June 27, 2012
This camera sets a whole new standard for Olympus and the mirror-less camera world. I previously owned the Olympus E-510 and E-Pl1 cameras. The OM-D E-M5 blows these cameras away with its quality and technological advances. The sensor provides great image quality. The new IBIS is amazing and I really like the way it works with manual focus legacy lenses. Auto-focusing on the new micro 4/3 lenses is very fast and accurate. Camera ergonomics are a personal thing, but I really like the way the camera feels and how easy it is to use. The buzz about this camera is not hype. It is based on reality.
June 27, 2012
I was looking for a combination travel camera and quality family snapshot camera for times when my DSLR and big lenses were too bulky. I find that I'm getting a better dynamic range than I get with the DSLR, can shoot in very low light and at surprisingly slow shutter speeds. It is startling to handhold the camera at a shutter speed slow enough to blur moving water and still get a clear shot. It is not as good as a DSLR at tracking or stopping motion (active children and animals) but its other gifts and graces make up for that. i only wish there were an easier way to bracket than digging around in those menus. Very pleased with this camera.
June 26, 2012
very nice camera, small but powerful. lot's of things to be learn and explore
June 25, 2012
Great camera. Possibly best Olympus digital interchangeable lens camera. Manual is quite poor and needs to be rewritten.
June 24, 2012
Bought this camera because of some of the reviews I have read. All were true, great picture quality, fast autufocus with m4/3 lens. with the 17mm lens I can even but this camera in my baggy short pockets.
EVF built in is bright and great to use. very low noise up to iso 3200.
This camera has all need, this is a keeper.
June 23, 2012
Long time E-3 owner with a bevy of 4/3 lenses. Intrigued by the size and love the styling. The low light improvements coupled with the expanded dynamic range and the class-leading IBIS with 16megapixels is really stunning.
Negatives? No lens hood for the lens, bracket does not go to +/- 2EV and the manual is not very good.
June 19, 2012
Easy to use. Much lighter in weight than my prior DSLR with NO loss of photo quality. I'm just getting started with the camera, but I already know that I'll love it. Love the flexiblity and customization options. Happy to be back in the Olympus family (used to have an OM-10 and OM-2S).
June 16, 2012
As a long time DSLR user, I was looking for a camera to take on trips, not an every day one. However, my E-M5 has essentially replaced my DSLR. Once I got over showing my buddies the "toy" I had acquired and really got into it, I realized it did everything I wanted from a camera and then some. HDR set up is easy, the dials and button configuration is a snap, and the images are fine.
A caveat should be noted, namely this is a new body and some accessories are not available yet. For example, there are no extra batteries to be found at this time,Really Right Stuff has not shiped base plates for my tripod have not come in, etc.
June 14, 2012
I have only had the camera for week and used it to take a few hundred images under a variety of conditions and different purposes. I am an owner of two conventional full frame DSLRs (not allowed to disclose brands) with an accompanying assortment of lenses. These have delivered excellent images but were breaking my back and shoulders during frequent travels. I bought the E-M5 for its promise of excellent image quality coupled with a small size and light weight, a good assortments of lenses and a near optical quality viewfinder. I have not been disappointed. It is smaller, lighter and more capable than I expected. There is some adjustment required with the handling and imaging properties of the camera and the new lenses, so I expect to have more to say in the coming weeks to months. So far, two thumbs up!
June 14, 2012
Camera works well in all aspects. For someone transitioning from a point and shoot, the menu is cumbersome. If you want the challenge of stepping up from a point and shoot to a camera with the DSLR functionality, this camera is a good choice.
There is not a replacement BLN-1 battery available from Olympus. I need one ASAP and am distressed over thi issue. Poor planning on Olympus par.