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OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

The full review of the OM-D E-M5 has just been posted on the dpreview site.

I haven't had a good look yet but, like many other people, I suspect, I went straight to the Conclusion section to see their verdict. 80%, a Gold Award and the most capable M43 camera so far! Time for a proper read, I think.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusem5/

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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

I've had a quick lunchtime scan. There is a lot of useful information in there which should help setting up the camera.

This is the crux of the conclusion:

The E-M5 can't completely overcome the light capture disadvantage brought by its smaller sensor, compared to APS-C, but it reduces it to the point that it's irrelevant for almost all practical purposes. At which point we think its size advantage, in terms of both body and lenses, will outweigh that difference for most uses. If you're absolutely unwilling to compromise on image quality then spending twice the money and moving up to the bulk of a full-frame is the only way of gaining a significant step up from the E-M5.

But if you are seriously into high-speed sports photography you should probably look elsewhere!
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

I have to say it's one of the most positive Olympus reviews I have seen them do...

BTW. They did a preview of the D3100, entry level APS-C sensor Nikon DSLR with 24Mpixels (!) I think it is debatable that the Nikon entry level kit lenses would be good enough for such a resolution sensor, but what do I know.

Anyway - in chasing the headline pixel count, their pixels are now reduced to the same size as those in the E-M5, and if you compare, you find the two cameras now have the same high ISO performance.
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

Well they obviously like it and so do I
The last really glowing Oly review I read on DPR was for the E-510 (I think).
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

Well done Olympus on that result - is that the first gold award for an Olympus on DPReview?

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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

The reviewers must be wondering what they have to do to please their Oly forum contributors. They are usually accused of slating Oly DSLr's and the punters accuse them of anti-Oly bias, this time they praise an Oly product and the punters mostly say "nope, not getting one, it's not good enough" (this thread)

For my part, it looks perfect. I don't do video or C-AF.
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

I have shown this to my Dad, who was highly impressed when he saw my E-M5 on Saturday. Trouble is he has been a Canon user for many years, hence my post yesterday about what functionality he'd have with his favourite Canon lens (70-200mm). If anyone can point me to an answer he may be converted!

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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

I think he'll be on full manual, as per here

Sorry to hear he's a long-term Canon user. You could try a Canon substitute like Sony for a while, then get him onto a Panny m4/3 and after a year or so he'll ready to go clean and onto Olympus.
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

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I think he'll be on full manual, as per here

Sorry to hear he's a long-term Canon user. You could try a Canon substitute like Sony for a while, then get him onto a Panny m4/3 and after a year or so he'll ready to go clean and onto Olympus.
Thanks for the link jdal.

The problem has been concerning the EVF. Any camera he changes to must have an inbuilt EVF, and he is keen on the smaller size, but has said when he photographs local events he needs an SLR as people respond to that more than a 'compact'!

However, the E-M5 seems to tick many boxes for him.

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...The problem has been concerning the EVF. Any camera he changes to must have an inbuilt EVF, and he is keen on the smaller size, but has said when he photographs local events he needs an SLR as people respond to that more than a 'compact'!...
How about this link then!
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Thanks John, that's really useful.

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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

Imagine an Olympus getting a gold award from DPR? Amazing!

I just got mine all set up as I liked it last night then got whipped into hospital this morning with kidney stones! Grrrrrr......
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Re: OM-D E-M5 review by dpreview

John, that's a very thoughtful site, I like what Giulio Sciorio has to say. Seems as though there's also an unrealized market for hollow 5DmkII bodies where a OM-D could be stuffed inside.
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Imagine an Olympus getting a gold award from DPR? Amazing!

I just got mine all set up as I liked it last night then got whipped into hospital this morning with kidney stones! Grrrrrr......
Blimey , I'm cancelling my order.

Get well soon.
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I just got mine all set up as I liked it last night then got whipped into hospital this morning with kidney stones! Grrrrrr......
That's a bummer Derek. Get well soon.

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