Excerpt: What I think about this camera that hasn't been said already. This is a 2 year old camera that is a good way to get started into photograph. I came from using my old Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8 lens for many years. The D40 was a good camera but the size made me not want to stick with Nikon. Changing systems are costly but with the Olympus EPL5 at the priced used I think this is an affordable option for someone who is on a budget like me.
Excerpt: I decided to sell my Nikon D7000 to go with a lighter, smaller but still full-featured camera setup. I have 2 young kids so we're already carrying stuff wherever we go and I didn't want the hassle of lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses. The Olympus PEN EPL-5 is a great micro four thirds system camera for the price point. The reason I ended up going with the Olympus was the combination of price and variety of compatible lenses available to use.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Retro Look, Variety Of Lenses To Use
Cons: Controls A Little Clunky, No Electronic View Finder
Summary: After years of using point and shoot cameras I finally decided to upgrade to something a little more serious. I read a lot of reviews before buying this camera and I would have to say they were all spot on, this is a great little camera. Being so small really helps on the hiking trips I take and with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses you have lots of ways to be creative.
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.