Olympus OM-D EM-5 Image Stabilization

One of the great things about shooting with a Sony NEX-7 or Micro Four Thirds camera is the ability to use just about any lens on the market. Not having autofocus in a lens is one thing, but without Image Stabilization, those adapted lenses can be tricky to shoot hand held.

The new Olympus OM-D EM-5 solves that by offering what they call a 5 Axis IS at the sensor (not the lens). Unfortunately in order to get the aperture working for my EF lenses to an M43 body, the expensive solution is the RedRock Micro Live Lens EF Adapter (seen here). Along with what could be the best EVF available on the market today, and all starting under $1K (body) this will be a very very popular camera. In fact it's already at the top of the Amazon new camera list (seen here).

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15 thoughts on “Olympus OM-D EM-5 Image Stabilization

  1. Carlos D

    If the low-light tech is as advertised, this could be ultimate travel documenting camera body. This plus the Nokton 0.95 could be a portable monster.

  2. Emm

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    @pat - I believe Olympus usually has IS at the sensor, but the E-PL3 doesn't have the 5 Axis IS like the OM-D. The E-PL3 looks like it will be smaller though.

  3. pat

    does the e-pl3 have the same in-camera stabilization or is it different? been thinking of picking up one of those.

  4. Emm

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    @Apostolos - Yes, that's what I mentioned in the beginning of the article. Using any type of lens and having IS in the sensor.

  5. Jery also

    Serge I confess that I didn't consider that. But if the difference is too subtle for HD on yt, why post it?

  6. @Jerry Also you do realize its a super quality killed you tube video right? Not a scientific one. I can guarantee you that watching this clip on a 33 inch in the best calibrated situations is still going to look like a you tube video...

    "Distances to the subject weren’t quite the same and slight differences of lighting confused things further."

    Really? oh lawd!

    Accept and embrace the technology of whats to come...

  7. Jerry also

    PS: Distances to the subject weren't quite the same and slight differences of lighting confused things further.

  8. Jerry also

    It Sounds good ... but I couldn't see any real difference in their side-by-side demo (on a 17" 1280 x 1024 monitor in HD). Besides this supposed contrast was Not between their new-fangled IS versus the old bad 2-axis kind, but between their way and no IS at all. Get those police back in there!

  9. jarrett

    Nice! My biggest wish for the gh3 (besides hackability to at least the driftwood 176mb level) is for is at the sensor.

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