August 11, 2011
I upgraded from my E3 to the E5. It is a wonderful camera. The pictures are coming out tack sharp.
July 11, 2011
I've been shooting with the E-5 since Jan 2011 and have been very pleased with the image quality. I'm frequently surprised at the amount of cropping (enlargement) that can be done while maintaining clear images. I've also been impressed with the quality of photos when using higher ISO. Now I'm the limiting factor not the equipment.
May 27, 2011
I was committed to Olympus when I bought the Ev500 in 2006.The E5's autofocus is what attracted me.In low light conditions the Ev500 had trouble with focusing to the point I carried a portable light source for it to lock onto. The image stabilisation is a wonder as I am not as steady as I once was when shooting photos on the fly.My 1-2.8 to 3.5, 14 to 54mm lens that I bought separately from the Ev500 package is perfect with the camera. Also the battery well every good photographer carries backup batteries. But I went through 600 photos at a recent wedding on one charge.The Art Filters allow me to make a good subject with a bad backgound into a great photo that in the past I would have deleted. IB is big step uo over Master 2.
May 21, 2011
Working with the E-5 over the past few months has me loving the upgrades from my E-510.
The bright, clear articulated LCD allows for camera positions otherwise difficult or impossible. It's extra size is a big improvement.
Combined with the Zuiko High and Super-High Grade lenses, the 12MP sensor captures clear, well-balanced images. Highlights seem better controlled with the E-5 and the in-body stabilization is one of my favorite features, as I tend to have a shaky hand.
Olympus color is spot-on. The built-in white balance sensor reduces the need for WB adjustments except in certain circumstances. This makes stime-to-shoot faster and easier.
Movies are solid in 720p, but not the main strength of this DSLR compared to other options on the market.
Battery life seems very good.
Controls and menus are well-placed and easy to navigate once I became familiar with them.
The camera is larger and heavier than the E-510; expected, and actually easier for me as it fits my hand better. The dust and splash sealing keeps me shooting even when conditions deteriorate.
This is a workhorse of a camera for someone that appreciates Olympus lenses, color rendering, and build quality.
May 17, 2011
The E-5 definitely has hit the mark, and finally offers significant improvements that place it in the top tier of cameras, taking full advantage of the best Olympus lenses. I particularly appreciate the low-light performance and the incredible synch speeds, as well as the ergonomic controls and intelligent design. I love having the primary controls at my fingertips and not buried in deep menus. I have been shooting theater and sports and, even in murky conditions, I have been able to create images that are saturated and low-noise.
April 26, 2011
I am enjoying my E-5... the color and clarity of the photos is amazing. Two pluses are the in-camera stabilazation and the larger screen. The 4/3rds format also appeals to me. Coupled with my SWD lenses my shots can be taken rapidly and are tack sharp...perfect for nature photography. I have always liked the colors my Olympus camera produces and have owned several Olympus cameras... camedia, E-510, E-3 and now the E-5. My only wish would be a greater selection of long lenses at affordable prices. I do love my E-5!
April 24, 2011
This camera was designed with me in mind. I have been an Olympus owner and user from the first film camera I bought all the way to my E-5.
The E-5 sturdy, rugged, and absolutely a joy to use. All of the most important functions are there for you to access at your fingertips. Switching aperture or exposure on the fly is a breeze. The menus are logical and well thought out and the image quality is superb. If you are looking for the ultimate Four Thirds camera, this is it.
I already had a few lenses that I'd acquired over my ownership of an E-300 and then an E-520 so it was a logical decision to move up to an E-5.
This camera does 720p video recording so that is a nice feature to have too in case you want to take some video. I wish that there would be a software update so that the camera could record 1080i or 1080p video. I could be wrong here but I do believe the hardware is capable of it and that a software update could enable it.
One annoyance was that Super Fine Mode is not the default setting and it requires activation by the user. Had I actually read the manual, it might have been apparent to me. The reason I did not read the manual was a very simple one. For most of the functions, I didn't need to.
Anyone who has owned an E-520, E-620 or similar camera will feel instantly at home with this one. The transition was extremely painless.....with the added bonus of extra functionality and even easier to use major controls.
The software that came with this camera is wonderful for the most part. Some functions require a bit of consultation with the help section. I used to use Olympus Master with my older camera but now use Olympus Viewer 2 with my E-5. While I'm getting accustomed to this software, there is a learning curve and that is to be expected.
A new service which allows you to print your images and store them online called ib has been added to the mix. While this is a nice addition, the full range of services may not be available to you depending on where you reside.
The bottom line for me is that this camera offers me the ability to produce a high quality image and lets me be creative too.
The art filters are a nice touch and can create some very nice effects. This combination of both hardware and software is awesome. Olympus fans and owners won't be disappointed and any new converts will quickly see why this is a fantastic camera.
Lastly, Olympus lenses are top notch and produce amazing images. When considering a camera purchase, it is important to check out the lenses first because they will make or break your image more so than any other component. The spectrum of lenses one can choose from is broad. You can't go wrong with any of them. Their ability to render a subject is quite impressive and on some models, the speed of the autofocus is either class leading or simply the best there is.
As you can tell, I'm impressed with this camera and am quite pleased with my purchase. I'd recommend this camera to anyone who is either an advanced hobbyist or a professional.
April 24, 2011
Match the E-5 with the 12-60 SWD & the 50-200 SWD for professional results in all weather conditions.This combination provides a 24-400mm equivalent with reasonably fast lens (f2.8-f4). Autofocus is quick & accurate and colour superb. Previously owned batteries, lenses, flash & remote control are all fully compatable with the E-5; well done, Olympus. The art filters provide inspiration for interpretation of results and can be applied in camera or in Viewer 2 Software if shooting in RAW. I find it is best to shoot in Raw & JPEG mode to maximize possibilities. Overall a desireable package for professional results and maximum flexibility in almost all conditions.
April 23, 2011
In my opinion, E-5 is a dSLR that is designed for outdoor uses. This is because this camera is weatherproof. Coupled with any High Grade and Super High Grade lens I can shoot in an adverse environment confidently. It has never failed me in this aspect.
Shooting indoor in low light situation is never the strength of Olympus. I think E-5 is a camera that is designed to use with flash when shooting indoor. Color reproduction is natural. Though I shoot RAW all the time, I am also impressed by the image quality of JPEG produced out of the camera.
The new image processor TruePic V+ is another area which impressed upon me. The noise and moire control is a big improvement over E-3 but still lag behind competition. The new image processor produced image quality that looked sharper and contained more details.
As for the AF, it is not the fastest as compared to competition. I find it fast enough for my usage though it did failed on me on some IMPORTANT occasion. I really hope Olympus can put more effort into improving the AF performance.
To conclude, I like E-5. It's AF speed is not the fastest and high ISO performance is not the best among the competition. There is no perfect camera. In my opinion, E-5 is a balanced all rounder dSLR that Olympus faithful will use it to the fullest.
April 20, 2011
The new E-5 is definitely much better than my old E-3. It is much more "shootable" at 400-1600 ISO range for wildlife and birds. Shooting birds-in-flight is still a challenge due to low performance in CAF. Shooting without flash in restaurant or party places still have occational focus hunt problem despite using Olympus best 12-60mm. Noise is manageable with ISO-3200 and below. ISO-6400 requires hard working with post processing. Lastly, video is a welcome addition but focusing is hard to handle. Tripod is a must and MF may be the best method.