My Olympus OM-D EM-5

My Olympus OMD EM5 in silver- taken with a Canon 500D

8 Reasons why I choose the Olympus OM-D EM-5

To start off , this is not a professional review of the olympus OMD EM5. Views are from an amatuer . So any pros out there reading it, do correct me if I made any technical mistakes.

I have my Silver Olympus OM-D EM-5 for over a month now. I had taken quite a few photos in the month of May and I must say this camera had replaced my Canon 500D as my essential camera. I am so amour by it that I think I should state why I love my camera. A month into the Camera, I had dressed it in a Gariz special edition half case which is an excellent stylish alternative to a battery grip. For the neck strap , I had opt for the Arnuvo brown leather strap. Other than the cosmetic changes, I had decided to invest in my first prime lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 to give more sharpness and bokeh into the pictures.

See a quick peek into te Panasonic Leica DG Summilus 25mm f1.4
In a nutshell , this camera had been given alot of love and I would like to share with you the reasons why i chosed the camera. As mentioned, I am but a novice photographer. The insights are from one that only most recently understand the difference between Aperture and Shuttle Speed. However I must professed that I had yet to efficiently apply the theories to practice. So if you are a pro photographer, you may want to skip this. If you are new to DSLR and Micro Four Third and would like to 'upgrade' from a point and shoot photographer, you may find this a little useful in your search for your first Micro Four Third or otherwise known as mirrorless camera.

1 Small Size
I love the size and weight of the OMD EM5. The camera is about 3/4 of the size of the Canon 500D. This mean the possibility of taking a small inconspicuous bag when I am out. It also means less weight on the shoulders which could be a boon especially if you are carrying a 20kg boy. This is especially useful when you are travelling as size and weight is ideal for those vacations and weekend activities. I am currently using Herringbone Alantis (small) bag and its a perfect bag for the OMD EM5 with kits lens plus 1 extra lens.
The small size is attributed to it being a mirrorless system, thus eliminating the bulk found on DSLR.
Silver or Black OMD E

2 Low Light Performances
As much as I enjoyed taking photos with my Canon 500D, I always have a problem with it under low light conditions.I try not to use flash as I do not like how the colours will turn out with it. Needless to say, I do not have much success with quality photos from the Canon in dark conditions. However the OM-D EM-5 impresses with the low light capabilities. The below photo was taken in the evening with only a faint garden light in the foreground. Yet the picture turned out to be useable. I had since taken many photos in dark conditions and love how much shots I had saved as a result.

3 Toy Photography
With the new prime lens, toy photography has become a joy. I usually had problem shooting toys. With this Camera, the colour rendering is as close as to what my eyes can see. I love the Bokeh effect on the background as well and it allows the focus area to pop in the pictures.

4 Olympus Colour
I love the infamous Olympus Colour. The hues in the photographs are much more vivid and refreshing comparing to the Canon. The photos you have seen in this series are all shown as it is without any edits.
The below photo depicts the skyway at Garden by the Bay and it is my favourite due to the colours.

5 Weatherproof
Weatherproof is not waterproof, but it is splashproof. This gives me the confidence of taking it a pool for a closeup of the kids having fun! Even rain would not ruin this little workhorse.

6 Sharpness
The photos taken are sharp and vivid. Compare the below photo of the Canon with the first photo of the OM-D EM-5 (taken with the Canon), the naked eye can pick up the sharpness between the photos. The OM-D EM-5 with the right lens should be able to produce picture quality similar or better compared to a full fledge DSLR.
Canon 500D - Taken with the OMD EM5 on Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 lens

7 Black and White photography
I have discovered black and white photography with this camera. I must say the option is in the Canon as well. However I find myself using this option more often on the OM-D EM-5 as it is easier to switch and customise with the interface of the OM-D. You can easily swtich to Black and White at one touch of the button.

7 Art Filters
The Canon does not have art filters in them. With the OM-D EM-5, the pre-set art filters present a creative way to shoot the subject. With this, you can shoot with special effects and forget about wasting time on photoshops. The OM-D EM-5 comes with 11 types of art filters and 5 times arts effects. With several permuatatons avaliable, you have a total of 78 effects avaliable on the OM-D EM-5.
Thumbs up to the Art Filters ( which is by the way what Olympus is famous for as well)

These 8 reasons are not exhaustive. There are many more reasons why I choose an OM-D
  • Fastest autofocus in its class (for the moment)
  • The high end Electronic View Finder
  • The world's first 5 AXIS IS for excellent image stability.
  • 9 high Speed Sequential Shooting (Only avaliable in the high end DSLR system that cost twice as much)
  • Tilting OLED touchscreen monitor (That helps you with taking photos at a different angle)
  • Full HD Movies
  • Widest range of Prime Lens  and zoom lens options for mirrorless camera
Nevertheless these are the core reasons why I decided to replace Canon with the OM-D. However , the main gripe about the system, is that battery life is much shorter compared to the Canon. As a result I do encourage you to pick up an extra battery as well.

Looking forward to many more memories to be made from the OM-D EM-5.

* If you are looking for a pro view check these reviews
Steve Huff's take on OMD-EM5
Robin Wong's take on OMD-EM5
Olympus Singapore OMD-EM5 specs



  1. Glad I came across your review! I just switched over from a Canon 7D to the Olympus OMD EM-5. I purchased my DSLR and used it frequently but once we had our daughter I wanted to take my camera with me all the time. Over the course of 2 years I found that the weight and bulk coupled with the need to carry multiple lenses around with the nearly 5 pound 7D with grip was beginning to cause me to use the camera less and less. My wife has a beautiful G11 and she was always able to carry her camera with her. Being more familiar with photography I couldn't see myself using something that wasn't as versatile as my DSLR so I started looking into the micro four-thirds category. After trying several of the PEN line I opted for the top of the line and picked up the OMD just days ago. I cannot imagine not having it with me all the time. It is an incredibly capable camera and the images are comparable to my 7D with the RAW files actually yielding more flexible, film-like results in processing. I carry a messenger bag 90% of the time and the OMD fits comfortably without adding a ton of weight.

    A photography professor of mine once stated that the camera you carry is the best one you own and with my DSLR my expensive gear was basically being wasted. Now with the OMD I feel having a camera with me all the time makes the investment worth the price and in the end will help to improve my skills while helping me chronicle the life of my family over time.

    I too have found that the battery life leaves one wanting a minor improvement but with a spare or two no one would really have much to complain about. While my Canon with grip could last for days and days it can't fit in my messenger bag and therefore just doesn't offer what I need these days which is a camera that can be with me at any time.

    Definitely an appropriate camera for the more skilled, photographic parent!

    I have been looking into the Gariz half case as well with the optional shoulder strap. How has your's worked out for you?

    Great review and insight!

    1. Hi Stringer, thanks of your comments and inputs! The Graiz case is still on the Omd. I love how it gives the camera grip as the extra padding allows u to grip with 3 fingers instead of 2 on the Omd. Great for one hand shots. The quality and workmanship is top notch as well . Highly recommended.

  2. I really like the case you have chosen. Where can I find it? I have been searching online, but can't locate it.


    1. I got the casse from Artworkfoto in The Adephi. I also spotted it at Harvey Norman Funan Center. Good luck in your search!