Summary: Good pictures. Effective work with lenses with longer focal length when using the AntiShok "0" s Without a separate viewfinder - not convenient. Ergonomics is not for large hands. No moisture protection. Only slightly better than the functional OM-D Em 5 - could be in the same price category.
Excerpt: This is the second in a three-part series about the Olympus Pen E-P5, a mirror-less camera that squeezes just the right amount of pro features into a pocketable package. The first article was called Olympus Pen: Portrait Olympus Pen: Portrait of a Camera of a Camera . Here I take a look at shooting pictures with the E-P5 and trying out some of its features. I took the Pen E-P5 out for a day of shooting. Oh my.
Excerpt: I've never been infatuated with a camera - or any other piece of gear. That doesn't mean I'm not a gear hound - I am. And I like to think that my purchase decision starts with the practicalities of features + function. But with the Olympus Pen E-P5, I was smitten at first fondling. Lucky for me, turns out it's also a pro-level work horse. Because by the time I twist-locked the 17mm f/1.7 lens on and snapped the EVF to the top, I didn't care: I had to have this camera.
Summary: After a few hundred images I have mixed feelings and find I still prefer my Olympus E-P1 bodies over this model. I should note that I very rarely shoot video and have not captured any video with this camera. Positives: 1. Love the Focus Peaking. I am getting some great shots with my 40 year old Minolta MC Rokkor lenses, especially the 58mm f/1.4. 2. I shoot mostly in manual, and find the shutter speed and aperture dial work much better for me when compared to the E-P1.
Excerpt: Bought this camera primarily for it's abilities with X-Sync and the speed of the mechanical shutter. I shoot lots of skateboarding and other fast moving subject matter, which having the option of shooting a shutter speed of 1/8000 is great. Also, using Pocket Wizards and manual external flashes, I can use a shutter speed of 1/320 with flash filling the entire frame, as well as being able to hyper-sync at higher shutter speeds.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I've had my E-P5 for several weeks now, replacing the excellent E-PL5 in my kit. The E-P5 is a jewel among µ4/3 cameras. Handling : The dual-dial control combined with the 1-2 lever makes handling a dream compared to the "fiddly" (my word) E-PL5. For some reason, the button placement on this camera seems far more intuitive than on my E-PL5; I just seem to know where to press at the right time.
Summary: I've only had the camera a week but so far I'm liking it a lot. The camera has just about all the features of a dslr without the extra weight in the body and the lenses. I'm kind of new to advanced features cameras so it may take me awhile to fully learn and appreciate just how good this camera is. I would have given it five stars but who knows there may be something I don't like after I figure everything out. I just wish it came with a hard copy manual.
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.