OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 arrived today

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens
OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

Thank god they didn't go bust! When it comes to designing cameras Olympus are particularly blessed. When I opened the box and picked this up, I've only had the same feeling of "That feels great" twice before. That was when I picked up a Pentax MZ-5 and my first Leica, the M8.

So the review, user experience or fanboy drooling, whatever you like to call it, begins. But first just a few more camera porn pictures to show you just how beautiful this thing is.

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

I'm going to try to be objective, I really am, but anyone who has read my previous pieces on these silver dream machines that Olympus torment me with, will probably realise that is going to be difficult.

To me it feels wonderful. Maybe this is the digital Pentax MZ-5 I've always dreamed about. I never owned a film OM camera, though I handled a couple and liked them a lot. I played with one of these OM-D's at the focus on imaging show, but it was a black one fitted with the grips. The silver version is much nicer as far as I'm concerned and looks great with the 12mm and 45mm lenses.

It feels slightly heavier and more robust than the Pens, and you really get the sense that this is a weathersealed camera. Screen and EVF are very clear and very sharp. And the shutter! It feels like a real one. None of that wimpy delayed nonsense that other m4/3 cameras have. This is firm, positive, fast and has a simply wonderful "clunk" sound.

It felt comfortable the moment I took some shots with it, and as talked about before it has lovely fast positve AF.

Oh the pictures. Yes they look just like my GX1 produces. Thats a bit of an oversimplification, but thats pretty much my initial impression. I was expecting that however. I will, of course, check it out to see what improvements Olympus have made, if any, to the jpg. and raw output.

I'm off to take some test shots.

More (a lot more I'm sure) later.

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