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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.

Metering

The 49-zone metering system has served the E-series cameras well in models such as the E-620, and in general conditions it sticks to a perfect midtone.

Under trickier lighting conditions, however, I did find I needed to occasionally dial in a negative exposure compensation of 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop to avoid overexposure. There was a tipping point of around the halfway mark where the exposure would prioritise over either the exposure of the land or the sky, depending on the composition.

This is perfectly sensible for a metering system, but is worth bearing in mind if you are shooting without grad filters. For critical detail it is a sensible option to use the camera’s highlight and shadow metering options to ensure that the greatest detail is maintained in whichever option you choose. The exposure compensation is also a generous ±5EV, so there’s plenty of leeway to adjust between shots or bracket should you wish.

A little fill-in flash really helped with portraits and the E-5 balanced the exposure nicely

  • 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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