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Olympus E-5

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Olympus E-5

24 February 2014
  • Conclusion: Two top experts call the Olympus E-5 the best Four Thirds camera ever, and a good bet if you've already invested in Four Thirds lenses. However, reviews say it can't compete with traditional DSLR cameras in low light, which is a fault of the smaller Four Thirds image sensor, and it's pricey for what...
  • Pros: Crisp, colorful images in normal light, Rugged, weatherproof body, Swiveling LCD screen
  • Cons: Subpar low-light images, Limited movie mode, Confusing menus and buttons
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Overall 8

Olympus E-5: Review

Review guidelines
27 June 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus E-5 is a professional camera and extremely modern technology that is one of its strengths in the magnesium alloy body splash resistant and dust. The new technology and the unique mix of features confirms the E-5 as the natural evolution of the D-SLR cameras E-system Olympus, for the...
  • Pros: Optical pentaprism viewfinder; dust system; Artistic filters; processor, HDMI, Microphone input.
  • Cons: Only for professionals.
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Overall 9
Value for money 8
Functionality 9
Audio & image quality 8
Appearance 8
Build quality 9

Olympus E-5 DSLR Digital Camera Review

19 April 2011
  • Conclusion: Focussing with the Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm SWD lens (RRP $1499), which was also used in our E-3 review was once again a breeze. The lens focuses very fast in bright light and does a good job in low light, and most importantly with a high focus strike rate across the board.
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Olympus E-5

28 February 2011
  • Summary: We tested this product and we will now give you our review’s conclusions. If you have an E3, the new Olympus E-5 can be a good choice for you. We say this because these models seem to be similar in some areas, even if the E-5 is better than the older brother.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
4 February 2011
  • Summary: The E-5 isn't meant to appeal to the mass market, and we suspect that it won't. However, as a flagship for the established Four Thirds system, it succeeds brilliantly. The E-5 is capable of excellent results, and its tank-like body should take years of abuse.
  • Pros: Very good resolution at low ISO sensitivity settings (rivaling higher pixel-count cameras), Reliable metering and white balance systems, Excellent JPEG color, Tank-like body that feels like it can take years of abuse., Large, bright viewfinder showing 100% coverage, Useful pitch/roll electronic s...
  • Cons: Uncompetitive high ISO performance (when compared to APS-C peers, Between 0.5-1EV less highlight dynamic range than APS-C competitors (but better than E-3), Unpredictable AF in multi-point mode, Maximum framerate of 5fps unimpressive compared to competition, Slow AF in poor light, Contrast-detect...
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The Olympus E-5; Welcome To Four Thirds Heaven

1 February 2011
  • Excerpt: When it was launched in October 2007, the E-3 broke new ground. It wasn’t a me-too SLR; it carried the Four Thirds format into new directions that were uniquely Olympus.
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Overall 6

Olympus E-5

PC Magazine
28 January 2011
  • Conclusion: The splashproof, dustproof Olympus E-5 is a good option if you shoot photos and video in unfriendly environments, but with middling low-light performance and limited video-capture options it's not the best D-SLR you can buy for the money.
  • Pros: Takes sharp photos in good light. Splashproof and dustproof. Crisp, articulating LCD. In-camera color effects and HDR. Excellent connectivity options.
  • Cons: Bulky and heavy. Underwhelming low-light performance. Video capture is limited to 720p30. Slow autofocus during Live View shooting. Audible lens noise during video recording.
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Overall 8

Olympus E-5

10 December 2010
  • Summary: The Olympus E-5 is an incremental update to the E-3 Olympus E-3 . Externally, little has changed except for the new rotating 3" LCD which adds convenience at the expense of some durability due to a weak hinge. Internally though, much has been improved.
  • Pros: Great image sharpness, Good control over image noise, Excellent metering accuracy, Superb automatic white-balance, Sensitive focusing system, Ultra-quick autofocus, Generally quite responsive, Very effective stabilization for all lenses, Adjustable LCD color temperature, Plenty of external contro...
  • Cons: Image review delay, Continuous drive speed drop at high ISO, Pitch not visible in viewfinder, Status screen does not turn off automatically, Live-view not always exposure-priority, EC button too recessed, Difficult to use while wearing gloves, Noisy and very slow contrast-detect autofocus, Overly...
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Tested: Olympus E5

Pop Photo
3 December 2010
  • Summary: Comparing cameras in this price range is tough. People interested in a body at this level may already be invested in a particular system. If you already own an entry-level or midlevel Olympus body and are looking to step up, the E-5 offers a very solidly built, well-thought-out design that can...
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New Gear: Olympus E-5 DSLR

Pop Photo
25 October 2010
  • Excerpt: Today's camera announcement bonanza wouldn't be complete without a full-fledged DSLR, and the Olympus E-5 fills that spot nicely. They claim that their new body has the "highest image quality of any Olympus camera" thanks to its 12.3-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS sensor and TruePic V+ image...
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