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Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only]...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 290 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 5.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Ergonomic5.0   average
Fit5.0   above average
Macro5.0   above average
Travel4.8   average
Sharp4.6   average
Control4.5   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Range4.5   average
Weight4.5   average
Image4.4   above average
Stabilization4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Lens4.2   above average
Size4.1   below average
Speed4.1   above average
Body4.0   average
Light4.0   average
Color3.9   below average
DSLR3.9   average
Viewfinder3.7   average
Focus3.6   above average
Manual3.6   average
Flash3.3   average
Level3.3   below average
Shutter3.3   average
Menu3.0   below average
Button2.6   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"The only negatives I have to offer is that higher ISO's are a bit on the noisy side when compared to the latest Canikon dslr's, and the battery life isn't great when the factory setup is used."
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"- the two part battery grip is practically required if you have large hands or want to use a large lens, but it's a few hundred extra- focus isn't as predictable up close or in low light as a mirrored camera (but this one is probably the fastest mirrorless focus)- 12-50 kit lens could be faster brighter- like most compact systems with full time LCDs the battery life isn't great (few hundred shots)- would be nice if the tilt display was easier to open, and more tiltable or reversible for self-shooting, but those abilities would add bulk I guessNit picking- have to fiddle with customizing buttons to get ISO adjustment out to an easily changed control."
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"Unsurprisingly for a mirrorless camera the battery life isn't spectacular."
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"To break it down:Plusses:+ Weather sealing+ Much improved sensor+ Exceptional operational speed+ Optional grips (for those who like them)+ Great lens selection (excepting the lack of weather sealed options)+ Exceptional single-shot AF performance+ Great JPEG engine+ Tilting capacitive OLED screen+ In-body image stabilization in video modeNeutral:= Built-in EVF which adds bulk (I prefer detachable)= Unintuitive but powerful menu system= Many customizable control points, but some are small-ish and mushy due to weather sealingMinuses:- Annoying little clip-in flash- Limited weather sealed lens selection- Expensive compared to comparable APS-C DSLRs- New battery not compatible with PENs- Poor continuous AF performanceThe E-M5 is not a huge step forward for Olympus, but it is a decisive effort to provide something more serious than the PEN series."
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"Although I do hear some complaints of leak in battery compartment, I had twice shoot in the rain and got no problem so far."
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"- Battery is not backward compatible =(Image quality:Very nice improvement."
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"Fully decked out with a battery grip it'll cost as much as a decent DSLR."
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"In a medium backpack I am able to pack 2 bodies, 5 lenses, flash and battery pack and various other accessories without being overburdened."
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"-Battery performance is good but not greatHopefully the young photographer and the camera will live happily ever after."
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"Fortunately the batteries are lightweight so its easy to carry a spare or two in your pocket."
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"The good news is that the battery life can be extended exponentially by a few simple tweaks."
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Body

Body:
"i think this is a good camera, only regret was that i bought just the body and later went for the 45mm 1.8 lens, which s prime and expensive...... also got the lens cap lens."
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"A good camera body is nothing without some nice glass to accompany it."
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"The body is great but unfortunately there is not a good line of lenses to support it."
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"Useful if you are shooting at weird angles or at the hip.+ Good Body."
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"I don't use the 12-50, so I wish I had saved money and bought the body only (since I already had a 14-42 II).Buttons mushy and hard to press."
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"But I can only rate it based on the sample I bought...and for that it gets a 3 (demoted to a 2, after the second OM-d body I bought exhibited the same problems -- see updated below).Update - August 2012: I got a second OM-d...this time with the 14-42mm lens."
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"i think this is a good camera, only regret was that i bought just the body and later went for the 45mm 1.8 lens, which s prime and expensive...... also got the lens cap lens."
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"I am well pleased with this camera body."
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"In a medium backpack I am able to pack 2 bodies, 5 lenses, flash and battery pack and various other accessories without being overburdened."
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"- Excellent in body stabilization."
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"I think my problem with being unsatisfied with the OM-D is in part due to me owning the Nikon D600 (great IQ and price performance) and the Canon S100 (good IQ in a VERY compact body)."
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Button

Button:
"Button feeling and placement not great."
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"It is hard to press and very close to other buttons.2."
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"It may make smaller buttons hard to find press."
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"- The buttons are well laid out, but are small and have a weird feel to them."
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"For others may not be the perfect one, because of the size of the buttons (small) or crop factor , but for me it is just the best one."
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"If I should mention something negative about the camera it is that:- It is small to hold and sometimes you press buttons on the back piece by mistake."
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"I'll be at a music event and the guitarist will strike a perfect pose, I press the shutter button and actually see that perfect image flash on the EVF, but what's recorded on the card is the image from almost a second later."
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"If you are like me, the number of menus and buttons and combinations is intimidating, so I recommend David Busch's book as well."
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"I was impressed with the workmanship and functionality -- mode buttons make sense, the menu was easy to navigate, and the viewfinder design is unique."
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"This lens is amazing, I even have a setting on a button on this lens."
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"- The buttons are well laid out, but are small and have a weird feel to them."
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Color

