Summary: My husband ordered this over Olympus' sale. I have Panasonic G5 and a Canon FF, so my review will be comparison to my G5. When I hold it for the first time, I was surprised how solid if felt. Despite the size of point and shoot, it has very good metallic feeling. The battery charges up fairly quickly in couple hours. The grip that you'll attach to the body, is barely enough to have firm grip, like better than nothing kind of thing.
Summary: I have often thought of calling this thing Golf, because it does so many things, but it is hard to remember exactly how to change this setting, that setting, etc. I have spent a lot of time poring over the digital manual on my iPad while I am standing in the freezing cold wanting to do something that I know the camera can do, but the non-intuitive menu (and buttons) make it difficult to figure out. The rotating LCD screen is TOTALLY cool.
Summary: Very good quality picture and it is easy to handle, Flexible touchscreen that can help you with your beloved selfies, etc The only issue I had was the compatibility with memory card. I bought a Sandisk 95M/s and it is reporting some card error. It seems this is a known issue in this type of cameras.
Summary: - at least for this pleasure-photographer and family snap taker... The price/feature/quality/size compromise on this camera is in a sweet spot. I've played with the OMDs but they're just too big and too expensive. I'd love the Pen, but it's too expensive, and larger. The kit zoom is little more than a token; it kills a lot of this camera has over a point-and-shoot. More satisfying is a selection of primes (I love the Pana 20mm pancake and Oly 45mm).
Summary: Perfect for creating pictures in JPG. Already not a toy, but not a SLR camera. If you are looking for a serious tool for RAW and PhotoShop, this camera is not for you. But if you want without any problems photographing the children, the animals and the landscapes, this device is for You. The only critical minus that should be noted is really nasty video quality (even with manual settings and very expensive lenses).
Excerpt: First of all, this camera is small, and that's coming from someone who uses an Olympus E620, which is one of the smallest dSLRs available. Picture quality is great though, even with the kit lenses. Focus with the kit lens can be a little slow in low light conditions, but nowhere near as bad as what I experienced with the E520 and E620 cameras. The only thing missing that would make this perfect is a fully-articulated review screen.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Fast focusing, solid feel and handling, MFT lens inventory
11 January 2014
Summary: Have not mastered menu yet but am impressed with total MFT approach. Will provide more comprehensive feedback as I get more familiar with menu. Kit lens is "Okay" but you see true potential of camera with use of a prime lens ( I have 25 MM f/1.8 Panny lens).Battery life is very good compared to Sony Nex 6. I really like fast focusing and response time of EPL-5-- that's a must for me, which I am used to from Canon SLRs I own.
Excerpt: There are very few, if any, complaints about this camera. It has the look and feel of an old SLR camera of yesteryear. I use mine for personal use and the photos are crisp, clear and alive with perfect color. Small enough so that the weight is not a problem, it's easy to hold, and all the features such as continuous shutter and video recording are first class. The ability to interchange lenses makes the camera infinitely more versatile than my old pocket-sized digital.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a great micro 4/3 camera. It is very responsive. I was surprised by how quick it was on the shutter, even when all auto features are on. It is a little smaller than you may think. I will be purchasing the MCG-2 Large Detachable Grip to fit my large hands better. I upgraded from the E-pl2, and this is a natural progression from the older camera.