April 05, 2011
I photograph wild birds and am tickled pink with the E-5. It has met all my hopes and expectations, plus it does HD video, which I didn't think I wanted but find now that I do.
Birds in flight are hard to track and hard to focus, or was until the E-5 came out.
Coupled with the ZD300 (and sometimes with the EC14 attached) it is a photographer's dream. Easy to carry, easy to shoot and crystal clear images to boot.
March 31, 2011
I like this camera very much. The autofocus is precise and sites in 8 out of 10 shots.
For my type of photography, aircraft spotting, the weatherproof lenses and body are essential to make me feel comfortable while it begins to rain.
Out of camera images can be used for print up to ISO1600. Even ISO3200 is very good useable when used for my family or some parties.
In IBIS is much better than the OIS, nevertheless, while taking movies IBIS does not work.
March 29, 2011
Stepped up from OM to E, have owned all three and the -5 shows a continuation of most of the good plus adding better image range and what I feel is an improved and more efficient ability to customize camera setting to suite any shooting situation. My one wish; reinvent the E-1 feel in the hand with it's offset, palmable, lens position.
March 24, 2011
i had 2 E-3,wich were by far the best cameras i ever owned!
but olympus did it again,and even better with the E-5!
whatever i wish that was "missing" in the E-3(and that wasn't much),is now in the E-5.
great job olympus,and please keep up making these fantastic cameras!
best value for the money!
March 24, 2011
I opted for the e-5 because I was ready to upgrade from the 520, seriously considered the e-30 but very few around and they appear to be phasing out. Price showed no sign of falling although there were some deals with "add-ons" at no additional cost. Love the camera so far, much faster focus than my 500 or 520 and I much prefer the 5's controls
March 22, 2011
This is a great camera, very easy to operate and i'm very pleased to with the images and the art filters are awesome.
March 21, 2011
Frozen Feather Images
May I start by saying this isn't my first Olympus E-series product? I've owned an E-1, an E-500, and E-30 and and E-3 as well. I've taken tens of thousands of photos with these cameras. I've lugged them, used them and probably abused them from Alaska to Ecuador; from Antarctica to Panama. I claim some authority for this review.
Olympus famously uses the Four-thirds technology it helped develop in its DSLR products. That technology defines both the strengths and weaknesses of the DSLR product line, including the E-5.
The sensor in Olympus DSLR cameras is half the size of a 35mm frame. On the downside, that limits the number of pixels the sensor can capture, in comparison to a full-frame product. It also implies more noise than a full-frame sensor at the same ISO setting. The E-5 captures 12 megapixels; there are [Other Brand] and [Another Brand] cameras in the same price range that get twice as many pixels. The E-5 can now shoot with acceptable levels of noise at ISO1600 (a four-fold improvement over the E-3). But, again, [Other Brand] and [Another Brand] DLSR cameras in the same price range manage the same low noise at ISO3200 and even ISO6400. This is by no means the best low-light DSLR camera on the market. The E-series won't be as long as it uses the Four-thirds technology.
But there are very real, very important advantages to the Fourth-thirds technology, too. The Zuiko lenses built to 4/3rds are quite simply the best DSLR lenses available in the world. Especially the Super High Grade lenses. It's not just that they are razor-sharp, aberration free and well-built; the 4/3rds tech makes them focus faster, makes them lighter and superior to the equivalent [Other Brand]/[Another Brand] glass. The Olympus 300mm f/2.8 Super Telephoto ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras is by far the best telephoto lens I have ever owned. Because image stabilization is in the camera, not in the lens, the form factor is smaller as well as lighter. The improvements to the E-5 play to these strengths.
I just finished a 17 day trip into the tropics, photographing birds. I used the E-5 for every shot. While the E-3 is a splendid camera, that that I have happily used for years, the E-5 is so superior to the E-3 that I never broke the E-3 out of my gear bag.
Some of those advantages:
(1) Much faster focusing, and more reliable - although still not ideal - focusing in low light. Focus acquisition with a teleconverter on is especially improved, and it's now possible to shoot a bird in flight with the 300mm with a Olympus Zuiko EC-20 2x Teleconverter mounted.
