OM-D E-M5 a huge disappointment for me...

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
chino Junior Member • Posts: 27
Re: OM-D E-M5 a huge disappointment for me...

nolaalon wrote:

I read many reviews before choosing the E-M5 as a camera to replace my aging Oly dslr's. Upon spending a couple of weeks with it I find that this camera is fatally flawed for my use, and I just can not believe that this issue is not really addressed to the proper extent in reviews.

I shoot exclusively hand held and only available light. I have a steady hand and regularly shoot sharp shots at shutter times that violate the rule of thumb using my dslr. I am often shooting in the 1/8 to 1/200 range at base iso. On the OM-D E-M5 I find that 90% of the shots I take are blurred in a systematic way or "doubled". The degree or severity of the problem seems to be somewhat lens dependent. Given these results I dug deeper and discovered the "shutter shock" problem which has been discussed here in various threads. In my reading I found that setting an "anti-shock" delay is a method for reducing this problem, and in my testing it is an effective way to reduce, if not completely eliminate the problem. However, introducing a shutter lag on the order of fractions of a second reduces the performance and responsiveness of the camera in an unacceptable way. I am just surprised that this issue is not a deal breaker for more users, or a significant issue for reviewers. I guess many are content with using high iso to avoid the conditions that are most susceptible to shutter-shock, but to me it seems like a big compromise...

I am wondering, am I alone in being disappointed with the shutter-shock problems and the anti-shock delay solution? I would be interested in other user's experiences. The OM-D E-M5 is capable of delivering truly incredible image quality in a very compact package, but for me the anti-shock delay is a huge price to pay...

My experience is quite the opposite, I'm coming from a 5dmk2 & 7d combo. I took the OM-D to a wedding 5 months ago as a second camera, and that was that. If it wasn't for the om-d-II/E-7/something new pro-like upcoming, plus lack of availability of the 35-100mm panny in my country, i would have gone full mirrorless by now. I'm NOT a 'Oly fanboy' the OM-D is my first digital Olympus camera.

So, back to your issue: After having taken some 5-6000 frames with the OM-D i can say there's no perceptible shutter shock-worse than expected. If you come from another system, maybe you need to change your technique, as i found out i had to do myself. There's also the issue of lenses, i get excellent results with my primes, and the panny 14-42, but not with the OM-D kit lens.

I have never touched the shutter shock setting, as a matter of fact I've forgotten that it exists til I read your post

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