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. i bought this camera as a replacement for a broken olympus omd em5. i also bought the vf-4. i prefer the rangefinder style and found the hump on the em5 to be obtrusive.
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. The lack of a proper handgrip causes the discomfort, so a shoulder or neck strap are a must. Otherwise great little camera with fast and fairly reliable autofocus!
Arthritis meant ending my long love affair with Nikon and Nikkor and downsizing
James P. Burns, Amazon
16 January 2015
Summary: Arthritis meant ending my long love affair with Nikon and Nikkor and downsizing. After agonizing about which way to go i settled on the EP5, the VF4 and the Olympus 40-150 zoom and 25mm f1.8 lens. I'm in love again and highly recommend all of the above.
Summary: This thing has been driving me crazy for the weeks I've owned it. I'm upgrading from a Panasonic GF1, which, I'm realizing in retrospect, is probably one of the best digital cameras ever made. It took great pictures, all the buttons and dials you needed to control your photography were laid out in front of your thumb. It worked, and it took 5 years of owning it before I realized how intuitively and well it worked--not until my E-P5 arrived in the mail.
Excerpt: The E-P5 is really solid. It feels like a camera should feel. So far we have used the photos on a family vacation, where it got a lot of use. The two control wheels are great. They really make a huge difference when compared to cameras where you have to use the menu to change F stops and shutter speed. The rear screen is good. The VF 4 viewfinder is fantastic. Menu system is hard to learn, but once things are set, the Super Control Panel is a great feature.
Pros: Easy to Use, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact, Solid build, Two Control Wheels
Summary: I've been using this camera body for about 6 months now and overall am satisfied but there are big reliability issues in my opinion. I switched to Micro 4/3 after years of using Panasonic compact travel zoom point and shoot cameras (ZS/TZ series) previously so will be reviewing from that perspective.