Color:
"I took most of my pics from it, as I feel the EVF is not as accurate with the color."
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"For shooting moving models where you need precise focus of constantly changing positions and natural skin colors this camera fails as cannot focus fast enough especially with the famous 45mm 1.8 lens people say good for portraits."
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")- Baffling menu system, and the on-screen help is often incomplete- Many default settings are suboptimal (make sure you read the DPReview article on how to set up your EM-5)- Zooming in playback mode doesn't show enough resolution- More of the playback modes should include ISO and basic exposure info- Rear screen only tilts one direction and can't be flipped to protect the screen- EVF is not accurate for exposure or color in low light- Auto white balance is poor in low light- Rarely, after taking a photo it is not saved although the shutter released (probably because focus was not achieved)- Overall, you get the sense that making this kind of prosumer camera was a stretch for OlympusAfter a few months of use I'm getting the Please check the status of a lens error frequently with the kit lens, so now I'll get to experience what Olympus customer support is like."
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"ISO 25600 is a marketing trick, it looks like my son drew a water color painting, ISO 12800 isn't great either."
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"I just shot an East Indian wedding and cannot believe how well this camera brought out the color of the event."
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"High ISO is great but colors and dynamic range is not that good."
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"Color is very good even in the jpeg file."
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"The resulting pics are unbelievably sharp with great color and detail."
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"Picture quality and color rendering is good."
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"It is very fast, sharp with beautiful color rendering!"
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"The colors are great."
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Compact

Compact:
"Everything in life is a compromise and the Olympus delivered in compact light availability."
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"Once you start putting on substantial zooms like that the light compact advantage of the camera is greatly compromised."
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"I tried some of the high-end point and shoot cameras (Leica D-LUX 5 and Sony RX-100) to see if I'd be happy with them as handy alternatives when I didn't need the image quality of the DSLR but I was unsatisfied with these compact cameras."
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")Movies on the EM-5 are pretty good but not as good as some of my Sony compacts or zooms, such as the HX-100v."
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"It also came with the 12-50 lens which is weather sealed and amazingly compact and lightweight."
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"Stylist, well build and tough like a piece of steel, weather proof, compact and take excellent picture."
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"Once you start putting on substantial zooms like that the light compact advantage of the camera is greatly compromised."
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"You don't lose image quality to have the pleasure of carrying a light compact system."
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"I think my problem with being unsatisfied with the OM-D is in part due to me owning the Nikon D600 (great IQ and price performance) and the Canon S100 (good IQ in a VERY compact body)."
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Control

Control:
"I found learning how to use the camera controls confusing, whether using the owners manual or the David Busch book (which I also bought)."
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"The not so great: small controls, average image quality, and quirky menu system."
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"when you look for a camera its a search not for the best functions and controls it can do but how it can open up your world to explore without having to worry about how your camera will handle it."
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"Yes, the super control panel was a little hard to find and I am still feeling my way around some of the idiosyncrasies (like when I take a pic with the EVF there's no preview on the monitor, or at least not yet!"
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"Other nice features are the touch screen Super Control Panel for rapidly changing settings, and tough-to-focus and touch-to-shoot features."
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"The menu system is not particularly intuitive, but it is easy to use the basic controls for most photographs."
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"Easy to access reset control to reset to factory settings."
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"It doesnt have all the direct controls I liked with the D7000."
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"- Great controls."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"It doesn't inspire confidence like my Nikon DSLR's."
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"I now own a few micro43 lenses, I can carry ALL of my equipment (camera, 4 lenses, some filters and a wall-charger) in a light-weight messenger bag, which is something I would never be able to do with my old DSLR."
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"I tried some of the high-end point and shoot cameras (Leica D-LUX 5 and Sony RX-100) to see if I'd be happy with them as handy alternatives when I didn't need the image quality of the DSLR but I was unsatisfied with these compact cameras."
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"The only negatives I have to offer is that higher ISO's are a bit on the noisy side when compared to the latest Canikon dslr's, and the battery life isn't great when the factory setup is used."
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"Unless you are a professional photographer making a living off your camera(s), there really is no good reason to own a bulky, clunky DSLR anymore."
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"If you are an experienced photographer coming from a dslr you may be frustrated at first and you may not relinquish all of your photo chores to this puppy."
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"I previously used a Canon Rebel XSi DSLR camera before this, which was a bit outdated (no video recording, and 1600 max ISO for example).I picked up the E-M5 just before my two-month trip to Asia, and it was the perfect travel companion."
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"Fully decked out with a battery grip it'll cost as much as a decent DSLR."
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"The first photos I took with it were amazing, much better than the Nikon DSLR that I had been using."
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"It was almost as good as a DSLR."
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"I'm by no means a photographer, I'm just an amateur who likes to take photos, I had a Pen-EPL2 and decided to jump up, as I didn't really want a DSLR because of the menus and size and really fell in love with the design."
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Design

