Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review: Batu Caves, KL

Update (9 March 2012): "Jumping" issue of the video has been fixed. It was due to the post-production technical fault, not the camera.
Important Notes:
1. This is a user experience based review.
2. All images were shot in RAW and converted directly to JPEG Large SF (super fine) via Olympus Viewer 2 version 1.3 (provided by Olympus Malaysia).
3. General camera settings, Noise Filter = OFF, Contrast/Saturation/sharpness = 0, White Balance = Auto (with an option maintain warm color = OFF), Gradation = Normal
4. No post-processing applied to the images. All images were as good as straight out of camera, with minimal cropping for better presentation.

It has been a long and painful wait for everyone, since the worldwide announcement of Olympus OM-D E-M5 almost a month ago. Finally I have had my hands on the initial production unit of the E-M5, fresh from Olympus Malaysia for my testing and review purposes. I received the review unit on Friday night, and immediately I went off shooting merrily, and basically burned off my entire weekend just to capture loads and loads of images to be shown in my review entries here. I have so many images to show and so much to share with you beautiful people out there, so lets get on with it in this Part 1 of Olympus OM-D E-M5 review.




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I am sure you have come across the Teaser video of me shooting all around Kuala Lumpur which I posted earlier. This time, we are doing things slightly differently. As usual I am shooting and concentrating mainly on the photography part of the camera (still photographs), and I rarely did any testing or review on the video part of the camera. I am not exactly that well versed in videography, hence this time around, I am working very closely with a great photographer/videographer friend of mine, Sanjitpaal Singh throughout all my shooting durations. He is an amazing guy and has done a fantastic job shooting me in action, while testing out the video capabilities of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The video clip above is a compilation of footages for two separate parts of my blog reviews (Part 1 and Part 2), and I shall only cover one part in this entry. Do bear in mind that all the video footage was shot HAND-HELD. There will be a dedicated entry to discuss specifically on the video recording with Olympus OM-D E-M5, featuring the awesome Sanjit soon. Lets just focus on photography for the time being. 

Before we dive right into the review, allow me to clarify a few items. This review will be written from a photography-enthusiast’s point of view, because I am not a professional photographer. This will be a user experience based review, sharing on what I think and feel as I use the E-M5 in real life shooting situations. Therefore, this is not a technical review as there will not be elaborative technical explanations, which can be easily accessible on many professional review websites such as DPreview and DXOmark. In addition to that, I will not be doing direct side by side image and performance comparisons between E-M5 and any other cameras. Instead, I will share my opinion on how different the experience was shooting with the new E-M5. In a nutshell, it is about what I can do with the camera, not what the camera can do by itself.

12mm F2 lens: 1/320sec, F/8, ISO200

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/250sec, F/8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 1
The age-old song of corner to corner sharpness being a strong advantage of using 4/3 or micro 4/3 system is ever-green.

100% crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 1. Crop from bottom right corner.

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/800sec, F/1.8, ISO200

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/2000sec, F1.8, ISO200


I have also written my preview (here), please read if you have not done so) on the E-M5, hence I will not be repeating myself on my initial impressions of the camera and its features or specifications. I shall just focus on what a camera and a photographer do best together: making beautiful images happen.

Photography is about seeing and capturing the beauty all around us. The world around us is full of people, ideas, culture and passion. Photography as a culture enables us to express our vision of the world and its beauty, through our photographs. Therefore, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 in my hands, it was my desire to go out, explore and shoot the beauty of my world, wonderful Malaysia, and share it with you beautiful people.

I shall break down my review to FOUR parts where I can separate and explore different aspects of the camera extensively.

In this particular entry (Part 1 of 4), I shall be focusing on two major items:
1) Dynamic Range of the new Live MOS 16MP sensor
2) Resolution/Sharpness

12mm F2 lens, camera fixed on tripod: 0.6sec, F/8, ISO200


BATU CAVES

The first shooting location was Batu Caves , about 30 minutes drive from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is a limestone hill, housing a series of caves and cave temples located in Gombak district. The cave temple in Batu Caves is one of the most influential and well known Hindu Shrines, most notably known for its focal point during the Thaipusam festivity that drew millions of crowd. If you are visiting Malaysia, do make sure that this is a place to stop by.

The main reason why I chose to shoot in Batu Caves is the diversity of subjects that can be found there. Batu Caves is a colourful place, rich of people and culture, breathtaking cave sceneries, and abundant of wildlife (sort of). It is a grand temple with majestic hill all around, providing good scenery shots. People there are generally very friendly, giving me good human portrait opportunities. The surrounding small forests were houses for wild monkeys, which have been in contact with humans and that itself is another good subject to attack.

DYNAMIC RANGE

Batu Caves poses a significant challenge to any cameras, particularly on the dynamic range handling. This should come as no surprise, because the interiors of the cave is notoriously dark, while shooting it against the light that comes out from the opening will surely cause dynamic range limitations. We purposely chose to arrive in afternoon when the sun was at its strongest intensity, and this is the perfect opportunity to stretch E-M5’s ability to capture as much dynamic range as possible within a frame.

To test out the dynamic range while I was inside the cave, I set the camera up on a tripod and placed it low, close to the ground level. I fixed the camera settings manually, but I used the autofocus, targeting mostly the center of the frame. I switched off the Image Stabilization while the camera was on the tripod, but I press the shutter button manually with my finger (did not use any anti-shake or self timer), mainly because this was not to test the sharpness of the image, but more specifically, only the dynamic range. I composed the frame to include the extreme highlight (intense afternoon harsh Malaysian sun) coming from the cave opening against the dark corners. I shot a series of images from the same frame, varying the ISO settings to test out the limitations of the corresponding dynamic range.

12mm F2 lens: 1.6sec, F/8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 2

CROPS FROM IMAGE SAMPLE 2 taken at different ISO settings.

