New Olympus E-5, E-PL2 and triple XZ-1 reviews (+ very nice XZ-1 commercial !!!)

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The video on top is one of the best digital camera commercials I have ever seen. Well done Oly!

Ferdzdecena (Click here) posted a short E-5 review: “For it’s price range, which is rather high since it’s on the pro/semi-pro line, there are a lot of competitive options out there so it’s hard to decide on jumping into this system. But for those who have already invested on a good amount of Zuiko lenses, which by themselves are exceptional, the Olympus E-5 can still squeeze out excellent images until it runs out of juice in the coming years.” (link found at noisycamera)
Check the E-5 price by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Neocamera (Click here) posted an E-PL2 express review: “The Olympus PEN E-PL2 proves to be an interesting camera with more capabilities and sophistication than expected from an entry-level model. The Micro Four-Thirds sensor used in the E-PL2 delivers excellent results with low image noise and good sharpness. Exposure and color are also quite good. AWB is not so reliable but custom white-balance renders whites impeccably and the one-touch white-balance function makes it a breeze to use. The true weakness of this digital camera is its autofocus system which is slow and not entirely accurate. It is serious enough to make it miss our highest digital camera rating.
Check the E-PL2 price by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photographyhappenings (Click here) tested the XZ-1: “If you are comparing to the Panasonic LX-5 or Canon S95, the Olympus XZ-1 will be a good choice if lens specification is your key consideration. The Olympus delivers strong performance over the competitors in good light and moderate distance, but fails to shine in poorer light condition and closer to infinity. Both competitors offer credible lens performance and good max aperture as well as distinctive advantages, with the Canon S95 in a truly small chassis and the LX-5 delivering native 16:9 panoramic images. They are definitely no pushovers in this battle of digital compacts, and these three cameras cater to different crowds.
Also Digital Photography School (Click here) posted a XZ-1 review: “I find it hard to say that image quality is exceptionable. About average. Why you’d buy it: exciting range of accessories to expand your picture making opportunities; fast lens. Why you wouldn’t: you want Full HD video.
And the third website to test the XZ-1 is Pdnonline (Click here): “As an outdoor shooter in good light, the XZ-1 shined, producing high quality images on par with those you get from a DSLR. But I really expected the camera’s f/1.8 lens to do better in low light. The same goes for the XZ-1’s 10-megapixel, 1/1.63-inch CCD, which produced noisy images at high ISOs with aggressive smoothing that squished detail. I hope Olympus sticks with this category though; the XZ-1 a good start that just needs some further tweaking.”
Check the XZ-1 price by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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  • godek

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  • The commercial is great! 🙂 If they had the same creativity on the R&D department.

  • Henrik

    Some interesting ideas in the commercial, but will it attract customers? Found the guy rather scary and didn’t create sympathy for the product.

    • Ahem

      The commercial misses by a mile: talking about f-stops and millimeters will not mean anything to the vast majority of the target market.

      • Duarte Bruno

        That’s what you think. This is a camera for the tech geek and a backup for a DSLR. This commercial hits the target on the nail! 🙂

        • mclarenf3

          I think the XZ-1 is aimed at those of us with DSLR or EVIL cameras. Most with only a P&S will not consider this over the much cheaper alternatives.

  • GreyOwl

    The guy’s accent is hard to place; he sounds to my ears like a mixture of Dutch, German, Scottish and a touch of Irish. Very scary! Good commercial though, creative and slik.

    • Jacob

      I found it confusing too! Didn’t fit the suave look I was expecting lol

  • jonbly

    Had a great idea for a GH2 commercial – talking head in HD, but after 20s or so, switch to a second camera to show that all that lovely HD video was shot with the GH2 itself…

    • Ganec

      already done in E-PL1 commercial:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E25em-brl8

      • jonbly

        Yeah… shame that none of it’s sharp except for the one close-up… and two of the latter scenes (hang glider & fountain) were obviously green-screened… and generally the whole thing is too long and busy.

        • There’s a ‘making of’ video where the shot is shown from a different angle. Its not green screened at all.

          • jonbly

            Depends which shot you’re talking about. She’s been added to the hang-glider shot and the first fountain shot – the second fountain shot looks real.

  • John

    Scottish all the way… 🙂

  • GreyOwl

    You are right John, on second hearing, Scottish it is. What a difference a day makes…..

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