ProfessionalPhotoTips has published a new review on the Olympus. A pretty good review overall, but they haven’t really bothered to test the image quality of the, but rather discounted it based on the size of the sensor alone. As you and I all know that the size isn’t everything, and the‘s sensor hold its own against the best APS-C based cameras.
Their verdict: I consider the styling and build quality of the OM-Das being equal to the best compact system cameras around, especially with the grip and battery pack attached. Also, by using the micro four thirds to OM mount adapter old OM lenses can find a new lease of life on this body. Among other things, the high-class feel of the camera and higher pixel count make the E-M5 the best Olympus model yet.
Some will be put off by the price, especially once accessories such as the grip are added. The camera does include an EVF, though, which would be an extra cost of approximately $230 for users of the Pen system.
At its price point, many people are likely to be disappointed that Olympus chose to keep the four thirds sensor, instead of opting for a new larger unit that would have improved image quality. After all, this is a new line of cameras that could have had a fresh start. However, image detail is crisp and large prints can be produced from fine-quality image files. Furthermore, the E-M5 is part of a large system with numerous optics already available, and the format allows the camera and lenses to be compact in size.
For the utmost in image quality, there are better cameras out there, but for this type of system the E-M5 is, right now, about as good as it gets.