The OM System OM-5 does NOT deserve all the hate

OM System camera dramatically lit on a tabletop
(Image credit: James Artaius)

I love the OM System OM-5. I said as much in my review. It's a camera that I personally use. But it's also a camera that gets a lot of hate – even from (in fact, especially from) the Micro Four Thirds community that should be its biggest supporter.

Now, I understand the broad stroke of the criticism. The OM System OM-5 is, charitably, an iterative update of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Uncharitably, it's little more than a product refresh with the new company logo. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.