January 25, 2012
I've been shooting photographs since 1979 and am a professional fine art photographer.
The Olympus E-5 is an amazing camera. Quality and build are excellent and the camera provides beautiful results.
Lower noise at high ISO and built in image stabilization are huge. The camera display is large and articulating which is very handy when shooting over the tops of peoples head.
The glass in their mid-level and higher grade lenses is outstanding and the zoom ranges are nearly perfect for what I do.
January 19, 2012
Received the Olympus E-5 as a gift and I love it. I am a novice photographer, but this camera is easy to use. Plus Olympus has a friendly and helpful Tech Support for questions I couldn't find answers to in the manual.
I've taken some fantastic night photos.
The menu is very user-friendly too to be able to quickly change settings.
I haven't tried the HD recording feature yet or the art filters, but look forward to using them.
January 14, 2012
The E-5 is the 5th professional Olympus camera I have owned, in addition to some point-and-shoot versions. I love the compact size of the format. I could go on and on because there are VERY FEW features that I have a problem with.
There are two areas where Olympus needs some improvements in their professional cameras. I photograph dancers on stage during rehearsal with no posing or control over the lighting. I often find the autofocus balky the in low light stage lighting and I would still love to have access to even higher ISO's and with a bit less noise.
January 13, 2012
What I like about the camara is its rugednes for outdoor photography. Its true to life colors,fast auto focus,excelent lenses and its ergonomic design.
January 11, 2012
I upgraded from an E-500 which is a good camera and good base (with quite an investment in lenses!) but I wanted something with a little more capability. I took my E-5 on vacation and used it as an opportunity to experiment and have not been disappointed. Wouldn't pretend to have become a master yet - another vacation is on the horizon... Some clear differences - pictures in low light are so much better, while have not used much the video is impressive, picture stabilization, white balance and speed are much improved. Much still to learn but very impressed so far and I can now take photos I simply couldn't before.
December 29, 2011
While there is much debate these days about future of Olympus and the commitment to DLSR, I took the leap to E-5 and do not regret it. The camera does give a jump in IQ over E-30.
It is a plus for those of us who are already committed to 4/3 that Olympus has not made radical changes to user interface or how accessories will match up with E-5. The camera has a great feel in your hands and is built like a tank. It does fall short on video but that isn't why I purchased this DSLR.
The JPEGs are very nicely rendered though I personally prefer RAW. The addition of an SD slot was a welcome addition. While noise at higher ISO is much improved, it is still there but at low ISO this camera will stand toe to toe and then some with any APS-C sensor offering.
Most of all when coupled with Olympus glass, the E-5 is a stunner and a worthy flagship camera. The price is starting to come down now to a point where the Olympus 4/3 system system dollar-for-dollar can't be beat IMHO.
Oly please don't stop making great cameras like the E-5!!!
December 25, 2011
This is my 4th Olympus DSLR. I began with the evolt 500, then an evolt 510, moved up to the E30 and now the E5. Each was an improvement on the last, and loved all of them. The E5 seems to be the pinnacle, love that it is faster focusing, faster in setting variables and yet still follows the same general format that previous models used. It is built like a tank and with my array of Olympus Zuiko lens it is used all the time. Cannot believe the picture quality and ease of use. Fantastic overall.
December 15, 2011
I bought my E-5 about nine months ago and I love it. Well built, dust proof and splash proof are important to me. Plus all the functions that are available blows my mind. Image quality is great and noise is not an issue at all.
December 12, 2011
I started with an E-520, upgraded to E-30. Finally I got an E-5. My pictures totally changed.
November 22, 2011
My introduction to Olympus began with the E-520. That camera is a feature packed monster. From then I moved to the Olympus E-3, then the E-30 and now, the E-5.
This camera is an absolute beast. Let's get that out of the way from the beginning. The images it produces are very clear and detailed (especially in combination with SHG Zuiko lenses). It can provide excellent quality, and images are great for resizing when extremely large print work is needed.
At lower ISO settings is where this camera truly shines. When shooting at ISO 200 you get the most dynamic range from it and much better range in the highlights. There is some shadow noise that I have noticed, but this is something that doesn't appear in my prints. When underexposing an image to preserve highlights however, noise can become a problem when increasing the exposure in post production.
When you're not in an extremely contrasty scene, the camera provides excellent metering (I mainly shoot in Aperture Priority mode, Manual mode when I'm using strobes).
I would love to have more frames per second, but 5 is plenty enough for the work that I do.
The build quality? The same as the E-3. Which equals almost "everything-proof". I've shot in extremely heavy rain, dusty conditions, etc. The camera never missed a step and worked excellent.
It's a bulkier camera, being in relatively the same size as the E-3.
The battery life has varied. With BLM-5's the camera has seen exceptional life. Using older BLM-1 batteries from my previous cameras, they die quicker.
The image stabilization is excellent. I've actually managed to get a handheld 2 second exposure! This isn't a normal occurrence though and I was lucky to be as still as I could while holding this camera with the 12-60mm lens.
I don't use the art filters, however, I feel they are an excellent addition for those who don't have time to edit their photos in post production.
The HD movie implementation could be better. I notice that when I shoot video in manual mode, it seems that I don't get full manual control as the exposure changes as I pan through a scene with varying dynamic range. I believe this could be improved with a firmware update however (as well as adding 25p, 24p, 50p, 60p recording). I feel the Zuiko lens are excellent and with these additions would help make the E-5 an even more attractive camera.
The menu system of the camera and screen are beautiful. There are a lot of buttons on the body (similar to the E-3) which will take some getting used to. I would love to see a button layout to the E-520 (which I feel has beautiful ergonomics).
The viewfinder is beautiful and the digital spirit level inside has helped tremendously in getting straight photos.