I am an Olympus E-3 user. And recently at the Olympus User Gathering sponsor by Olympus Malaysia.. i finally have a chance to test the Olympus E-5 the Olympus flagship SLR aim to replace Olympus E-3. I was hoping that the E-5 would meet my lust to upgrade my old trusty Olympus E-3.
When i first glance at the Olympus E-5 it look so similar with Olympus E-3. Well i was hoping for a smaller and lighter version of Olympus E-5 but i guess the engineers in Olympus all have big hands...and the body of the Olympus E-5 is made of the same magnesium alloy body...Why cant they make it smaller????
The first thing i test is not the sharpness nor the dramatic tone art filter so overhype by many reviewers. The first thing i test is actually the C-AF because i was never satisfy with E-3 C-AF. This AutoFocus mode is suppose to track moving object. I ask my fellow friend blu to help me hold a spoon and keep on moving from left to right at a very slow speed. Then i set the Olympus E-5 to C-Af mode hoping to grab few usable pictures of the hand holding the spoon. Well the results is not encouraging. It is still the crappy C-AF Olympus E-3 have. Well for E-3 users hoping to get a better C-AF on E-5 ..forget about it.. Maybe i test it wrongly but if the claim as having one of the world fastest AF is true then a moving hand holding a spoon should not be a problem!!
LOW LIGHT ISO
i was not expecting miracle on low light iso performance because basically this is the same sensor as the one inside Olympus E-P2. I have a few photographragh taken during the gathering at high iso. Double click on the image to enlarge. You can judge for yourself whether it is good or not. If you compare it with E-3 well you will definitely find improvement. However comparing it with Nikon d90 and even Olympus E-P2 will leave you dissapointed. Dissapointed not because it is bad but i expect more from a flagship camera.
Thanks god olympus realize that the XD card should be remove from the flagship SLR. XD card is not the industry standard and it is a very slow card...the write speed is rediculous for a flagship SLR!!
Err come on if i want to use fun art filter i would opt for a m43 camera like epl1
AF Assist Light
Yes this flagship SLR DO NOT have AF assist Light..What a shame...
Ok i think i need to explain more here..i know we can use the pop up flash as AF assist light but the burst of strobing white lights on your subject or model isn;t exactly what i have in mind. i am expecting something like the continuos red light or even white lights as the AF assist light. Dont the engineer understand strobing light / flashing light will annoy your subject or model..i mean come on even point and shoot like Lx3 have it..and panasonic Gf1 have it and even nikon D90 have it right..
The detail is the strongest pro of this flagship SLR. In fact this would be the only main attraction.
Other feature is plus minus the same with Olympus E-3. I cant find any main attraction to make me fall in love with it...it lack SOUL...or perhaps Olympus announcement on this is the last SLR from Olympus make me take a step back and reevaluate whether should i upgrade or not..Conclusion is i would not get one because of lack of substance and expensive. At rm5600 i would have go for the nikon D7000 or canon 7D which has much more better offering than E-5...
you can view the unedited out of the camera jpeg here (full size)