Summary: I purchased the E-5 about two years ago. It's a superb camera. I've read a few reviews here that complain of noise but the only noise that annoys me is the bloody loud CLICKCLICK when shooting at 6 fps. I've had a number of Olympus cameras and none makes as much audible noise as the E-5!! As far as noise produced in the ISO range, I find it unnoticeable. I shoot anywhere between 100 to 800 ISO and have never had a noise issue.
Summary: Though Olympus has moved firmly into Micro Four Thirds territory ... particularly with their latest release, the EM-1 ... Olympus' flagship DSLR, the E-5, remains an extraordinary tool for the vast majority of photography needs. 12MP is more than enough for 99% of image-making. But the E-5's 12MP are more like 16MP when it comes to the actual resolution potential of this camera. If paired with Olympus' best lenses, the outcome is all that one could hope for in a DSLR.
Excerpt: It's hardly state-of-the-art in terms of its sensor or autofoocus, but it is a very tough, weatherproof and capable camera. While it uses essentially the same body and mostly the same innards as the E-3, many small but significant improvements and tweaks are the reason that the E-5 has held its value so well.
Summary: I hate to admit it but I was a Canikono for a while. My first camera was an Olympus OM-1. It was an excellent camera. As the years went by I went to Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, Sony, Fuji. For a while I was a Canon buff but there was something a little off. That orange/yellow skin tone. The having to purchase the way too expensive lenses to avoid getting out of focus images. Then one day thankfully my Canon equipment got stolen lol.
Summary: I started shooting 4/3 rds with the Olympus 510. I moved up to the E3 for its build quality. I own two them; both refurbished. After about a year with the E3s I decided to buy a new E5 when Olympus had a $200 instant rebate. I really like this camera. I have shot with it in every type of weather: below zero; snow, rain and high humidity. I have fallen with it as I crossed a stream. The camera has never missed a beat. The camera always fit my hand.
Excerpt: I've owned my E5 for two years now upgraded to the 50mm, 14-35, 7-14 and the 35-100 lenses. I have taken all kinds of photos--low light, landscape, macro, sports, portraiture (with soft boxes and speed lights) and this wonderful camera has never failed me. The color reproduction and bokeh of the 2.0 lenses on this camera is truly amazing.
Great camera, well laid out controls, great quality
E. E. Osmann, Amazon
1 January 2013
Summary: I moved up from my E3 to this camera and was delighted with the increased picture quality. I shoot mainly in manual mode with RAW output as I enjoy the challenge of getting the shot as I see it. I find that using the camera in the mode is much harder than say purchasing a Canon or Nikon and just snapping way in full auto mode to get beautiful pictures, which so many do.