Both cameras take great pictures. The Nikon D7000 looks great.
The E-5 was rated by a German site to be the 3rd best DSLR camera. Behind the Canon 1D Mark iv and the Nikon D3s, both $5000 bodies. They failed to mention the D7000. I don't read German but it is a highly rated Photo site. An American, Ken Rockwell rates this camera as the best Nikon under $7500. How ever check out this http://robertbromfield.com/nikon-d7000- ... pressions/
He believes that there is an image problem or lack of sharpness? He prefers the D700 and others the D300 to the D7000. It does have some strong points though.
You say that the Nikon 7000 has better resolution? Why? What is resolution but the ability to record details like lph or line pairs per mm. If the Nikon still is using the old type AA filter then it intentionally blurs the incoming image. It is NOT the number of MP in the sensor. The more MP, the more noise will be generated. That is why the D3S is 12 MP. However, both cameras will do more than either of us need. I suspect that the Olympus will be well ahead on LPH but will lose the ISO race in levels that most of use never use. Now add fine image pixel by pixel processing and you will get great images with the E-5.
What! I just bought a $2ooo telephoto lens and the digital system processing is messing up my image. Yes until NOW. Not with the E-5 because by removing the part of the AA filter that removes moire and miss color matches. Now with 12 MP Olympus told me that their lens will resolve to 60-70 lp/mm. I believe that is around 2600-3300, the same as my Canon 5 D Mark II. (These numbers need to be verified by proper testing, but as a minimum it should equal the D3S resolution at 12 MP). That is amazing and will totally change the way digital images are processed. You watch Canon and Nikon copy this.
As always it many times comes down to what glass do you have already. If you have good Olympus glass then the E-5 is a good choice. If you have no glass then the high cost of Nikon glass might put you in the Olympus area. The cost of Nikon and Canon F2.8 glass is very high and the quality in the past has not been there. It has improved significantly in the past year along with the price going up.
I always ask the question, what do I really need? Map out a dream wish list and compare prices.
So, don't confuse resolution with MP. Even my old E-510 prints great 20x30 in prints. We have sold "2" to our Wedding and portrait customers. That was not the limit of the 510, but the maximum that I have printed.
As I can process with Dxo a noisy 16oo ISO image from my 510, I expect to if needed shoot 6400 ISO. Yes you will lose some detail, but it is normally in the shadows where if you are shooting a F 2.8 lens is going to be blurred anyway.
Yes I want a lower price. I want lots of thing that aren't going to happen. You make an excellent point. Compared to the price point of the Nikon D7000, Olympus should shave off $300 here to say $1200-1400. I bet they will not evaluate the price comparison. But add $200 for in camera IS, add another $200 for remote control of flashes and the price is starting to look not too bad. So, $1500 would compete well. I believe that we pay at least $400 more for IS per lens.
"Pay me now or pay me later rings true here."
This is not a sports camera. It does not shoot 10 images per second only 30 in video mode but compares to the Nikon well (6/5)
Consider with a Canon 5D I have to buy a separate wireless remote control for the flash. It is built in the E-5 along with IS.
Does the Nikon 7000/Canon 5D have built in IS? Noooo. We will pay $1000's because it is not built in. Consider this: A Canon 100-400 f4.5-56 costs $2k. You can get a great 100-400 F2.8 to 3.5 (50-200) lens for about $1k. What really irks me is Canon primes without IS. Not a problem with Olympus. You buy an F 2 100 mm Canon and with no IS you lose 1 to 2 stops for low light. Add IS and you could shoot say 1/40 verse 1/100.
The E-5 and the lenses are water proof. Is the Nikon...noooo but getting better. That CAN be very important if you shoot outdoors and it is raining of someone's wedding day.
I love Nikon. I just can't afford them. The best bang for the buck is Olympus. They just may have been a little late getting this camera to market but it is selling well. If it was out last year, I would have it now and no Canon. As we have lots of outstanding Olympus glass- 12-60, 14-54, 50-200, 8mm, and their great kit lenses. We will be getting one of these puppies for my wife. I wonder how much I will be using it. Put a 50mm F 2 on it and low light will be your friend.
FYI Olympus 12-60 is one of the finest lenses test by what was his name??? Gordon Lang... Check out the review at Camera Labs
So if you want a great camera to shoot out doors then this is it. Don't jump to Nikon unless you have deep pockets. They will get you on their lenses. The new canon 70-200 F2.8 costs here in Canada $3k. That is almost double the cost of the E-5 body. So you can get either the 12-60 or 50-200 for the cost of a Canon 5D body. Grab some of the 510 kit lenses. They have outstanding image quality. One was rated at 4 stars.. outstanding.
Nikon have found the secret to low noise high ISO images. I suspect, that they have low voltage amps on their sensors as the battery consumption is incredibly low. Low noise is a big factor with digital image quality. Thus Nikon will give better ISO response at higher levels. The long term costs of lenses and flashes (Nikon is ahead on flashes also) will be high.
High ISO means poor IQ because DR, color, noise, etc all drop down the curve as we push the limits of the camera. So we fool ourselves or marketing makes us think that this is a good thing. A usable 800-1250 ISO will save flash batteries and helps to keep the IQ higher.
Our portfolio has lots of E-510 images. No one can pick which ones come from the Olympus or the Canon 5D Mark II. All printers print in 8 bits. We use an Epson 4880 so the printer is tops.
You will not go wrong with either camera. The D7000 is much better than the D90 for what I have read and we all seemed to like the D90.