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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HD Video
While Olympus was the first to put Live View in a DSLR, the E-5 is the first Olympus DSLR to offer video. It can do 1280x720p HD and 640x480p SD video, both at 30 fps. Sound is mono via a built-in microphone or stereo via an optional external stereo mic. Video is recorded in AVI format with Motion JPEG compression, and clips can run up to 2 GB (limited by the AVI format). That works out to about 7 minutes of HD or 14 minutes of SD video.
Rugged Pro Body
The E-5’s lightweight “thixomold” magnesium-alloy body is splash- and dustproof (as are the pro Zuiko lenses). The shutter is tested to 150,000 cycles, and the eye-level SLR viewfinder shows 100% of the actual image area (as does the Live View LCD monitor).
3.0-Inch, Swiveling Live
View LCD

The E-1 and E-3 had smallish LCD monitors. The E-5 has a state-of-the-art, 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor that tilts and swivels for easy video and odd-angle still shooting.
Dual Media
Dual card slots allow the E-5 to record still and video files on CompactFlash (including UDMA) or SD/SDHC/SDXC media.
Multiple Exposure Function
With the E-5, you can combine up to four shots in-camera, in real-time or after shooting all the images using the LCD monitor to position the images.


Image Sensor: 12.3-megapixel (effective) High-Speed Live MOS
Resolution: 4032×3042 pixels
Sensor Size: 17.3×13.0mm (Four Thirds); 2.0x magnification factor
LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot Live View
Video: 1280×720/30p HD, 640×480/30p SD
AF System: 11-point
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 60 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄250 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-6400 (1/3-EV increments) Continuous Firing Mode: 5 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 49-point, CW, 2º spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash (UDMA) and SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dimensions: 5.6×4.6×2.9 inches
Weight: 28.2 ounces
Power Source: Rechargeable BLM-5 lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $1,699
Contact: Olympus America, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com