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Olympus E-P5 16.1 MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 17mm f-1.8 lens (Silver with Black Trim) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus E-P5 16.1 MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 17mm f/1.8 lens (Silver with Black Trim)
Report Date: 09/28/2015
Based on 47 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 8.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.8   above average
Speed4.5   above average
Quality4.3   average
Focus4.2   exceptional
Lens4.2   above average
Body3.1   mediocre


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Body

Body:
"Ergonomically the camera fits well in the hand and all controls are easy to reach but I really dislike the eyelets on the sides of the body which dig into my hands."
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"It is due to this horrible reliability so far with two bodies that I cannot give this item more than 3 stars."
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"The battery door is flimsy and does not fits loosely compared to the rest of the body the battery door is junk."
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"While it was getting fixed the second time I purchased a second E-P5 body as a backup in case of another failure at a critical time and within the first two months of owning that body it also had to go in for repairs because it had the self shut off problem experienced with the first body."
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"The ep5 body and vf4 is great."
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"bottom line for me is the size advantage of micro 43 is measurable (some of the APS bodies may be about the same size but equivalent APS lenses are a good bit bigger)."
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"The EVF is large, bright and sharp but sits very clumsy on top of the nice camera body"
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"I've been using this camera body for about 6 months now and overall am satisfied but there are big reliability issues in my opinion."
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"Image stabilization in the camera body works well and I can get great shots handheld with all lenses except the 75-300 at the 300 end where I have to either use a tripod or stabilize against a nearby object."
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Control

Control:
"Ergonomically the camera fits well in the hand and all controls are easy to reach but I really dislike the eyelets on the sides of the body which dig into my hands."
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"One cannot use the E-P5 and the E-M5 interchangeably because the E-P5 mode dial and the E-M5 rear control dial are in the same position which leads to confusion and mistakes."
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"I found that the placement of the control wheels made it uncomfortable to hold the camera without the landscape grip."
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"It took great pictures, all the buttons and dials you needed to control your photography were laid out in front of your thumb."
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"Ergonomically the camera fits well in the hand and all controls are easy to reach but I really dislike the eyelets on the sides of the body which dig into my hands."
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"control is pretty much perfect and despite dropping it a few times (knock on wood) I've had zero issues."
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"This camera is amazingly solid, controls are very logical and everything works as a rangefinder style body should."
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"This camera has it all; razor sharp pics, instant AF, EVF a dream, 2X2 dials gives total instant control, easy intuitive menu's."
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Focus

Focus:
"Autofocus tracking is bad - focusing fails on most moving targets."
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"Autofocus is amazingly fast and accurate."
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"Otherwise great little camera with fast and fairly reliable autofocus!"
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"The bundled lens is very sharp and easy to focus manually."
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"Focus peaking is great and automatically zooms in for you so you can scrutinize the details and insure accuracy."
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"Love the Focus Peaking."
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Image

Image:
"Overall an interesting but frustrating combination of excellent image quality and user-unfriendliness."
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"Clean images through ISO 2000, with 3200 and 6400 actually quite usableVery decent video (not using it much so can't comment in depth)What needs improving:Menus - settings are still unnecessarily complicated (but not as confusing as eight years ago)Touch screen functionality a bit limited - pinch zoom would be nice in playbackLCD impossible to see in direct sunlight - had to buy pricey electronic viewfinder VF-4 for outdoor shootingNot the easiest-to-handle shapeNeeds chromatic aberration correction (though the lenses I have don't really cause much CA)I'm happy with the PEN E-P5."
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"What I like:Outstanding image qualityEffective in-body 5-axis image stabilizationExcellent lenses in a great selectionManageable weightBuilt in flashTilting LCD screenBlazing fast autofocusBeautiful colorsDynamic range, especially shooting raw."
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"You can get fast glass with it, which is a must for cute kids pics4."
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"i am quite happy with the images from this particular sensor."
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Lens

Lens:
"The on camera flash is weak and if you try to use it with any of the longer lenses (14-150, 12-40 PRO, etc) you will see a significant shadow in each shot from the lens."
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"When I got it back from repairs in less than a month's time it broke again and would not recognize any lens that was attached."
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"A definite upgrade, especially in low light to the VF2 of past; combined with the revised zoom features ergonomics of the EP5, I find using legacy manual focus lenses and current Voigtlander m4 3 lenses an absolute delight -- easy to focus and a great feeling knowing that you can nail focus consistently with ultra fast lenses -- something that isn't so easy with film rangefinders, SLRs, etc."
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"- Good focus precision and speed in static scenes (especially with newer lenses).Negatives:- Main negative point: Battery life is unreasonably short."
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"First, while the autofocus is definitely better than other mirrorless cameras I've had it's still not a match for a good SLR and fast lens when it comes to tracking fast moving subjects."
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"And even with the 20mm lens, the EP5 will not fit in jeans pocket, and would be uncomfortable even if it did, due to the weight."
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"Clean images through ISO 2000, with 3200 and 6400 actually quite usableVery decent video (not using it much so can't comment in depth)What needs improving:Menus - settings are still unnecessarily complicated (but not as confusing as eight years ago)Touch screen functionality a bit limited - pinch zoom would be nice in playbackLCD impossible to see in direct sunlight - had to buy pricey electronic viewfinder VF-4 for outdoor shootingNot the easiest-to-handle shapeNeeds chromatic aberration correction (though the lenses I have don't really cause much CA)I'm happy with the PEN E-P5."
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"What I like:Outstanding image qualityEffective in-body 5-axis image stabilizationExcellent lenses in a great selectionManageable weightBuilt in flashTilting LCD screenBlazing fast autofocusBeautiful colorsDynamic range, especially shooting raw."
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"and while i'm on lenses, the selection for m43 is phenomenal."
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"bottom line for me is the size advantage of micro 43 is measurable (some of the APS bodies may be about the same size but equivalent APS lenses are a good bit bigger)."
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"The bundled lens is very sharp and easy to focus manually."
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Light