Important Note: Due to my own error/negligence, I have set the AF "green box" to the center of the frame, hence the hand-guard rail in front was in focus, but the far background was out of focus. However, the purpose of the crops in from Image Sample 2 is to show dynamic range, and I chose this photograph and this particular crop because in the frame of crop, it consists of the darkest region of shadow to the brightest region of highlight. To judge the resolution and sharpness, there are half a dozen more other photographs as better examples 

1.6sec, F/8, ISO200

1/3sec, F/8, ISO800

1/5sec, F/8, ISO1600

1/10sec, F/8, ISO3200

1/20sec, F/8, ISO6400

1/40sec, F/8, ISO12,800


12mm F2 lens: 2.5sec, F/8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 3

100% crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 3

Viewing the images at 100%, at base ISO200, amazing amount of details were preserved, both in the highlight and shadow region. The images look very balanced, and the transition from the shadow and highlight region was smooth and pleasant, something not seen on any Olympus cameras before. All previous Olympus cameras I have shot with (E-P3 and E-5 mainly) will have extreme difficulties to capture such images, normally with those older cameras the highlight region will be all blown out to total whiteness, and the shadow will be filled with ugly patches of grain and chroma noise with minimal details. This is a significant improvement in the sensor, and I believe many Olympus users will treasure having more headroom to work with especially faced in outdoor shooting in harsh lighting conditions. I cannot think of any more extreme dynamic range test than shooting at Batu Caves (practical, real shooting conditions, not staged or arranged), and I am impressed by the dynamic range of the E-M5 sensor.

Pushing up the ISO, things get even more interesting. The capabilities of the camera to handle extreme dynamic range in Batu Caves are still very good, up to ISO1600. At ISO3200, some loss of detail can be seen, but seriously, anyone who prioritizes dynamic range would not simply push up the ISO thoughtlessly. To know that the details captured in both shadow and highlight regions in the frame were still acceptably good even at ISO1600 is certainly good news. Dynamic range restrictions would have been disastrous even at ISO800 for the older E-P3 and E-5 !! I am sure those who are using, or have used the older Olympus cameras can relate.

I have provided full size image samples (JPEG Super Fine) of the dynamic range comparison shot at varying ISO settings (from ISO200 to 12,800) for your pixel peeping pleasure. Please kindly take note that I did not use self timer or anti-shake on the tripod, so these images are not best to be used to judge the sharpness and resolution of the camera. Furthermore, I used autofocus, hence there might be some inconsistencies in the zone of focus. Just use these images to review the dynamic range ONLY.

 DYNAMIC RANGE TEST:



RESOLUTION/SHARPNESS

Olympus has always been known for having good resolution capture and impressive sharpness in their images, if good lenses (lovely Olympus Zuiko lenses and some newer more capable micro 4/3 primes) are coupled with the camera. The decision of Olympus to use a thinner Anti-Alias filter in front of their image sensor, starting from the E-5 onwards, has proven to be very beneficial to reveal even more details in their image quality, optimizing the “per-pixel-sharpness”. The marketing term coined for this is “Fine Detail Processing”. It is great to find that Olympus continues to use a thinner Anti-Alias filter on their new live MOS 16MP sensor. Unfortunately, even at this moment, no information has been released about who made and manufactured the new sensor for the E-M5. I am fairly sure, and as mentioned officially by Olympus on several accounts, this is in fact, a completely new sensor.

12mm F2 lens: 1/50secsec, F/2, ISO1250

12mm F2 lens: 1/8sec, F/2, ISO500

12mm F2 lens: 1/5sec, F/8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 4

100% Crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 4

12mm F2 lens: 1/40sec, F2, ISO200

12mm F2 lens: 1/40sec, F7.1, ISO200

12mm F2 lens: 1/20sec, F4.5, ISO200


I will not only review on the resolution and sharpness in this particular entry, as I have even more interesting subjects to test the camera on. Rest assured I have more interesting subjects to review the sharpness in my coming entries. I intentionally used only the Olympus 12mm F2 wide angle lens and the 45mm F1.8 lens in this session, because they are both the sharpest lenses in the Olympus Micro 4/3 lens line-up. I understand that the Olympus 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 is the kit lens, but to fully test how much detail the camera can capture it makes more sense to smack the sharpest lenses Olympus has into the camera. After all, I have reviewed the 12-50mm lens not too long ago, and I have tested and written extensively on the 12-50mm lens.

Looking at the 100% crop images, the amount of details captured was nothing short of excellent. Very impressive amount of fine details were revealed and the sharpness of the lens evidently shines through the images. There really is not much to comment further on the sharpness of the images. Olympus has always produced excellent sharp images.

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/800sec, F1.8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 5

100% crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 5


45mm F1.8 lens: 1/1000sec, F/1.8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 6

100% crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 6

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/1000sec, F1.8, ISO200

45mm F1.8 lens: 1/1000sec, F1.8, ISO200
IMAGE SAMPLE 7

100% crop from IMAGE SAMPLE 7


An observation made by me: even with the noise filter off, the JPEG compression artifacts were kept very minimally, and did not look intrusive at all. This is a crucial part in the changes of Olympus JPEG engine: they have mitigated the problem of default over-sharpening as seen in E-P3 and E-5. The images were sharp, because of the amazing amount of fine details captured, not due to the in-camera sharpening tricks. Turning on the noise filter to LOW would have cleaned up all the grains. This is an important improvement for people who shoot mostly JPEG (straight out of the camera) and expect the original camera JPEG files to be as optimized.


RESOLUTION/SHARPNESS TEST:


Just a little comment on the high ISO performance before I conclude this entry. If you have downloaded and seen the full size image comparisons of different ISO settings for the dynamic range, you can also simultaneously review the high ISO capabilities of E-M5. Do bear in mind that all the images were RAW converted to JPEG directly with noise filter OFF. From what I see in the image so far, even at ISO6400, the image was very clean, with almost no trace of chroma noise at all, and the luminance noise looked very fine.

