Next E-M5 roundup and first E-M5 book preorder!


A quick roundup of new E-M5 tests: First look by Steve Huff (Click here). E-M5 vs X PRO vs NEX-7 at Steve Huff (Click here). E-P3 versus E-M5 at Pixinfo (Click here). Premiere approache at (Click here). E-M5 versus GH2 dynamic range comaprison (Dpreview forum). Impression review y Josh Root at (Click here): “Every other mirrorless camera that I have liked so far has been a “I’ll add it to the bag because it will be useful for ________ situation”. However, none had yet been able to threaten to become a “replacement” for existing gear. The E-M5 has a chance to be the kind of camera that replaces gear I currently use, and I think that’s kind of a big deal.

The first E-M5 book is already available for preorder at Amazon Germany (Click here). That was fast Reinhard!

Meantime first user are reselling their free adapter they got with the E-M5 purchase. One of them sent me the link to his sale auction on eBay (Click here). I don’t expect a big gain on them :)


Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).

Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).

Black E-M5 body at Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).

  • Bob B.

    hmmm…. I am getting tempted….LOL!!!!
    Good preliminary “real world” review by usual. I agree with Steve about the lenses…I would just throw in the Pany/Leica 25 f/1.4 or the Pany 20mm f/1.7 to round out the Oly 12mm and 45mm for a starter kit. (junk the kit lens! LOL!)…..
    Morning bonus…I beat out Charlie for top spot. AWESOME!!!! :-)

  • Charlie

    Go watch the Steve Huff video on the EM5…

    Sure seems like I can pretty easily hear that hum/”fan noise” in the background? :(

    • mister_roboto

      I’ve had my E-M5 for a day now, and I totally forgot about the hum until I read you comment.

      I have to put the camera right up to my ear to ear it, otherwise- I didn’t hear a thing. Like the DPR reviewer said: it’s a non-issue.


      That’s strange, it’s not the IS mechanism?

      • Bob B.

        On the Steve Huff site…a commenter explains that the sensor is held in place by magnets and that is how the IS works…but the sensor is always held in place by the magnets whether the IS is on or not. When IS is on the magnets move the sensor to compensate for motion. He said you can watch the sensor “snap into its normal place” with a lens off when you turn the camera on. That is why the OM is always making that noise regardless of the IS setting. Makes sense. WOW that sounds complicated!

  • El Duderino

    Thanks for telling it like it is, Steve. The XP1 can’t focus, just like the X100. Shame.

    • Bob B.

      It is amazing that a major player can make a camera..with one of the best sensors on record in 2012 that cannot focus in a timely manner. It is not believable. Especially for a premium price. Mind boggling!

  • camerageek

    Wow…it’s still a piece of shit! Micro Four Turdsist rejoice! They covered your horseshit camera with glitter! Still a piece of crap BTW, though now it’s a pretty piece of crap! Ahh you filthy peasants shall never rize to the level of even a fauxtographer muahahahahahahaha!

    • T3

      I asked a Paraguayan woman. She gave me a hat.

    • Warfie35

      I’ve been using my X-Pro for the last 3 weeks. I have never, I said never, missed an AF. Maybe there is a Clark Kent inside me, maybe that’s because I’ve been using Contax G2 for many years. I do not know.
      It’s a contrast AF, so focus on a part of the subject with vertical lines or with rich and contrasted texture and you’ll have a fast and accurate focus, even in dim light.
      I’m getting bored of all these whinings about the X-Pro AF. If someone is not able to use a tool that does not mean that it is a crappy tool.
      Try to understand how a camera works, choose one and enjoy taking pictures, instead of blogging how much it sucks to your eyes.


      • Will

        Warfie35, no doubt the Xpro is an amazing camera, nothing but great stories about the IQ however compare the AF to any current m43 and it IS lacking, when you say you have never missed a shot due to AF all this does is paint a picture of how you tend to shoot, I have seen enough videos of the AF to see it is on par or slightly better than my Oly E-P2, which is not horrible but is not fast.

        I guess in the end with the likes of the E-P3 even, all of us in the m43 camp have come to expect a certain level of AF, which the Xpro doesn’t have, and although it has EVERYTHING I want in a camera, I simply refuse to upgrade my E-P2 to a new much more expensive camera that has the same AF, probably my only real complaint with my E-P2.

