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The Best Small Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5

I'm looking to upgrade my camera, but I don't want to lug around a heavy—and pricey—DSLR. What are my options?

The Best Small Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5

Photo: Courtesy of Olympus

Don’t let the retro Cold War looks fool you. Inside, the E-M5 is one of the most technically sophisticated small cameras available. It has extremely fast autofocus, very sensitive imaging, and built-in image stabilization (especially helpful when using the long zoom). Plus, it’s the only one listed here with a dust and splash-proof housing, providing a last line of defense when your pack gets soaked.

Continuous Speed: 9 frames per second
Sensitivity: ISO 25,600
Weight: 15.0 ounces
Lens System: Ships with a 12-50mm lens. Fits the numerous lenses in the Micro Four Thirds standard, and has an adapter for other lenses.
Price: $1,299

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