File formatRAW, JPGRAW, JPG
Bit-depth12-Bit12-Bit
StabilisationSensor shift, 5-axis (up to 7.5 stops)Sensor shift, 5-axis (up to 6.5 stops)
Continuous shootingUp to 30fpsUp to 30fps
4K Video4K DCI up to 24fps / 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 29.97fps4K DCI up to 24fps / 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 29.97fps
HD VideoFull HD (1920×1080) at 119.88fps)Full HD (1920×1080) at 119.88fps)
Focus typeAuto and manual focusAuto and manual focus
AF PointsPhase detect: 121 (121 Cross-Type) / Phase Detect: 121 pointsPhase detect: 121 (121 Cross-Type) / Phase Detect: 121 points
Viewfinder2.36 million dot EVF2.36 million dot EVF
LCD1.04 million dot 3″ articulating touchscreen LCD1.04 million dot 3″ articulating touchscreen LCD
ConnectivityWiFi, BluetoothWiFi, Bluetooth
Weather seal ratingIPX1IP53
Dimensions125.3 x 85.2 x 49.7mm125.3 x 85.2 x 49.7mm
Weight414g414g
Launch price$1,199$1,199

It’s a little disappointing, given how the OM-1 was seemingly a bit of a break from the Olympus digital legacy, while this appears to essentially be cannibalising it. That’s not to say that it’s a bad camera. It’s certainly not. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a very good camera and at this price point, it offers some great features. The fact that this is almost identical to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III means it will be just as good and has the same price point.

But I expected more.

The OM System OM-5 is available to pre-order now body only for $1,199 and it’s also available in silver. It’s also available to pre-order now for $1,599 in a kit with the 12-45mm f/4 lens.

Update: The information available at the time of writing this article suggested that the OM System OM-5 had the same IPX1 rating as the OM-D E-M5 Mark III. This was incorrect and the OM-5 has an IP53 rating. This has been updated in the table above.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “The OM System OM-5 is just an Olympus OM-D E-M5 III with a built-in ND filter”

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    You may want to revisit the weather seal rating.

    edit: and thanks for updating that

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    FairlyReasoner

    You may want to revisit the weather seal rating.

    edit: and thanks for updating that

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