bluevellet: Wow, finally the review is done.
Essentially, the camera is similar to the E-P3 but with updated tech (which DPR very much likes) and shutter shock (DPR no likey). I don't think I've ever experienced shutter shock on Oly cameras, but I'll take DPR's word for it.
I'm still surprised the camera was rated as high as it did considering how relatively low past Pen models were rated before.
I was considering the E-P5, but I think the E-M1 tickles more my fancy for essentially the same money (if you consider the E-P5-17mm-VF4 package deal). I'll probably wait for the next-gen for a smaller, lower cost model as an altertive (something like like an E-PL7). Always nice to have options though.
FF NEX is just around the corner but the heavily rumored high price of admission and slow primes make it less appealing to me. I'd rather get a D600 or a A99 for the money with some cheap f1.8 primes.
true, there are a lot of options. A A99 would not be in my scrapbook though. it is soo huge and bulky!
here is a comparison with 35mm lenses:http://camerasize.com/compact/#377.60,459.383,ha,t
Entropius: I really can't see why someone would buy one of these over an E-M5, which is a sure-enough awesome device.
let me help you with that:removable, much better electronic viewfinderfocus peakingwifi capabilitieson board flashfaster shutter2x2 mode
for me: P5 over EM5
blohum: The EP5 is surely stuck between a rock and hard place... the EM1 body is about the same price as the EP5/VF4/17 bundle and the EM5 is dropping in price.
There's things to like such as 8000th sec, 'low' ISO and VF4 but so many missed opportunities... limiting WiFi to only iAuto mode was surely a marketing decision just so they could give those privileges to the EM1, same as limiting timelapse to 99 frames. If the EP5 was a cheaper camera I could accept these compromises but it's supposed to be a premium camera.
On top of these they've removed the option to use the larger grip, a must have for my EP3 as far as I'm concerned. Surely they could have placed the WiFi antenna behind the plastic AV door??
then don't buy the EP5. i, for one, will do. because i like the cam plus focus peaking with the other new features really talk to me...
Marty4650: The EP5 sits in the same marketing spot as my E30 did.
"Not the best... but costs almost as much as the best"
Yes, the EP5 has a few nice features, but certainly not enough to justify selling it for exactly twice the price of an EPL5. If you can't stand the DSLR look, and just love using optional clip on EVFs, then the EPL5 is the obvious choice.
The EPL5 offers you an awful lot, for half the price of the EP5The EM5 offers you more, at the same price.The GX7 offers you more, at around the same price.The GH3 and the EM1 offer you a LOT more, for just a little more money.
I suppose someone will want the EP5, and be willing to pay the high price for it. But it won't be me.
where do you get your conclusions from?
i heftet long between EM5 and P5: better removable viewfinder, focus peaking and 2x2 controls did it for me in favour of P5what "more" is ther for the EM5 over the EP5?
GX7 offers you more? what does it offer you more? video for shure. but anything else?
basicly, you state no relevant functions here, so i take it as your opinion only...
Oly72: Seems very odd that 'What digital Camera' gave the E-P5 a rating of 90% and a 'Gold Award' and with absolutely no mention of blurred images at shutter speeds of 1/160. Olympus has the best image stabilisation system around - bar none. Are you sure that the sample used for the test wasn't just a faulty unit as I just cannot believe that Olympus would release a camera with such an issue.
'Camera labs' also gave the E-P5 a score rating of 86% and again with out any mention of blurred images at the fore mentioned speeds.
'Techradar.com' Gave the E-P5 a 5 out of 5 star rating and guess what? No mention again of blurred images at the stated shutter speeds?!!
if they start bashing the EM1, no one will believe it! The EM1 is too hot camera to badmouth with this blurred images. you will not read anything like that on DPR for the EM1
Erik Magnuson: DPR: "In a way, this isn't entirely the camera's fault ..."
What an odd statement. Does this mean it's the user's fault? Or that perhaps it's an "act of God"?
DPR: "... it's not some kind of mechanical malfunction that actively causes blurring"
Continuing oddity: Does this mean DPR thinks the blurring is from "passive" causes? Or that it's working as designed and so not a malfunction?
It's certainly the camera's fault and it's certainly a design flaw. It may be either significant or insignificant depending on workarounds and type of shooting. Some additional shots showing what the visible difference is when using the rear LCD or a tripod would have been more useful than these odd statements which appear intended more to palliate brand zealots than refine the issue.
yeah, right, olympus released their top pen model with a faulty IBIS system...
Dimit: Disregard the blur issue for a moment....this camera won't sell! It needs a good,A REALLY GOOD pricedrop.It's an OK stuff but not for this price.As far as the e-shutter is concerned,I think it'a a matter of time to be established ,common sense...
just because of you guys, i will buy one.
Stupidco: Your report states 'mounting a camera on a tripod significantly counteracts shake'. It would follow that nothing within the camera causes shake. The shake must result from the interaction between the operator and the user. It might arise from the use of the camera without a viewfinder: holding the camera at arms length in tourist fashion. It might arise from personal bodily tremors beyond parameters recognized by the camera. It might arise from attempts to defeat the stabilization function. It might arise from inappropriate camera settings. Maybe the technology is underdeveloped. Maybe camera manufacturers are trying too hard, or promising too much. Or maybe some camera users don't really like photography.
wowow, you see ghost my friend.
maybe DPR is biased, maybe not. at least they had the issue (monday model or not, who knows?) and stated it. that's a good thing. IMO they could have tested another p5 to check for consistency
but "sabotage mode"? dude, relax!
