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Olympus has a good share of interchangeable lens camera sales including DSLRs and compact system cameras, despite of very limited models they release every year. After the long run of SLR film cameras in the market, Olympus finally migrated to digital earlier than many of the manufacturers, with the implementation of E-System technology.

Olympus releases distinct line of E-System cameras for professional professional photographers with competitive features at frequent intervals. The best Olympus digital SLR cameras are aimed at advanced beginners to intermediate photographers and creative professionals. Olympus mostly sells DSLRs with body only, so you might have to bear the extra cost of the lens. The fully digital SLR system cameras from Olympus are generally smaller than average camera bodies.

The best DSLRs from Olympus are the premium models which implement the entirely digital proprietary Four Thirds standard for the interchangeability of lens from various manufacturers. This system also allows for compactness and lightness of these DSLR cameras.

Some of the latest features in the newer versions of Olympus DSLRs are HD video recording capability, support for artistic filters and the rugged designs which include the weatherproof features. Along with the traditional viewfinders, these cameras also support live view with the help of LCDs attached to the DSLR body. The additional features of the top most Olympus DSLRs include wireless flash control.

Check out our latest product listing of best Olympus digital SLRs available at a high price range of around $1500.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Light Field Camera


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Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus E-5
Olympus E-620
Olympus Evolt E620
Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Light Field Camera
Olympus E-5 Body Only Digital Camera
Olympus E-620 Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w 14-42mm  40-150mm Lens
Olympus Evolt E620 12 3MP Live MOS Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization and 2 7 inch Swivel LCD w  14-42mm f 3 5-5 6 Zuiko Lens
Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm Lens and EVF
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Release Date
Apr 2012
Oct 2010
Jul 2009
Mar 2009
Nov 2009
Camera Type
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Resolution
16.1 Megapixel
13.1 Megapixel
13.1 Megapixel
12.3 Megapixel
12.3 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
Live MOS
Live MOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
21.6 mm
21.6 mm

  • If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.


  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested. It's got a top-notch stabilization system, is fully weather sealed, can shoot in all types of light, and ships with a sharp and versatile kit lens. Add it all up, and you have our new Editors' Choice for high-end compact interchangeable lens cameras.


  • It hasn't taken Olympus long to speed into our hearts with their retro-inspired compact system camera lineup. The Micro Four Thirds PEN series was well-received not only for its style, but its image quality and usability. Seeing a gap at the top of their product line, Olympus now has the OM-D E-M5, answering the question: what would happen if you stuffed modern digital guts in a 1970s compact SLR body? The E-M5 is the first camera in Olympus new OM-D line, a direct descendant of their OM line of compact SLR film cameras.

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    Even a short time spent with the Olympus E-5 is enough to remind me that Olympus pro cameras are serious photographic tools. It's the little things that matter a lot. Mirror blackout time with the E-5, for example, is brief, which I find an essential factor, especially when shooting portraits. When what you're capturing are mere moments, and when expressions change in each moment, keeping contact with your subject is very important, and the Olympus E-5's rapid return mirror allows that.


  • The splashproof, dustproof Olympus E-5 is a good option if you shoot photos and video in unfriendly environments, but with middling low-light performance and limited video-capture options it's not the best D-SLR you can buy for the money.


  • Overall, the Olympus E-5 is an excellent camera and clearly the best Four Thirds DSLR to date. Its weakest point is the eye-watering price tag of £1499/$1699 for the body only, which is higher than that of any of the main competitors (and not much lower than that of the 24-megapixel, full-frame Sony A850). Granted, the E-5â??

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    - The power switch is easy to activate with the flip of a thumb, and the Control dial rapidly scrolls through options, and zooms in playback mode.


  • While it's a solid budget dSLR with good photo quality and a host of advanced features, the Olympus E-620 still falls behind the competition on most counts.


  • - Feature rich.
    - ISO 3200 is awful.
    - Great AF in Live View.

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    - The power switch is easy to activate with the flip of a thumb, and the Control dial rapidly scrolls through options, and zooms in playback mode.


  • - Feature rich.
    - ISO 3200 is awful.
    - Great AF in Live View.

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    - The most significant compromise for a DSLR this size is a tiny viewfinder which makes it difficult to confirm focus, and the E-620 is no exception here.
    - Further functions of the camera are setable via a tabbed menu system or an interactive status screen.
    - The central OK button activates the status screen which is quite easy to use.

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    - The results were quite good from both the E-P1 and E-P2.
    - It might be that the Olympus E-P2 is so short that the controls are just harder to reach than I'm used to.
    - The lower resolution makes Manual focus a little more difficult than it was on the just-reviewed Panasonic GF1, even with the 7x or 10x zoom option.
    - Chromatic aberration is a little high, unfortunately, but that can be dealt with.


  • For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.


  • The E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera has all the benefits and shortfalls of the less expensive E-P1, but it also includes a detachable electronic viewfinder.


Top 5 olympus digital slr camera:

  1. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Light Field Camera
  2. Olympus E-5 Body Only Digital Camera
  3. Olympus E-620 Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w 14-42mm 40-150mm Lens
  4. Olympus Evolt E620 12 3MP Live MOS Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization and 2 7 inch Swivel LCD w 14-42mm f 3 5-5 6 Zuiko Lens
  5. Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm Lens and EVF