Design:
"The Playback and Fn1 buttons, positioned near the top right corner of the back panel, are not designed well."
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"A bonus is that I find the design aesthetically appealing."
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"I was impressed with the workmanship and functionality -- mode buttons make sense, the menu was easy to navigate, and the viewfinder design is unique."
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"I'm by no means a photographer, I'm just an amateur who likes to take photos, I had a Pen-EPL2 and decided to jump up, as I didn't really want a DSLR because of the menus and size and really fell in love with the design."
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"OM used to be called the Leica of SLR for it's high quality and small and clever design."
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"Compact, well designed, both from photography and ergonomic standpoints."
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Ergonomic

Ergonomic:
"True, The OM-D's retro look means that you'll miss some of the advantages in camera ergonomics from the last 30 years."
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"the buttons and camera in general are too small for my hands; I liked the ergonomics of my old Nikon better."
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"Unfortunately with my great big hands, I need the extra grip (HLD-6), but with it, wow, ergonomics work great."
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"Compact, well designed, both from photography and ergonomic standpoints."
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"So you have great ergonomics, great low ISO picture detail, amazing dynamic range, a lot of room to crop."
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Fit

Fit:
"So small, still fits in the hand really well."
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"It fits my Air Mini and this OM-D, as well as bunch of other accessories I bring with me."
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"Good fit in the hands."
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"I took the S100 which I was able to discretely fit in my suit pocket."
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"The camera feels solid and fits my hands nicely and is extremely responsive when shooting."
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Flash

Flash:
"Inconvenient....M10 includes flash8."
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"However, here is what I don't like about it:- EVF is just ok. - Flash system is mediocre."
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"Why deliver a flash this mediocre as a separate and bulky accessory?"
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"Here are some gripes I have that can (hopefully) be improved with the next version of the OM-D to make it a 5 star:-The flash sucks, the snap-on flash that comes with it is really not good at all, it's weak and I wish it would at least allow you to bounce the light for a more natural look."
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"- The provided flash is a bit annoying."
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"I know she will complain about the OM-D flash and the minor inconvenience of attaching it when you need a flash, but it's well worth the inconvenience in my opinion."
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"I had considered this camera as well but it was a bit more pricey and did not have a built in flash."
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"I'll be at a music event and the guitarist will strike a perfect pose, I press the shutter button and actually see that perfect image flash on the EVF, but what's recorded on the card is the image from almost a second later."
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"Buying a flash unit was a pain because it will cost you a few hundred dollars for a good flash."
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"Remote flash control possible with separate flash unit.15 Many other great features that you need to see to believe."
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"In a medium backpack I am able to pack 2 bodies, 5 lenses, flash and battery pack and various other accessories without being overburdened."
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Focus

Focus:
"- Dead on accurate auto focus, which works well even in low light."
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"My main (and truly, minor) complaints are:- Autofocus."
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"The E-M5 is a disappointment in comparison to the GX1 specifically in that the E-M5 does not focus as fast, as accurately or in as low light as does the GX1."
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"For shooting moving models where you need precise focus of constantly changing positions and natural skin colors this camera fails as cannot focus fast enough especially with the famous 45mm 1.8 lens people say good for portraits."
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"The price is not expensive of course but I find myself having to play with the shooting button getting the right focus before the shutter snaps missing many good moving images."
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"Their is a terrible focus issue when using this adapter and the 4 3 lenses."
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"This is a fabulous camera for almost any use, except autofocusing on fast-moving subjects."
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"Shallow depth of field; You are now able to shoot at f2.8 and have the whole person in focus as appose to stopping down to f4 like you would have to do with a 35mm camera."
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"This camera has a very fast and accurate autofocus, and produces beautiful images that are sharp and accurate."
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"Very Easy setting the focus point with the arrow keypad13."
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"In good light the Olympus auto focus was faster than the Nikon and I really appreciated the touch screen that allows you to tap where you want the focus and take a picture."
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Image