Karroly: For those who find the E-P5 too expensive, its cost is "double" the cost of the E-PL5 because it takes double pictures...
is a feature, not a bug
RichRMA: Unless you bought this thing solely to mount a pancake lens and pocket it, it serves no purpose not done far better by the E-M5 or the M1. No EVF in a camera with its cost and sophistication is ridiculous. By that I mean buying it is ridiculous.
cameras for people. if you don't like the pen, then it's not for you. no one forces you to buy one.
dude, this attitude... i don't like fast sport cars. do i tell people, not to buy them?
chillgreg: Soooo, 78 for this stinkbomb, yet 79 for the unequalled RX100MII...
Yeah yeah, I know, I know. Apples, oranges, opinions and disclaimers, yada...
But Mom and Pop buy this and wonder why their precious photos of their grandchildren are spoiled. Yet their son buys the tiny Sony and the results awe everyone.
Perhaps it's time for DPR to take a long look into the mirror and ask why a more objective and less subjective scoring scale should not be introduced.
Now it DPR wasn't funded by advertising and commissions. it could be as subjective as it wants. The current model is deeply flawed, despite the best efforts of many decent, credible people to make it work.
As it stands, the credibility of test results is being questioned more often than not.
Perhaps 78 is the right score for this particular camera. But perhaps a final numerical score should be withheld, until the manufacturer addresses potential flaws.
besides, why did Mom and Pop not buy the RX100 II?
dejongj: I don't get this...I've had my EP5 since early July here in the United Kingdom. Shot several thousand photos since then, and never seen this double image DPReview is talking about...Very odd...
maybe they got a faulty model...i laughed very hard when i red: "problem that risks ruining images taken around 1/80 - 1/200th of a second"WTH is wrong with you people? IF a camera produces unsharp images ABOVE 1/80th of a second, it is broken!
JEROME NOLAS: With 35mm f1.8 and EVF this will be a killer combination, maybe I should start thinking about micro 4/3.... Great job Olympus!!!
that is what i'm talking of...
photo perzon: How can a tiny sensor compete with APS sensors?
plus the GX7 has an electronic shutter, right?
white shadow: One must really lay hands on one before they can appreciate the higher quality of this model. I think Olympus has done a good job refining the previous models to get where they are now. When Olympus introduced their first micro 4/3 Pens I didn't like them for the many flaws. So, I bought the Panasonic GF1 instead which I am still using. When I get the E-P5 eventually, the GF1 would take a back seat. However, despite the few years, the GF1 is still a very capable small camera.
Over the years, I have used many cameras. I have used the medium format (6X7), (6X6), 35mm film, digital 35mm and APS-C and recently, micro4/3, not to mention some point & shoot cameras.
I must say the picture quality of the E-P5 is more than acceptable especially if one needs a camera for travelling and street photograpghy. Often, one must be discreet in order to get the picture and that's the ultimate objective. Just imagine walking around with a digital medium format camera like a Hasselblad in a market.
because he is green with envy...
Sad Joe: Unless you HAVE to have the viewfinder this latest Pen is an OM-D KILLER - of course we all know this is the OM-D in all but name. Expected to be some 100's of pounds cheaper I know which I would buy - the whole idea of the format is to enable SMALLER camera/ lens forms - and for most users I would say the new Pen fits the bill. Expect to see the OM-D retail price to begin to fall far and fast - something that up until now it hasn't done....oh and within a few months a MK2 OM-D with a higher MP sensor - shall we call it the OM-D 6 ?
well...not for me. design is one thing i like with the E-M5, but the E-P5 doesn't fall short - i like it!plus some things really get me going like focus peaking and the better (optional) viewfinder on the P5.so i am in fact considering the E-P5 over the E-M5, even though it is more expensive... just my opinion, though
Geir Ove: No Built In EVF - No Buy. Even my Minolta A1 from 2003 managed to have a BUILT IN EVF...
NOOOO, you are not allowed to! if people like Geir Ove keep their Minolta A1 from 2003 with built in EVF, then you sir are not allowed to simply change yours! because they can't (haha)
no srsly, interchangeable viewfinder? why not? works for lenses... plus: a pen without a viewfinder is nice too.
the sony RX1 has a similar style, but i never hear people (who own them) complain...
sensibill: Very cool, I loved my E-PL1 a few years back, but this is unfortunately rather pricey for what you're getting, IMO. I see no compelling reason to ditch my IS equipped A57 and vintage Minolta AF glass.
i don't either. but for newcomers or people with an p2, this could be a wise step to buy body only...
Eddy M: "The version currently in the Apple App Store doesn't support the E-P5, so we haven't been able to try out these features for this preview."
I guess Android doesn't exist there? No wonder Dpreview always hype Apple and iOS so up excessively.
plus that in different phone colours. bc you never know...
Gabriel Yeo: Overpriced, overhyped...for a four-thirds sensor....Big deal!
yeah, right. has a crop factor of 2x, so should half the price of FF, THE ONLY sensor for REAL MEN! right?*facepalm*