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Olympus E-5 review

December 18, 2010

Overall Rating:

4

Olympus E-5


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,600.00

We review the Olympus E-5 DSLR, from build and handling to the viewfinder, and give our final verdict on this enthusiast's play toy.

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The competition

Images: Nikon D300S – £1,050 (body only), Canon EOS 7D – £1,150 (body only)

Despite pitching itself as a professional camera with a body-only price of around £1,500, the E-5 sits more comfortably among the advanced consumer models, such as the Nikon D300S, Canon EOS 7D and Pentax K-5. These advanced amateur/semi-professional cameras offer similar body sizes and comparable specification to the E-5.

The Canon EOS 7D and Pentax K-5 offer higher pixel counts and all offer faster frame rates, but the Olympus has the advantage of a vari-angle screen and creative art filters.

Currently, the E-5 is at a disadvantage because it has only recently been launched and is still holding its recommended retail price, while the others have dropped their prices slightly. This makes the E-5 the most expensive option of the four, but this is bound to even out after a few months of sale.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3.0 to +1 dioptre
  • Video: 720p HD, 30fps, AVI
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets with fine-tuning, 4 custom settings, temp
  • External mic: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 13m @ ISO 100)
  • Shutter Type: Computerised focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: Dual-slot CF and SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism finder
  • Output Size: 4032x3024
  • Field of View: 100%
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot LCD
  • Sensor: 12.3-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
  • AF Points: 11-point system (all cross-type and fully biaxial)
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec or 1/8000sec (high speed)
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • File Format: JPEG, ORF (raw), AVI
  • Power: Rechargeable BLM-5 Li-Ion, DC input
  • Weight: 800g (body only)
  • Drive Mode: 5fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/8000sec in 1/3, 1/2EV or 1EV steps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 142.5x116.5x74.5mm
  • Metering System: TTL open aperture 49-segment
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, video out, remote, PC-sync
  • Compression: 4-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV
  • Lens Mount: Four Thirds
  • ISO: 100-6400
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • DoF Preview: Yes

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