OM System OM-5 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.

OM System OM-5 Mirrorless Camera

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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).

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

Photos Taken with an OM System OM-5

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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
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 © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com

Tools for Fixing Image Files

I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And 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 after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re 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 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 high-ISO noise to lens issues like distortion and sharpness. (Note: I’m focusing here on corrections related to image quality, not image enhancement tools.) All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in. But it’s also possible to take it much further with more specialized tools.

There are specialized image editing apps available that can do pretty remarkable things in cleaning up image noise at high ISOs, correcting lens barrel distortion or lens vignetting, or other optical issues that image quality out of the camera. Here are some apps worth a look (and have free trials).

For Image Noise & High ISO Artifacts

For 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 distortion and geometry)
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)

Price & Availability of the OM System OM-5

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:

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David Coleman

I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »

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