Olympus E-5 Review

Announced Sep 14, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

The E-5 isn't meant to appeal to the mass market, and we suspect that it won't. However, as a flagship for the established Four Thirds system, it succeeds brilliantly. The E-5 is capable of excellent results, and its tank-like body should take years of abuse. Unfortunately, comparably poor image quality at high ISO settings, and restricted dynamic range make it less competitive than it could be.

Good for

Low ISO, bright light shooting, and working in tough conditions

Not so good for

Anything where speed, dynamic range or high ISO image quality are critical

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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Movie / video mode