(2) Greatly improved performance in low light. Noise levels are acceptable to ISO1600, where the E-3 wasn't much good beyond ISO400.
(3) Improved in-camera processing. Images emerge needing much less Photoshop work. The level of detail is simply extraordinary.
(4) Substantially improved multiple shooting, with a higher frames per second rate and a bigger buffer. There's some improvement in the write speed as well, so you spend less time waiting for the buffer to write to media.
(5) Larger, more accurate LCD view screen. Pixel count and density are higher, and you can adjust the viewer for lighting levels.
(6) Greatly enhanced user configurability. As someone who is left-handed, that's especially important to me.
I understand that the JPG processing is especially good, but I shoot exclusively RAW, so there's little benefit for me. Art filters aren't of any use in nature photography, so I can't speak to the ten new art filters, either. The new video features are fine, but not my primary goal.
If you have an investment in Zuiko lenses, or want the best possible glass for your work, then the E-5 is an easy choice. Beyond question, you'll get better photos. If you haven't invested in Zuiko, then the E-5 may be a more difficult choice. But if you are a nature photographer looking for the sharpest possible images, and not shooting in consistently low light, then Zuiko lenses and the E-5 are the tools of choice.
My highest recommendation.
March 20, 2011
I am a previous E-620 user and I really love that camera. When Olympus released the E-5, I feel & I know that it will be my next camera. Although the price is a bit too high for me, I trust Olympus that this camera is worth every penny and so I pulled the trigger. Just holding the camera, I know it is a serious piece of equipment. It feels very solid, very durable. I noticed also the sound of the shutter is so smooth compared to my E-620. I previously own a 12-60mm SWD lens so now I got a very good tandem between camera and lens. I love the very fast auto focus and I believe it is the world's fastest auto focus as Olympus claims it. The 3.0inch swivel LCD is gorgeous, sometimes, my pictures look better on the camera LCD than my computer! I love the colors, sharpness, and the performance of this beast, maybe the only drawback I can think is the weight but I think with all those technologies packed inside it, it is a good compromise. The only thing I'm waiting now is new Four Thirds lenses. Good work Olympus! My camera, my choice.
March 06, 2011
Having happily used the Olympus E-500 for five years, I was hesitant to move to the E-5. However, my shooting with the E-5 in these past two weeks since buying it (and the 12-60mm SWD lens and the 50-200 mm SWD lens) has demonstrated the advantages I had only read about until now. I love the magnificent picture quality, which is the most important thing. Using the 12-60mm SWD lens and the 50-200 SWD lenses, autofocus is incredibly fast and my pictures are tack-sharp, with the famously true and beautiful Olympus colors. JPEGs come out perfect, no post-processing needed. Specific features that I wanted and am glad to have now are in-body image-stabilization, a large and bright and clear LCD that articulates, multi-point autofocus, live-view magnification for manual focusing, the option of autofocus-with-manual-focus (S-AF-M) which is very useful, face detection, a level gauge which I use a lot, autofocus adjustment for individual lenses if needed ('though these particular two lenses did not need it), weather-sealing, durable build, customizability, and HD video. I don't shoot high ISO, so the high-ISO performance did not matter much to me in my decision whether to buy this camera. Also, 12.3 megapixels is quite enough for the extent of cropping and printing that I do. I am looking forward to using the E-5 and my two lenses for years and years to come.
March 02, 2011
OM-1 since 1976
I've been shooting with an Olympus OM-1 since 1976 and this is my first DSLR. I do own a few different digital point and shoots, medium formats and a view camera. Even when 135mm SLRs' went autofocus, I kept shooting with my Om-1 with Zuiko prime lenses. I also have an OM-2 but always preferred non electronic cameras, no worrying over batteries in cold conditions while doing nature /landscape shots. Since K-14 is no longer available (R.I.P.), I needed to get with the 21 century and get a digital DSLR. So I waited for the E-5. After checking reviews and other manufacturers, I stuck with Olympus. I bought the E-5 with the 12-60 F/2.8-4.0 (I haven't used a SLR zoom in 30 years).
So far it has been a good camera. I haven't put it through all it's paces. I'm still learning this rugged computer camera and how to set it up to be one with the camera. I have some good results, here are a couple of examples.