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.
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.
Nice hefty weather proof camera with many features
Phil D, Amazon
19 December 2012
Summary: Why the E-5 since there are other options like Nikon and Cannon. I committed to the 4/3 system when I bough a E-520 a few years ago. I have built up a collection of lenses and flashes that made it a no-brain-er for me. I liked the new features provided by the E-5 and the it's auto focus capabilities. I started shooting in my youth with the OM-1 and was always and am pleased with their lenses.
Summary: I have been using an E5 for about 14 months now, and have shot over 10,000 images with it. I use it with SHG lenses (35-100 and 14-35). Strengths are: Rugged build and waterproofing - I have been hit by waves whilst photographing seascapes and have been able to put the camera under a tap to remove salty residues.
Great Camera, Expensive , mainly for Olympus lens owners
S. Dragseth, Amazon
7 May 2012
Summary: Great quality, if u have Olympus lenses its for you. If you don't have Olympus lenses I don't think anybody would start with this camera, maybe you have an overidding need for a weatherproof camera? It's iso performance is been well commented on. I have an E-620 and I think this camera is easier to use, it's set up better with two dials, easier and faster to manipulate settings. It's just a joy to shoot pictures with despite its few shortcomings and high price tag.
Summary: Feels great in the hands, great build quality. Seems to be much easier to use than my e-620 which was pretty easy :) Olympus lenses bang for buck are amazing, the cameras much less so. A little bulky maybe but i wouldnt complain about that considering how it handles.
Summary: I've been using the Olympus E-1 since early 2004 when the Four-Thirds system was quite new. At that time, what Olympus and the E-1 produced were quite good against the competition. Time passed, and the competition improved greatly. I bought in the E-5 in November 2011 as a replacement/supplement for the E-1. I figured after 7 years, they'd developed a brilliant successor to the amazing E-1. They didn't.
Summary: The E-5 is the 5th professional Olympus camera I have owned, in addition to some point-and-shoot versions. I love the compact size of the format. I could go on and on because there are VERY FEW features that I have a problem with. There are two areas where Olympus needs some improvements in their professional cameras. I photograph dancers on stage during rehearsal with no posing or control over the lighting.