The Olympus OM-D E-M5, announced in February 2012, is a Micro Four Thirds compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. In style and name it references the Olympus OM series of film SLR cameras, but it is not an SLR camera (there is no optical path from lens to viewfinder: a high quality electronic viewfinder is used). The successor is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
In April 2012, the enthusiast photography web site Digital Photography Review (DP Review) awarded the OM-D EM-5 a Gold Award. On the same website it was subsequently voted Best Camera of 2012 in a photographers' poll.
Other photography news and reviews websites that awarded the OM-D EM-5 "Camera of the Year" for 2012 were photographyblog.com and wirefresh. The camera also won a 2012 Pop Photo award from the magazine Popular Photography.
"Live Bulb" (without toggle) and "Live Time" (with toggle) bulb mode settings, where the viewfinder and display get updated 'during' the exposure in order to allow the photographer to inspect the exposure while it "develops". The display refresh rate for this mode can be configured between 0.5 s and 60 s.
Tilting 800 x 600 LCD OLED touchscreen, allowing shooting from awkward angles and with the ability to select the focus point and release the shutter with a touch