OM System OM-5 review

The branding is gone, but the OM System OM-5 proves that everything great about Olympus lives on – better than ever

OM System OM-5
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The OM System OM-5 is a magnificent midrange camera that offers flagship features and all-purpose performance in a compact, affordable package. It has been criticized in some quarters for not offering the same sea change as the OM-1, but for our money this offers the OM-1's coolest tricks in a much more pocketable body – making this your perfect daily driver when you want to go on an adventure (or you want to be prepared for one) with a camera that's there if you need it, and doesn't compromise on quality.


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    7.5 stops of stabilization

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    IP53 weather sealing

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    Live ND filters

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    Microphone jack


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    20.4MP core resolution

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    Single card slot

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    Micro HDMI / Micro USB

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    Can't charge while shooting

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The OM System OM-5 may be the first 'Olympus camera' not to bear the iconic brand name, but the familiar logo is the only thing that's missing here – this is a camera that lives up to the Olympus legacy and expands on it in a number of worthwhile ways. 

If you hadn't joined the dots, the OM System OM-5 is the successor to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III (and thankfully does away with the alphabet soup nomenclature). This means it is the manufacturer's 'middle camera', sitting between the flagship OM System OM-1 and the entry level Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV (which will be rechristened the OM-10 upon the next model). 

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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.