August 1, 2015 by Iván
Excellent camera
Excellent camera, easy to use and very helpful if your purpose is to capture daily moments with a good quality image. Been using it for a month and I love it. Even if the flash comes separate,you'll get use to carry it with the small bag that comes with it. Also with the positioning of the screen you get adapted to various circumstances and of course, becomes really handy for selfies. Definitely I would recommend it for people with little knowledge about cameras.
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December 26, 2014 by hans
great small camera
I use to haul my D800 Nikon everywhere. Now this fills in on 70 % of my walks or bike rides. Great image quality even with the KIT lenses. Better than my old C-8080 oly in most ways. Takes a while to sort through the menu and change settings if you know other systems clickpaths. The little strobe is trash . It shines in street photography, flipping the display to any direction. On the end of the stick on self timer. Light lenses you can carry a whole system in the coat . The after market fisheye lens is nice, no auto focus, just infinity and A setting to let the shutter vary for exposure (maybe not for beginners with little manual exposure skills ) Needs a stock eye piece view finder and quick change setting. Still a great value.
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December 4, 2014 by bob
A Lot Like the E5 and E10
I own PM-1, PM-2, PL-5, and Oly 25 1.8, 35 3.5, 40-150, and, 14-42. I use FL50 and kit flash, VF-3 EV, and PO-1 macro. I'm hooked on Oly li'l ones. My brand-new PL-5 has some unexpected, some familiar cons: LCD seems slow. Fast AF hunts, just faster! New sensor reds require RAW post-processing. Battery seems weaker than older ones. ISO above 800-1200 mottles shadows...still. Shutter button seems fragile. PL-5 has great pluses: robust and light if crowded body, almost 180 degree LCD flexibility, Super Control Panel, top mode dial, improved menus, and MySet customizing. PL-5 (like PM-2) is a mini E-5/E-10 without EVF. P.S., I rarely take video so its weakness is no problem for me. And AP2 add-ons get misplaced but when found, they work. Not so on E-10. The E-35 and new M-25 make the PL-5 a delight.
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October 11, 2014 by Eric
Excellent camera, poor body design and warranty process.
For the first year I had this camera, it was spectacular. Great pictures, full-featured, and easy to stow for light-pack trips. Unfortunately, the shutter button *fell off* about a month ago, and is now MIA. The camera can now only take pictures via the touch screen, which is awkward at best for most situations. Of course, the camera is just outside the warranty period, and Olympus' response was "Sorry, but you will have to send your camera to us and pay a sizeable repair price if you want a new shutter button." It appears that several other people have had this problem as well, a quick Google search turns up several occurrences. I want to love this camera, I really do. However, I can't recommend it if Olympus won't stand by its product and spend $5 to pull a new shutter button off the production line and mail it to me. Heck, I would gladly pay the $5. Gladly. But policy is policy with Olympus, and I have to send my camera in for the full (and expensive) repair process.
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June 19, 2014 by Paul
Excellent camera
Pros: Very nice raw files as good as those from my Canon 5D, reasonable price, basic lenses are good. The camera is light and portable. Many available accessories. I bought the viewfinder (VF3) which is excellent. The body cap 9mm lens is just 100% fun to use. I also purchased 2 extension tubes for close focus work and an FD adapter for my Canon FD 50mm f1.4. It is a wonderful travel camera. Camera is very configurable. Cons: Must change basic warm tone in menu to neutral. Menu system requires study and you have to find websites to configure settings properly. You have to activate the super control panel. Not suited to fast action sports.
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