Thom Hogan finally finishes his Olympus E-M5 review: I trust it for the type of shooting i normally do.

Thom Hogan finally finishes his Olympus E-M5 review: I trust it for the type of shooting i normally do.

I can really see why it took him so long. There are no charts here, no Iso trains, no technical sections, heck not even images (except for one), but in this review they are not needed. It is evident that Thom has poured a lot of labour into this, and reading it will give a better picture of what the Olympus E-M5 really is, better than any review out there.

"This was a tough review to write. Indeed, it's taken me longer than it should have because there have been a series of small things that I wanted to be sure of before committing to them on the site. On the one hand, it was clear to me that I had started carrying the E-M5 instead of a DX DSLR when I needed to go light and small. On the other hand, those menus and options can be frustratingly dense and confusing. Was I perhaps just favoring the light and small and putting up with the complexity? It really takes time to answer that question, and thus the long germination of this review.

In the end, I realized that I had shorthanded the camera: setting it up the way I wanted to shoot and mostly skipping the menu system. That took time to learn how to do and adjust to the way I wanted to shoot, but once done, much of the early frustration I had with the E-M5 just disappeared. Nowhere along the way was I ever really disappointed with the results (images), as long as I avoided fast moving subjects and continuous shooting. Heck, one morning this fall during a dramatic sunrise I found I didn't even bother to get my D600 (24mp FX DSLR) out of my bag but just continued to shoot with the E-M5 I had hanging from my backpack strap. In other words, I trust it for the type of shooting I normally do."

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