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Here is a gallery of the first images we have taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

So what do you think so far?

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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

Looking at the pics, first impressions are that the 12-50mm is actually a pretty good performer, though not as good as the 45mm f1.8 (I wouldn't expect it to be and that 45mm hasn't been too kind to the model, either!). ISO 6400 looks like it can be used as a matter of routine, ISO 12800 looks pretty amazing for a 4/3 sensor, but predictably ISO 25600 takes a bit of a tumble. If these shots are typical of what the camera can produce at those sensitivities then it is indeed a remarkable achievement. It will be interesting to see what high ISO is like in raw files. What do you think, Ian, having seen the full resolution files?
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

I'm impressed by the high ISO samples, the 12800 jpeg looks usable and the 6400 samples look as good as my 800 ISO images from my E-3 (at least on first inspection). The kit lens looks pretty sharp as well.

Thanks for posting these images. I trust you are having a good time in Amsterdam.
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

I'd like to see a landscape photo taken at ISO 200 with an E-M5 and a Pen both with the same lens.
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

Some of the pictures are very good, but I will wait for full resolution samples to judge the image quality (ie. pixel-peep) .
There are some RAW files on the internet, but I was not able to play with them yet - will have to wait for proper RAW converter support (ACR).

By the way, was there a chance to try 3D-tracking with burst shooting?
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

I'm pretty impressed so far. The photos with the 45 are especially sharp and detailed, with low noise and the great color we've come to expect. The 12-50, in comparison, looks good, but not outstanding. The high-ISO samples also look very good (though RAW files would of course be more instructive). Based on these samples, I wouldn't hesitate to use ISO 3200 when the light gets low. Even 6400 looks good if fine detail isn't so important, or some graininess is acceptable for the mood. The only major disappointment is that I have to wait at least two months to get my E-M5. Can't wait to try it with my 4/3 lenses, and the Pan-Leica 25 I'm going to order.

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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

I have seen some of the RAW pictures from a French site, in full resolution and they are amazing. My E-3 looks very old after seeing these pictures. This technology in an E-5 body would be really nice for us with 4/3 lenses. When you look at the pictures, remember that they are all shot with a pre release firmware.
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

Can someone explain the benefits of pre-ordering? What I mean is that when all of your pre-ordered E-M5's arrive (approx. mid-April) won't all the major Olympus dealers have substantial inventory by then anyway? In other words, if I place an order with B&H on April 15, can I reasonably expect to get the camera in just two days as usual using their inexpensive UPS 2 day option? Or is it likely B&H, Amazon, Adorama, etc., will all be out of stock and severely backordered around April 15?
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Re: Image samples from a pre-production Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Can someone explain the benefits of pre-ordering? What I mean is that when all of your pre-ordered E-M5's arrive (approx. mid-April) won't all the major Olympus dealers have substantial inventory by then anyway? In other words, if I place an order with B&H on April 15, can I reasonably expect to get the camera in just two days as usual using their inexpensive UPS 2 day option? Or is it likely B&H, Amazon, Adorama, etc., will all be out of stock and severely backordered around April 15?
If there is strong initial demand, there is a possibility that there will be stock issues. In the UK there is a free gift in the form of a HLD-6 grip if you pre-order, but I don't think the US is doing this.

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