October 25, 2011
I have shot both the other "big" brands and must say the E5 is miles ahead of them. The camera is an absolute beast that can put up with anything I throw at it, as I am an "action" photographer that is tough on equipment. It won't scratch, wear or dent not matter what I do to it. I am amazed with the abuse that it just laughs at.
Beyond being tough, the E5 picture quality is amazing. I love the fact that the exposure is almost always dead on when I am in Aperture Mode. The jpegs are extremely sharp and accurate (I don't like spending hours correcting photos, I would rather be shooting). Colors are correct and vibrant. The controls are easy to use and all of the buttons are well placed and I very rarely ever mistakenly change modes or settings as I did with the "other" cameras. All of my pictures are tack sharp if I follow proper shooting guidelines.
Some of the other things I like about the camera are the durable and awesome swivel screen. What top rate, pro camera offers this? I love the Art filters. Are they a little corny? Maybe, but if it a dreary day they can add some fun to the pictures. Dramatic tone can make an overcast day awesome. Best yet, the filters don't touch the raw file. I also love and treasure the anti shock feature. Gone is the stupid mirror lock up feature. For a landscape photographer, this is huge benefit and true genius from Olympus. I also like the in-body camera stabilization. Put good glass in the lenses, not electronics. I like the two card slots also. Now I can use both type of cards and never run into memory problems if I have 2 cards in.
I love the feel of this camera. It feels tough and it fits my hand well. You feel like you are holding a professional (which you are) piece of equipment when you hold the E5. Throw on the superior Zuiko glass and you have a heavy duty masterpiece.
I only have two complaints with this camera. The eye cup. Watch out, it falls of easy, so if you move around a lot with the camera, have extras in your bag because you are going to lose one or two. The remote cable release was not well thought out. For a tough camera, this is the camera's Achilles Heal. You look at it wrong and it will break, costing you over 60 bucks a clip. This has been a big frustration to me.
The E5 is a big winner. I have a much more expensive competitor's camera and it stays in the bag all the time. I have 2 E5 bodies and an assortment of the top level Zuiko lenses. I absolutely love them. When I read reviews that say the Olympus is expensive compared to competitors similar models, I think they are comparing the wrong models. The E5 is a professional camera that should be compared to the big two's pro cameras that cost almost 3 times more.
I have compared images in exact same settings and the E5 images are sharper, more true to color, and better exposed. Add that to the super tough body, and you have the best of all features in one camera. Well done Olympus. Please keep the DSLR cameras going. The E-PL system is awesome (I have one of those also), but the E5 is simply the best. It makes my photography better and much more fun.
October 03, 2011
You can feel the build quality the moment you pick up the camera. It's built like a tank. The ergonomic design fits naturally when taking photographs. The autofocus is amazingly fast. Particularly with the ED 50mm,f2.0 lens. I have a picture of a bubble floating in an outdoor breeze to prove it. I enjoy using the art filters to show different perspectives. The processor processes RAW files quickly when doing high sequential shooting. The ability to access menus and make changes is quick and easy. I am most impressed with the picture quality and color. In my opinion, the Olympus E-5 produces better picture quality and color than any other camera in it's class and better then many of the competitors' more expensive high end cameras. I also own the Olympus E-3 in addition to the E-5. With the weather sealing, I feel very secure using these Olympus cameras in foul/stormy weather conditions and when boating, etc.
Thank you Olympus. You keep DSLR's like the E-5 coming and I'll keep buying. :-)
September 30, 2011
As a longtime E-1 user, who skipped the E-3, the E-5 is a significant upgrade. I have less than two weeks with this camera, but the improvements in image quality and responsiveness are significant. I really love the 3" LCD, the viewfinder and the information displays. I will have a more cogent review in a few months, but so far, so good.
Note I listed good for value, as similarly capable bodies, from other manufactures, sell for less. If I factor in lens quality vs. price, for Olympus DSLR cameras, the value borders on excellent.
September 25, 2011
Nashville to New York
I've shot Olympus SLR since the E-10.
I have all the pro series zooms from 7-4 to 90-250mm. I shoot about 500 frames a week.
The quality of the colors and clairity beats my friends. The sharpmess and image quality stand out.
I just want to know that the E system SLRs will continue.
September 20, 2011
Simply a masterpiece product from Olympus. Combined with almost any Zuiko lenses, you will get beatiful photos. E-5 is an excellent tool for any type of photography. I have used in several countries in different weather condition, the camera and lenses never failed. Oh yes, you can take stunning night photos without flash.
September 15, 2011
Wet in Seattle
My E5 makes all the other cameras in it's price range feel like plastic toys. Pair an E5 with a SHG Zuiko lens and I don't think you can match the image quality no matter what you spend!
September 15, 2011
Camera is truly amazing Easy to navigate, feels very much like my beloved E1, great in low light, works flawlessly with any oly lenses, weight and size perfect for a pro camera, raw and jpeg output needs very little tweaking, filters are Great!, off camera flash works great for portrait photography, view finder menus are very easy to use and very functional. And with the amazing oly lenses the E5 produces pictures that you will cherish for years to come. I love this camera
September 12, 2011
I upgraded my 420 to an E-5 and wish I would have dobne it earlier. This body is great, it pairs wonderfully with my Zuiko lenses. The AF is super quick even in low light conditions.
August 29, 2011
As a very experienced photographer I chose a system not a camera. There are better bodies available, but when you add Zuiko SWD lenses to the equation Olympus was my choice.
August 14, 2011
Outstanding camera. I am self made professional photographer. I "grew up" with OM - 1 and added OM - 2 and OM - 4. I expect quality built cameras and high reliability. It was reading the reviews on these pages that helped me to decide to buy E - 5
body and ED 12 - 60 mm SWD lens. To say I am not disaponted would be understatement. Very hapy how the camera performs. True to life colors and razor sharp images. This is very important to me. Great camera, Olympus.