A great E-M5 product picture from Ming Thein.
The E-M5 is now shipping to more and more 43rumors readers and they are sharing their reviews of the cameras with me (Thanks!!!). Unlike the usual professional reviewing websites their reports are more “personal” and based on their own needs. I find they very interesting also because they are far away from the pixel peeping mania. And here you have the list the latest reviews made by our 43rumors readers:
Alex Mustard reviews Olympus OM-D E-M5 at WetPixel:”The camera has significantly improved AF, ISO, dynamic range, resolution etc and the housing is more button controlled than menu driven. It is a no brainer, if you have the funds. The E-M5 is also likely to appeal to many compact shooters looking to make a serious upgrade, providing a system that is much easier to adapt to than a SLR. I can also see it appealing to some current SLR shooters, who are looking to downsize, without compromising on performance and image quality.”
Full review by Ming Thein: “The original promise of ‘smaller, same quality’ which was made with Four Thirds I felt was never fulfilled with earlier cameras; they weren’t small enough, or able to deliver the same image quality. Although Micro Four Thirds went a long way to fulfilling the smaller part of the equation, image quality, speed and usability were lagging behind until the last generation; only now has the promise been met. I don’t look at the OM-D’s files and think ‘wow, this isn’t bad for such a small sensor!’; instead, I look at the files and am satisfied enough to not think about the sensor size.”
Jonathan Hrovath shared his thoughts about the E-M5: “The bottom line is that the OMD E-M5 feels like a high end DSLR in speed and function. Considering how small it is, this is quite the feat. I am loving this camera and haven’t been this excited to get out and shoot since I got my Nikon D700 back in 2009. It just makes you want to immerse yourself in the camera and make some art.”
Dearsusan posted a review of the OM-D’s IBIS and found it to provide a solid 3-4 stops of stability improvement in real life conditions.
Terje: “I have written an open letter to Olympus on the OMD-5 at http://www.anotherimage.com/?p=2574. It is not a review of a fantastic camera but a summary of weak points that easily may be fixed.”
Steve Huff posted the second part of the E-M5 highlight recovering test. And he also posted an “unfair” comparison with the Nikon D800 and superexpensive Leica X2 (Click here to read the article): “While the OM-D did not meet or beat the D800 here it came damn close, and to me that is impressive. I have to say that the more I shoot the OM-D E-M5 the more I love it. As for the X2, it also has a larger sensor than the OM-D but it appears it performed about the same noise wise though you can clearly see the Leica color signature coming through.”
Head to Head, E-M5 versus X PRO 1 at Digitalcamerareview.
On the in Stock front I can report that two silver cameras are on auction in Europe at eBay UK (Click here) and eBay Spain (Click here). And first E-m5 are now listed at Amazon France. As you can see from the rankings below the Silver version is loved in USA while the Black leads the rankings in Germany.
E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, BH, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev. Cheap third party E-M5 batteries on eBay (Click here).
The E-M5 keeps to be present in the Amazon Bestseller list(changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 7/9/20 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 23/38 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/10/12 (Click here).
France: E-M5 on position 17 (Click here).
Japan: E-M5 on position 22/23 (Click here).