January 5, 2016 by brok
Best camera ever, but...
This camera has it all: solid build, dedicated buttons for the user functions you need most, articulated screen, great lenses, makes beautiful images, and is comfortable in the hand. But Olympus has totally dropped the ball by dropping the DSLR and the 4/3 system. And by doing so they have dropped support for thousands of their loyal customers who have invested heavily in this system. As good as the E-5 has been, the competition is now outpacing it. It's so disappointing that Olympus has chosen to abandon the DSLR - and with it - a large segment of their customer base. Yes, there is a place in the world for micro 4/3 format, but there's also a place for the DSLR. Hopefully, one day Olympus will do the right thing and provide the next greatest DSLR for the world to enjoy.
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November 25, 2014 by William
Olympus E-5
I think over time the Olympus E-5 will be regarded as one of the finest cameras ever built because of it's superb build quality, it's on board Image stabilization, it's Titanium water proof and dust proof body, very good quality video, articulating LCD screen, superb low light shooting capabilities, and a multitude of Professional functions and setting that put it into a professional class among the best cameras anywhere in it's price range. It's really unfortunate that Olympus chose to discontinue the Professional E-series four thirds mount cameras when it could have had a winner if they had continued to improve such a fantastic series. What were you thinking Olympus?
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November 27, 2013 by Paul
Two Plus Years Later
Still I am learning more and more about the E-5. Purchased for the daughters' weddings of 2011, I have used it in more hockey arenas than I can count since. Any sports photographer will tell you that there is no such thing as constant lighting in any arena even those that hold professional games. The E-5 has dazzled me when compared to my EV500 under these conditions. The auto WB is more than enough in most of these lighting conditions and the ISO advancement keeps the hi-res jpegs clear and refined. Kudos also to Olympus for keeping the batteries for the E series DLSR compatible through out.
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October 21, 2013 by Darrell
Built Like A Tank
This IS a professional camera because of it's rugged build and it's use of the finest lenses ever produced for any camera system. Olympus may be marketing their EM-1 right now which is also a fine camera but for some the E-5 is the perfect size. The E-5 while not having a modern sensor like the new EM-1 still stacks up favorably against the competition because of the SHG f/2 lens suite that is available, and no other manufacturer even offers lenses of this caliber. For now the E5 is still a good choice for those who already have 4/3 lenses but because Olympus will no longer make DSLR's, those just starting out and wanting a more substantial body then mirrorless cameras have, you may want to look at other brands.
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September 30, 2013 by Jerry
Amaziing Camera... Love my E-5
I reviewed this camera back in April, and gave a good description of what I thought were bits of valuable information; I will try to give a better opinion here. I have shot with Olympus (Exclusively) since 1976 (except for 1989 & 90, when I shot a medium format Mamiya 645, maybe 20% of the time); Most of my images were made with an OM-1, manual camera. I have a degree in commercial photography. The E-5 is a true workhorse of a camera, built solidly and very comfortable to hold. It is heavier than my E-500 or EM-5, but with heft comes stability! which helps reduce camera shake. For me, the weight is perfect... all my lenses feel balanced when mounted on the E-5 (50 f2.0 Macro, 11-22, 12-60 even the 50-200, and the 14-45 std zoom and 40-150) they all work great, they all focus quickly, and images come out great. The best features of the E-5 are the adjustable image monitor, the Layout of controls on the back, and top, and the fact that there is a "grip" where the shutter button is located. This "grip" is what makes the camera so easy to hold, for me. Your index finger rests on the shutter button, and just below is an adjustment dial, easily accessed. I love the location of the "view images" and "trash images" buttons around the OK button etc. Makes it easy to review images, and delete bad shots, and such. The rotatable monitor is really handy when you need to use an extreme camera position (that your body simply is not able to get to). By switching on Live View, and rotating the monitor to the required view angle, you can make the shot. I like the built in flash, and use it for fill-in when light is a bit low, or contrast is lacking. Now for the features that I don't care for, or I think should be improved! First, the 12.3 MegaPixel Sensor really needs to be higher!! 16 MP is a minimum, but really needs to get to 20 -25 MP (But that is asking A Lot!, since Olympus's Image Sensor has the Highest Pixel Density {Pixels/mm^2} of Any camera system today) So, an increase in MP rating is first on my list, but to be honest, I have taken some truly impressive (sharp and contrasty) images with 12.3 MP. ASA, ISO rating needs to be in-line with the EM-5 and EM-1. I took shots when re-modeling our kitchen, of the inside of a drawer... which was really dark, no flash, but the EM-5 bumped the ISO high enough to get a clear image... the E-5 was limited in that respect. I like the EM-5's Live Image, mirrorless environment. The E-5 has it, but you have to activate it (I think by locking the mirror up). This feature works good, but maybe the mirror-less design would be good for the E-5 in the future. Finally, the Art Filters! I really like the art filters, on both my E-5 and my EM-5... but the E-5 does not appear to have the Art Bkt option; and there are not as many filter choices on the E-5. Art Filters make photography FUN.... (wish my E-500 had them) The E-5 is really a joy to use! There is also a sense of pride in owning such a fine camera. I understand the restriction that Cost puts on a person's choices, and the cost of this camera is high, but it was definitely worth the expense for me. I was looking for quality, and found it nestled in excellence. p.s. I have a spread-sheet, illustrating Olympus's image sensor Pixels-per-mm^2 density, compared to Nikon and Mamiya, and Olympus's density on their 16 MP sensor in the EM-5 and EM-1 far exceeds any others.
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