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.
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||4032 x 3024|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|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|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|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″)|
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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