12mm F2 lens: 1/800sec, F/8, ISO200

I cannot believe what I have just said there !! Olympus camera, ISO6400, with no traces of chroma noise, with non-ugly luminance fine grains only. The first time I saw the images, my eyes almost popped out of the sockets too, I know.

From the video you have seen above, I have also brought along the Olympus E-M5 to do some night shooting. Lets explore the high ISO capabilities of the camera next, in my coming review, Part 2: Night Shooting in Bukit Bintang.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to say something in the comment section on this blog entry, or email me directly at hamish7ian@gmail.com

368 comments:

  1. Whoa ISO performance damn good.. as usual OLY sharpness is incredible. Well written review with proper samples- professionally done!

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  2. hello Aaron,
    Thanks for the kind comments. I will specifically touch on the high ISO settings next entry, coming in 2-3 days time. I even shot in a very dark lounge/bar with live band performance.
    Eh when wanna go shooting again? Lemme know when you are free !

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  3. wow Robin,
    It's really amazed me..This is the first time OLY impressed me so much..

    with the small body and tip top performance..this will be a perfect camera for vacation/travelling..

    *korek-korek tabung*

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  4. Hello Oyama,
    Indeed it is VERY impressive !! Finally Olympus is taking that far jump ahead.
    No need to think, pakai kad kredit !!

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  5. robin..you rocks !!!
    E-M5...you rocks !!!
    45/1.8...you rocks !!!

    my wallet...you're broke !!!

    pa' Cik...can you comment about battery live of this camera ??
    like how many frame that you get from one charge during your review...thx be4

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  6. Hello Konikonaku,
    The battery life is very good. However, I have only shot with it for two full days, and I did not test until the battery ran out (not a wise idea when I have so limited time with the camera). I have come home with 400 shots and the battery is still good (not sure how much left) but I thought it was best to charge before the next shooting session !

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  7. oh ya...stupid question...but 400 frames and still got some juice sounds good...the spec said "Approx. 360 shots (with BLN-1 and Toshiba Super High speed Class 6(4GB) SDHC card under CIPA testing standard)"

    will be any review regarding their tiny flash & battery grip experience ?

    looking forward for the Part 2.. 8-)

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  8. Konikonaku,
    It was not a stupid question at all ! I would gladly drain the battery off if I was given more time to do so.
    Yes, I will have dedicated sections in the blog reviews for the flash usage, as well as the handling of the camera. More to come soon.

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  9. These caves look like a real torture test for any camera. Great job Robin!

    Andre

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  10. Hello Andre,
    I would not use the word "torture" but I do agree with your thought !!

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  11. Now I want the 12mm lens too. This is getting expensive.

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  12. Hello Matt,
    One thing at a time !!
    But I am with you in this on, I personally think the 12mm is OVERPRICED. Seriously, and its not even weather sealed.

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  13. Just... WOW!

    Thank you very much Robin, very informative review with beautiful pictures.

    I NEED this camera, but my main problem in buying it ASAP is living in Brazil, we have HUGE tax for electronics here, I would have to pay something like US$ 2600 (100% tax) to import the kit.

    I'll probably have to wait until me or my folks go to the US later this year to buy it. Aaaarghhhhh :-(

    Waiting impatiently for the next part of your review now!

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  14. Hello dothraki,
    Thanks for the compliments.
    I am sure there is no rush to get the camera, it wont go away for sure.
    Me and Sanjit (the guy who made the wonderful video happen) have been burning midnight oils, please allow us some time to catch up on our own breath. I am doing my best for the second part.

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  15. Thank you for a very good start to your review series, Robin, I am eagerly anticipating the remainder.

    Yes, high ISO is amazing. As for the dynamic range - that first cave shot is simply astonishing. One can almost forget that its a 4/3 sensor.

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  16. Hello Ser Sobe,
    Thanks for the kind comments. I have the same thoughts, at base ISO200, the dynamic range was unbelieveably good. This was something that no 4/3 or micro 4/3 users would dream of !!

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  17. Hello!

    Just write to congratulate you ... excellent impressions .... was a very informative review.

    Eagerly await the next test you promised to post.


    I already decided to buy a .. OM-D E-M5 ... and sell it .... I also very good E-P3

    Note: I sent an invite to add on Flickr ...

    I'm Brazilian, but that you had already noticed by my english ... kkkkk ... hugs!

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  18. Hello Andre,
    Thanks for the kind comments. We are working very hard for the remaining parts of the reviews. Stay tuned !

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  19. I'd been a hard core Canon man for more years than I can count. Since jumping into the m4/3 bandwagon with my first Oly E-PL2 as a backup, I was amazed, likewise also with the E-P3.

    You have meticulously build up my enthusiasm with your review of the E-M5 and I've pre-ordered it!

    It's time to sell off all my remaining Canon gears for another system that is lighter in my hands.

    Thanks Rob for the great review.

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  20. Hello YK Phong,
    Wow, that was a bold move to shift from Canon away to micro 4/3 !!!
    It was my pleasure to share my thoughts, and thanks for the compliments !!

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  21. Robin, you did very very good job!
    I'm pretty sure all the people who saw your review definitely get surprised, and would rush to make preorder for the magnificent new OLYMPUS product, OM-D!

    Now, I feel great about the quality of still images, but how do you think about the quality of movies?
    If the movie on the top of this review shot with OM-D, I am not sure I would be satisfied with it, because it seems the image doesn't move smoothly, and i guess the lack of fps is one reason for that...

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  22. Hello Haruki,
    Thanks for the compliments.
    Yes, the movie was shot with OM-D.
    It has been compressed for upload, and then recompressed by youtube video. The original file was rather smooth.
    There will be a dedicated entry soon about the video recording. Stay tuned !!

