Summary: All the features a pro would ever need. Build- The upper deck is clean with no exposed screws and the dials add character. Few other highlights: 1) Trim piece that runs along the bottom edge of the upper deck really sets the camera off and adds sophistication. The thin chrom and EP5 enscription is what makes it work. 2) Power button looks like a switch and sets off the other buttons- its distinct and you don't see it on other cameras.
Summary: To qualify myself I have a successful photography business and I have shot every level of camera out there. I shoot weddings, commercial work, event photography, family portraits, and much more all with M43 cameras. Was a Nikon guy until 3 years ago but 3 Nikons with back focus issues pointed me towards the M43 revolution. I have never looked back and I have owned about every Olympus M43 camera they make.
Summary: Pros Takes fantastic pictures Very well made Compact and much easier to carry than a full size DLSR OR FF mirrorless Functions can be extensively customized Works well at low temperatures (0-10 below Fahrenheit) Good battery life Image stabilization is fantastic. Cons Built in flash is anemic. Heavy for its size Control menu system needs to be re-thought.
Excerpt: This camera fits my needs very well. Compact and pocketable when I need it to be, or add an EVF and a few lenses and it fits the bill as a compact DSLR alternative. Throw it in iAuto for busy times for a high quality point and shoot w/ touch screen for selective focusing. Or spin it to P/A/S/M and it is a snap to control with the dual purpose twin dial controls. Focus peaking great when using manual mode or manual focus lenses.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I have an Olympus E-M1 and wanted something a little smaller to carry with me on my bicycle trips. This guy fit the bill. Lenses are interchangable with my E-M1 and pretty much the functions and menu are the same. The VF-4 View finder is bright and easy to read. This is the one I take with me on all my hiking, biking trips. It's a great camera.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
buy it! You can get EP5, 17mm 1.8 lens and EVf reconditioned at Oly for $1150.Or buy new oly built in EVF, water proof
James Gibbons, Amazon
18 February 2014
Summary: This camera has it all; razor sharp pics, instant AF, EVF a dream, 2X2 dials gives total instant control, easy intuitive menu's. And loads of accessories at excellent prices; recently added a 70/150 tele lens (used excellent) for $60.A flash can be off camera triggered by camera's flash. Small compared to DSLR, and can do anything it can do. An article by DP reviews highlighted "shutter shock". Speeds of 1/50 to 1/200 could produce soft focused pics.
Excerpt: I'm an experienced and enthusiastic amateur. I've used lots of systems over the years from medium format film though FF DSLRs and now onto micro four-thirds (u43). I own or have owned four u43 cameras - the Panasonic GF1, the Olympus E-PL5 and E-M5 and now the Olympus E-P5. In many ways, the E-P5 is the best of them all. It's small enough to be compact, but big enough and with sufficient controls to be a natural tool for serious photo work.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Small / Compact
Summary: EP5 Review In a nutshell: I went looking for a small camera to keep in my purse and ended up making this my primary system. What I like: • Image Quality – Impressive. My most important consideration. Colors and sharpness are excellent. Does a great job of picking up details in the dark and mid tone areas without blowing out the highlights. The 5-axis IBIS means I get to leave my tripod at home more often.