Olympus E-5

Last Update (23 May’13):
– Review by AmateurPhotographer

Olympus E-5 is a 12.3MP Digital SLR features 11-point High Precision Fully Twin Cross AF system, Dust reduction system, TRUEPIC V+ Image Processor, 30 frames per second in 720pHD Video, ISO 100-6400, and 3.0″ HyperCrystal TFT swivel LCD monitor. The camera measures (W x H x D) 142 x 116 x 75 mm (5.6 x 4.6 x 2.9 in) and weighs 813 g (1.8 lb).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Olympus E-5 Reviews

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“For current Olympus users this camera provides something to aspire to, and thanks to the HD video, art filters and LCD, it may offer enough advantages over the E-3, and even the E-620, for some to consider upgrading. “
Rating: N/A

BuyNShoot reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“At the end of the day Olympus are a well branded, trusted name in photography. They’ve done the hard yards and produced a great line of lenses over many years that have proven to be winners. So adding a minimum 150,000 shooting cycle for professional-class reliability and, from a single battery charge 870 shots (double this with the optional battery grip), the Olympus E-5 from me gets a thumbs up. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

TechRadar reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“When the Olympus E-5 high sensitivity noise reduction system (what Olympus calls the Noise Filter) is in its default or Standard setting, there is very little chroma noise visible in the images it produces. In fact, even with the filter turned off the interference is primarily luminance noise. The results are very good up to ISO 3200 when the level of detail visible drops.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Shutterbug reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“All that’s available in a rugged camera at the same original price as the camera it replaces as the company’s “flagship.” The Olympus E-5 is one smart camera.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“The Olympus E-5 is a digital SLR camera with lots of potential and plenty of speed, but it just isn’t as good as competing models from Canon and Nikon. Its images aren’t as well defined as we would like and noise affects photos when a high ISO speed is used.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

MacWorld reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“# Pros: Robust construction; quick auto focus; angle-adjustable LCD screen; HD movies; stunning results capable with Live Mos sensor and test lens combo; Art Filter effects. # Cons: Pricey; heavy; only 12.3 megapixels; modest low light settings”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoblographer reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“In good lighting, the image quality was excellent. At the High ISO settings, I’ve seen much better performance from other cameras…The E-5 also has top-notch autofocusing. Because you’re using the other focusing points to great effect in composition you can theoretically lower your megapixels. “
Rating: N/A

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“The Olympus E-5 performs optimally in combination with, for example, the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0, and you should keep that in mind. Investing in such pricey lenses is rewarded in absolute outstanding quality. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMag reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“The splashproof, dustproof Olympus E-5 is a good option if you shoot photos and video in unfriendly environments, but with middling low-light performance and limited video-capture options it’s not the best D-SLR you can buy for the money. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“Under daylight conditions the camera and its lens fared rather better with generally sharp results all round. Colours on the E-5’s default ‘natural’ filter setting proved a little muted for our tastes, with Vivid setting delivering to our eyes a result that was closest to the scene at the time, and the ‘i-Enhance option effecting some impressive decisions too, colours being bolder yet more naturalistic than the garish results to be had from otherwise selecting the pop art filter. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

PDN reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“In terms of image noise, in my testing I got relatively clean shots at up to ISO 3200 with the E-5 which is an improvement over the E-3 but a step short of most competing DSLRs in its class.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“…the E-5 does what a serious DSLR is supposed to: it takes good pictures. We recommend it as an upgrade to the E-3, and for photographers with older Olympus consumer four/thirds bodies, who will enjoy the performance and quality provided by the E-5.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“Most colours were accurately recorded – and our Imatest colour error graphs were very similar to the graphs we obtained when testing the E-3. We observed a slight improvement in overall colour accuracy, which our test shots confirmed as very good.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pixiq reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“Even at ISO 800, image quality is fine, suitable for beautiful 11×15″ prints. By ISO 1600 however, aggressive Noise Reduction processing smudges fine details although color saturation is well-maintained.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“If you are already a Four Thirds user though, we can highly recommend the Olympus E-5 to you – it’s simply the best companion for your Zuiko Digital lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Geek reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“The most notable, and disappointing, conclusion I made with the E-5 is that it will go largely unnoticed by camera users. It’s a great camera, but it doesn’t have anything that will bring over people from the Canon or Nikon camps. “
Rating: N/A

