OM-D E-M5 vs E-5 (build quality)

Started May 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
boggis the cat
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Re: OM-D E-M5 vs E-5 (build quality)
In reply to Skeeterbytes, May 20, 2013

Skeeterbytes wrote:

Did you ever have your question answered? I'm not seeing much discussion about E-5 vs. E-M5 build quality, but you've certainly attracted a flock of my ignore-birds.

More people upset about the comment that an 'old' DSLR can still produce comparable images to anything new.  The 'flock' don't have either body, so it is unlikely that they could comment.

In my view, the E-M5 is pretty solid build-wise, and the 'spongy button' thing is something that I noted on the E-5.  Obviously the E-5 is much larger and solid feeling due to the extra heft, and I would expect it to do better if knocked around a lot.  OTOH, the E-M5 doesn't have a relatively fragile mirror present.

I don't have much complaints about either.  They are different beasts, and I'd expect the E-M5 to have a significant image quality edge at higher ISO settings (as is the case for low available light).

My preference for an upgrade would be for a cheaper option (an 'E-70'?) or a high-end MicroFT that can PDAF and is large enough to handle well with the 50-200.  We will likely get an E-7 at US$1700, and lots of whinging about how it uses the 'old' E-M5 sensor and isn't worth the money etc.

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