Olympus Pen E-PM2 review at Amateur Photographer: Excellent image quality and AF speed, but limited external control.

"Don't be put off or fooled by the rather simplistic menu layout and the art filters, which may not be to everyone's taste. The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is a very capable little camera, and would be ideal for someone looking for a CSC for occasional use alongside a more advanced DSLR. It will be interesting to see how the new Pen E-PL5 (Pen Lite) fares in our test in a few weeks' time, and to see exactly what features it adds to the Olympus Pen range.

Those wanting an experience and image quality more on a par with using a DSLR may be better served by the Sony NEX or Samsung NX ranges, but as far as a small, light CSC is capable of producing good images, you can't go far wrong with the E-PM2." . . . read more

Thoughts on the Olympus Body Cap Lens, by Simon Goldsworthy

Maybe this idea Olympus had about a body cap lens ain't so bad after all:

"Optically this lens is a little bit pants. The corners are soft and a little smeary. There is also quite a bit of vignetting. However, it’s enjoyable to shoot with because you have to shift your shooting style to compensate for the narrow (fixed) aperture and manual focus. To be fair the centre is sharp even if the corners are not." . . . read more

Does the Olympus E-PL5 come with better image quality than the E-M5? Pekka Potka says no.

Ever since the disclosure of the fact that the E-PL5 comes without an anti-aliasing filter, speculation about the superiority or not of its image quality has going on around the interwebs at an increasing pace. Now Pekka Potka attempts to put an end to the speculation, by going over the output from the two cameras with a big loupe in hand:

"Olympus (like others) has been developing their anti-moiré algorithms all the time to make ever thinner low-pass filters possible. That´s good for image sharpness. Already OM-D has a relatively thin low-pass filter and the importance of . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 Review at the Photography Blog

This may not by the top of the line Olympus camera on the market, but it offers top of the line image quality. This review comes with an asterisk however, for reasons unknown to us the reviewer chose to shoot a great lot of the sample pictures at some detail squashing apertures, all the way up to a fizzying f16 (!). Excerpt:

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PL5 . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at Digital Camera Info: Impressive hardware but confusing menus.

"It’s hard not to root for the scrappy little XZ-2. It packs a lot of desirable features into a compact package, and does it with a sense of style that’s distinctly Olympus (Olympian?). The XZ-2’s build quality and design are virtually unimpeachable, and the company has clearly put a lot of effort into trying to make it stand out from the pack. A . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at PhotographyBlog: Should probably be on your shopping list.

"The XZ-2 ticks most of the boxes that any experienced photographer is looking for - “sensible” 12 megapixel count, a very fast lens, raw file support, a reliable 35 multi-point AF system and a well implemented manual exposure mode complete with an optional live histogram. Add in the high-resolution, tilting LCD screen, touchscreen controls, the . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review by Robin Wong: Good enough for street photography.

Robin Wong's reviews are really image sample heavy, and that's a good thing when the subject is cameras. He is also offering many of his real-life street images as full sized downloads. Good guy Robin:

"The Olympus XZ-2 performs very well in autofocus generally. The focusing was extremely fast at widest end of 28mm, but as I zoomed in to the longest end, 112mm, in some occasions, the lens hunts a little, but will always lock in focus. . . . read more

Backscatter chooses the best underwater cameras for 2012, the year of the mirrorless.

