Olympus E-5 Brief Review


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  • 12.3 megapixels
  • 4/3-type Live MOS sensor
  • In-body optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch swivel LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • Optical viewfinder, 100% coverage
  • 4/3 lens mount
  • TruePic V+ image processor
  • RAW + JPEG format
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC/CF media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-20
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus E-5
12.3 megapixels; 4/3-type Live MOS sensor; In-body optical image stabilization; 3-inch swivel LCD monitor; 720p HD video; ISO 100-6400; 5 fps continuous shooting; Optical viewfinder, 100% coverage; 4/3 lens mount; TruePic V+ image processor; RAW + JPEG format; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC/CF media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The E-5 is Olympus' new flagship dSLR. It's a professional-level Four Thirds (not micro) format camera that builds on the high points of the E-3, and adds the flare and function of the PEN series. It's also weatherproof, which is always useful out in the field.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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