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June 01, 2012

dcisive

The DSLR Killer

Yes that is a bold statement to make. I'll stand by it as well. I didn't take this purchase lightly as I've been a paid professional wedding and event photographer as well as portrait work and landscape work with digital cameras over the past 15 years. I was so taken back but the utter competency of this product when I got my chance to have a hands on with it, that I sold off ALL of my DSLR equipment as well as a competing small camera system. The focus speed and accuracy of this camera is utterly intoxicating. You'll shake your head wondering how it is possible. Even in a dimly lit building the focusing doesn't falter, making it still ideal for challenging shooting situations. The build is like a fine piece of jewelry. Some of the buttons have a softer touch than one might be used to but that is due to the completely weathersealed body design, a plus I think. The extensive customization menu allows one to tailor this camera to anyone's specific requirements, and once dialed in requires no special accessing of menus any further. The OLED screen is a joy to view, bright and color accurate. The viewfinder is the best yet. Superb fast refresh rates to the point you'll forget about optical viewfnders. Some of the many features allow for one to quickly assess the proper exposures needed (adjustable highlight and shadow adjustment). The dynamic range on this camera is very close to the large DSLR's out there but make NO mistake this body while solid as can be is a fraction of the weight you'd have to carry around with one of those. Battery life is quite good but the responsiveness is what will hook you for sure. The camera simply never gets in your way. It responds to every commend in a moment with no waiting. The video was a complete surprise as it appears better in many regards than all of what is available in a "hybrid" camera these days. The kit 12-50 is such a sweet and well thought out lens to pair with this camera. I highly recommend this as the initial combo. All in all a very well thought out product with design execution beyond anything out there. Olympus really hit a home run on this which is obvious considering the wait to get one. Be patient as this camera is worth it like NO other.

May 31, 2012

t88power

I love the size and weight of camera, which in turn leads me to use it more than a traditional DSLR. That is the most important part - that I can now take it with me and use it!

May 31, 2012

Velocite

A firmware update and it will be best in class

As the other writers have said - this is a remarkable camera from its unbeatable auto focus to the image quality and H264 quicktime movies for video and size. It only falls down with its video recording options, only offering 30fps yet it has a PAL video output? NTSC is 30fps, PAL is 25fps. It really needs to have 25fps along with 30fps and to be true to HD it needs 24fps to keep all users happy.

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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