The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera
With the OM-D E-M5, Olympus has clearly taken the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) format to another level with performance solidly in DSLR territory. The new 16 MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor provides excellent image quality with the Truepic V-1 processor and surprisingly good high ISO performance up to a maximum of 25,600. Excellent dynamic range, improved color accuracy and a significant jump in resolution are just some of what can be expected from the E-M5. Shutter lag is nonexistent and 9 FPS can be achieved while manually focusing, 4.2 FPS while utilizing the improved continuous AF.
Main and Sub dials that allow instant aperture and shutter speed adjustment as well as other menu selected adjustments. These dials can be programmed independently for each mode setting on the camera. Two programmable function buttons and an additional programmable video record button allow extensive customization for each photographer’s particular needs. Another feature unique to this Olympus is built-in 5 Axis Image Stabilization that works in concert with any MFT lens.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Key Camera Specifications
- 16MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
- 5-axis in-body image stabiliation
- ISO 200-25600
- 9fps manual focus continuous shooting
- 1.44M Dot EVF
The Nauticam NA-EM5 Underwater Housing
All controls on the NA-EM5 are engineered for optimal ergonomics. The Olympus Main and Sub dials are easily reached by thumb or forefinger with no need to release grip on the housing while adjusting aperture and shutter speed. The important Fn1 and Fn2 buttons are just as easy to reach and can be programmed for a multitude of functions. A few of the useful settings are AF Lock, One-touch White Balance, Manual Focus, ISO and Exposure Compensation. Switching between LV and the EVF is a snap and a quick press of the Info button can show or hide Olympus’ new LV super control panel on the OLED screen for quick access to many critical settings. The mode dial can easily be turned through the typical P, A, S, M, Movie mode and some “easy shooting modes”. Controls need to offer a proper “feel” and Nauticam’s patented two-stage lever shutter release allows for natural, precise focus and shutter release activation. Every one of the features on the new NA-EM5 is engineered to the same exacting tolerances of Nauticam’s now famous line of DSLR housings. That quality will surely be reflected in every picture taken with this remarkably powerful imaging system.
Premium Professional Optics
A big part of the Micro Four Thirds format’s popularity is a great lens selection for both topside and underwater. Nauticam manufactures an extensive line of compact ports to accommodate many of the best lenses for m4/3. Lenses that are particularly well suited for underwater use include the Panasonic 8mm fisheye, Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic 14mm, Olympus 14-42, Panasonic 14-42mm, Panasonic 45mm macro, 60mm macro (upcoming), new Olympus 12-50 w/ macro (Supported by a special new Nauticam port for power zoom and macro switch).
Light and Accessory Mounting, Trays and Handles
The optional Nauticam Flexitray provides a lightweight, compact mounting solution for strobe arms and the NA-EM5 housing. Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips. The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives. Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Support & Downloads
What's In The Box?
- NA-EM5 Housing
- Spare Main O-ring
- O-ring Remover
- CR-2032 Battery (for Moisture Alarm)
- Instruction Manual
- Set of Allen Keys
Port Locking System
No twisting! Effortless port changes are achieved with the Nauticam port locking system. Simply push and twist the recessed knob and the port is easily removed.
Housing Locking Latch
The secure single rotating housing latch opens the housing back allowing for quick and easy battery or media changes.
Fiber Optic Bulkheads
The NA-EM5 features integrated fiber optic bulkheads that use the Sea&Sea standard style connection and allow for accurate automatic strobe power control by the on-board camera flash with many strobe types.