First compared to the D300; I like the e-5 except for the limited high ISO which falls short of the Nikon. The flaw I had with the e-30 was poor performance in autofocus in low light conditions. The e-5 auto-focus is much better than both cameras (IMHO). I typically shoot in a studio environment so I rarely shoot beyond 200 ISO. However, I do shoot for postcard sales and the e-5 looks great in the color and it's very detailed image - really nice. The new processor is exceptional and the umph it gives to my Olympus lenses is un-believable. All in all I'm very happy with the e-5 and will now start selling off the Nikon camera and lenses.
Nothing against Nikon, I used them for over 40 years and made many exceptional photographs. A year ago I was at a photoshoot with my Nikon(s)and realized that everyone is getting the same image - I wanted my work to be different, so I went to an Olympus.
2010-12-25 - 19:35:17
Pinnacle for Olympus
I'd class myself as a serious hobbyist and I've had the camera for a couple of months. I upgraded from a early digital, to a 3030z to a E300, to an E-500 to an E-3 and finally the E-5. I have about 25K pictures on file, 95% from these cameras. I use Adobe LR3 and Photoshop CS5. I have 4 SG lenses, 5 HG lenses and 1 SHG lens, with more to come.
I purchased the E-5 early at list because I plan to use it for several years and figure its worth a few extra $ to learn during the holidays. I haven't read the other reviews but am active on the DPReview forum.
The camera is a nice upgrade to the E-3 and fixes most of the niggling concerns with that camera. I think the JPG rendering, ISO performance, Sharpness, Autofocus, metering, Dynamic Range and resolution are better than the E-3. If the DR is not better the metering is more accurate and the Oly tendency to blow highlights is pretty much corrected. The RAW processing in LR3/ACR seems OK, but not as impressive as the JPG improvements which a lot of folks are going to now with this camera.
The image quality is exceptional and I am a notch better photographer because the camera is better and more forgiving. No regrets, happy customer.
2011-01-26 - 19:35:37
Say what you want but I love Olympus products I bought the E-5 and have enjoyed it so far. Much faster AF than my previous Olympus DSLR and IQ is unmatched. I don't shoot sports or Concerts or anything like that but I do shoot nature and models and I love the colors this camera produces.