      • scooby70

        “I’m getting bored of all these whinings about the X-Pro AF. If someone is not able to use a tool that does not mean that it is a crappy tool.
        Try to understand how a camera works, choose one and enjoy taking pictures, instead of blogging how much it sucks to your eyes.”

        All things are relative though and it seems that relative to other cameras using the same technology the Fuji is a “crappy tool” as you put it. At least that’s what a number of reviewers and users are saying. Others may find it ok so YMMV and in the end people may vote with their head or wallet.

      • inorog

        try using AF indoors in dim light – on my x100 it fails big time …

        • vam

          Try using Continous AF with the latest firmware in dim light, it’s much better than Single AF on my X100. It’s actually better than my E-P3 in the same situation without the AF assist.

  • MichaelKJ

    It is actually quite funny the way Steve keeps mentioning the “fan” noise.

    • jet passing

      That fan noise is really loud and annoying. No way I would walk around with such a humming camera cyborg. Hopefully firmware updates improve focus on the fuji x-pro.

      • BLI

        Have you actually used it and experienced the sound? Or are you basing your verdict on the (amplified) sound picked up by Steve’s mic? This kind of reminds me of an electronics book I bought way back in 1976 — there was an electronics project on how to amplify mic signals so much that one could actually hear plants “scream” when cutting them…

        Steve’s preoccupation is most likely caused by him not having heard about the hum before, and wondering whether something is wrong with the camera (e.g his statement of not reading other people’s thoughts before doing his own review). Fortunately, I am good at filtering out sound, so I don’t worry — besides everyone says it is a non-issue.

        • jet passing

          You cannot be serious and buy a humming camera with no way to disengage that! NO WAY. There are simply too many serious situations where such a device would not be welcome and be detrimental to job at hand. Thanks for the plants screaming hyperbole, but I do agree, the camera might be more offensive to sound / vibration sensitive equipment that is part of your shooting environment. But that makes it even worse because you will not be aware of it. Already smart phones are banned off sets because they leave traces on sound recordings and other gadgets also interfere with wireless microphones. Also too many points of failure in such a humming contraption.

          • zf

            The sound is heavily amplified to the point that the mic let out some of it’s own signal noise(mics have noise that works like cameras).

            It’s hard enough to hear it in a lonely room, let alone in “walk around” situation.

          • I have one. You never hear the sound unless you are in a TOTALLY silent environment, which in London or any other city means almost never. I have given my camera to several other people (EVERYONE wants to try it) and nobody has ever noticed the noise.

            I took the thing into my back room at midnight and still couldn’t hear it. So I turned my PC off. THEN I could hear it. It sounds like a fan sure enough. But unless you’re a trappist monk, I doubt it will be an issue for you.

            Steve must live somewhere really quiet. Lucky man.

          • Will

            They ban cellphones off sets because off the horrible noise they can make to electronic equipment when someone gets a txt, not because they make a general hum.. nice hyperbole though.

            • Esa Tuunanen

              Yeah, with some audio equipment around you can often know when someone is getting call/SMS even before cellphone “wakes up” because of electronic interference.

          • BLI

            Are you serious? So no AF? Because that also makes some noise.

  • unfortunately, another usa ebayer who is too lazy to ship worldwide ;-)

  • Zo

    @ Admin

    Any new news/rumors about the ZX-2 or E-7. Just wondering if Oly is taking the summer off now that they have the E-M5 out the door.

    and….sadly….no fast zooms in site

    • I suggest an Olympus E-1n :-)

  • LovinTheEP2

    Steve… seriously that NEX7 focusing is sooooo annoying. Made it beyond painful to watch your initial reaction the OM-D.

    Also, seriously, the hummm was sooo magnified in that video. It’s really not bad at all. I actually like it. Like a lovely exhaust note on a high end car.

    • I have an E-M5 on order but I’m having second thoughts. The more I see and hear the more likely I am to cancel and wait for some word on the GH3.

      Does the “hum” effect video sound?

      • It actually doesn’t. On the “not recommended for video” lenses (20mm f/1.7) I can hear the AF motors going, but haven’t heard the hum at all in video.

        I’m kind of amazed by all of the hype on the hum. In real world use I have yet to hear it. The only time I heard it was when I put the camera right up to my ear- it’s a non-issue.