PopPhoto reviews the Olympus E-5 and writes;
“For DSLRs in this price bracket, if you’re looking for a powerful imaging tool with rugged construction and a lot of versatility, the Olympus E-5 may be your match. “
Rating: N/A

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Olympus E-5 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus E-5 Features

E-5 Features
The camera’s In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to five shutter speed steps*. Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens.

The E-5’s proven Dust Reduction System, with the Supersonic Wave Filter™ (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit, eliminates dust particles on the sensor by silently vibrating an amazing 30,000 times per second, ensuring spot-free images. Recently awarded the “Special Invention Award” from The Asahi Shinbun Company in 2010.

The powerful 12.3-megapixel Live-MOS sensor coupled with the newly developed TruePic V+ image processor means you’ll capture more detail than ever before in your pictures thanks to the “Fine Detail Process” technology. In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V+ Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 6400 ISO. And you’ll have the flexibility to crop and still produce large, detailed prints.

A Rugged “thixomold” magnesium-alloy construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection, make the E-5 the perfect choice for photographers who demand the most from their equipment, in any situation.

Durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles. The pro-level shutter ensures reliability, even at five frames per second, thanks to a durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles, making the E-5 the camera of choice for photographers who demand durability from their equipment.

The 100% accurate high eye point optical viewfinder, delivers the precise viewing accuracy demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-5, what you see is what you get.

3″ 920,000 DOT SWIVEL LCD
Dust and Splashproof like the body; the 270 degree swivel LCD gives you the flexibility to capture your image from low on the ground to above your head, or at any angle. The 100 percent accurate LCD delivers the precise compositional accuracy in Live-View demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-5, what you see is what you get.

Accepting Compact Flash Type I, UDMA, and SD- SDHC/SDXC, the E-5 provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

The E-5’s 11-point High Precision Fully Twin Cross AF system is one of the world’s fastest and most accurate. The Twin Cross AF design assures you accurate fast AF even at the edges of the viewfinder allowing you to get the most out of your Zuiko Digital lenses.

A series of 10 new built-in Art Filters let you create dramatic effects when shooting stills or video. The innovative Art Filters include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone can all be used in all the shooting modes of the camera, Aperture, Shutter, Program and Manual modes, as well as for Movie shooting.

Multiple Exposure makes heightened creativity an easily-obtained objective. Four frames can be combined, and portions of one can be combined with those of another in any of the shooting modes. Images can be combined in playback mode or directly on the LCD through the use of the new TruePic V+ Image Processor.

Express yourself by altering how you frame the world — choose from nine aspect ratios, from the standard 4:3 to the cinematic 16:9. By selecting an aspect ratio before shooting and easily reviewing images on the LCD throughout the shoot, the Multi-Aspect function adds a new means of expression to your photography.

The E-5 is compatible with a range of optional external flashes, including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R. Both of these flashes can be controlled wirelessly by the E-5 so you can dynamically control lighting as your photography skills grow. The E-5 features a commander function incorporated in its built-in flash, making wireless multi-flash photography possible without using an outside commander.

The camera’s Digital Leveler function is a highly functional and practical feature for such specialized requirements as architectural photography and other similar needs.

Shoot movies at 30 frames per second in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed. This level of control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos. When shooting a movie you have the choice of Standard or HD Movie with or without the 10 Art Filters, total movie creativity is in your control.


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One Response to “Olympus E-5”

  1. kaptnk says:

    A must have camera for professional Olympus Camera users. It is what you don’t see in the spec sheet that counts…Image quality. You shoot 98% of your shoots under 800 ISO and ideally at 200 ISO. Dropping ISO drops image quality, color, DR, noise increase, especially in those high MP cropped sensors- there, the noise is visible at 200 ISO.

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