Image:
"My biggest complaint is there is a very noticeable lag between when the shutter clicks and the image is recorded."
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"As with al MFT cameras low light photo is a problem since they dont get as much light as a DSRL, however there's and increible upgrade from the EPL2 I had in terms of high ISO as it doesn't get as much noise."
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"I took most of my pics from it, as I feel the EVF is not as accurate with the color."
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"Overally good image quality but not as good as those taken from SLR cameras."
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"- Image quality is good but not great."
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"The not so great: small controls, average image quality, and quirky menu system."
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"It also has a remarkable level of sharpness to the images when used with a good lens; I find the images competitive or superior to those taken with most any APS-C sensor camera."
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"The 5-axis image stabilization is fantastic, enabling me to shoot (with a 35-mm equivalent FOV lens) at 1 8 second and get sharp images."
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"My brief use of the E-M5 suggests that it offers good image quality and excellent image stabilization."
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Lens

Lens:
"I never liked the 45mm lens, and the kit lenses are junk."
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"The only drawback is that the lens mount has changed, and we decided to get new lenses rather than buy the adapter."
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"At this price, it was a no brainier with a 4 3 lens adapter, although I was so impressed, I broke down and bought a pro lens."
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"Had some older lenses that I thought were not that great but it turned out it was the earlier camera model I had."
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"Olympus does make some beautiful lenses for it- the 12 to 40 2.8 zoom, and the 75mm 1.8."
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"After years of lugging around a heavy Nikon d700 and 50 1.4 lens, we enjoyed the freedom that came with a smaller mirrorless set-up."
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"It also has a remarkable level of sharpness to the images when used with a good lens; I find the images competitive or superior to those taken with most any APS-C sensor camera."
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"The 5-axis image stabilization is fantastic, enabling me to shoot (with a 35-mm equivalent FOV lens) at 1 8 second and get sharp images."
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"It also came with the 12-50 lens which is weather sealed and amazingly compact and lightweight."
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Level

Level:
"After two shutter failures, IS system failure and now issues with the digital level gauge, I honestly feel this camera is just too fragile and Olympus seriously needs to stop pushing this as a professional camera."
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"January 26th, 2015 is the latest occurrence of this issue where I had to send the camera back for a faulty level gauge."
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"Built-in level is useful if, like me, you find it hard to take perfectly level photographs; useful for landscape photography."
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"It also has a remarkable level of sharpness to the images when used with a good lens; I find the images competitive or superior to those taken with most any APS-C sensor camera."
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"Perceivable image quality matches the image quality from current APS-C offerings, this includes entry level and enthusiast DSLRs as well."
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"It can be turned off in custom menu D, and then both the EVF and screen will show something much closer to the actual brightness level, as well as showing the effect of exposure compensation changes."
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"Sometimes getting exactly what you want requires a bit more effort then I think it should, but the level of customizability is excellent and something I wish more cameras would allow."
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"The level of customization is truly amazing."
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Light

Light:
"Everything in life is a compromise and the Olympus delivered in compact light availability."
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"Once you start putting on substantial zooms like that the light compact advantage of the camera is greatly compromised."
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"As with al MFT cameras low light photo is a problem since they dont get as much light as a DSRL, however there's and increible upgrade from the EPL2 I had in terms of high ISO as it doesn't get as much noise."
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"But when the light is not so good, that's the time I wish I brought my D7100 with me."
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"The low light performance is not as good as D7100."
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"What I've found it is best for is low light situations where a fairly quiet camera is needed, such as acoustic music performances, otherwise it sits."
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"The 12-50 mm lens takes fantastic macro images although it is a light hog."
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"Very high tech bundle and so far low light has been no problem unless you push it into darkness and even then aps-c will show their limits too."
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"Easy to hold and light weight compared to similar dSLR, some feel it needs added grip."
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"First it truly is a beautiful camera to both look at and hold, it's light as a feather and the photos are amazing."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"While it would have been great to have one with an APS-C sized sensor, the few that were available had no electronic viewfinder (it has been my experience that using the LCD screen in bright sun is a bit of a bear) I finally settled on the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and it has turned out to be quite capable and fun to use."
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"I am really enjoying the portability and the image quality I get from this OM-D, I very much recommended it, and I also recommend the Lumix G vario 12-35mm F2.8 and the Zuiko 75mm F1.8 these two lenses pair up amazingly with this camera, they are not cheap, but like this camera: worth it! "
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"My first micro 4 3 camera was a Lumix it was good so I bought lumix and olympus lenses and an adapter for my old Canon primes."
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"Using it in manual mode is easy also using manual lenses is easier than the lumix range."
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Macro

