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Zuiko
3rd April 2012, 02:54 PM
The latest issue of Amateur Photographer, out today, contains a test report of the E-M5. I'm curious what their verdict is, but it's in a sealed bag and I'm too mean (or poor) to buy it. Anyone seen it yet? :)

DekHog
3rd April 2012, 03:00 PM
Will it not just be a preview the same as all the other mags have had recently? AP in a sealed bag? Really?

StephenL
3rd April 2012, 03:06 PM
I bought a copy when I was out this morning buying her indoors a bottle of gin (she gets the gin, I get the camera), and it's a fair report apart from AP's insistence that full-frame (in 35mm terms) is what every digital camera in the world should have (unless it happens to be an APS-C Canon).

It's in a sealed bag because there's a free gift (from Olympus!) inside. I'll not spoil it for you otherwise the excitement would be too much.

DekHog
3rd April 2012, 03:20 PM
It's in a sealed bag because there's a free gift (from Olympus!) inside. I'll not spoil it for you otherwise the excitement would be too much.

I'll probably go and buy it now, but am always so disappointed after I do... the content that interests me is read in no more than five minutes flat, then I think what a waste of money it was.... :rolleyes:

RogerMac
3rd April 2012, 03:21 PM
By and large they liked it, suprisingly including the EVF and the weatherproofing. The final sentence was " For the utmost in image quality there are better cameras out there, but for this type of system the M5 is, right now, about as good as it gets."

Bill Gordon
3rd April 2012, 03:40 PM
The latest issue of Amateur Photographer, out today, contains a test report of the E-M5. I'm curious what their verdict is, but it's in a sealed bag and I'm too mean (or poor) to buy it. Anyone seen it yet? :)

Hi John
I have seen it..had it in my hands...played with it and fell in love with it!! Having said all that it is heavier than my Pen3 so will pass it up!

PeterBirder
3rd April 2012, 04:22 PM
Comments as per StephenL and RogerMac plus they rate it 85%.

Couple of errors;
They give the price as "1149(body only), when of course this is the price WITH the 12-50mm lens.
They say the Video is AVCHD when in fact it is MOV(MPEG-4AVC) or AVI Motion JPEG.

Regards.*chr

Barr1e
3rd April 2012, 06:18 PM
The latest issue of Amateur Photographer, out today, contains a test report of the E-M5. I'm curious what their verdict is, but it's in a sealed bag and I'm too mean (or poor) to buy it. Anyone seen it yet? :)

I shall be going to the local library tomorrow John. The price there is so cheap. :) The only drawback - no freebie. :(

Regards. Barr1e

Zuiko
3rd April 2012, 07:32 PM
Thanks for the replies, sounds pretty much what I expected. I love it when they make statements like For the utmost in image quality there are better cameras out there. What do they mean? Canon full frame? Or maybe an Ebony 5x4 shooting sheet Velvia? It's a bit like a motoring magazine testing a Fiat Panda and concluding that for ultimate engine performance there are better cars out there.......:D

PeterBirder
3rd April 2012, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the replies, sounds pretty much what I expected. I love it when they make statements like For the utmost in image quality there are better cameras out there. What do they mean? Canon full frame? Or maybe an Ebony 5x4 shooting sheet Velvia? It's a bit like a motoring magazine testing a Fiat Panda and concluding that for ultimate engine performance there are better cars out there.......:D

Here's a couple more you'll enjoy;

However whereas the digital Pen series emulates the half-frame format of its film predecessrs through its (half frame) four thirds format, the new EM-D E-M5 does not feature the full-frame format of the original OM cameras,instead making use of a four thirds sensor.

At its price point, many people are likely to be disappointed that Olympus decided to keep the four thirds sensor,instead of opting for a new larger unit that would have improved image quality. Oh yeah what lenses would they have used?:)

Regards

Olybirder
3rd April 2012, 08:43 PM
Amateur Photography is quite good but it is possible that "for the utmost in journalistic quality there are better magazines out there ..."

Ron

benvendetta
3rd April 2012, 09:28 PM
Amateur Photography is quite good but it is possible that "for the utmost in journalistic quality there are better magazine out there ..."

Ron

I like that!

