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Olympus E-M5 shows less rolling shutter video jello effect.


A short test made by Four Thrids User (see video on top) shows that indeed Olympus managed to considerably reduce the rolling shutter video jello effect. The trick to archive that is easy…the E-M5 sensor and circuitry has a much faster readout that reduces the rolling shutter artifacts.

The definitive solution of the problem would be the use of a global shutter were the pixels aren’t read out line per line but all toegther at the same time. If early rumors are correct than the Panasonic GH3 may be the first camera with such a sensor! let’s cross the fingers!

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

  • fgl42

    This camera represents significant improvement over previous Olympus cameras in so many ways. It reminds me of when Canon came out with the T2i- what a gigantic leap that was over the previous Rebels. Just hope that much of this technology, particularly the new five axis image stabilization, soon finds its way into the Pens.

    • alexander

      would be grat a pen with all the features of E-M5 & a lot more ;-)

  • misu

    that is so cool!
    is it in 30p?
    so many american parents will be able to properly record their kids!

    • Ernest


  • Pat

    Just American parents? ;)

    Quite surprised at the amount of “Jello” in the E-P3. Glad to see that for the most part it has been corrected. With how great this new camera seems to be performing I am thinking I may have to ditch my E-P2. Usually shoot with a 5D Mark II, but I only have primes for it, and don’t really want any zooms because of size/weight, so this new cam with the 12-50 would be great!

    • wonderer

      12-50 is the shittest lens on the greatest camera – good luck with your combination…

      if you don’t mind the size (5dmkII is no small baby) buy an adapter and go with (weather sealed) 43 lens – Olympus 14-54MKII – I’ve done my research for weeks to buy it.

      the best zoom there that works with micro43(Oly added contrast AF in mkII) system and is better than 43 Pana-Leica 12-50 or any other zoom lens in existence. Is arguably same quality as the best zooms for any system.

      There’s also stellar Oly 12-60 but is:
      – bigger
      – heavier
      – pricer
      – doesn’t autofocus well, very slow if at all on m43 cameras
      – slower compared to the same focal lenghts (same at begining/end but slower in between)

      12-60 (NOT faux pas 12-50) is definitely better lens image wise (they’re both amazing), more wide & more reach – but unless you’re pixel-peeping or you require architectural shots – you won’t notice the difference, 14-54mkII is the king of zoom lenses!

      JUST GO AND BUY IT, even if you don’t have the camera, the lens is so good ;)

      • BLI

        Did you, in your research, actually *check* the AF speed? Is it ok?

        The main advantages of the 12-50 over the 14-54 appear to be:
        * cheaper
        * shorter, half the weight
        * internal focusing/zooming = fixed length
        * power zooming for video
        * probably better AF performance

        Otherwise, the 12-50 appears to be ok for macro shots, and ok for video.

        In other respects (mainly optical — which is important :-)), the 14-54 is said to be quite much better.

        • wonderer

          fast AF – yes, you’ll take those noisy (is very slow lens thus higher ISO) soft images which lacks any subject isolation (&bokeh) faster, no thank you. Panasonic Japanese 14-45 in that case (small, sharp) – changing every month as it is not weather sealed ;)

          I see your point, 14-54mkII price in UK is bad but price in the USA is really good considering the lens quality

          GH2 – much slower but alright

          GH2 – faster here

          GX1 is better than GH2, say it focuses with the speed of compacts I used to have, nothing touchscreen-super-fast but when you are taking this lens, you know why.

          There’s only one situation I would sell this lens, if new Pana 12-35 F/2.8 will be better. Seeing the history of Panasonic lenses (50% bad, 40% average, 10% good) I doubt this new X-lens beats the Olympus quality.

          Panasonic Leicas had been beaten by Olympus lenses couple of times… real Leicas are not-existent for m43.

          • bli

            Well, I already have bought the 12/2, 20/1.7, and 45/1.8. I virtually never use the kit zoom — my lenses easily fit in my pockets. Depending on the price, I may buy the 75/1.8. I doubt I will buy the macro lens — I own the micro Nikkor 105/2.8, but have not used it much — maybe no patience? If I buy the E-M5 and if with the 12-50, it would be to have a weather sealed w/ some macro capability and for an occational video sequence.

