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New E-M5 reviews roundup (Amateur P, Mobile01 and more).


E-M5 focus test. Terrific!

Short in Stock status update. Two local european dealers informed me that they will receive a very limited Stock of Olympus E-M5 cameras next week. And now let’s check the latest E-M5 reviews coming mostly from Asia where the camera is already shipping at Amazon (Japan) and Digitalrev (Hong Kong).

Fullcirclepix (Click here) is testing the video quality of the E-M5: “This is certainly a huge improvement from my AVCCAM which is a semi HD and cost 4 times more than the E-M5. The E-M5 is also much less complicated to function and gained more points with me for its new IS.

Amateur Photographer latest magazin issue contains a full E-M5 review. Adventurerob (Click here) posted some excerpts of the test: “The overall conclusion is for the utmost in image quality, you’d be better off with something else (I think they were hinting at the X Pro 1 (reviewed last month – I don’t know score) and NEX-7. But then said for it’s class of camera (micro-4/3) it is as good as it gets right now.

A short hands-on report by the japanese Itmedia (Click here). RAW and JPEG image samples at FourThirdsUser (Click here). A short hands-on at Itmedia (Click here). Another JPEG and RAW test comparison by DSLR-check (Click here).

There is a new full E-M5 review at Mobile01 (Click here). Our friend Jesper made the nice work to translate the conclusions:

1. The battery grip is a exellent add-on. Featuring complete sets of function buttons, scroll wheels. But still keeps the size rather comapct
2. Weathersealed. Magnesium alloy body
3. Customizable real-time curve
4. Lots of customizable buttons, both scroll wheel are customizable.
5. The revolutionary 5-axis IS
6. 17 art filters
7. Tilt screen
8. E-M5 plus 12-50 (Macro, motor zoom, weathersealed) are perfect match

1. The camera suffers of minor lags, starting up, button, scroll wheels are not as reponsive as Panasonic cameras. Especially the exposure compensation.
2. When recording, E-M5 does not support touch-toggle-focus.
3. Lowest ISO-value is 200.
4. The flash is external.

That’s it for now!

(Pre)orders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Today Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 11/13/14 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 25/30 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 14/20 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/14 (Click here).

  • Nic
    • MichaelKJ

      That isn’t a real review.

    • Rob

      It’s mostly a rip off from the amateur photography magazine review. that website seems a bit dodgy to me.

  • I look forward to getting mine in a couple of weeks (unless there are further delays!) and doing my own tests. However, although much faster than the E-P1 in the clip, I wouldn’t say the E-M5 was exactly quick! Admittedly it’s not comparing like with like but whilst watching the clip I picked up my ancient Nikon F5 and I reckon that must focus about 4 times as quickly! True, if you count the time it takes to develop and scan a film the F5 is slower but still… ;)

    • vam

      Don’t forget the E-M5 was focusing in low light with the 12-50mm lens at 50mm which is F6.3 where it focuses. So to be fair you should compare the F5’s AF speed with a similarly slow zoom lens (if there’s even one Nikkor lens this slow).

      • What you say is very true and the F5 is known for having a viciously fast focussing motor which can destroy after market lenses. However mine was built in 1996 – you’d have thought sixteen years would have enabled pretty much everything to overtake it!

        • vam

          You just made me really curious to try an F5!

  • skipthis

    I don’t think they repeated enough going up and down between the remote and the curtains. Fifty times for each lens is not quite convincing, I didn’t really get a sense of the improvement in the E-M5. A few thousand repeats for each lens would really have better made the point.

    • Nawaf

      :D hehehe

    • slip

      I guess consistency in focus acquisition is not an issue then? I thought some cameras had a tendency to sometimes hunt, and sometimes not, even when trying to focus on the same subject.

  • Tom

    In the article in Amateur Photographer that is mentioned above, the two cameras that they use as the OM-D’s ‘competition’ are the Panasonic G3 and the Fuji X-Pro1. Now to my mind neither of these cameras are the real competition for the OM-D. The G3 can be bought for about £400 and the Fuji plus lens is more like £2k which strikes me as an odd choice. Surely the obvious competition would be the NEX7 and GH2? Doesnt leave me much faith in the rest of their article…

  • Alex

    I’m curious how the M5 performs with the panasonic 20mm 1.7. because attached on my pl2 i have to wait decades…

  • The Master

    That’s the worlds fastest AF? Wow, at 50mm, it’s, well, lets just say I’m glad I’m not caught up in the Olympus hype. I am sad for those that are though and you have my condolences. ;)

    • The Master

      Oh, my mistake, that was the EP1 I was looking at, in which case I have my own condolences, because I was stupid enough to buy that one, when it first came out. ;)

    • Nawaf

      I was actually wondering if you were watching the same video or not :P
      My condolences ;)

  • io

    I want 24p or 25p on this camera :(

  • El Duderino

    Perfect, now stop sending review sites units and send my order to me! :)

  • The Real Stig

    I have ordered my E-M5. In talking to the shop in Dublin – the only pro olympus centre in Ireland – I was told they only expected to get about 8 cameras in the initial shipment which might be around 20th April.

  • In Amateur Photographer the E-M5 scored 85%, the previous week the X-Pro1 scored 87%.

  • IHUR

    “For the utmost in image quality, you’d be better off with something else.”
    Who cares about IQ?? It’s weathershield that’s matter. When I go on vacation that will cost me alot-a once in a life time trip, I will be able to take picture of Niagara Falls. It doesn’t matter if its the best possible IQ I could get.

    But.., I thought this one is better than D800-like some said? I’m confuse :/

    • Rob

      I care about image quality. But I also care about autofocus and a 50% increase in price. Which is why I chose the E-M5 over the X Pro 1. I’d like someone to put a E-M5 vs X Pro 1 autofocus test as people who haven’t tried it should really see it whether you want to invest in the Fuji or not.

    • BLI

      Most of the AP review could have been written based on reading the spec sheet… There is repeated whining about the sensor not being FF. Regarding DR, the assessment is based upon what the reviewer feels after viewing pictures, then he says something like having to wait for an “official” DR test. Basically the only thing that indicates that the camera actually has been tested, is some pictures with resolution test. The review does not give an impression of being particularly scientific. Still, I find it interesting and useful — but not the last word.

  • AG

    Annoying repetition.
    Now turn off the lights and try it.

  • On the mobile01 site just over half way down are some art filter shots. The explanations are in a language I do not know. Is there any one who can translate the writing on these art filter shots and post the information in English. I would find that very helpful. I am assuming they are the ones in the manual on page 18 in the same order as printed. I have never been into art filters but some of these look good.
    Thank you in anticipation.

  • Castilano

    Looks like the E-M5 will be totally useless for video. Especially if I compare it to my GH2 :(

  • where can we buy it in europe now ? :-)

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