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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.

White Balance and Colour

The E-5 delivers bright, punchy images as standard from its JPEGs. My only criticism is that they may be a little too punchy for some DSLR users. Raw files look slightly more natural and the colours can be tweaked to suit your preference.

I really liked the colours, though, and was actually drawn to make them even more punchy using some of the art filters. For more creative shots, I found the vivid and grainy film filters worked well at achieving something a little more interesting. The dramatic tone mode, although completely over the top for most uses, is a lot of fun to play around with.

The auto white balance system in the E-5 is very impressive thanks to the additional dedicated white balance sensor on the front of the camera. I rarely found the need to leave this mode as it delivered neutral tones both indoors and outdoors. Only when shooting sunsets did I get better results by switching to the cloudy preset. If anything, the results were on the cool side when faced with extreme contrast in the image.

Using the cloudy white balance preset allowed the image to maintain the nice warm tones of the sunset

  • 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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