            • wonderer

              zoom lenses are really weak area in m43, I agree pancakes are excellent (and small), wish for more zoom lenses which canon/nikon/sony enjoy so much.

              the reason I rarely do pancackes is the don’t fit in the pocket, any advices welcomed (I mean you’re going to town, you grab a camera, where to put accessories?).

              Not that the lens won’t fit – but I need to carry carry both lens and covers (back & front) + filter, and this is trouble even with such a small lens as 45mm – unless you’re doing very specific job (45 f1.7 is very specific lens, as is upcoming 75 f1.8 – which I’ll definitely buy because I need exactly this focal range for gigs at night). And filters+covers you need to have attatched even on the lens you’re removing + space where to put it when it’s taken off.

              Having something which I just grab *just in case* with possibility to shoot envirom.portraits, architecture, wide landscapes, party in bar or even portraits to some degree – like 12-35 – is great option to have. Doesn’t look too big or heavy so patiently waiting for image quality results.

              • Wow, and to think just a short while ago everyone was complaining about the lack of primes in 4/3’s.

      • Fan

        I have the 14-54 MK II and focusing is, well, working but relatively slow. All native Micro Four Thirds lenses are much, much faster. Still, it is a high quality lens. But I could not live with having only this lens. You really need some fast focusing native lenses, and then for really important shots where you have enough time, you can use the big one.

      • I have the GH2 and the 4/3 14-54 mkII lens. Prior to that lens, I was using exclusively the 20mm 1.7 and 45mm 1.8 combination. After I got the 14-54mm, I hardly use those two lenses. The focusing is fine, on par with the 20mm 1.7 in most situation, but with just as good of an image quality, hardly any distortion, pretty sharp wide open, very sharped stopped down from f4 to f11. Overall, one hell of a workhorse lens and I love it!

        By the way, I shoot fashion and commercial photography strictly with mu4/3. Check it out at

        – Joe | fotosiamo

        • Nice work, Joe! Thx for sharing fotosiamo link.

        • Anonymous

          Keren ,..thx for sharing your link ,Joe

        • BLI

          Interesting! The 14-54 ii is really about as fast AF-wise as the 20/1.7?? Of course, the 12/2 and 45/1.8 focus faster on the E-P3 than the 20/1.7, but the AF of the 20/1.7 is ok.

          • Fan

            On E-P3 and G3, the 14-54ii is slower than 20/1.7. On G3 it is a little better than E-P3.

        • BLI

          (Btw: your web page doen’t work well on the iPad.)

  • Narretz

    I still think we shouldn’t get our hopes up for a global shutter in the GH3. I think it will be conventional for the most part, but on steroids.

    • @Narretz
      yeah Panasonic would be silly and unlikely to introduce global shutter unless they have completely nailed it…

      • Duarte Bruno

        You’re probably right.
        The lack of global shutter rumors for the GH3 is worrying and I’m interpreting it as a sign of things not to come… :(

  • I would like to see a similar comparison between the E-M5 and the Canon 5d Mk2 or 3, the 7d, or the Nikon d7000 or d800.

  • Ru Elpser

    Yello – The race

  • art filters with video were still a bit choppy on the E-M5’s I had a play with but that was early firmware or the cheap SD card, so hopefully…

  • Anonymous

    non panasonic sensor,…-checked,.

  • The Real Stig

    Throughout the OM-D articles, I see time and time again, people expressing the wish that Olympus would include all the E-M5 features in a Pen body.

    Could someone please explain to me why? Is it because you think the Pen is significantly smaller than the E-M5 (It is bigger with a VF-2) or is it because you would be happy to do without the viewfinder and weather sealing for the tiny decrease in size?

    Or is it that you want all the features in a Pen because that would magically make them available at a cheaper price and you would sacrifice the viewfinder and weather sealing for that?

    • Luke

      I think some dislike the looks of the OM-D. I am not among that set…..though I do think the PENs are better looking.

      • I like the styling of the Pens but I think the OM-D looks even better.

    • Sounds like you answered your own question! I personally don’t need the viewfinder or weathersealing… so why would I want the extra size, weight, and cost associated with.

      Anxiously awaiting the E-P4 (actually I’m guessing they call it the E-P5)?

    • bli

      Maybe because some of us think that the PEN shape is less likely to get hooked in something?

