Conclusion: It is still very new, but at around £1500, the Olympus E-5 price seems steep in comparison with the Canon 7D price, which is around £1,150 and the Nikon D300S price, which stands at about £1,035. The current Olympus E-5 price is also unlikely to persuade too many users of other Olympus cameras, like the E-3, E-30 or E-620, to upgrade.
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.
Olympus E-5 review: A fast and feature-rich SLR camera, but it's hard to use and its images could be better
Good Gear Guide.au
12 September 2010
Summary: The Olympus E-5 is a digital SLR camera with lots of potential and plenty of speed, but it just isn't as good as competing models from Canon and Nikon. Its images aren't as well defined as we would like and noise affects photos when a high ISO speed is used. The upsides? It has very fast and accurate focusing and a great Live View mode.
Pros: Fast burst mode, fast focusing, useful Live View mode and articulating screen
Cons: Noisy images, poor high ISO performance, hard to use
Summary: Die neue Top-SLR von Olympus und Nachfolgerin der E-3 definiert sich als Werkzeug für professionelle Anwender. Dafür spricht das masssive Magnesiumgehäuse der E-5, die für eine Four-Thirds-Kamera ungewöhnlich groß ist. Die Auflösung wurde von 10 auf 12 Megapixel moderat angehoben, eine HD-Videofunktion ist jetzt an Bord. Deutliche Fortschritte sind bei der Bildqualität zu verzeichnen.