Summary: I am a travel photographer and I bought this camera on November 15th to take it with me in a trip to northern India in Nov. 1st The camera worked perfectly till the third day then the shutter completely stopped working!! When I click on the shutter release, the shutter opens up and never closes again and the camera freeze for 3 seconds before it goes black and i have to turn it off and on again.
Summary: The performance of this camera is incredible. In virtually all respects it has exceeded expectations. The combination of small size, big power and lots of features make it a great choice. No regrets whatsoever. I did not give the camera 5 stars because the Olympus menus could be simplified. The Super control panel is not a default item, but should be. Without it, navigating the menus is ridiculous.
Summary: The E-P5 is an awesome camera and by far the best Pen camera to date. It adds several features to the E-M5 and is ignored more than it should be with all the popularity for the GX7 and the EM1. It takes great pictures with ease and it one of the best looking cameras on the market (especially in silver!). I have held the E-P5 and the GX7 and the E-P5 feels better made. The build quality is top notch! It has more features than the E-M5.
Summary: Very satisfying pictures. Many useful features. I particularly like the manual focus with edges highlighted when in focus. Very useful when using f1.4 or 1,8. If you don't like the default position of a button for a function, say video record which was easy for me to accidentally press, it is very easy to change the button function.
Summary: I could not decide between the PEN EP-5 or the OMD EM-5. In the end I decided I did not need weather sealing and built in viewfinder. So I went with the newest model. I am very happy with this camera. The VF-4 viewfinder is superb. Wi-Fi works very well and pictures are great. The menu and getting used to camera functions do take some getting used to. Overall very happy.
Summary: Solid build quality but Olympus is now lagging seriously behind in video support. The single frame rate and paltry bit-rate in such a high-dollar camera with such capable hardware come down to nothing but neglect. A better video codec would in no way sacrifice stills image quality or camera size, as cameras smaller and 1/3rd the price handily demonstrate.
Summary: I've had the e-p5 for several months now -- long enough for a medium-length trip to Europe and a short jaunt around Cape Cod. The e-p5 is a wonderful kit. The camera feels solid, the controls are intuitive and the LCD is a revelation. I previously owned an e-pl2 with a VF2 viewfinder and virtually never shot without the VF2. So I hesitated to buy the e-p5 since it does not have a built-in evf.
Summary: Recently I sold my trusty Nikon D300 and wanted to Upgrade to something a little more modern and compact, but retain the interchangeable lens systems. I first chose a Canon EOS-M and was very disappointed. It was slow and just douldn't ge thte pictures I wanted. I gave it to my girlfriend and started the hunt for another. Luckily a buddy of mine showed me this guy. I checked reviews and bought it as well as a 40-150 zoom lens for a 3 week trip around Argentina.
Excellent image quality but unacceptable battery life
Doru Cuturela, Amazon
25 August 2013
Summary: Switching from Panasonic GF1 to Olympus E-P5 was a big step up in image quality but a big step down in terms of usability (read below). Note that throughout this review I'm mostly comparing EP5 with my trusty Panasonic GF1 that I'm using for quite a few years. Positives: - Excellent image quality - ISO2000 is always usable, while at higher ISO it depends on luck and needs. - Great image stabilizer - I could take sharp images at 20mm & 1/2s.