Macro:
"The 12-50 mm lens takes fantastic macro images although it is a light hog."
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"The macro mode on it is a terrific touch and I've used it for many shots)."
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"Image stabilization is a winner, which should be huge for anyone who does a lot of low-light macro work sans tripod."
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"Pros- good selection of lenses available - APSC didn't have anywhere close the the same choices for fast lenses at different lengths; you can choose an adapter with most mirrorless to use a wider assortment of lenses, but those full size lenses on adapters are bigger, heavier, and more expensive, defeating the purpose of a camera like this I think- small size (not pocketable, but tiny next to a full size SLR like the EOS 5D MkIII)- lenses are easy to carry (a 300mm is half the size of a full frame 200mm, and reaches farther due to 2x multiplication)- very good built in IS- fast at 9fps (1 focus) or 3.5fps (focus each shot); writes to a fast SD card are fast- weather sealed- great image quality, even in JPG, for the sensor size, way better than any pocket cam I've tried from Nikon or Canon- tilt display- kit lenses are inexpensive add ons; the 12-50 has a decent macro modeCons- flash is an included clip on not built in pop up; looks like it will be easy to break, so I plan to use fast lenses instead of flash whenever possible- preview focus view shows you the exposure in the overlay (exposure meter, histogram, etc), but not in the preview image itself (at least that I can figure so far)."
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"I'm using my OM-D with the Pany 25 1.4, Oly 45 1.8 and Oly 60 2.8 macro and am amazed at my results."
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Manual

Manual:
"I found learning how to use the camera controls confusing, whether using the owners manual or the David Busch book (which I also bought)."
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"I had to download the manual from the CD because the small manual Olympus includes is inadequate."
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"Finally I sold my old Nikon equipment and decided to adquire an EM5.I was afraid of the learning curve which normally takes weeks and even months of returning to the manuals seeking for a hidden feature or a way to change something."
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"This can be somewhat mitigated by manual focusing (not all that great with m43 anyway), and by simply knowing the camera."
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"Even with the full manual, you'll be left confused more than a few times."
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"I haven't owned this very long, and have only had about 4 opportunities to use it but I found it pretty easy to learn w o looking in manual as opposed to the GH3 where a manual was necessary."
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"The manual is good, but I found myself using a book dedicated to this camera."
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"Take some time to read the manual and learn all it's capabilities and the reward will be outstanding photos."
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"Using it in manual mode is easy also using manual lenses is easier than the lumix range."
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Menu

Menu:
"Fairly complex menus can be confusing -- but that comes with choices."
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"Navigation Menu UX: in short a horrible mess."
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"The main downside is that the Custom Menu has a zillion options, but once it is set up, you rarely need to go in them."
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"The olympus menus can be confusing at first, and I recommend David Busch's OMD guide to help get started."
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"The only minor shortcomings I've found so far (there are very few):- The on off button is awkwardly positioned and hard to use (impossible with gloves)- the play fn1 buttons are hard to use if you have large fingers or wearing gloves (but otherwise fine)- the system menu is typical Olympus, confusing but thorough with useful tool tips, could be better organized- The EVF makes it a bit bulkier than my other M4 3But boy is everything else amazing:- having two main rotary dials on top to control almost any setting: heaven."
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"There's some way to make one focus area smaller, but it's hidden in the menus and ridiculously complicated to use."
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"This is a pretty complex instrument, with multiple embedded menu trees."
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"If you are like me, the number of menus and buttons and combinations is intimidating, so I recommend David Busch's book as well."
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"The menu system is not particularly intuitive, but it is easy to use the basic controls for most photographs."
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"I was impressed with the workmanship and functionality -- mode buttons make sense, the menu was easy to navigate, and the viewfinder design is unique."
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"I'm by no means a photographer, I'm just an amateur who likes to take photos, I had a Pen-EPL2 and decided to jump up, as I didn't really want a DSLR because of the menus and size and really fell in love with the design."
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Noise