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  23. This is one of the best field tests I've ever read for any camera: very thorough, meticulous, balanced; well done. Can't wait for part two. Oh and I've been to those caves. Magical! Especially during that Hindu festival. Cheers from Canada

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  24. Hello Alex,
    Thanks so much for your kind comments !! A lot of time and hard work were put into this review.
    Yes, that Batu Caves is simply amazing. If you have been there then you would know how challenging it was for dynamic range of any camera !!

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  25. Hi ROBIN,

    Very thorough user review of the new Olympus OM-D EM5. ISO performance appears to be very good and DR significantly improved as well. Olympus colours and sharpness never ceases to amaze me. Can't wait for the next chapter of your review. Amazing job mate!

    Eric V from Edmonton Alberta Canada

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  26. what a wonderful camera.. cant wait to have it...

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  27. Edwin Santioso3/07/2012 01:05:00 PM

    I've been waiting for this review since the release date of E-M5, and just like Aaron Chin said, this is a Well written review with proper samples- professionally done!
    Robin style for sure :D
    Can't hardly wait to read the next part.
    Keep up the amazing work Robin :D

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  28. Robin,

    I was waiting for this review heh - I know to pester you in the future for any product reviews in the future harharhar.

    On a serious note, I am slightly concerned about the 'jumping' in the video you posted - is that within the original or due to compression to a smaller size? And is it produced with the EM-5 (that means you had two on hand) or just one.

    Great review and keep it up!

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  29. hello Eric,
    Thanks mate !! Working on the next part now.

    Hey Edwin,
    I appreciate your kind comments. Doing my best for the second review now.

    Hello Mark,
    Thanks for your continuous support !!
    the video was shot with the E-M5, I only have one unit, the other unit was with Sanjit.
    I am not exactly very well versed with video recording, will get Sanjit to explain this.

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  30. WoW. excellent review. Got to have me the Oly OMD EM5. I'm getting excited even though I still haven't saved enough...

    when is the release date of the unit?

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  31. Hello rcferraris,
    You should get the OM-D !!
    In Malaysia it should be available in the mid of April. No official announcement date yet, just speculation. The camera is available early april in some countries.

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  32. Robin,

    looks better than anything we have seen so far, it seems it will be pretty much on par with even APS-C stuff like NEX-7... would you say so?

    Thanks for the pics!

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  34. Hello szlevi,
    Yes it looked very good indeed !!
    I have not used the NEX7, and that camera is not available in malaysia yet, hence I do not know its capabilities. I cannot draw any conclusion on this.

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  35. Note: Comment deleted due to multiple postings.

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  36. Robin,

    Thank you for the excellent review! I’m very pleased to hear DR is improved!

    Best,

    Joomla

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  37. Hello Joomla,
    You are welcome !

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  38. Thank for a great review! I always come to you for honestly & detail based as a real user. You are the Man!

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  39. Thanks MrKal_El !
    Didd't know anyone from Krypton would be reading this too !

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  40. Hi Robin,

    Love your reviews!

    By the way, do you have a copy of the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 that you try on the E-M5? We would really be interested to see a couple of shots by this combination and whether makes a lot of noises like it did with previous olympus cameras.

    You rock.

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  41. Hello Chad,
    Thanks for the kind words.
    I do not have access to any other lenses, and I have also returned the camera to Olympus Malaysia. I only had the camera over the weekend.
    I am sure others will test the combo of E-M5 with the 25mm F1.4

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  42. I wonder how much better the cave shot would look with gradation=AUTO. Since you shot it raw, maybe you could try it?

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  43. Hello Agent,
    Good suggestion !! I did try it out, but I did not like what I see (exposure balance was shifted).

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  44. I've been looking for youe review for a long time.
    Thank you!

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  46. Amazing images and review, Robin! You are quite the talented photographer and blogger. I am linking your article on my blog post on SLRlounge.com. If you are ok, I used a couple of your photos as teasers for what's to come on your blog.

    I myself shoot fashion and commercial strictly with the micro4/3 system, first with the E-PL1, then the E-PL2, and now the GH2. Most used lens is the Olympus Zuiko 4/3 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 mkII lens.

    You can see my own work on www.fotosiamo.com

    Cheers and continue the great work!


    Joe Gunawan | fotosiamo.com
    SLR Lounge editor
    SLRlounge.com

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  47. i think good idea upload videos to Vimeo, not to youtube.
    Quality of compression is better.

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  48. Amazing details! I can't wait for it!

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  49. I think I know the answer to my question, but are those photos directly from the camera (no enhancements)? Wow.

    I'm definitely more excited for the E-M5, but I'm holding out to see what Olympus has in store for the E-5 successor. Either way, my HG/SHG glass will have a perfect mate.

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  50. Hello Acaciatc,
    Its here !! and your are welcome.

    Hello Fotosiamo,
    Thanks for your kind comments !!

    You have my full permission to use the photographs, as long as credit and blog link are provided with the photographs.

    It is rare to find a professional photographer utilizing fully micro 4/3 equipments such as yourself !!! Keep it up mate.

    Jota,
    I will let my friend know. Thanks.

    hello Antiles,
    Agreed !

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  51. Anonymous, as I have highlighted at the beginning of my blog entry:
    "4. No post-processing applied to the images. All images were as good as straight out of camera, with minimal cropping for better presentation. "
    Hope that answers your question.
    And kindly leave at least a name so I can trace back in case you comment again in the future. Thanks.

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  52. Robin,

    Great review. Olympus sensors have always lagged behind the competition, but there is something about the way they render the images, the sharpness, the colours, that just refused to let me go to another brand, even though I had plenty of opportunity. Your review capture the essence of Olympus and the OMD-EM5.

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  53. Hi Robin,

    Thanks for your review! As an E-5 user who switched from the E-620 for the weather sealing, the E-M5 is really attractive. I am, however, quite in love with the 12-60mm and 50-200mm lenses.

    Any thoughts on that - as I know you have an E-5 and the 50-200mm etc. as well? :)

    Thanks again!

