Olympus E-5 12.3MP Digital SLR with 3-inch LCD [Body Only] (Black)
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49 of 52 found the following review helpful:
Moved from a D300 & e30 to the e5 Nov 21, 2010
By J. Schlagheck
First compared to the D300; I like the e-5 except for the limited high ISO which falls short of the Nikon. The flaw I had with the e-30 was poor performance in autofocus in low light conditions. The e-5 auto-focus is much better than both cameras (IMHO). I typically shoot in a studio environment so I rarely shoot beyond 200 ISO. However, I do shoot for postcard sales and the e-5 looks great in the color and it's very detailed image - really nice. The new processor is exceptional and the umph it gives to my Olympus lenses is un-believable. All in all I'm very happy with the e-5 and will now start selling off the Nikon camera and lenses.
Nothing against Nikon, I used them for over 40 years and made many exceptional photographs. A year ago I was at a photoshoot with my Nikon(s)and realized that everyone is getting the same image - I wanted my work to be different, so I went to an Olympus.
54 of 58 found the following review helpful:
Olympus E-5 is Terrific Nov 08, 2010
The Olympus E-5 is best of breed.
The pictures are the sharpest I have ever seen at any resolution. I am not worried that the image size is only 12 megapixels as I made beautiful 20 X 30 enlargements with the E-510 which only has 10 megapixels.
The great thing about the E-5 is the pictures are spot on perfect in .jpg. I never liked the extra steps, time, and storage required for raw, and the Olympus processor does a flawless job in camera.
I never used white balance on previous cameras because it always worked lousy. Olympus has changed all of that. I recently did some shoots in rooms with different types of florescents. The auto white balance was dead on in all of them, even though the flourescents were different color temperatures. The auto white balance works equally well outdoors. Shooting under tungsten light or using flash, I would suggest changing from "auto" to the apropriate setting (either daylight or flash).
As for noise at high ISOs, the pictures are perfectly clean up to ISO 1600 and clean if you use a noise program at ISO 3200.
The two best art filters are dynamic tone and film grain. I see myself using pop art on a very limited basis. The best all-around shooting mode is normal, portrait is good for portraits to give a very true skin color, and
i-enhance is good for shooting scenary shots.
Great camera, highly recommended.
69 of 76 found the following review helpful:
E5 is fantastic Nov 09, 2010
By Tim M. Higdon
I've shot with lots of cameras over the years. Olympus cameras are an enigma. When you shoot with them you realize that they have weaknesses(well publicized) to other brands, but you also quickly realize they have plenty of strengths as well.
The biggest strengths are things that go unnoticed on a spec sheet: Exposure, white balance, color reproduction, and image clarity and sharpness. And a JPG engine that gets it right directly out of the camera so you don't have to spend hours making your photos look right. You also get in body IS that works on every lens, and a superior weatherproofing system that includes the body and the lenses.
The E5 is a perfect blend of everything Olympus has learned up to this point. It's not on the cutting edge of sensor technology, or movie making abilities, but it absolutely delivers in every sense of the word. Of course the build quality is spectacular. You can take this camera anywhere, anytime and not worry about it.
Picture quality is amazing. It's hard to describe properly but the images have a clarity I haven't really seen before. And I've shot with Canons and Nikons as well.
Noise control is the best of any 4/3rds camera yet. It's up there with a D300s and a 7D. Not quite as good but not enough to make a real difference.
It's expensive of course, but you know you want it so just get it over with and buy the darn thing. It's worth every penny in my book.
Great job Olympus.
38 of 40 found the following review helpful:
I can't believe I bought the E5, but glad I did... Dec 22, 2010
By Harry M. Shin
1. First of all, to give the reader an idea of where I'm coming from, I'm not a pro but I definitely am a serious enthusiast. Furthermore, I've used many cameras over the years (OM-1, Nikon film, Contax film, Xpan, Noblex etc... etc...). I've also paid my dues logging many hours in the darkroom over the years. In regards to digital, I've used various Sony cameras (F828, R1, 850 with the CZ 24-70mm), Olympus 420, 620, most recently the excellent EP-1 etc... I also recently tested the Pentax K5 with the 16-50mm 2.8 and I've briefly tested the Canon 5DII 24-105 L (I think that's the focal length); my friend's camera.