Light:
"It does a great job staying in that position securely for low level shooting.2) Add a thumb grip via the hot shoe- it's 5 bucks on ebay and makes holding the camera better than a DSLR.3) It's light, but not to light- perfect balance.4) Menu is well laid out, color coded and once you get the hang of it a breeze.5) Focusing is accurate and 5 axis actually works."
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"It's even better with the VF-4 electronic viewfinder which is clear and bright even in low light."
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"light, easy to carry, solid picture quality and very customizable."
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"The build of the camera sends a message of quality -- the camera has a solid heft, and isn't a light, flimsy plastic bodied crapper...the quality is amongst the highest I've seen in the m4 3 line -- better than the GX7 & OMD."
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"I've walked around cities at night with the e-p5, a Panasonic 20mm f 1.7 and an Olympus 45mm f 1.8 in my pocket and gotten amazing shots using available light."
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"These lenses are small, light, pocketable and amazingly sharp!"
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Menu

Menu:
"It does a great job staying in that position securely for low level shooting.2) Add a thumb grip via the hot shoe- it's 5 bucks on ebay and makes holding the camera better than a DSLR.3) It's light, but not to light- perfect balance.4) Menu is well laid out, color coded and once you get the hang of it a breeze.5) Focusing is accurate and 5 axis actually works."
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"Without it, navigating the menus is ridiculous."
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"The Olympus menus are a challenge but the touch screen on the e-p5 helps out a bit here and once you figure out how to use them the flexibility is fantastic."
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"- Battery door is flimsy and under designed compared to GF1.- The English used in the menus is sometimes questionable."
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"The menus are the worst I've seen: poorly grouped, poor choices of GUI design."
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"One problem with the EM5 is that you have to dive into the menus to change my sets (no way of doing it on the control dial, as with the GH cameras), and it's easy to forget what functions you've assigned."
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"This camera has it all; razor sharp pics, instant AF, EVF a dream, 2X2 dials gives total instant control, easy intuitive menu's."
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"Menu Great."
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"The menus are intuitive and functions are easy to access."
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"With the EP5, I was able to assign mysets to the control menu in a logical manner that's easy to remember."
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Photo

Photo:
"Biggest problem is that all my relatives are asking for copies of the photos I took over the holidays."
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"Also disappointed with the Panorama mode, once you have used a Sony which stitches the photos together on the camera in seconds, it's hard to be happy with a really bare bones panorama mode like this one."
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"I was willing to compromise on the pocket-ability of the camera for higher quality photos."
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"FF Nikon still takes better photos, but this one does almost as well in a much smaller package when coupled with the awesome M43 primes."
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"Fast, touchscreen is cool, and the photos look great so far."
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"PS: The Photo story mode is really nice, I use this a lot to share photos on instagram via connection from mobile phone."
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"I've not yet worked with the WIFI but am looking forward to seeing how much easier it will be to take photos and post them to Facebook versus having to copy them to my computer first."
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"The internal image stabilization did a very nice job and gave me pretty sharp photos considering the very low light I was testing in."
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Quality

Quality:
"Overall an interesting but frustrating combination of excellent image quality and user-unfriendliness."
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"Though the footage is less stabilized this way than without zooming, and quality is not as good as the ETC from Panasonic body."
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"I was willing to compromise on the pocket-ability of the camera for higher quality photos."
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"lots of choices, high quality, and reasonable prices."
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"Excellent image quality is the main reason I have chosen to stick with this camera."
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"ProsImage quality is excellent compared to the new point and shoot cameras and on par with DSLR's."
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"I use it with the 12-40mm pro lens and this combination has awesome image quality with beautiful saturation and colors with subtle gradations."
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"This camera is just plain sexy and the image quality is amazing."
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Speed

Speed:
"A definite upgrade, especially in low light to the VF2 of past; combined with the revised zoom features ergonomics of the EP5, I find using legacy manual focus lenses and current Voigtlander m4 3 lenses an absolute delight -- easy to focus and a great feeling knowing that you can nail focus consistently with ultra fast lenses -- something that isn't so easy with film rangefinders, SLRs, etc."
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"First, while the autofocus is definitely better than other mirrorless cameras I've had it's still not a match for a good SLR and fast lens when it comes to tracking fast moving subjects."
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"Autofocus is amazingly fast and accurate."
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"You can get fast glass with it, which is a must for cute kids pics4."
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"operational speed is amazing."
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"Otherwise great little camera with fast and fairly reliable autofocus!"
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"1 8000th shutter speed and good ISO up to about 3600 I'd say before you need to use the higher settings on NR and NF."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"a hundred bucks, with the current $799 price of the Pen body -- this offers you the same quality viewfinder (actually the exact same viewfinder) as in the E-M1 olympus -- which is currently one of, if not the very best, current generation electric viewfinders in release."
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"The downside of course is that since it's not built in, you can't easily use both the viewfinder and a flash, unless you use the flash off-camera."
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"The view is much bigger and the colors are a lot more accurate, almost like a real optical viewfinder."
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"Visually more appealing, especially when the VF-4 viewfinder is not attached."
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"It's even better with the VF-4 electronic viewfinder which is clear and bright even in low light."
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"Very bright and easy to switch between LCD and viewfinder."
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"Plus the VF-4 viewfinder for the E-P5 is the best electronic viewfinder I have ever seen."
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