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  54. I downloaded your test photos, yes, I'm amazed too, finally a good iso 1600, and iso 3200 looks like iso 800 from my E-P1. That is great! I have the 12 mm lens too, and I think that f/5.6 is sharper than f/8 you used. I'm not so much impressed by the DR though, but it is indeed a very harsh, almost impossible view to picture. I wonder if the NIcon D3s could manage this, I think not.
    Many thanks for your good work!

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  55. Christoph,
    If you mount the 12-60mm and 50-200mm lens on the E-M5, you wont get very fast AF, and it might struggle in some situations.
    It is best to use native micro 4/3 lenses on the E-M5, and vice versa.

    Frank,
    Thanks for your feedback. The condition was very harsh even for very good cameras. I strongly believe that the D3 can perform better. However, those cameras are not in the same categories !!
    I am sure the E-M5 is on par with the best of APS-C cameras, but thats just my guess, I am sure more confirmation will come from other reviews.

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  56. Well, my biggest worry about this camera - dynamic range - is quickly vanishing.

    What impressed me most though is the quality of your review. You managed to present KL and the camera, while providing inspiring shots! What a pleasure to read.
    Thanks for your hard work, I can tell you it paid off - I am now rereading the article.

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  57. Thanks Vladimir !
    It is my pleasure to shoot, test out the new camera, and of course, spread my love for my country !!!

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  58. well, I see a NR anyway :-(

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  59. Well, tell me which camera does not have base NR?

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  60. good response :-)

    thanks

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  61. Thanks for the work you are putting into this review, I like your style.

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  62. Thanks so much for this review. I'm really keen to see the video reviews and how it compares to Panasonic GH2 and Canon DSLR's.
    I'm liking it a lot so far!
    BTW I could almost smell the aromas of hawker food in the street scenes!

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  63. Hello Peter C,
    Thanks !! Will do our best for the coming reviews.
    However, please be reminded we wont be doing any comparisons with other cameras. I don't feel I am equipped or knowledgeable enough to do so.

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  64. So far, so good ...like your reviewing style. Keep up the good work and, right now for many ...HURRY UP WITH PART 2 :)

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  65. Hello Anonymous,
    Thanks. Next time you comment please at least leave a name.

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  66. Great review. Fantastic place to visit and good camera.

    Could you use a pistol like hand grip in video mode to make it look even more like a steadycam? its so close to one.

    Could you comment on autofocus in C-AF in video and stills mode.

    Does the tonecurve adjustment works in video mode?

    Thanks your work is much appreciated.

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  67. Beautiful images, as always, and a beautiful piece of equipment Olympus has made.
    Really happy to "use" you as my official Olympus tester for my next buys - although I admit that I will dream this great camera for at least a year or so :(

    By the way, just bought an excellent, used, FL-36R flash and I am really very happy with it!

    Cheers Robin, 'til next time, keep on shooting beauty and giving such heartfelt insight on what photography means to you.

    Michele

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  68. Hello Franciso,
    Thanks for the kind compliments.
    I cannot comment on anything related to video shooting because it was my friend Sanjit who filmed me, while I was shooting stills all the way. I will direct the questions to him. Please bear with me for a bit.

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  69. hi michelle,
    Thank you sooooo much for such heartwarming comment !! I appreciate your support.
    Yes, we should all go out and shoot more !

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  70. Hi Robin,

    Congratulations on being the first photographer to post a review of this camera.

    I agree with you that the dynamic range is impressive. I shot at Batu Caves three months ago with the same lenses (12mm 2.0 and 45mm 1.8) on the Olympus E-P3, and it blew highlights where the light was streaming into the cave.

    This camera really looks impressive.

    Now, Robin, I wonder if you will end up making the move from 4/3 to m4/3 after all ... surely you must love using those great little primes?

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  71. Hello Newzild,
    Thanks for the kind compliments and relating to yourself on the difficulties in shooting at Batu Caves.
    I do intend to move to micro 4/3 at some point, but funding is another issue. I am quite happy with my current set of equipments, but of course, one day, I will make the switch.
    There is no rush !!

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  72. cant wait to try this camera myself.... ;)
    thanks for very nice review.. love the photos...
    olympus at iso 6400 and still good... i want to try myself! :D

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  73. Hello Unknown, it should be available by mid of April at most locations in the world. lets hope there is no delay. April is only a while away !

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  74. Great shots. Quick question, how's the size and handling of the camera. Is it fairly compact?

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  75. cant wait to try this camera myself.... ;)
    thanks for very nice review.. love the photos...
    olympus at iso 6400 and still good... i want to try myself! :D

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  76. cant wait to try this camera myself.... ;)
    thanks for very nice review.. love the photos...
    olympus at iso 6400 and still good... i want to try myself! :D

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  77. Jonathan,
    Did you see the video? That should give you the idea of the size of the camera.
    I will specifically talk about handling of the camera in my coming entries.

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  78. Thank you for your reviews of the E-M5, Robin. You are showing me more and more how wise I have been to order one! I look forward to more examples from you and your full review. And I hope I can see the bat caves myself someday -- with my E-M5!

    Best wishes,

    Fred Warner (frelwa)

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  79. Thanks again Robin, for sharing a lot of excellent takes in all honesty.

    As much as the technical side of the new camera impresses me – especially in terms of resolution, noise and DR its up to the task more than any 3/4 sensor cam we've seen from Olympus until now – it nevertheless is quite a mixed bag regarding appearance of pictures from all I've seen so far (and thats includes a looot of pre-production and final samples).

    Given, that I regard the E-PL1 and E-5 - who share the exactly same sensor and also for the most part the same JPG engine - as a reference of what picture appearance in Oly world could be – the output of this new sensor leans way too much to a „Sony style“ appearance for my taste.

    One most obvious thing missing (as for me) are the vivid and natural colors when fotos are taken at sunny days – meaning – even the golden statue in front of the caves (which you captured absolutely impressive) somehow looks like taken on a rainy day.

