July 15, 2012
I've had my E-M5 for two weeks and love it. I've been using a DSLR for years, mainly to shoot my kids' high school sports. They've all graduated now, and while I love my DSLR, it does tend to get heavy and cumbersome on trips. I've been intrigued by smaller cameras, especially the MFT line, and decided to pull the trigger when I saw the OM-D E-M5. I love this camera. Unfortunately, I've had to learn a lot on my own because the manual is abysmal. Oh, and the small flash enclosed with the camera, while better than nothing, is not much help. That's not such a big thing because the low-light functionality of this camera is very good. I plan to replace the flash with a better unit soon for those times when I really need additional light. Other than that, Olympus did a fabulous job with this camera. I'm still learning to shoot fast action like I can on my DSLR, but for travel, city shots, and everyday shooting around family and friends this little powerful camera is hard to beat. The 12-50 mm kit lens is extremely versatile, particularly in macro mode. I also purchased (used!) the 40-150 mm Olympus lens that I used to shoot the three photos attached. I'm taking a trip to New York in three weeks and am looking forward to shooting with the E-M5. I would buy this camera again and would recommend it to anyone looking for an upgrade from a point-and-shoot or as a replacement for a heavier DSLR. The camera is a bit pricey and I hope the price comes down in the next few months so more people can get their hands on this camera.
July 15, 2012
I have been using the E-M5 for about a month, and the images out of the camera are awesome. I have been using full size DSLR system cameras for ten years and seeing a ruggedized smaller body and system developed with such a wide variety of lenses is quite versatile. I recommend the use of the HLD-6 grip as it makes it easier to hold the camera with larger zoom lenses. All in all, a great system camera for all types of use.
July 14, 2012
My E-M5 surpasses my expectations! It takes amazing pictures in low light, where I had to use flash before. Autfocus is quick and accurate. I couldn't be happier with this little gem! Olympus does an outstanding job of putting out a top-quality, compact camera. I've been an Olympus user for over 35 years and every Olympus camera I've owned (all six of them) have been outstanding.
July 13, 2012
I took this camera on a trip to Rome, Italy... am I glad that I did! A very light and extremely manageable package, it was no problem to carry it everywhere. More importantly, the image quality was absolutely superb! Both day and night snap shots were very respectable with the 12-50mm kit lens. The touchscreen capabilities for focusing, shutter release, and overhead/waist-level shooting made catching difficult shots a breeze!
More lenses, accessories, and practice with this system to come.
July 11, 2012
This is a very well built camera, start up time is fast, and the autofocus is very accurate.
While it is a small camera, it feels substantial and well constructed, the fit and finish is very well done.
Now there are two things, one the camera does make a faint humming sound while on, its not very noticable, in fact the only time I notice it is in a very quite room, in real life situations you won't hear it at all.
My biggest gripe on the camera is the cover over the USB port on the side, I use a remote quite a bit, and its just a rubber panel that to get open you really need to pull the rear screen forward, I do wonder how long it will take for where it attaches on the bottom to wear out.
Other than that it is a great little camera, I love it and the way it performs.
July 11, 2012
This is definitely the ultimate four-thirds camera at this point in time.
I appreciate the versatile 12-50mm kit lens that features the ability to zoom manually or powered, plus a cool additional button that sets the lens up for macro shots.
Touch screen integrates seamlessly into the overall operation of the camera, and works well with the super-fast focusing (accurate focus and shoot with just one touch).
Love the art filters with dozens of variations.
July 09, 2012
I would give this product a five star rating but for the lack of accessory products. Spare battery unavailable anywhere in US or other worldwide location. No case available in US.
Camera itsel is on back order in US. Camera itself, if you can find one, is exceptionally good and I am very pleased. Olympus, - not so much.
July 08, 2012
I am in love with photography all over again! The size and weight of the beautiful EM 5 combined with the image quality has re-awakened my interest in photography. The DSLR was just too heavy for me to carry.
July 07, 2012
I have had this camera for abut two weeks and started to experiment the various features. I find one think difficult to set and and that is to find the section were the LN can be changed to MN because I ilke to make 4x6 prints.
I can not understand the reason for Viewer2 when Master 2 was much easier to use.
July 05, 2012
From opening the box one can see the quality fit & finish of this camera. While I'm new to Olympus cameras and thus struggle with the flexibility, it is clearly very capable with stunning colors & detail, achieved even by this amateur. My EVF had a problem (color blooms) so it went back to Olympus Repair in NY. The whole process was quick & painless and the problem solved. Thanks to the guys in Hauppauge for turning it around quickly & doing a great job. Now it's up to me to learn all it can do.