OM System OM-5 Sample Images

I’ve been testing out the new OM System OM-5 mirrorless camera. Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with it.

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The OM-5 is the latest release in OM System’s range of compact, ruggedized interchangeable lens cameras. (OM System is new name for what used to be known as Olympus cameras.) It uses the Micro Four Thirds sensor system to help keep the size and weight down, making it a great option for taking along for travel photography.

Olympus is now OM System

In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.

OM System OM-5 Mirrorless Camera

I’d previously been out shooting with the Olympus OM-1. While the OM-5 was launched While the OM-5 was launched after the OM-1, it actually uses older technology. It has an older sensor, older processor, older menu system, and generally older performance specs than the OM-1. Basically, it replaces the Olympus E-M5 III and sits in the middle of OM System’s lineup (with the OM-1 as the new flagship model).

OM System OM-5 with 12-45 ƒ/4 PRO
  • New 20M 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • Computational photography functions, including Handheld High Res Shot, Live ND, Focus Stacking & HDR…

OM System OM-5 Sample Photos

Here are some photos I’ve taken with the OM-5. These were all originally shot in RAW format, but in order to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions, I’ve only very lightly processed them in Lightroom (usually mainly bumping up the contrast a bit, which is pretty standard treatment for RAW files). You can click on each image to open a full-size version.

Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 45mm (35mm equivalent: 90mm) with an aperture of ƒ/6.3, shutter speed of ¹⁄₈₀ sec, and ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 21mm (35mm equivalent: 42mm) with an aperture of ƒ/6.3, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 13mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 20mm (35mm equivalent: 40mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec, and ISO 16000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 1600. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 4000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 1000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 21mm (35mm equivalent: 42mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent: 48mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 20mm (35mm equivalent: 40mm) with an aperture of ƒ/6.3, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/11, shutter speed of ¹⁄₃₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 15mm (35mm equivalent: 30mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 3200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/18, shutter speed of ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 45mm (35mm equivalent: 90mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/5.6, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 1600. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec, and ISO 25600. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 1000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 37mm (35mm equivalent: 74mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₈₀ sec, and ISO 3200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 27mm (35mm equivalent: 54mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 3200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 36mm (35mm equivalent: 72mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 5000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀ sec, and ISO 6400. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 1000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 29mm (35mm equivalent: 58mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 19mm (35mm equivalent: 38mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 3200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₆₀ sec, and ISO 3200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with an OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
Taken with an Olympus OM-5 with an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens zoomed to 12mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm) with an aperture of ƒ/4, shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec, and ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

Key Features & Specs of the OM System OM-5

The OM-5 is the latest in OM System’s mirrorless range. It fits in the middle of their lineup, under the OM-1, and sports the retro styling of vintage Olympus SLRs. It’s also available in black or silver versions.

It has a Micro Four Thirds sensor which outputs 4:3 aspect ratio photos natively at 20.4 megapixels (or 5184 by 3888 pixels). It has an ISO range of 200 to 25600, and I’ve previously posted some high-ISO photos taken with the OM-5.

The OM-5 has:

  • 20.4MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • TruePic IX Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Eye-Level OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • DCI 4K/24p & UHD 4K/30p Video Recording
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 30 fps Shooting, ISO 200-25600
  • 121-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • High-Res Shot, Live ND & Composite Modes
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
OM System OM-5 Mirrorless Camera

Fixing Image Quality Problems in Editing

The general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it later. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re shooting in especially challenging conditions or bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common image quality issues with digital images. And they’re getting better and better all the time as the power of AI ramps up. They can deal remarkably well with anything from sensor issues like high-ISO image noise to lens issues like distortion, softness, vignetting, and chromatic aberration. (Note: I’m focusing here on corrections related to image quality, not image enhancement tools—that’s a different kettle of fish.)

All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in that are very good places to start. But it’s also possible to take it much further with more specialized tools. If you shoot in challenging conditions regularly and find room for improvement in the image quality coming out of the camera, these might well be worth a look (and they have free trials). Some are stand-alone apps; some integrate into image editing suites such as Lightroom Classic.

UPDATE: In April 2023, Adobe released an update to Lightroom Classic that added new AI-powered noise reduction for RAW files. It’s a powerful tool that rivals some of the dedicated apps below. If you’re already using Lightroom Classic for your image editing and organization, it’s well worth trying out—look for the Denoise tool under the Detail panel.

Fixing Image Noise & High ISO Artifacts

  • DxO PureRAW 3. Like Lightroom Classic’s Denoise tool, it only works on RAW files. But since was updated to version 3, it has become my go-to app for this kind of thing. I’m consistently amazed at how it can rescue photos with otherwise dodgy image quality from noise. It can also help with lens distortion, lens vignetting, and lens softness.
  • DxO DeepPrime. This is the noise-only offering using the same denoising technology as PureRAW.
  • Topaz Labs’ DeNoise AI. This is another excellent option for specialized denoising. It works alongside Lightroom or as a standalone app.

Fixing Lens-Related Optical Issues

  • DxO PureRAW. Again offers an impressive suite of automatic fixes that are applied before you start editing the images.
  • DxO ViewPoint. Correcting for lens distortion and geometry skews. Lightroom Classic and Capture One also have excellent built-in tools for this.
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI. In addition to standard unsharp tools, it includes focus correction and shake reduction.

OM System OM-5 Price & Availability

The OM-5 body has an MSRP of $1200. It’s also sold with a 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO kit lens for $1600.

Check the current price and available at:

OM System OM-5 with 12-45 ƒ/4 PRO
  • New 20M 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • Computational photography functions, including Handheld High Res Shot, Live ND, Focus Stacking & HDR…

OM System OM-5 Camera Accessories

These are the model numbers for the official accessories for the OM System OM-5.

  • Battery: BLS-50 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • External Charger: BCS-5
  • USB-AC Adapter: F-5AC AC wall adapter
  • Grip: ECG-5
  • Remote: RM-WR1 wireless remote control
  • Eyecup: EP-16 / EP-15
  • Flash:
    • FL-LM3 electronic flash (the smallest of the flash units)
    • FL-900R electronic flash unit
    • FL-700WR electronic flash unit
    • STF-8 macro flash
    • FC-WR wireless commander
    • FR-WR wireless receiver

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