OM System announces $1899 20MP OM-5

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OM System has announced its second new camera following its high-profile purchase and rebrand of Olympus, with the OM-5 set to hit local shores in November.

A refresh of the the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, the OM-5 sits underneath the flagship OM-1, and is the company's first camera that doesn't wear the Olympus name on the pentaprism.

Image: OM System/Supplied
Image: OM System/Supplied

The new camera uses the same 20MP sensor as the E-M5 Mark III, and at first glance at least, has a very similar camera body and control system as the E-M5 Mark III too.

However, under the hood there's a number of updates, including improved weather-sealing (dustproof and splashproof, with freezeproof protection to -10°Cand image stabilisation (up to 7.5 stops), as well as a number of features inherited from the OM-D E-M1 Mark III and OM System OM-1, including Starry Sky AF (for astrophotography), a built-in LiveND feature (up to ND16), handheld hi-res mode capable of capturing 50MP images, and a number of solid video updates. 

The OM-5 uses a phase detection autofocus system with 121 AF points, and OM System says there’s improved face and eye detection AF, however the camera doesn't get the same subject detection AF features as the E-M1X and OM-1.

The camera has a maximum drive speed of 30fps with the electronic shutter (full resolution, raw images), and 10fps with C-AF using the mechanical shutter, for a maximum of 149 raws, and unlimited JPEGs.

Image: OM System/Supplied
Image: OM System/Supplied

Video specs max out at 4K 30, but there's also 25, and 24fps at a resolution of 3840×2160 (UHD). Slow mo video can be recorded at 120fps at a Full HD resolution. 

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a resolution of 2.36m dots, and a magnification of 0.69x. On the rear, the screen is a 3', vari-angle, touchscreen, with 1037K dots, the same as on the E-M5 III.

The OM-5 will be available in Silver and Black from mid-November 2022. The body only has an RRP of $1,899 AUD, but is also available with a 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II Lens Kit for an RRP of $2,399 AUD, and with a 12-45mm F4.0 PRO Lens Kit for an RRP of $2,499 AUD.

You can find out more at OM System. 

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