    But possibly thats only me, as nowhere else I've seen someone raising this issue.
    Anyway - I'm looking forward to the next parts of your review

    Might be, next time you include some RAW to allow checking out whats possible when applying post processing (colors, contrast, gradation) ?

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  80. M.Robin, can't wait to see your high ISO test.

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  81. There is certainly improvement in DR/noise department but color fidelity seems poor. I'm waiting for more images and your futher impressions.

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  82. I share mige0 opinion 100%. To my eye these pictures resemble Sony jpegs. Pictures certainly lack good color fidelity (golden statue is the best example here). Maybe that's just this batch of pictures.

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  83. Is a lens hood included with the 12-50mm kit?

    and, do you have a macro shot with the 12-50mm with the 2x digital zoom? would like to see how close it could get with the digital zoom of the em5.

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  84. Hey Robin, how lucky you are to test the new om-d. I have a D7000 for about a year now and it's my first dslr. Do you think i'll miss it if i'm selling it to buy the om-d? I don't do studio portrait for the moment. My best model for the moment are my 2 daughters. I like candid shots and street photos as well. So what do you think?

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  87. Thank you, Robin, for such an excellent report! Greatly enjoyed the photos and the video! Makes me want to visit your beautiful country!

    Alex

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  88. Robin, thanks for sharing your impressions about this camera and for choosing such a great location!

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  89. @bartozs / @mige0
    Perhaps you should go to malaysia and to that location to compare the colours of the statue with the photos. The atmospheric pressure, air density and heat of the location reflects the light (and its tone) of what you see. Sure the air in US, Europe and Australia gives light reflections a different tone of spectrum. But this is what you get in Asia.

    To me, the colours are as accurate as it can be reproduced by a camera. Perhaps not as saturated as canikons as you would have liked. But to compare it to Sony is seriously an insult to olympus' long admired lens quality and jpeg colours.

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  90. http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2010/10/olympus-e-5-review-macro-shooting-at.html

    and subsequent...

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  91. Hello Fred,
    No regrets pre-ordering !! It is a great camera indeed.

    Hello mige0,
    Thanks for the kind compliments.
    Indeed I agree with you that real world usage is very important.
    However, I do feel that the colour is very "olympus"-like, but more neutral. It still retains the signature colors, natural and true to life, just not as vivid, as you have mentioned. Which is a good thing for many people.
    I am sorry I wont be able to give out any RAW files. I was not permitted to do so. I hope you understand.

    Hello Andy,
    Soon, soon hahaha.

    Bartosz,
    it may not be the best place to show the color quality, because of the drastic lighting condition. Remember, it was taken in noon. Best landscape colors are taken in morning or late afternoon.

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  92. Hello rcferraris,
    No, no lens hood provided, it can be purchased separately.
    And no I did not use the tele converter because, I would rather crop the image myself.

    J-P chan,
    I am not the best person to tell you if the E-M5 is better than D7000, after all they are very different cameras. However, if you have a chance, do pick up the E-M5 and give it a try yourself, and see if you like it before deciding. After all there is no rush.

    Hello Alex G
    Thanks for the kind compliments. Come to Malaysia for a holiday !

    Hello Calex,
    Thanks for answering and elaborating on your opinion. NO worries, I will be talking about the colors when I have more ideal shooting condition.

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  93. @calex, mige0
    Looking at big buddha image - its obviously taken in cloudy conditions, not direct sunlight - there's no sharp shadows, and the sky in the image is very cloudy - given that, I would expect it to look just like it does.

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  94. Forgot to mention yesterday- the two monkey pics near the top of the post are spectacular, especially the first one. If I were in the Olympus marketing department I'd put that one on the front page.

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  95. Hi Great review you did,did you try the 14-54I 4/3 lens by chance,its weather sealed,wonder how it focuses,also the 70-300 4/3, if I can use my 4/3 glass then this is the camera for me....
    really like the caves...wow...

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  96. hello Matt,
    Thanks for the kind compliments !! Lets hope Olympus reads this ahahah...

    Hello Fog Horns (nice nick btw)
    I did not try any other lenses much, mainly because I was given very little time (over the weekend only). Nonetheless, I am sure more reviewers from other places will test the native 4/3 lenses. I was told by Olympus there is no improvement and the MMF3 is the same with previous adapters, except that it is now weather sealed. So please don't put your hopes too high.

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  97. HI Robin, Thank you for the down to earth report. Can you explore the how fast the auto focus is with low light. I take pictures of my daughters dance performances and plays. Low light, ISO 6400 ISO fast shutter speeds. I blew out my Nikon D7000 with shutter issues! IT has been in the shop for over 5 weeks so far. I owned a OM-1 and OM-10 for years and loved both. Would like to see your honest opinion on how the OM-D will work in this type of situation. Was very impressed with your pictures and thoughtfulness.
    Darren

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  98. hello Darren,
    Thanks for the kind words.
    Low light performance of the camera, in terms of AF and ISO noise will be the main topic in my next review. Am working very hard on it now.

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  99. Hi Nice review.looking good the EM5,have you tried the old 14-54 I lens,or the 70-300 one on it? wonder how fast the focus is,also the 14-54 is water resistant.

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  100. Hello Fog Horns,
    I have already replied your comments above.
    I just copy and paste here:
    " did not try any other lenses much, mainly because I was given very little time (over the weekend only). Nonetheless, I am sure more reviewers from other places will test the native 4/3 lenses. I was told by Olympus there is no improvement and the MMF3 is the same with previous adapters, except that it is now weather sealed. So please don't put your hopes too high."

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  101. Terrific Review with excellent examples, made for the best reading I have come across on this camera.

    Like some other folks here, I too, am a Canon FF shooter. No question, there are days I long for something smaller and easier to handle but hate the idea of giving up high ISO performance and dynamic range. Your review has me ready to place an order for one these cameras!

    I tried the first Micro 4/3rd camera by Panasonic a few years ago but didn't care for the highlight clipping and low ISO ceiling.

