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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Olympus E-5

The long-awaited refresh of Olympus’ pro DSLR combines excellent image quality, ruggedness and lots of features

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Olympus introduced the Four Thirds System with a pro DSLR, the E-1, back in 2003. Four years later that camera’s successor appeared in the form of the E-3. Now, a mere three years later, we have the E-5. Building on the many excellent qualities of the E system, it looks like the E-5 was worth the wait. The camera offers the best image quality, performance and feature set ever in an Olympus DSLR, and it was designed to work seamlessly with the full line of highly regarded Olympus Zuiko lenses.

Creative Art Filters
The E-5 features 10 Olympus Art Filters, including a new Dramatic Tone filter. The filters make it easy to apply effects to images, and include such items as Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Pale Light & Color, Light Tone and Gentle Sepia. With the E-5, you can apply the filters to still and both SD and HD video, and in all shooting modes.
Digital Level Sensor
The E-5 has an internal Digital Level Sensor that detects the camera’s pitch and roll, and displays the status in the optical viewfinder, on the control panel and in Live View operation. This helps landscape and architectural photographers keep the camera level even when the horizon doesn’t appear in the frame.
Quick Autofocusing
In Olympus tests, the E-5 with the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 SWD lens offered the quickest autofocusing measured. AF with all SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) lenses is very quick.
12.3-Megapixel, High-Speed Live MOS Sensor
The E-5 has a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor that captures still images and HD video. It produces the best image quality of any Olympus camera, thanks in part to a new TruePic V+ image processor.
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
Sensor-shift image stabilization isn’t unusual anymore, but the version in the E-5 is said to be good for up to five shutter speeds—and that’s unusual. Because it’s in the camera body, sensor-shift stabilization works with all lenses, not just special stabilized ones.
Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction
Olympus introduced the ultrahigh-speed vibration method of keeping dust off the image sensor in its first DSLR, the E-1. The E-5 has the latest version of the very effective SSWF system. Such a system is especially important for interchangeable-lens cameras used in the field, as dust can enter the camera and settle on a DSLR’s sensor assembly each time you change lenses.


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