Splashy times!:

"In 2012, we've studied a landscape that has changed considerably from previous years. Point and shoot options are fewer and further between, but exciting new low-cost options such as the GoPro and interchangable lens mirrorless cameras like the Olympus PEN now provide alternate options for the shooter who is not interested in traveling with a bulky SLR system. . . . read more

Ephotozine's Olympus OM-D E-M5 2-Month User Review

The user in question is Paul Morgan:

"There is no such thing as the perfect camera but Olympus really have hit the mark with the OM-D EM-5 and I believe that it does come very close, with just the right balance between image quality and features, and there’s one heck of an amount of the good stuff packed under its hood. . . . read more

Pekka Potka tests the Olympus 15mm f8 'Body cap lens'

But he has run out of colour, so, only black and white pics. He doesn't like it a lot either:

"Aperture f/8 is far too dim to be usable (without flash) casually in a traditional P&S style whenever, if you expect normally sharp images. You really have to set your eye and mind to f/8 and work with the consequensies of it, namely blur. Or then . . . read more

Panasonic 14-45 mm vs Olympus 12-50 mm at CameraErgonomics.com

A very interesting comparison, mostly summed up in this phrase:

"The combination of  lower microcontrast, more uncorrected chromatic aberration and more local flare means that in general photographic use the Oly 12-50 mm lens, even when correctly focussed,  will often deliver less satisfying image quality than . . . read more

Olympus releases new firmware for the OM-D/E-M5, still no fix for the Panasonic 20mm lens high iso banding issue.

And here's the changelog, it seems they fixed the IS noise issue among other things:

(Oct. 2, 2012) Operating sounds in the photo ready mode were decreased. . . . read more

Reuters: Sony set for $642 million investment in Olympus for a 10% stake.

"Rocked by an accounting scandal over falsified financial statements and hidden investment losses, camera and endoscope maker Olympus needs cash to fix its finances. In the year to March 31 it booked a net loss of 49 billion yen.

In June its ratio of shareholders' equity to total assets fell to 2.2 percent, from 4.6 percent in March. The figure is a . . . read more

DXO Mark: Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best of the micro four third cameras.

That means it beats the other m4/3 top dogs like the GX1 and the GH2, and even current Aps-c classics like the Canon 7D:

"With a DxOMark Overall Score 15 points better than those obtained by its 16 Mpix micro 4:3 Panasonic competitors, the G3 and the GX1, the OM-D takes a comfortable lead and offers a significant competitive advantage. . . . read more

Olympus and former executives plead guilty, faces up to 10 years in jail.

This disgraceful story that nearly killed off Olympus is finally reaching the end, and the news ain't good for Kikukawa san:

"Former Olympus chairman, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, has pleaded guilty to charges of falsifying accounts, covering up losses of $1.7bn(£1.1bn), in a trial that begins today"

Nikon D800 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 side by side video shootout: Olympus wins, mostly.

"Olympus's new flagship Micro four thirds camera the OM-D E-M5 Versus Nikon's Shiny new D800 Full frame shoooter. (& yes, dedicated reviews of both cameras are coming soon ;) )

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the fantastic M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.8
The Nikon D800 with the much lusted after Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G...
It's as close as makes no real difference an equivalent (effective) focal length FOV on each camera.
(the D800 is full frame, and the E-M5 has a 2x crop factor, giving the 45mm lens an 35mm equivalent focal length of 90mm)
. . . read more

Olympus unveils the Stylus XZ-2, a pocket battleship with a very bright lens.

Olympus Press Release

STYLUS flagship sets standard for high-end compacts Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 takes category by storm

Ultra-bright, ultra-easy and ultra-high quality . . . read more

Olympus releases the E-PL5 and E-PM2, two new m4/3 cameras tricked out with OM-D technology.

Both cameras to be available from late October. Stuff common with the E-M5 include the 16 mpixel sensor itself and the 'Truepic V' image processor.

Olympus (US) Press Release . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 VS Olympus E-M5 comparison at Ephotozine

"The Sony NEX-6 has built in Wi-Fi, as well as Sony PlayMemories apps, to allow additional features such as Picture Effects+, Bracket Pro, Multi-frame NR, Remote Control / Mobile App, Direct upload to Facebook / PlayMemories, Timelapse, Cinematic Photo (portion of the photo is animated), with additional apps likely to be available on the Sony PlayMemories website. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has some features that no other cameras have such as the LIVEBULB mode that shows you the photo developing on-screen when shooting in low-light." . . . read more

OLympus E-M5 reviewed at the Luminous Landscape, declared best MFT camera ever.

