Summary: I've resisted the Olympus brand for many years because of their crazy hard menu system. Had one a few years back, and that camera was impossible! But Olympus digicams have matured and so *ahem* have I. My Canon gear is getting heavier by the week.
Summary: I'm an enthusiast photographer. My usual camera is a Canon 5D II with various L glass, but it's large, and I wanted to get a smaller kit mainly to take pictures of my 1-year-old son, and also for light travel photograph. The PEN E-P5 is an amazing camera for this purpose for a few reasons. 1.
Summary: The ep5 body and vf4 is great. The 17mm 1.8 is disapponting. It produce a clicking noise that will be heard all over the video. If you are to buy this bundle, be sure to check the video capability first of the lens. I regret not doing that. Hence i have to bring it to olympus for repair.
Summary: first off this camera is probably not for someone who wants to 'point and shoot'. although it can be used like that, and results would be great, there are much more cost effective and appropriate 'point and shoot' oriented cameras out there - for instance the panasonic gm1, gm5, and gf7.
Summary: Very nice camera with super effective IS. Unfortunately, the software crashed couple of times, and then the IS stopped working altogether. I had to reset it every time that happened! Also, The camera in this combo feel surprisingly heavy and is not comfortable to hold over a long period of time.
Summary: I've owned SLRs, Digital SLRs, mirrorless and compacts and this is likely the best fitting and working camera for me! The control is amazing, it has dual dials to control apperature and shutter speed and a switch that allows you to change ISO and white balance with the same dials.
Pros: Focus peaking, you can use this to tell whether or not your lens is focused especially when using manual focus or vintage lense like old Canon or Nikon lenses. The option to add or remove a viewfinder, you can add one for sunlight or to be sure of your focus or take it off just to have a smaller ...
Cons: None, except you cannot use an external viewfinder and flash in the hot shoe at the same time but the attached flash can control an external unit so not much of a compromise. I may buy a second, in ways it's better than the OMD unless you need the viewfinder at all times.
Summary: I am jaded as I always view Olympus as top of the line products; Every day is a pleasant adventure . I reserve the fifth star for the year anniversary of owning the product as I only have it for a month so far