Excerpt: I really, really wanted to like this camera. I have an OM-1 from 1978 and the retro styling, size, and quality seemed to be just what I was looking for. But after a week with the camera and several hundred shots, I feel like this camera misses more than it hits for me. Disclosure: I am not a professional, and I have never used a DSLR or mirrorless camera before.
Excerpt: I returned my first OM-D E-M5 and exchanged it for another one because it was defective. My first shot in a series was often very underexposed even though it was metered correctly. The next shot, taken a second later without adjusting any settings, would be properly exposed using the same f-stop and shutter speed as the previous shot. The issue seemed to only occur in bright daylight at higher shutter speeds.
Pros: Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Summary: I have owned a Nikon D7000 with the 18-200 VR II lens for the last couple of years. I love it. But it has failed me at times because I didn’t want to lug it around. In situations where I am going to be walking around for hours it just got too burdensome. So I got very interested when the Olympus EMD-EM5 came out. I kept reading reviews that said it was a DSLR killer. It was ‘almost’ as good as a DSLR. It ‘approached’ DSLR levels or quality.
Excerpt: Tough little camera. Pretty good image resolution, and easy to use, but terrible battery life. Battery charge meter shows full charge all the way until the battery dies on my unit. I missed shooting a once in a lifetime concert because of this. Batteries died right at the start of the concert.
Pros: Easy to Use, Small / Compact
Cons: Inacurate Battery Meter, Lag / Shutter Delay, Short Battery Life
Summary: It's noisy as you may have already read it someplace. It starts up fast and takes images fast. Thousands of options, OK maybe not that many but all the manual options and many built in art modes. What I don't understand how can people state that this takes amazing photos. I bought it with the 12-50mm lens and most of my images turn out somewhat grainy and soft. Especially when I take burst images. Even in broad daylight.
Summary: Great compact (kinda) camera with some great and growing lens options. Best camera I have ever had, very sharp rich pictures. Fairly complex menus can be confusing -- but that comes with choices. I would have given it five stars except the auto focus continually searches in ways and at times I've never seen in a camera. While taking video, this a serious issue.
Summary: I have owned the Panasonic GX1 for about nine months and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for about three weeks. The E-M5 is a disappointment in comparison to the GX1 specifically in that the E-M5 does not focus as fast, as accurately or in as low light as does the GX1. I use touch focus/shutter about ninety per cent of the time. The touch focus on the E-M5 is not as fast, is not as precise in placement and is not as accurate as the GX1.
Excerpt: The combined weight of this camera along with the Panasonic 14-140MM zoom was about the same as that on my T3i DSLR and 18-200MM zoom. My original thought of going to a mirrorless camera was to reduce the carry around weight for traveling. On top of that, the Om is very complicated to use.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time
Ok but not as good as people would have you believe
Mark C. Francis "Georgiearie", Amazon
2 March 2013
Summary: I used to be a semi pro photographer, I have owned many Canon L lenses and bodies, Canon 5d mk2, canon 7d, canon 1 d mk3, canon 40 d, Sony nex 7 and currently a Panasonic lx3, lx7 and an Olympus Omd-em5 with the 14-42 and 45 mm zuiko and Panasonic 20 mm. Just to let you know I have had some experience in the photog arena. This has been my experience yours may differ. I had to turn off all noise reduction to get a clean picture. I had unacceptable noise above 800 iso raw.