Olybirder
3rd April 2012, 09:58 PM
I like that!
Thanks Dave, although it is a shame that I left the 's' off magazines while having a 'pop' at journalistic quality. Whoops! :o

Ron

benvendetta
3rd April 2012, 10:13 PM
Never buy AP but sometimes flick through it in WHSmith. I remember in the 1970s/80s when it was virtually all ads. Seems to be still a bit like that!

Zuiko
3rd April 2012, 11:55 PM
Here's a couple more you'll enjoy;

However whereas the digital Pen series emulates the half-frame format of its film predecessrs through its (half frame) four thirds format, the new EM-D E-M5 does not feature the full-frame format of the original OM cameras,instead making use of a four thirds sensor.

Regards

This in itself is technically incorrect. If we accept that 36mm x 24mm is "full frame" and the original (film) Pen was half frame, then MFT sensors are in fact quarter frame! :D

Seems I'm not depriving myself of any expert opinion by not buying this issue!

Crippledsandwich
4th April 2012, 05:47 PM
I picked up AP in the super market today and felt a burning sensation in the palm of my hand and voices in my head telling me to put it down. I then glanced at the free gift and my mind was made up.......

I ran away to the biscuit isle to get something to comfort eat.

mlinehan
4th April 2012, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the replies, sounds pretty much what I expected. I love it when they make statements like For the utmost in image quality there are better cameras out there. What do they mean? Canon full frame? Or maybe an Ebony 5x4 shooting sheet Velvia? It's a bit like a motoring magazine testing a Fiat Panda and concluding that for ultimate engine performance there are better cars out there.......:D

I hate AP. It's the literature version of a photography club, most of which are thinly veiled Canon camera fan clubs. I don't know why they even bother reviewing anything other than 35mm or mutant 1.65 crop FLM x 1.5 divided by x + y = z marketing bullshit cameras.

I like Photos, not cameras.

Crippledsandwich
5th April 2012, 11:27 AM
That made me laugh mlinehan so true.

crimbo
5th April 2012, 04:29 PM
Youve got it all wrong!!
page 8 has a short report on Focus on Imaging
'However in some ways the show was stolen by new niche cameras from Olympus and Fujifilm said a Focus 2012 spokesman'

So any reviewer being that nice about a niche camera is being very very positive... Now then, what niche is the OM-D EM-5 filling.... would that be all-round photography?

StephenL
5th April 2012, 04:59 PM
Why, that tiny insignificant niche of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. That tiny niche which just about every manufacturer bar Canon is trying to fill.

Tradetalk
10th April 2012, 11:57 AM
Just to put the 85% score into perspective, this week's AP reviewed the 5,500 Nikon D4 and gave it 89% so the 85% for less than 25% of the price doesn't seem too bad! Especially that AP takes no account of 'value-for-money' which often lowers the score of expensive, pro-spec DSLR's.

Dave

RogerMac
10th April 2012, 03:48 PM
Just to put the 85% score into perspective, this week's AP reviewed the 5,500 Nikon D4 and gave it 89% so the 85% for less than 25% of the price doesn't seem too bad! Especially that AP takes no account of 'value-for-money' which often lowers the score of expensive, pro-spec DSLR's.

Dave
Just a quick follow on to that point - in at least one area (resolution test) the AP test seems to show the E-M5 to be better than the new Nikon. The Oly scores a maximum of 28 when tested with the 45mm lens and the Nikon never gets above 26.

Roger

brianvickers
11th April 2012, 03:12 PM
Maybe this thread should be sent to AP so they can see the error of their ways, its not a professional journal - just infotainment ........ unfortunately!

StephenL
11th April 2012, 03:31 PM
It used to be somewhat more balanced when Angela Nicholson wrote and tested for them, but she's now with one of the colour comics.

Zuiko
11th April 2012, 06:23 PM
It used to be somewhat more balanced when Angela Nicholson wrote and tested for them, but she's now with one of the colour comics.

I seem to remember Angela receiving some rather harsh critisism when the E-3 was tested! :D

snaarman
11th April 2012, 06:27 PM
Haven't bought AP for years. Does Victor Blackman still have a column?

Zuiko
11th April 2012, 06:32 PM
Haven't bought AP for years. Does Victor Blackman still have a column?

No, I think Ron Spillman does it now.

Ken Lister
11th April 2012, 07:46 PM
I like the `Competition`alternatives -Fujifilm X-pro1 at 1429 body only - "a similarly priced option" at only 43% more!