2. I, along with many other Olympus owners, was overtly confused, dismayed with the introduction of the E-5. I was expecting all of the things that we normally associated with a new camera: higher resolution and basically faster everything. However, after some time with this camera along with some time to reflect on my recent various tests of other cameras (notably the Sony A850 with 24-70mm CZ and Pentax K5 16-50mm), I've come to some personal (not scientific) impressions about this camera as well as photography in general:
a: Just like in the olden days, I think we can now state that "it's about the lens." Sensor technology is at such a level now, that basically any competent person can create a very good image with any modern camera. Certainly some cameras lend themselves better to certain situations (ie Nikon / Canon for sports or super low light without a tripod etc...), but in general--> give a competent photographer any modern DSLR and they'll be able to create great images. After testing my EP-1 with 12-60mm (which essentially shares the same sensor as the E-5) vs Sony A850 and Pentax K5, as unlikely and frankly crazy as it sounds, the Olympus EP-1 and E-5 with the superb 12-60mm just is frankly superior in terms of image quality (at least at the base ISO of 200). In the end, I had in my possession both the Sony A850 with the massive 24-70mm CZ and the Pentax K5 with the 16-50mm 2.8 and although I could have had either of those cameras, I literally couldn't purchase either of those cameras simply because in terms of real world image output, it couldn't match the E-5 with 12-60mm. I know that it doesn't make any scientific nor logical sense on paper, but in real world shooting, it is what it is. And, I'm going to assume that the 4/3 panasonic sensor (an "old" sensor) is not going to be in the same league as the Sony sensors (ie A850 and the new sony 16 MP sensor in the Pentax K5). Thus, going back to my initial realization: it's all about the lens and the Olympus lens line is just excellent (I currently have the middle of the road lens line (High Grade): 11-22mm, 12-60mm, 50-200mm).
b. Since I'm going way long in this review, I have one other thought in descrbing the E-5: basically it's the EP-1 / EP-2 on steroids... and that is not a bad thing. I love the output quality of the EP-1, but it's performance is hampered in many situations (ie focus speed, terrible ergonomics when using a regular 4/3 lens, no OVF, slow burst speed etc... etc...). The E-5 obviously address all of those performance issues while at the same time providing excellent image output.
c. Regarding the wailing and gnashing of teeth via the faithful when the specs of the E-5 was introduced (esp the 12 MP sensor), the bottomline is that this camera is truely for those who are not swayed by the media and internet hype, but by true photographic excellence. How many times have we read over the years bemoaning the MP race, only to see those same people then criticizing a new camera because it doesn't follow up the MP race? Some folks may need more than 12 MP but the super majority of enthusiasts as well as significant percentgage of pros don't require more than 12MP. Eitherway, after some commonsencial thinking and research, realized that I too was falling for the hype that more is better. The bottomline is that if you have an open mind and look at what is truely important for your photography, then I'm confident that the E-5 will at least be there at the top of your list; it was for me and I'm glad that purchased this camera.
3. Well Olympus for creating a true photographic tool for photographers.
4. Updated thoughts 11.2011: The more I continue to use this camera the more impressed I am with it. The main observation since my initial review is that this camera is superior to the PEN cameras. Many have observed that the sensor is the same or similar to that in the E-P3 and I don't have the ability to prove or disprove this. But all I know that the image output is superior to the PEN... and I have high regard for my E-P1 and now E-P3 cameras (note: this is the case even when using the same lens such as the 12-60mm on the E-P3 vs E-5). The primary issue that I'm trying to put forth is that there is a definite need / place for "traditional" DSLR, even if the sensor is the same / similar to other cameras. To those to have no fear of living in the present and not following the crowd, you can do no better than getting the E-5 along with the high grade or super high grade Zuiko lens.
29 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Great upgrade from 620 Nov 13, 2010
By John A. Krumm
If you don't mind the increased weight, this is a wonderful upgrade from the 620. It shares some of the same image characteristics, the overall Oly look to the photos, but the increased detail is surprising. It renders fine lines, small branches and grass extremely well, and transitions later to the painterly look compared to the 620. Overall, the impression is very natural and photo-realistic. Colors seem a little more neutral too. Live view is faster and fully cdaf with all lenses, so you can use face detection even with the 12-60. The snappier live view performance also makes quick low-to-the-ground shots easier.
Noise seems improved as well, though it's hard to say for sure in raw (not fully supported by Lightroom yet, but you can change the exif to E30). I find that iso 100-400 in particular seems better than the 620. Iso 3200 and up shows a fair amount of noise, so if you mostly shoot at that level, you might want a larger sensor camera.
Build quality is very high, the LCD looks great. Video I find a little clumsy, definitely nothing great in how it works, but it's there and if you are careful you could take some nice footage. All in all a solid camera. Fun to go out in a storm and not worry about it too.
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