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.
April 13, 2011
I added the E-5 and 14-54 II lens to my existing 3:2 aspect ratio system so that I would have a 4:3 aspect ratio camera because I had been cropping a lot of my portrait oriented pictures because they just looked so much better that way and I hoped it would help me with my compositional development and boy did it ever! I just love using this camera! The ergonomics are absolutely top-notch! I can change the major settings on the right side of the camera while totally supporting it with the same hand. Everything you've read about the color fidelity is true, they frankly look more "poignant" while being less "gaudy" at the same time. The superb jpegs have me seriously rethinking my "RAW OR DIE" mentality. The wake-up and autofocus times with the above mentioned lens are a little slower than my 3:2 camera but I didn't buy the E-5 for high FPS action shooting. The super control panel is the best I've ever come across for accessing settings to be modified directly, very handy! Thank You Olympus for a wonderful camera!
April 12, 2011
I switched from a popular DSLR camera brand that I had been using for over 40 years - all the way from the film days to todays digital. One day I noticed (while shooting at a butterfly exhibit) everyone there was shooting with a few brands of camera and as we were comparing captures they all looked the same. I wanted my captures to be different.
Recently I had purchased a Pen (E-P2) to use for a Route 66 documentary (that's another story) and though I investigated the E-5. What I found was an expanded range of useful art filters that were excellent. The art filters allowed me to perform more work in the camera by using various techniques and filters resulting in less post work. Plus if the filter did work as expected I had a beautiful RAW image as a backup. I now have a wonderful range of Olympus optics and simply, I truly enjoy this camera for both studio and landscapes. Oh, by the way I carry the E-P2 with me everywhere wherever I go.
April 11, 2011
The E-5 is the best SLR I have ever used. The image quality is just amazing. I especially like the Art Filters*, especially the Dramatic Tone one. The filters are just so much fun. I also like the fact that the E-5 is the only Pro SLR with a pop-up flash. I don't like to particularly carry a lot of equipment if I don't really have to; so I don't like lugging a flash everytime, but I like it that I have the option of having a built-in flash just in case. The quality of the camera is also top-notch. This thing is built like a tank! The excellent Olympus lenses are a perfect complement for the camera too. All in all, I would have to say that Olympus has built my dream camera!
*As a side note, I remember how the photography press criticized Olympus' Art Filters when they first came out as being "gimicky". However, now another major manufacturer has just released a new SLR with their version of Art Filters, and the press greets it like it is a great innovation. Go figure??
April 11, 2011
I've had the E-5 about 3 weeks & used it regularly. It is an excellent camera, fun to shoot. I have an E-520 and E-30, I will continue to use them as alternate bodies, but the E-5 is really a class apart.
Mainly it's the bigger and better viewfinder: it makes auto-focusing better with all my lenses. The detail and the colour rendition are improved.
I haven't found the E-5 particularly heavy after the E-30 and if anything the former's ergonomics are better - I have medium-sized hands.
The price does seem high given other offerings for pro bodies, however. the camera has made a difference and upped the quality of my output from my entire kit.
April 09, 2011
Been really enjoying my E-5 from the first time I turned it on. I came from the E-30 and I wasn't sure how much more I could like my camera till I laid hands on the E-5. Didn't notice the minor size/weight difference but I did notice the beautiful new high resolution LCD! This was one of things I look forward to the most.
I love the extra control over the art filters, and especially love the new Dramatic Tone filter. The video capability will certainly come in handy at times, though the video format is a bit disappointing. Since it is not compressed with H.264 or some other video codec clips must be small and take up a lot of space!
The jpeg quality is outstanding though, the color is amazing and the detail is there. It really brings out the quality in every Zuiko lens! Autofocus has been fast and spot on in all light types.
I can say with confidence, if you use an E-system camera & lenses you will get a lot out of an E-5 upgrade!
April 06, 2011
Having Olympus OM4Ti,E330,and E3,and lenses,the E5 with all the great new features like special filters,and movies as well as higher quality imaging is just what I wanted,and I am very happy!!At first I thought the price was high,but it is well worth it!!