OM System OM-5

OM System OM-5 front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
  • Revealed October 2022
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M5 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

OM System OM-5 overview

OM System OM-5 is Olympus's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first launched on October of 2022. The camera includes a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.

Olympus launched this model as a way to upgrade the earlier Olympus E-M5 III (Read Full Comparison)

The OM System OM-5 comes in at #20 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & all around #111 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

OM System OM-5 history

The OM System OM-5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
OM-System-OM-5 front thumbnailOM System OM-520MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2022
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
OM System OM-5 vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
OM System OM-5 vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
OM System OM-5 vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012

OM System OM-5 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the OM System OM-5 based on features which are typically seen as important in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with phase detect autofocus
connects via bluetooth
does have HDMI port
does have mic port
environment proof
exports RAW files
high res video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
manual focus
nice screen size (3.00 inches)
provides focus by touch
screen articulates fully
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dot)
selfie friendly screen
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
silent mode (1/32,000 seconds)
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
missing headphone port
terrible battery power (310 per charge)
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OM System OM-5 Sensor features

The sensor size on the OM System OM-5 is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can be extended digitally to a minimum of 64. RAW photos are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the OM System OM-5's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The OM System OM-5 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

OM System OM-5 dimensions

OM System OM-5 weighs in at 0.91 lbs (414 gr / 14.60 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0"). The weight of general Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453 gr and the OM System OM-5 is very similar compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the OM System OM-5 alongside a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

OM System OM-5 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the OM System OM-5.

OM System OM-5 topview buttons dials

OM System OM-5 Lens features

The OM System OM-5 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the OM System OM-5.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-14mm-F2.5-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 II ASPH14mmf/2.5 55g
Sigma-19mm-F2.8-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 19mm F2.8 DN19mmf/2.8 140g
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Samyang-7.5mm-F3.5-UMC-Fisheye-MFT-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT8mmf/3.5 197g
Voigtlander-Nokton-42.5mm-F0.95-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.9543mmf/0.95 571g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-11-22mm-f2.8-3.5 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f2.8-3.511-22mmf/2.8-3.5 485g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS45-200mmf/4-5.6 370g
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Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
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OM System OM-5 Connectivity

The OM System OM-5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy images and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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OM System OM-5 Video features

The highest video quality on the OM System OM-5 is 4096 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p gives a outstanding quality for video recording. You are able to downsample to Full HD to get improved results. Be wary of the large file sizes and ensure you have good SD cards with good write speeds. Even though the body offers a mic jack, it is lacking a headphone jack so you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.

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OM System OM-5 Weather Sealing

OM System OM-5 has got environment sealing which makes it a great choice for use for rough places. This can be especially handy in case you are unsure about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

OM System OM-5 Screen and Viewfinder

The OM System OM-5 includes a 3.00 inch fully articulated screen having a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly screen for self portraits and group shots if required. Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you are able to set focus points and change settings with your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specifications for OM System OM-5 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.68x

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

OM System OM-5 Shutter features

OM System OM-5 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in some conditions.

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OM System OM-5 Flash and Hot shoe features

OM System OM-5 features external flash ability but is without integrated flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

OM System OM-5 Autofocus features

OM System OM-5 features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be helpful for portraits.

The Sensor includes 121 focus points to select from. OM System OM-5 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to change focus points. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. OM System OM-5 features manual focus in case it is needed for low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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OM System OM-5 Battery life

The battery power (BLS-50) on the OM System OM-5 is fashioned to last for 310 clicks according to the CIPA measurements which is lesser when compared with it's rivals. The typical Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 features the highest (810) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

OM System OM-5 for different styles of photography

The following chart presents a summation of the OM System OM-5 for different styles of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.

OM System OM-5 Portrait photography features

The OM System OM-5 has a points tally of 79 which is brilliant, meaning that it is a tremendous option for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats

Street photography with OM System OM-5

Coming in at a fantastic points total of 84, the OM System OM-5 is a excellent option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
comes with touch to focus
weather proofing
good high ISO (25,600)

OM System OM-5 Sports photography info

A excellent sports photography points total of 76 indicates the OM System OM-5 is a tremendous choice for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
has phase detect AF
low battery power (310 per charge)

OM System OM-5 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely important in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the OM System OM-5 gets a superb 78 for a travel camera which makes it a great fit to buy for your journeys.

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weather proofing
supports bluetooth
provides focus by touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery power (310 shots)

Landscape photography with OM System OM-5

For anybody planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The OM System OM-5 with it's terrific rating of 79 for a landscape camera is a tremendous choice compared to it's competition.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3.00")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
bad battery (310 CIPA)

OM System OM-5 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the OM System OM-5 is a wonderful fit for vlogging as it delivers a very high score of 85.

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selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has microphone support

OM System OM-5 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the OM System OM-5, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The chart underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the OM System OM-5 versus it's top scored rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
OM System OM-5
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3.00 inches
Resolution of screen
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed
1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
414 grams (0.91 lbs)
125 x 85 x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0")
Battery life
310 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots
Launch cost