The image on top (Click on it to enlarge) is another comparison made by the Japanese DSRLcheck website. These are in camera JPEGS with NR off and maximal quality taken with the Olympus E-M5 and the also very new Canon 5DmarkIII (full frame camera that costs $2400 more than the E-M5). The google translation tool doesn’t help me a lot but here is what I hope to have understood from the article. This is an 18mm focal length comparison. The images have been taken at the ideal aperture of the lens (f/4.0 for the E-M5 and f/5.6 for the markIII). The best lens on the E-M5 is the Four Thirds 7-14mm ZD lens ($1799 here at Amazon). The best m43 lens is the Panasonic 7-14mm.
As usual with those testings be aware that there are many subjective variables the tester has to set. But the overall impression I get from these images is that the image quality difference between the two camera is pretty much negligible in real world conditions. That’s a good achievement for that tiny m43 sensor! If you really don’t need the 5DmarkIII buy the E-M5 and spend the money on good quality lenses! Or even better, buy the $149 E-PL1 (here via Cameta) and put a top quality lens like a 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton (hee on eBay) on it :)
More E-M5 reviews:
Steve Huff (Click here) compared the E-M5 and X PRO 1 video quality and it is definitely not a surprise that the E-M5 beats the Fuji by miles! Fuji didnt’ make the camera with video in mind. P.S.: New firmware is out for the X PRO 1 (via Fujirumors).
Admiringlight (Click here) posted an E-M5 preview: “So, one more thing I feel needs mentioning from my brief time with the camera. The shutter is QUIET. Very quiet. It is far quieter than any other Micro 4/3 body, and quieter than any SLR I’ve ever used. It is almost approaching leaf shutter quiet. Needless to say, if you shoot in quiet environments and need to maintain stealth, this camera deserves a hard look from you.”
The first three user reviews are up at Amazon (Click here). Also the German Amazon (Click here to read their interesting opinion) has three reviews. All six reviewers are super satisfied with their E-M5 camera! A good start :)
The first batch of E-M5 (mostly with the 14-42mm kit lens) is now shipping in Europe and USA. And it clearly shows in the rankings that the E-M5 is now climbing on top! Today E-M5 Rankings (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 2/7/11/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7/12 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/4/5 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/6/11 (Click here).
P.S.: For our japanese readers, there is a new review at Nikkei (Click here).