Noise:
"Noise can be excessive past ISO 3200, but even then you can still get very usable images if you know what you're doing."
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"The only negatives I have to offer is that higher ISO's are a bit on the noisy side when compared to the latest Canikon dslr's, and the battery life isn't great when the factory setup is used."
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"I had unacceptable noise above 800 iso raw."
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"Another problem is that NEX7 is noisy at high ISOs, not as good as NEX5n (I agree with Steve Huff here wholeheartedly)."
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"JPEG: The highly touted Olympus Pen JPG Engine does not work well with this sensor (oversharpens and noise reduction destroys all fine detail)."
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"[Sensor and Noise Performance]One of the bigger criticisms of the E-P3 and other PEN cameras was the ageing 12MP sensor inside the camera."
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"Second is the high ISO (I've had decent images from 8,000) comes at the cost of some very creative noise reduction."
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"The sunset pictures taken at ISO 200 are clear and noise free, even when I exposed for the highlights and then used PS to recover enough detail from the dense shadows."
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"I didn't have to have long exposure noise reduction turned on my Nikon to get perfectly clean shots at low ISOs."
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"you pretty much have to have noise reduction set to on in order to take long exposure shots (even at ISO 200), which then requires the same amount of time to process."
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"That said, I have gotten some beautifully low noise images at ISO 800 or even 1600 when I use f2 and even with f8."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"It came quickly, well packaged, and with the noted accessories, with one glaring exception."
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"And if you are on a budget, definitely take a look at the Sigma 19 2.8 and 30 2.8 being sold together for an unbelievable package price from the famous NY dealers."
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"I just ordered the combo package as well though I will likely use the previously mentioned 3 on my OM-D and the 2 Sigmas on my Pen E-PL2 bodies (1 visible and 1 IR).And yes, after getting the OM-D, I realized I didn't want to lug around my heavy arsenal of Nikon bodies (D300, D7000) and lenses any longer."
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"Suffice it to say, Olympus loaded a lot of state of the art features into one camera, including the new 16 Megapixel sensor with much improved dynamic range, 5 axis image stabilization that acts as a steady-cam when capturing video, very fast contrast detect autofocus, and 9 frames per second shooting speed (with initial autofocus) all packaged in a beautiful metal body with retro styling and dual control dials."
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"Despite numerous obvious faults, it does provide the flexibility, image quality, and feel of an entry-level DSLR in a relatively small and light package, and that's ultimately what makes it a winner."
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Price

Price:
"The OM-D M5 is getting hard to find @ the $599 price and I've seen it jump up to $899 recently, whereas the newer OM-10 has dropped to $599 for the body only (the OM-10 is NOT weatherized, and only has 3 point stabilization vs. the M5's 5).Regarding the lenses, I own what I feel like I'll always use, and because they are Panasonic Lumix lenses the optical stabilization is in the lens."
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"At the current price its probably a good deal, unfortunately I paid the full price two years ago and haven't had any return on my investment whatsoever."
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"Autofocus is very fast indeed (with the right lens, anyway), with the caveat that AF tracking is still disappointing compared to DSLRs in this price range."
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"This camera is an all around great effort, the best Micro Four Thirds camera to date, and its only substantial weakness is in the price (which represents a premium over comparable DSLRs, which it will surely be compared against)."
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"My only negatives are the price (ouch!"
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"It really is an excellent camera, though I would have bought the m. ii if I'd had the extra money, I'm still happy with my gen 1."
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"Perfect excuse to spend money on photography!"
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"Excellent price."
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"Great camera for the money."
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"Works well and is well worth the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"But good quality zooms compromise the whole point of getting the camera."
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"Overally good image quality but not as good as those taken from SLR cameras."
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"- Image quality is good but not great."
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"The not so great: small controls, average image quality, and quirky menu system."
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"I tried some of the high-end point and shoot cameras (Leica D-LUX 5 and Sony RX-100) to see if I'd be happy with them as handy alternatives when I didn't need the image quality of the DSLR but I was unsatisfied with these compact cameras."
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"It basically means that if I want a weather-sealed camera, I need to compromise image quality and use the kit lens (although to the kit lense's credit, it does a great job of being a kit lens."
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"My brief use of the E-M5 suggests that it offers good image quality and excellent image stabilization."
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"I bought this to replace an EP-3 which was a great little camera but the OM-D is faster, has a very good built in viewfinder and the photos are better quality with less noise due to the 16mp Sensor."
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"Overall, I would recommend this camera for the quality and convenience shooter, someone who is looking for a step away from DSLRs."
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"Great image quality."
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"The picture quality is excellent, a tad below what I was getting on the larger sensors but then again, I'm not doing murals! "
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Screen

