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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Ergonomics

I am an active shooter— meaning I might stuff a small camera into a jacket pocket while hiking, a cycling jersey pocket while biking, etc. The camera design and grip are thus critical to me for those uses in particular.

See also the Usability page.

A good camera grip means not just avoiding camera damage (dropping) and the ability to forgo a neck strap, it can also mean sharper pictures and more shooting enjoyment. I installed a heavy duty UpStrap wrist strap on the E-M5.

My goals: a small no-fuss camera with a top-notch sensor, simple controls, the ability to protect the lens (eg. a hood and filter), quick on-off, no protruding camera warts to interfere with fast stow/unstow, etc. The Olympus E-M5 delivers on all of these except for being a little too large and heavy for cycling use (jersey pocket), which is a pity. But in context, it is understandable given its clear design goals as a DSLR-like camera.

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