Ok, we spoiled the verdict of the review for you, but by now it should be expected. The E-M5  is a firm candidate for the camera of the year award, at least in the mirrorless segment.  From the review:

"The bottom line on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (other than its convoluted name) is that it's the best Micro Four Thirds cameras yet, . . . read more

Olympus OMD EM5 Memory Card Test By Giulio Sciorio: Eye-Fi X2 Pro is good, Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB 95MB/s is best.

"As you can see a quality card makes a big difference in write speed which translates to less photo opportunities lost and the cost differences are minimal. With the exception of the Eye-Fi card the only card I could suggest is the Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB 95MB/s. The 45MB/s version is still available but is discontinued and don’t even bother with a Class 4 card.

Of all the card I do have the most fun with the Eye-Fi card. Shooting wirelessly to my iPhone while its in my pocket is great! I’m able to go from the Pen or OMD to the iPhone or iPad for a quick edit then to Instagram to share in no time at all. I’m . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 review at the Photography Blog

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the OM-D E-M5 is the first MFT model to equal the results from leading cameras like the Sony NEX-7. Noise doesn't rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-M5 . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 takes to the sky, flies beautifully.

Vimeo user Casey Van Nyhuis puts the E-M5 on a quad RC copter for a spin. The result is a very smooth video, another testament to the excellent IBIS Olympus has enginneered into this camera, easily matching the performance from a much more expensive stabilizer rig:

"Olympus just arrived on Friday so i thought i'd take it out for a test flight today. Will take a bit of learning when it comes to . . . read more

On the road with the Olympus E-M5, by Robin Steel

Robin Steel, the Photo Travel Asia guy takes the E-M5 with him to the Fijuan coast of southern China, writing about his findings along the way. And he sure likes to write:

"Lets cut to the chase, this is an absolutely outstanding travel camera, it's . . . read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review at ePhotozine

The E-M5 continues it's tour-de-force, now landing some impressive results over at the ePZ:

"For anyone doubting the ability of mirrorless / compact system cameras, this is the camera that should answer a lot of concerns. It has a weather-sealed compact body, an excellent range of lenses and most importantly excellent image quality - that is . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 review by DP Review

The Olympus E-M5 has apparently left a very positive impression on the DP Review team, they douse it with phrases like "the most capable Micro Four Thirds cameras we've reviewed" and "arguably the most likeable mirrorless model yet":

"The E-M5 can't completely overcome the light capture disadvantage brought by its smaller sensor, compared to APS-C, but it  . . . read more

Olympus issues minor firmware update for the E-M5

The camera may not be on the shelves yet (in most of the world, anyway), but here's the first (minor) firmware upgrade, with the following fixes: 

the focal length display for powerzoom lenses has been improved and operation with SDXC cards larger than 48Gb is now more stable.

That's it.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Field review by Michael Gakuran

A nice, pretty extensive review, especially interesting for those that consider upgrading to the E-M5 from other Olympus cameras, like the E-P3:

"The new weather-sealed magnesium alloy body feels really good in the hand. At 425g with battery, the camera has a marvellously pleasant heft to it and lovely grip with protruding thumb ‘hook’ that enables stable handholding. The two new dials on top of the camera . . . read more

Olympus issues new firmware for M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens

Here's what's fixed:

Performance of image stabilizer in macro mode when used with E-M5 in the OM-D series has been improved.
The Zoom Resume (similar to Olympus' RESET LENS OFF) function for electric zoom lenses when used with Panasonic cameras is now supported.

Olympus issues firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 and E-5

Olympus has just released firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 as well as for the veteran E-5. The updates improves compatibility with SDXC cards of 48GB capacity and higher, and  wireless flash control using RC capable Olympus flashes has been enhanced for the E-PM1 and E-PL3. . . . read more

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