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Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5

The Olympus E-5 is the latest E-series camera from Olympus. It boasts a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a 3.0-inch 920k-dot swiveling LCD, 720p HD movie recording capability, SD and CF slots, in-body image stabilization and a new processor that E-3 owners and Olympus fans will be happy about.

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The Olympus E-5 is a highly capable and rugged imaging tool that can produce high image quality at low sentivitiy settings. And it is built splash-proof and dust-proof to satisfy the most stringent demands of DSLR photography.

While Olympus fans will be glad to know the E-5’s specs and capabitlities, others may be put off by some of the limits of the comparitively smaller and lower-resolution sensor. And at around £1500, the Olympus E-5 current price is unlikely to persuade too many users. The price seems steep compared to competition: the price of Nikon D300s is around £1,035 and the Canon 7D price is around £1,150.

Technical Specs

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– Large viewfinder with professional-level coverage of 100% and 1.15x magnification for accurate image control
– Spotless photography with most effective dust reduction system (Supersonic Wave Filter)
– Splashproof body and lens system
– Professional quality shutter life of 150K operations

Image Quality
– High-performance built-in image stabiliser to stabilise all lenses (up to 5 EV steps) with two modes
– High Speed 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
– High image quality with a variety of bright dedicated-to-digital ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses
– TruePic V+ image processor

– Fully-biaxial high-speed 11-point AF system
– 1/8000th sec. high-speed and high-precision shutter control, X: 1/250

– High-resolution 3 inch 921000 dots Dual Axis Swivel Hyper Crystal LCD
– Dramatic Tone Art Filter and 9 additional Art Filters give endless imaging ideas
– Nine aspect ratios
– Built-in Wireless flash control with commander function
– Multi-exposure mode

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– Dust and splashproof magnesium alloy body
– Spotless photography with most effective dust reduction system (Supersonic Wave Filter)
– Fully biaxial high-speed 11 point AF system
– 1/8000 sec. high-speed and high-precision shutter control
– High-performance built-in image stabiliser to stabilise all lenses
– Multi-angle HyperCrystal LCD with Live View for greatest flexibility and real-time monitoring
– Large viewfinder with 100% field of view for accurate image control
– Professional working tool in terms of speed, quality and durability
– 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
– Great image performance and large variety of bright dedicated-to-digital lenses thanks to Four Thirds Standard
– Live simulation function (effective monitoring)
– Pre-control over White Balance & exposure compensation
– Preview of shadow adjustment technology (SAT) for maximum image results
– 5x/7x/10x magnified view for precise focusing
– Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
– Ergonomic design of body, control buttons and GUI for easy operation
– AE/AF lock functionality for individual customisation
– High Sensitivity
– Accurate White Balance with two sensors
– High-speed data writing and lossless compression for quick processing
– Second control panel display for direct view
– Optional power grip ideal for portrait shooting and long battery life
– USB 2.0 High Speed
– Simultaneous writing of RAW & JPEG
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Body materialMagnesium alloy body
Lens mountFour Thirds mount
Image Sensor
Type4/3 ” Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels12.3 Megapixels
Filter arrayPrimary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution13.1 Megapixels
TypeTruePic V+
Dust reduction filterSupersonic Wave Filter
Viewfinder typeEye-level Pentaprism type optical viewfinder
Field of viewApprox. 100 %
MagnificationApprox. 1.15 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre
Depth of field previewYes Preview button
Eye point20 mm
Diopter adjustmentYes -3.0 – +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Focusing screenInterchangeable type
MirrorQuick return mirror
Eye piece shutterbuilt-in type
Live View
Displayed information100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram
Image Stabiliser
TypeSensor shift
ModesTwo-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation RangeUp to 5 EV steps
Shutter speed range2 – 1/8000 s
Focusing System
MethodTTL phase difference detection system
Focus areas11 points / fully biaxial, automatic and manual selection
AF illuminatorYes , Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lockYes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
AF trackingYes , Available in continuous AF mode
Detection range-2 – 19 EV (ISO 100)
ModesManual focus, Single AF, Single AF + MF, Continuous AF, Continuous AF + MF
Exposure System
Exposure compensation+/- 5 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
ISO bracketing3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
ModesProgramme automatic, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Auto gain controlYes
Frame assistanceLive View
Max. number of frames4 frames (shooting)
4 frames (editing)
Light Metering
MethodTTL open aperture light metering
Zones49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range1 – 20 EV (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
ModesESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filter
Dramatic Tone
Grainy Film
Pin Hole
Pop Art
Soft Focus
Pale & Light Colour
Light Tone
Gentle Sepia
Cross Process
AutoISO 200 – 6400
ManualISO 100 – 6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter typeComputerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter releaseSoft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer12 s / 2 s
Anti ShockYes release delay: 1/8 – 30 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range1/8000 – 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb modeUp to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shutter speed P, Ps1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed A priority1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed S priority1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed scene mode1/8000 – 60 s
White Balance
AUTO WB systemHybrid detection system with High-speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor
Selectable steps in Kelvin7 steps (3000 – 7500 K)
White balance adjustment+/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
Custom WB1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K – 14000K)
One-touch white balance1 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Preset valuesOvercast, Shade, Tungsten, Sunlight, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3
Sequence Shooting
Speed (L)1 – 4 fps
Speed (H)5 fps
JPEG ModeUp to the card capacity with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB
RAW Mode16 frames
Image Processing
Colour spacesRGB / AdobeRGB
EngineTruePic V+
Sharpness + Contrast5 levels
Saturation5 levels
Contrast5 levels
Black & White filterYellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toningYellow, Orange, Red, Green in Black & White and Sepia mode.
Picture modeVivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
Gradation4 levels
Internal Flash
Guide number13 (ISO 100)
Flash compensation+/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
ModesAUTO, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
Bracketing3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
External Flash Control
X-sync speed1/250 s / 1/8000 s
ModesAuto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity+/- 3 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Compatible external flashFL-50R, FL-36R
Control methodTriggered and controlled by built-in flash light
ModesTTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Number of channels4 channels
Group setting3 groups
Monitor size7.6 cm / 3.0 ”
Resolution920000 dots
Brightness adjustment15 levels
Level Gauge
DisplayRear LCD monitor, viewfinder, control panel
Top Display
Displayed informationActivated AF points, BKT notification, B/W mode notification, Drive mode, Exposure compensation indicatior, Exposure mode, Flash mode, Focus mode, ISO, Metering mode, Number of storable frames, Record mode, White balance, White balance compensation value, Back light timer
Super Control Panel
Displayed informationMetering mode, Exposure mode, Aperture value, Shutter speed, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Exposure compensation indicatior, AE bracketing, ISO, Colour space, Picture mode, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, AEL notification, Flash mode, Focus mode, AF frame, Drive mode, Record mode, Number of storable frames, Memory card, Battery indicator
Super Control Panel (Flash)
Displayed informationAF illuminator disactivated notification, AEL notification, Aperture value, Bracketing, Built-in flash intensity, Colour space, Exposure compensation indicatior, Exposure mode, Flash compensation value, Group settings, Noise reduction, Shutter speed, Wireless channel setting
Recording Formats
RAW12 bit
RAW & JPEGYes parallel recording
JPEG compression1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SHQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ

Image Size

RAW4032 x 3024 compressed / 14 MB / frame
Large4032 x 3024 Super Fine / 8.2 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 5.7 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.7 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.8 MB / frame
Middle3200 x 2400 Super Fine / 5.4 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 3.4 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Super Fine / 3.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 2.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.8 MB / frame
Small1600 x 1200 Super Fine / 1.3 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.9 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.5 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.4 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Super Fine / 0.9 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.6 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.3 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Super Fine / 0.3 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.4 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Super Fine / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
Movie Recording System
Movie modeHD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / SD 640 x 480 (4:3)
Max. recording time14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD)
Frame rate30 fps
Max. file size2 GB
Sound Recording System
Sound recordingYes , format: Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, WAV
Internal microphoneMono
External microphoneOptional
View Images
IndexYes 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
ZoomYes 2 – 14 x
Slide showYes
Auto rotationYes
Light boxYes
Histogram in playback modeYes
Shooting informationOff / On Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modesSingle, All, Selected
Image protect modeSingle, Selected
Copy modeSingle, All, Selected
Image Editing
RAW data editYes
Red-eye reductionYes
Black & WhiteYes
Correction of saturationYes
Shadow AdjustmentYes
Aspect ratioYes
Menu languages in cameraEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Menu languages by downloadAdditional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
Customisation Options
Fn ButtonOff, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, AF home setting, MF, record format, exposure mode, My Mode, underwater modes
Custom preset options2
My Mode4 settings storable
Power Supply
BatteryBLM-5 Li-Ion battery (included)
Sleep mode1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Temperature0 – 40 °C operating temperature / -20 – 60 °C storage temperature
Humidity30 – 90 % operation humidity / 10 – 90 % storage humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)142.5 x 116.5 x 74.5 mm (without protrusions)
Weight800 g (body only)
MediaCF/SD Dual-Slot, CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), SD Memory Card(SDHC/SDXC compatible) Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting
USB 2.0 High SpeedYes
Video outYes NTSC or PAL selectable
DC inputYes
Synchro socketYes
HDMI™Yes Mini connector (type C)


Pros and Cons

Good picture quality at low sensitivity
Fast and accurate autofocus
Customisable controls
Solid construction
Articulated LCD

Some highlight clipping
Weaker at high ISO
Lower resolution than competition
Smaller than normal sensor
Still quite large considering small sensor
Autofocus lacks some high-end features
Steep price in comparison to competition

Olympus E-5 Photos

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source: olympus.co.uk

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