        • Will

          The problem is with the loyalty to brands we see in the camera world people have to take every comment with a grain of salt, you saying it’s a non issue gets diluted down to, maybe it’s not an issue but maybe i’m just saying that because I have a bunch of Oly gear and therefore am loyal to Oly and will only say good things about them and will make myself happy with whatever I have. Which seems too often the norm.

          The camera world is a little crazy, even Panasonic vs Olympus, we’re on the same team!!!

          • Yes, partially true, however I’m not really a brand loyalist. The noise isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be, and doesn’t really effect video in the majority of uses.

        • Thank you, Raines. That makes me feel much better.

          • I imagine if you had an external mic pointed in the direction of camera body and were in a VERY quiet place (like a cave) you could probably pick it up on video.

      • As soon as you switch to video the sound stops. It’s so quiet anyway that if there is ANYTHING else in the room making a noise, you won’t hear it. Traffic outside? You won’t hear it. Kids playing in the next room? You won’t hear it. Cat purring? You won’t hear it.

    • BLI

      Or like a cat purring??

  • JF

    I cracked up…ordered the black body at digitalrev
    delivery date: 23 Apr 2012-26 Apr 2012
    I leave for holydays the 05 May and hope I will have my E-M5 before :D

  • thinkcooper

    Best perspective point I can share after having the E-M5 for a couple of days now, the fan noise is on par with holding a seashell up to your ear and hearing the ocean. It has the same tone of basic soft white noise, and a full size conch shell is actually louder. Hum = non-issue. Seriously: You will feel silly once this wonderful camera has been out for a few months if the “hum” is the reason you chose to cancel your preorder.

    The in EVF stabilizer is incredibly useful – I tested it on a legacy Canon FD 300 F4 with the IS set to the 300 focal length. With the in-EVF stabilization, a half press of the shutter dampens the subject image in the EVF and basically freezes camera motion, making it super easy to hand hold even a heavy legacy telephoto at silly slow speeds like 1/15th.

    Huff is right. Get the grip. It transforms the E-M5 into a 2/3 scale version of my old pro rig, a Canon F1 with FN motor winder. Horizontally handholding big legacy glass with the grip, or vertically with the battery holder is awesome. Not only do you get two dials (shutter speed/aperture) on the battery holder, but two FN buttons that can be set to mimic your camera’s FN button setting (I set mine for ISO/manual focus on), and there’s a lock to turn off the battery holder buttons so you don’t errantly snap images with the lower shutter when palming the body.

  • Max

    Is the fan there for Glamour shooting?

  • BLI

    Anyone tested various SD cards wrt how important their write speed is for clearing the buffer? Does it make sense with 90-95 Mb/s, or are slower cards just as good?

  • Kaspar

    I called up several dealers in Vienna who told me they are backordered and expect to have the EM5 back in stock not earlier than in one month. The last one I called had one more left in stock and I immediately placed the order. So on monday I´ll be the proud owner of a shiny new camera! Good times!

  • BLI

    Check out Pekka Potka’s sample gallery of E-M5 photos from Scotland at . His lenses appear to be the Olympus 45/1.8, the 12-60, and the Panasonic 20/1.7.

  • Yikes!! just about had a heart attack when I checked amazon and saw the black 12-50 kit was IN STOCK and I still hadn’t recieved a shipping date for my order….then realized its being sold by Willoughby’s through amazon for the low low price of $1599.00…..LET THE PRICE GOUGING BEGIN HAHA!! :)

  • The images at dpreview forum comparing DR vs. the GH2 are quite interesting. They show again how good the sensor in the EM-5 is regarding noise and DR. Quite an amazing step forward from anything 4/3s.

    • inorog

      images are both sharper and have less noise, definitely better sensor that gh2 = not pana sensor ?

      • Raist3d

        Maybe. Or maybe Pana-sensor next. Maybe Panasonic *finally* gave Olympus something. Another possibility is Olympus designed / co designed the sensor with someone else, Panasonic manufactures it for them.

        • E-1

          Against all odds, what makes you cling to the idea of a Panasonic sensor? “It’s the G3, it’s a better GX1, it’s a non-oversized GH2, it’s the next-gen GH3, ..” ;-)

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