    Clearly that has changed. Really appreciate all the samples going all the way up to 12,800! Great job!! Really helped in getting a feel for the camera's ability!

    You have a future in doing these types of reviews!

    Thanks again! Good Luck and keep up the great work!

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  102. Hello Silat Shooter,
    You from Malaysia as well? Would love to follow you to shoot some silat in action, have been wanting to do that but never had a chance.
    Thanks for the very kind comments.
    Indeed the image quality of micro 4/3 smaller cameras are getting better and better. Photography world (or camera/gear world, however we want to see it) is getting exciting this year.

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  103. thanks for the great review!

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  104. Thanks Rick !!
    It surely is a wonderful camera

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  105. Finally Robin!

    Just one simple ques: Roughly how much will this EM5 cost? huhu...am saving up.

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  106. hello Johnson,
    I am not too sure, the official price is not announced in Malaysia yet.
    Nonetheless, it should be about USD999 body only.

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  107. Hi robin,

    Arr...after converting, it should be around Rm3400++ just for the body..goshh!

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  108. Johnson,
    For the image quality, camera superb AF performance, Great built in IS, magnesium alloy body, weather sealing, integrated with tonnes of great advanced features like tiltable OLED screen, wireless flash control, I think for that price, it is a steal.

    Tell me which camera has all the features and sell the same price?

    George,
    Buy buy buy !!

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  109. For the rude and inconsiderate Anonymous poster, your comment was deleted because you sound insulting (you actually mentioned some foul words)
    This kind of immaturity is not tolerated in my humble blog. Lets keep this place peaceful.

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  110. Hi! Nice review! I currently have the D7000 but am looking to buy the OM-d (used to have OM-1/2 long time ago). Could you please tell us more about the EVF compared to a APS-c sensor viewfiender. Regards Johan, Sweden

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  111. Hello Johan,
    I will surely do so in my coming entries. EVF is an important point.
    Thanks for the compliments.

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  112. Hey Robin,
    Could use some images of me and my students training in Silat. But I am in USA.

    Maybe one day soon, I get out to Malaysia to train and do photography.

    Maybe I'll bring my OM-D that you convinced me to buy!

    Hope we get a chance to meet someday!

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  113. hello Silat Shooter,
    Sure thing, I would be glad to meet you up if you stop by Malaysia.

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  114. Great work Robin!
    Olympus rules!!!!

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  115. Hi Robin. The colors look fine to me. Not knowing how people's monitors are calibrated, there's not much you can do about how colors are represented on any monitor but your own. Anyway, Olympus allows color adjustments of the cameras default; I usually dial out a little red. It's a personal preference.

    Great work! My E-M5 is pre-ordered and your review makes me eager to get my hands on it.

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  116. Hi Robin. The colors look fine to me. Not knowing how people's monitors are calibrated, there's not much you can do about how colors are represented on any monitor but your own. Anyway, Olympus allows color adjustments of the cameras default; I usually dial out a little red. It's a personal preference.

    Great work! My E-M5 is pre-ordered and your review makes me eager to get my hands on it.

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  117. Hello Emanuele,
    Thanks !!'

    Hello Lawrence,
    Not only the variance of monitor calibration, even the lighting condition during shooting can affect the overall color. It was noon, and the light comes directly from above, hence it appears flatter.
    Good on you, I am sure you will love the E-M5 you have pre-ordered !

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  118. Thanks for your excellent review.
    I've owned the Olympus 4/3 cameras since E-510, E-3 and now E-5, also have an E-PL1.
    What I've been longing for is when the pictures from M4/3 would match what I get from my 4/3 system because that's the reason I'm still hanging out with the big guy like E-5 though I'm so tired of carrying such heavy gears traveling around ( E-5 along with 7-14, 14-35, 50-200 and some other equipments could almost kill me!!)
    I think now the time comes, the E-M5 seems to answer this.
    But just like you said, there's no rush, I'm still with my E-5 until there're excellent M4/3 lenses like the SHG ones for 4/3 ( I know it seems so difficult since the technical limitation.).
    Moreover, I think the E-M5 is just a pioneer in this line, like the E-P1 in the past. In about 6 months or so, I believe that we'll have another one with better performance and functions (for instance, shutter speed up to 1/8000, ISO 100 which would be essential for taking waterfalls during sunny days.)like E-P2, E-P3 did to E-P1.

    Anyway, the E-M5 is so appealing that many Olympus fanboys in Thailand are lining up to have preorders on the Thailand 4/3 community website "autofourthirds.com", now it's reaching 150 orders.

    Keep up good work.
    Cheers,

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  119. Thanks for the review Robin- those are some great pictures and that 12mm looks gorgeous, especially with the lens hood. Anyway, how do you think the new image stabilization compares to what the competitors offer? Is it the best you've seen? It certainly looks like the best I've ever seen. I'm amazed at how smooth the video footage looks. Finally, do you think they will be offering the IS in the next EPL or EPM? I won't be getting the E-M5, but I'd like to be able to get that stabilization at some point! Any idea when the next EPL or EPM will come out- will the EPL be first to come out? Also, I think the Live View Bulb mode is really cool.

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  120. Hello Dr Gunner,
    Thanks for your kind comments and encouragements.
    Indeed I agree with you whole-heartedly there is no need to rush. This is a huge turning point for Olympus cameras in term of Image Quality output, I am sure in the future more magnificent products will be lined up. It is very promising to see such change, and we have all been faithfully waiting for this moment.
    I am glad to hear that the E-M5 is doing well in Thailand !! 150 pre-orders already, that is insane !!

    Hello Anonymous,
    Please at least leave a name the next time you post a comment, thanks.
    Yes, I will be discussing about the IS in the coming entries. it is very good indeed.

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  121. Robin, great review and pictures. I am sure a lot of people will now be on order for this camera. I am curious to know if there was the kit lens that came along with the loan camera. Most of your shots were taken using pretty good and fast prime (not sure if they are also Olympus). Point is, a lot of new potential users will probably go with the kit lens, but would the picture outcome be any different? I tend to think so.

