Excerpt: Bought this camera as a more capable travel camera given that Nikon D7000 is really to heavy to take everywhere and photos coming out of the phone were good, but technically inadequate.With EP-5, surprises keep on coming. Image quality and sharpness (With the middle-of-the road M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ lens) are surprisingly good and comparable with D7000 used with a third-party lens.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I've been shooting digitally since early 2001. I purchased a 2MP Kodak DCS 520 that year and was amazed. That camera cost me a little over $12,000. Digital advanced quickly during the years following. By 2003 my Kodak had already become obsolete and was replaced with a 6MP Canon D60, which in turn was replaced by a Canon 10D. Back then, a Canon 10D cost a little over $2,400 new. The advancements ... and camera purchases ... continued. Canon 1Ds. Canon 1Ds II. Canon 5D.
Summary: Since Olympus finally released a firmware update that adds a zero-second anti-shock setting that eliminates shutter shock (or at least comes close enough), this camera has finally become a very worthwhile purchase. And it has a very beautiful retro look. If you want a beautiful camera, but can't afford a Leica (or just don't believe that Leicas are especially great cameras despite the ridiculously high price tag), this is the camera to get.
Summary: This is a keeper. It's quiet, has all the features you could ever need and takes beautiful pictures. I use it with the 12-40mm pro lens and this combination has awesome image quality with beautiful saturation and colors with subtle gradations. The learning curve requires a little patience, but it's worth it. It's even better with the VF-4 electronic viewfinder which is clear and bright even in low light. I love this camera!
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.