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Olympus OM-D E-M5 The first Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus with an integrated Electronic Viewfinder

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Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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?
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

Will it not just be a preview the same as all the other mags have had recently? AP in a sealed bag? Really?
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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.
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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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....
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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."
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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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!
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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.

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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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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.

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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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.......
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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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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.......
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?

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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

Amateur Photography is quite good but it is possible that "for the utmost in journalistic quality there are better magazines out there ..."

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Amateur Photography is quite good but it is possible that "for the utmost in journalistic quality there are better magazine out there ..."

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I like that!
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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!

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Re: Anyone seen the E-M5 test in Amateur Photographer?

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!
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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.

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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!

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