Olympus E-5

Announced Sep 14, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Sep 14, 2010
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The Olympus E-5 replaces the E-3 at the top of its DSLR line. Almost three years after launching its predecessor, the company has refreshed its professional flagship to reflect the features of its latest E-series and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-5 is built around the weather-sealed body of the E-3 and offers a 12Mp Live MOS sensor, 3.0" 920k LCD, Live View with Contrast AF, HD video recording and shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th sec.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200-6400), 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 6400
Lens mount Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II)/SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 800 g (1.76 lb / 28.22 oz)
Dimensions 143 x 117 x 75 mm (5.63 x 4.61 x 2.95)
GPS None

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Our review

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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