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  122. Hi Dennis,
    Thanks for your kind comments.
    I understand that most people would start with the kit lens. You will get very similar image quality (color, contrast, overall sharpness). The only drawback would be less fine details being captured. This is a known fact: zoom lenses will never surpass prime lenses in capturing fine details.

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  123. Hi Robin,
    excellent work!! I'm very intrested about the video quality and test it in my FCP...
    Do you think it will be possible if you can upload some original .mov clips just like they come out of the camera?
    That will be very helpfull to get a closer view of the video capabilities.

    Cheers!

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  124. Hello Andres,
    There will be a dedicated blog entry that we will talk about the video files.
    At the moment we already have a .MOV file straight out of camera uploaded.
    Check out my friend Sanjit's video here:
    http://fullcirclepix.com/blog/?p=633

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  125. Thank you Robin,
    I saw the video in YouTube, but YouTube always compress the video to .flv and has only 2 Mbps, when OM-D has 20 Mbps.
    So when you make the video review (hope soon) It will be great if you can upload the original file so we can downloaded and see the real quality.

    Thanks!

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  126. Hello Andres,
    Your request is noted, will do so for some short clips.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

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  127. Hi Robin, nice test and nice camera.
    I would like to know if you have tested the Voigtlaender 25mm f0.9 lens on a olympus camera ?
    http://www.voigtlaender.de/cms/voigtlaender/voigtlaender_cms.nsf/id/pa_mft_lenses.html

    thanks
    Sebastian

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  128. Hi Robin,
    Was researching the new OM-D E-M5 when I came across your review. So glad I did! Your review is awsome! They say there is no perfect camera out there, and until now I think they were right, however, I think after a long awaited search I have finally found the perfect camera, and you have alot to do with that. Your review, as I mentioned, is nothing short of being awsome to say the least. I am a avid fan of reviews, and depend on them in all areas. Your review speaks authenticity in a big way due to it being more personal,honest, and letting the reviewer know all things up front. thank you Robin! I'm diffenately a fan! Good work! Brent A. Olsen

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  129. Thanks Sebastian,
    No I did not have that lens to test on, sorry !

    Thanks Brent for such kind and encouraging comments. I really appreciate it.
    Glad that you found my review helpful. It is all about being practical, and I hope others can benefit from this too.

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  130. Robin. Absolutely fabulous work on the EM5 blog. Thank you. Convinced me it was good enough to let go of the NEX 5n for the sake of better primes and other features.

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  131. Thanks MT !! Sony is a great system, it just needs time for the lens collection to mature.

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  132. Hey Robin... thanks a lot! Reading your blog just costed me $1800 (Canadian) dollars!
    Ordered the E-M5 Kit + Pan25 f1.4 + FL300R (Free from Olympus)

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  134. Robin,great write up on this camera! I likely will get the camera with the zoom lens kit. Would you please suggest a fast prime lens for this camera?

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    1. Hi Amy,
      Thanks for the kind compliments !! Any micro 4/3 primes work just fine. Olympus 12mm F2, 45mm F1.8, or Panasonic 14mm F2.5, 25mm F1.4. Which lens to choose depends on your shooting style and preference. Do you need wide angle or medium telephoto? What do you shoot most often?

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    2. Robin, thanks for the suggestion. I travel a lot. I shoot landscapes, small groups of people who travel with me in action and not in still mode, and occasionally portraits of the birthday boy or girl. I seldom if ever enlarge my shots to more than 5 X 7. I believe a fast AF and small size enthusiast camera like this will work for me. We cannot get this in Canada yet. The camera store guy told me not to get Olympus as he believed the company is going under. Do you think this is true. He recommended the sony NEX 7 which has a small body but a big bulky lens due to APS sensor. I also think it's autofocus and shutter lag is not as fast as the olympus OM.

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    3. Non-sense !! Olympus is far from going under, it is doing well, recovering. Their medical business itself will sustain and with the looks of things on the OM-D, they should do just fine. No need to worry about that.
      Sony is not exactly in very good shape either, mainly affected by the Thailand flood, with productions being slowed down everywhere. Nonetheless, I am sure Sony will be catching up in no time too.

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    4. Sony isn't doing well at all. They just announced they would lay off 10% of their global workforce.
      The problem with the NEX7 is the big bulky lenses. It completely defeats the purposes of have a mirrorless compact camera.

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  135. Thanks for the information on Olympus. When the camera is available in Canada in the end of April, I plan to buy the body, plus the Panasonic 20mm fixed focus pancake f1.7 lens, plus the all in one zoom Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 Zuiko lens. I am buying this camera for travel and low light indoors and most important fast autofocus to catch my subjects in motion e.g. children. Can you give me your opinion on the autofocus speed and shutter lag in this combination of lenses with the OM-D? Do you know if the kit lens (12-50 mm f3.5-6.3)which is packaged with the camera is engineered specifically for the OM-D for fast autofocus performance? Thanks!

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  136. Robin i am gonna buy that camera i hope the kit lenses produce the same with ur powerfull lenses

    thanks for the great review

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  137. your review and photos are impacting my decision to go with this camera as an alternative to my larger dslr. i cannot wait to get my hands on it! :) thanks for sharing

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  138. Thank you for your great review, Robin!! I like the fact that you have shown things in such detail and yet in such simple terms that amateurs like me can understand.

    You have given me all the answers to my questions about the camera (without even needing to ask out). It could not have come out at a better time than now when I am looking for another camera (I am using a Nikon D7000, but I have come to point that I need another camera in case one needs to go for service and repairs). Will buy it next week!!

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  140. You know robin you are a great photographer and this OM-D is absolutely fantastic !!!

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  141. Robin, love your work both the pictures and the review. Have you shot any sports action with the OM-D?

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  142. Is it other compatible lens available in the market?

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