Screen:
"The camera build is very solid, does't give any weaknesses, not even on the tilting screen."
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"However, what I did not like was that this beautiful screen was permanently exposed and could not be turned around and closed like on the GH2."
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"But as I do care about my gear I never would do that anyhow as it's a good way to scratch the screen or lens."
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")- Baffling menu system, and the on-screen help is often incomplete- Many default settings are suboptimal (make sure you read the DPReview article on how to set up your EM-5)- Zooming in playback mode doesn't show enough resolution- More of the playback modes should include ISO and basic exposure info- Rear screen only tilts one direction and can't be flipped to protect the screen- EVF is not accurate for exposure or color in low light- Auto white balance is poor in low light- Rarely, after taking a photo it is not saved although the shutter released (probably because focus was not achieved)- Overall, you get the sense that making this kind of prosumer camera was a stretch for OlympusAfter a few months of use I'm getting the Please check the status of a lens error frequently with the kit lens, so now I'll get to experience what Olympus customer support is like."
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"The EVF and OLED screen aren't just dual displays of the same thing, so it's hard to access every setting using the EVF only."
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"REC button on the top of the camera, and the D-Pad and surrounding controls are easy enough to operate (though, as some say, they are smallish and a little squishy due to the weather sealing), but the FN1 and Play buttons are a bit inconvenient for me to hit since the screen juts out in front of them."
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"Other nice features are the touch screen Super Control Panel for rapidly changing settings, and tough-to-focus and touch-to-shoot features."
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"And at my age, I can't get the 'down-low' shots, but the tilting screen has re-opened that world to me (good for shooting our cats)."
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"The screen is clear and even in bright sunlight I had no problems seeing the images on it when looking at what I shot."
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"In good light the Olympus auto focus was faster than the Nikon and I really appreciated the touch screen that allows you to tap where you want the focus and take a picture."
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"The rear screen its really nice, the fact that it's adjustable to whatever angle you need make it really useful on some situations."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The build quality is fantastic but the camera is definitely small (even for someone with small hands), with some sharp edges and hard angles, and a little hard to grip."
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"I call it autofocus issues, but frankly it could be the Image Stabilization (IBIS), the shutter, or some other problem that causes not to be as sharp as they should be."
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"This camera has a very fast and accurate autofocus, and produces beautiful images that are sharp and accurate."
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"Fast to focus and nice sharp images."
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"The resulting pics are unbelievably sharp with great color and detail."
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"It's wonderfully sharp, and every now and then I'll use it instead of the touch-screen for composing just because it's a fun way to compose your shots."
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"Best camera I have ever had, very sharp rich pictures."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"My biggest complaint is there is a very noticeable lag between when the shutter clicks and the image is recorded."
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"I didn't notice at the beginning since I didn't had the chance to shoot at very high speeds, (1 1000+ for example) but the pictures were really dark, after reading a bit it turned out the shutter had a problem and this was a known problem with some units."
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"The first started having problem with shutter locking after 3 months."
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"The price is not expensive of course but I find myself having to play with the shooting button getting the right focus before the shutter snaps missing many good moving images."
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"After two shutter failures, IS system failure and now issues with the digital level gauge, I honestly feel this camera is just too fragile and Olympus seriously needs to stop pushing this as a professional camera."
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"Shutter failed in 50 days."
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"I'll be at a music event and the guitarist will strike a perfect pose, I press the shutter button and actually see that perfect image flash on the EVF, but what's recorded on the card is the image from almost a second later."
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"This makes M43 great for landscape photography, where low ISO, short shutter speeds, and deep DOF are all advantages!"
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"The price is not expensive of course but I find myself having to play with the shooting button getting the right focus before the shutter snaps missing many good moving images."
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"For example, I have one button switch the camera between a manual-focus mode that will focus on demand with the Metering button and an auto-focus mode that will meter and autofocus and meter by holding down the shutter half-way.+ Good Sensor."
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"I love the touch-screen focus, shutter release, and navigation capability."
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Size

Size:
"I had to download the manual from the CD because the small manual Olympus includes is inadequate."
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"Small is not always good."
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"The most annoying thing on using this camera is still the very small buttons, especially FN1 since there is certain functions only this button is allowed to be configured."
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"- Size...it is neither large nor small, which creates a problem (for me)."
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"- The buttons are well laid out, but are small and have a weird feel to them."
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"So small, still fits in the hand really well."
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"I love the size and the weight."
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"I'm by no means a photographer, I'm just an amateur who likes to take photos, I had a Pen-EPL2 and decided to jump up, as I didn't really want a DSLR because of the menus and size and really fell in love with the design."
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"The lenses for the micro four thirds system are also small and light and great for travel."
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"BUT: the menus are the most difficult I've ever come across, there is no in-camera HDR mode, the flash is not built in, and attaching it with the cheap plastic little parts is a drag (although you would rarely need it since high-ISO performance is very good) and it is just a little TOO small for my larger than average hands."
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Speed

Speed:
"Exit E-P2 - was just too slow and ISO is not good at all."
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"The touch focus on the E-M5 is not as fast, is not as precise in placement and is not as accurate as the GX1."
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"For shooting moving models where you need precise focus of constantly changing positions and natural skin colors this camera fails as cannot focus fast enough especially with the famous 45mm 1.8 lens people say good for portraits."
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"Autofocus is fast but not reliable."
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"The initial iterations while exciting, still were slow and not great in terms of IQ, but the E-M5 changed it all."
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"It is hard to beat the portability and speed of this camera and when you add the capabilities it is has it is a 5 star tool."
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"This camera has a very fast and accurate autofocus, and produces beautiful images that are sharp and accurate."
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"This makes M43 great for landscape photography, where low ISO, short shutter speeds, and deep DOF are all advantages!"
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"i really love the fast AF both in photos and videos."
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"Also there a bunch of lenses that are quite fast to help with this (45 1.8mm is REALLY good)Image and video quality is excellent, image stabilization on camera helps a lot, too."
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"Fast to focus and nice sharp images."
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Travel

