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May 30, 2012

Old Pro

A good start.

I grew up with OM's--1 through 4ti. The E-M5 is a good start in recreating the feel and feeling of those great cameras, but some work is still needed. I've only had mine for about 2 weeks, so it really is too early to make a judgment. I hope that these remarks are viewed by Olympus designers as well as prospective users, because I want to encourage them to continue.

I might add that I've used a 620 for years, and so far, I like the layout and concept of the older camera much better.

1. The printed manual is almost useless. It looks like it was translated from Japanese to Ukrainian, then to Mandarin, then to English.
2. In an effort to make the camera maximally customizeable, they have made it needlessly complex to use. For example, on the 620, if you want to set the ISO, something experienced photographers will want to do, you just push a button, the appropriate screen appears, and you set it. On the Em-5. you have to wade through menus.
3. I still have not figured out how to produce the super control panel every time. It was easy on the 620. Now it seems to depend on what state the camera is already in.
4. The viewfinder is not bad, but it is a LONG way from an optical viewfinder. Just for fun, I dug out my OM-4t. What a difference!
5. One of the things I was hoping to do was use my collection of OM lenses. It works-sort of, but it was easier to set up on the 620. Also, I'm not sure that I'm getting image stabilization--I followed the instructions, such as they are, but the same lens produced a better image on the 620 at slower shutter speeds.
6. I really like the grip. Without it, it would be very challenging to use, especilly with the tiny buttons.
7. I got the feeling that the engineers sat around and said "Wouldn't it be cool if you could----." without actually checking with photographers to see if they really would use the feature. Early computer programs were exactly like that. In the early OS's, a big deal was that you could customize the shape and color of your cursor. What the ----? I'd like to see Olympus have a focus group of the kind of photographer who is actually going to use the camera. The more "features" there are, the harder it is to learn and to use. There are only three variables a camera needs to consider to produce an image: ISO, aperture, shutter speed. Those three things need to be absolutely easy to access and intuitive. I like, and frequently use A and S, never P, and sometimes automatic if I'm lazy.
8 The build quality is great. Feels like a real camera. I don't like the tiny squishy buttons, but that ought to be easy and cheap to fix.

May 27, 2012

f311

Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a absolute Jewel

I'm pleased to offer the first owner review here for this excellent camera.

The OM-D EM-5 has become my new and ideal everyday 'companion' camera. It offers outstanding usability and control for serious photographers with its quick reflexes, dual control dials, built-in EFV and tilt touch screen all packaged in a solid and handsome body that doesn't sacrifice extreme portability. I've had my OM-D for over a month now and honestly I can find no shortcomings to this camera. Upon initial unwrapping I happily found the camera's size and proportions to be exactly as I hoped (smaller than it appeared online). In use the camera is highly user configurable, image quality from new sensor is superb, tilt screen with touch/focus/shutter option awesome for shooting from the hip, IS excellent and last but not least it's just plain fun, a pleasure to use and behold. In short, this is the quintessential compact system camera I've longed for.

If you've been considering this camera, I suggest buying it now and adding one of the excellent M.Zuiko primes like the 12mm f2 or 45 f1.8. You will not be disappointed.

May 27, 2012

f311

Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a absolute Jewel

I'm pleased to offer the first owner review here for this excellent camera.

The OM-D EM-5 has become my new and ideal everyday 'companion' camera. It offers outstanding usability and control for serious photographers with its quick reflexes, dual control dials, built-in EFV and tilt touch screen all packaged in a solid and handsome body that doesn't sacrifice extreme portability. I've had my OM-D for over a month now and honestly I can find no shortcomings to this camera. Upon initial unwrapping I happily found the camera's size and proportions to be exactly as I hoped (smaller than it appeared online). In use the camera is highly user configurable, image quality from new sensor is superb, tilt screen with touch/focus/shutter option awesome for shooting from the hip, IS excellent and last but not least it's just plain fun, a pleasure to use and behold. In short, this is the quintessential compact system camera I've longed for.

If you've been considering this camera, I suggest buying it now and adding one of the excellent M.Zuiko primes like the 12mm f2 or 45 f1.8. You will not be disappointed.

May 26, 2012

MimiK

Everything I have wanted!

This is the camera I have been waiting for although I loved my E510 & my 620. The sealing, the size, the quickness of performance plus the small size is perfect for me. High ISO of 1000 & 1200 show little or NO noise! Very happy with the video, also!
Thank you, Olympus!
And thank you for the quick RAW editing available for Aperture!

May 24, 2012

f311

Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a absolute Jewel

I'm pleased to offer the first review here for this excellent camera.

I considered the Pen E-P3 an excellent everyday 'companion' camera. Well, the OM-D EM-5 takes it up several notches (I personally would have preferred OM-5D or OM-D1 but what's really in a name?) improving on the Pen's usability for serious photographers in a huge way with its dual control dials, built-in EFV and tilt touch screen without sacrificing extreme portability. In short, this is the quintessential compact digital camera I've longed for and honestly I'm not surprised Olympus is the company to finally produce such a camera. Not unlike the original OM film series the new OM-D is a marvelous blend of high performance and excellent ergonomics in a small but very solid and handsome camera. I've had my OM-D for a month now and honestly I can find no shortcomings to this camera. Upon initial unwrapping I happily found the camera's size and proportions to be exactly as I hoped. In use the camera is highly user configurable, image quality from new sensor is superb, tilt screen with touch/focus/shutter option awesome for shooting from the hip, IS excellent and last but not least it's just plain fun, a pleasure to use and behold.

If you've been considering this camera, I suggest buying it now and adding one of the excellent M.Zuiko primes like the 12mm f2 or 45 f1.8. You will not be disappointed.

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