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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 material Magnesium alloy body
Lens mount Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 ” Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 12.3 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 13.1 Megapixels
Type TruePic V+
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
Viewfinder type Eye-level Pentaprism type optical viewfinder
Field of view Approx. 100 %
Magnification Approx. 1.15 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre
Depth of field preview Yes Preview button
Eye point 20 mm
Diopter adjustment Yes -3.0 – +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Focusing screen Interchangeable type
Mirror Quick return mirror
Eye piece shutter built-in type
Live View
Displayed information 100% 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
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 5 EV steps
Shutter speed range 2 – 1/8000 s
Focusing System
Method TTL phase difference detection system
Focus areas 11 points / fully biaxial, automatic and manual selection
AF illuminator Yes , Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
AF tracking Yes , Available in continuous AF mode
Detection range -2 – 19 EV (ISO 100)
Modes Manual focus, Single AF, Single AF + MF, Continuous AF, Continuous AF + MF
Exposure System
Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
ISO bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
Modes Programme automatic, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Auto gain control Yes
Frame assistance Live View
Max. number of frames 4 frames (shooting)
4 frames (editing)
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 1 – 20 EV (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
Modes ESP 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
Auto ISO 200 – 6400
Manual ISO 100 – 6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Anti Shock Yes release delay: 1/8 – 30 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/8000 – 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed A priority 1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed S priority 1/8000 – 60 s
Shutter speed scene mode 1/8000 – 60 s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Hybrid detection system with High-speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor
Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 – 7500 K)
White balance adjustment +/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K – 14000K)
One-touch white balance 1 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Preset values Overcast, Shade, Tungsten, Sunlight, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3
Sequence Shooting
Speed (L) 1 – 4 fps
Speed (H) 5 fps
JPEG Mode Up to the card capacity with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB
RAW Mode 16 frames
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Engine TruePic V+
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Yellow, Orange, Red, Green in Black & White and Sepia mode.
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
Gradation 4 levels
Internal Flash
Guide number 13 (ISO 100)
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
Modes AUTO, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
Bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/250 s / 1/8000 s
Modes Auto, 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 flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Number of channels 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 ”
Resolution 920000 dots
BrightCapture Yes
Brightness adjustment 15 levels
Level Gauge
Detection 2-axis
Display Rear LCD monitor, viewfinder, control panel
Top Display
Displayed information Activated 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 information Metering 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 information AF 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
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes parallel recording
JPEG compression 1/2.7, 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

RAW 4032 x 3024 compressed / 14 MB / frame
Large 4032 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
Middle 3200 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
Small 1600 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 mode HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / SD 640 x 480 (4:3)
Max. recording time 14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD)
Frame rate 30 fps
Max. file size 2 GB
Sound Recording System
Sound recording Yes , format: Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, WAV
Internal microphone Mono
Speaker Yes
External microphone Optional
View Images
Index Yes 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
Calendar Yes
Zoom Yes 2 – 14 x
Slide show Yes
Auto rotation Yes
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Off / On Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single, Selected
Copy mode Single, All, Selected
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
Aspect ratio Yes
Menu languages in camera English, 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 download Additional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
Customisation Options
Fn Button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, AF home setting, MF, record format, exposure mode, My Mode, underwater modes
Custom preset options 2
My Mode 4 settings storable
Power Supply
Battery BLM-5 Li-Ion battery (included)
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Temperature 0 – 40 °C operating temperature / -20 – 60 °C storage temperature
Humidity 30 – 90 % operation humidity / 10 – 90 % storage humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D) 142.5 x 116.5 x 74.5 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 800 g (body only)
Media CF/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 Speed Yes
Video out Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
Infrared Yes
DC input Yes
Synchro socket Yes
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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