Travel:
"In my travels I like to attempt to get good pictures while I am a passenger in a car."
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"This should be a good travel camera, but you simply can't rely on it."
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"At first, this was a great travel camera for a family on the move."
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"I previously used a Canon Rebel XSi DSLR camera before this, which was a bit outdated (no video recording, and 1600 max ISO for example).I picked up the E-M5 just before my two-month trip to Asia, and it was the perfect travel companion."
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"Its perfect for travel and street photography."
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"Perfect travel camera."
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Video

Video:
"If you want to make a movie without a tripod, this is as good as it gets."
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"Video missing avchd and limited video choices."
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"Excellent range of available lenses (the panasonic 20mm 1.7 is a MUST).CONS:Well.. if we have to INVENT one... it would be that the video compression is not as good as the hacked panasonic GH2...Problem is, the image stabilization makes up for this!"
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")Movies on the EM-5 are pretty good but not as good as some of my Sony compacts or zooms, such as the HX-100v."
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"That isn't saying much, because the D90 is not know for its great video capabilities."
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"The video capabilities are amazing."
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"I previously used a Canon Rebel XSi DSLR camera before this, which was a bit outdated (no video recording, and 1600 max ISO for example).I picked up the E-M5 just before my two-month trip to Asia, and it was the perfect travel companion."
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"No real experience with video, but some test shots I took revealed the great stability system within."
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"The video has continuous autofocus and I mean it does not miss a beat when you're shooting video or photos and the videos are extemely impressive."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"There is a slight delay in the EVF turning on when you put your eye up to the viewfinder, which can be a problem, but you can adjust the settings to always keep it on if you like, or manually switch to the EVF rather then having the eye sensor do it for you."
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"I was worried about transferring from traditional viewfinders to an EVF because of the 'not quite real life view' an EVF has but I now realise that EVFs are better because you can a) actually see things at night, b) adjust exposure compensation and see it before you take the photo and c) zoom in on the image when manual focussing."
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"- It's built like a tank- The electronic viewfinder is a really nice addition although it's not as nice as an optical viewfinder on any DSLR I've ever used."
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"Second, just a little confusing about how to toggle between viewfinder and monitor."
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"I love how small and light it is, and it still fits in my hand pretty well (although nothing could feel better than a large SLR body)My disappointments with the camera are:-The viewfinder (its difficult to get used to an electronic viewfinder after using an SLR for so long)-High ISO performance compared to the 5DMKII-Complex menus (I have to dig in unusual spots for things that should be out in the open)-Small user manual (doesn't even describe what half of the menu functions do!"
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"While I already own a PEN E-PL2, I really missed having a viewfinder."
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"I bought this to replace an EP-3 which was a great little camera but the OM-D is faster, has a very good built in viewfinder and the photos are better quality with less noise due to the 16mp Sensor."
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"I was impressed with the workmanship and functionality -- mode buttons make sense, the menu was easy to navigate, and the viewfinder design is unique."
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"The viewfinder is clear and luminous."
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"Was a bit concerned about losing the optical viewfinder and fast accurate autofocus (phase detection) of a true SLR."
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"I love the built in viewfinder, I often found myself using it on the GX1 all the time anyway."
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Weight

Weight:
"I now own a few micro43 lenses, I can carry ALL of my equipment (camera, 4 lenses, some filters and a wall-charger) in a light-weight messenger bag, which is something I would never be able to do with my old DSLR."
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"Drawbacks:- Weight."
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"The caveat of full-frame is obviously the inherent size and weight of the system and I hated being the camera guy every time I was out with friends or even shooting casually and that's when I started dabbling with micro 4 3s."
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"--The 9fps frame rate is welcome, though there are lots of caveats (see below)--Size and weight are still kept to a minimum, though the camera is built in a much more professional fashion than previous m43 cams."
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"I am using this with the Panasonic 7-14mm and it is a very nice lightweight super wide combination."
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"It also came with the 12-50 lens which is weather sealed and amazingly compact and lightweight."
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"Lightweight yet very durable, I used this camera to take mostly photos."
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"Extremely responsive, lightweight and capable of taking great shots."
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"It is excellent in regard to build, weight and the images are great."
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