    • David Tenser

      My guess is that people don’t need the weather sealing, but love everything else. So it’s not really about size, but total cost. My guess is that the same camera without sealing would be around 750 dollars…

    • Fan

      I cannot use a viewfinder because of my corneal irregularity. I don’t want it, I hate it, I can do without it. I need both eyes to see. I cannot see much with only one eye. What a stupid thing, expecting people to see with only one eye.

      I will buy the E-M5 anyway!

  • i just wonder how important quick pans without the “wobbling” effect are for most people

  • 43user

    great point Ulli

  • Pat

    Ref remarks regarding 4/3 lenses on the e-m5: No way I would specifically buy a 4/3 lens for a m4/3 body, that’s just silly. I had the 12-60 when I had an E-5 and it was absolutely silly on my E-P2. I still have the 4/3 25mm f/1.4 and the Oly 8mm Fisheye, both of which are less silly than the 12-60, but quite unbalanced…

    Might as well stick with my Panasonic 14-45. It seems to be a rather nice lens.

    • BLI

      Joe Gunawan Fotosiamo suggests that he 14-54 ii has as fast AF on CDAF as the Panasonic 20/1.7. If correct, then it is definitely useable!

  • reverse stream swimmer

    What is “Global shutter”?

    I read on the dpreview, that the Nikon 1 has an electronic shutter. Is that what some label as a “Global shutter”?

    Also read that the Global shutter requires more active devices per each pixel cell, which will decrease the fill factor, and reduce the total pixel amount.

    It sounds to me, it’s as bad like handicapping the GH2 sensor with a SLT mirror, and thereby loose 1/2EV in performance. Or from the originally 18 Megapixel sensor in the GH2, end up with only 9 Megapixel, due to the “Global shutter” implementation requires an additional sample storage capacitor.

    To me, it sounds like only the videographers would see the benefit from a “Global shutter”, while the still photograhers on the contrary, will loose substantial sensor performance compared to todays GH2. Is this really what we want?

    But there’s hope:

    • P4INKiller

      “To me, it sounds like only the videographers would see the benefit from a “Global shutter”, while the still photograhers on the contrary, will loose substantial sensor performance compared to todays GH2.”

      So what’s the problem?

    • blastingmills

      Global shutter would work great for video, by eliminating rolling shutter effects. But it also has a huge benefit for still photography: unlimited synch speeds with a flash.

      Imagine being able to shoot wide open, using a fill flash on a bright sunny day. The only way you can currently do that is with a stack of ND filters, due to limiting synch speeds. I am not about to spend $1000 on high quality ND filters to cover my entire lens collection. Global shutter would allow you to shoot at 1/4000 sec, f2 with a fill flash and capture tight DOF. Plus, shooting at f2 would allow the photographer to set their flash on 1/16 power or so, conserving on battery life along with faster recycle times, instead of full power. Smaller, lower powered flashes would become more useful, and so on.

      BTW, I own and regularly use the 4/3 14-54 MKll lens, on my GH2 and my E-5. It’s a great lens. I wish it was a constant f2.8, but I get by. If the 14-50 f2 lens was CDAF compatible, I would’ve made that purchase. Also, the GH2 only has a synch speed of 1/160 second.

      • E-1

        14-50 f2 ?

        • blastingmills

          oops…I meant 14-35 f2. Thanks for catching that.

  • reverse stream swimmer

    What is “Electronic First Curtain shutter”?

    From another review, I read that Canon introduced with the EOS40D back in 2007 the optional Electronic First Curtain shutter. Later found also in NEX-5N & NEX-7.

    I don’t think neither Samsung has an “EFC” shutter, and yet nor have Panasonic and Olympus.

    Quoting dpreview: “This isn’t completely new technology – Canon’s live view capable DSLRs have been using it since the EOS 40D of 2007.”

    • SteB

      I’ve had a 40D since just after it came out and use electronic first curtain live view quite a lot, it is labelled silent shooting. I use it for tripod macro photography as you don’t need to use the mirror lock-up.

      Basically instead of the mechanical shutter closing and then opening as normally happens in live view, the exposure starts with the shutter open. This means there’s none of that clicking and vibration at the beginning of the exposure, hence less vibration.

  • wow! milestone archivement! excellent camera!

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