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Olympus E-5

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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-5 Review

Digital Photography School
23 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Launched with little fanfare and then, according to Olympus, quickly gaining favour with the market, the Olympus E-5 DSLR should attract much attention down the track. Using the Four Thirds system, the E-5 is a little startling in its size and weight. When compared to the recently tested budget Nikon D3100 camera, the E-5 is roughly 1.4x the size and 1.8x the weight. This is no Tiny Tim!
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Overall 7
7.0

Digital Photo Olympus E-5 DSLR

Macworld
18 January 2011
  • Excerpt: (1 items) There hasn’t been much activity on the DSLR front from Olympus since the E-30 was released in 2009. At that time, its enthusiast DSLR out-specified the flagship E-3 . Now, with the unveiling of the new E-5, Olympus shooters finally have a professionally-styled body with updated specs to complement their four/thirds lens collection.
  • Pros: Fast autofocusing, Weather resistant body, In-body image stabilization, Dual card slots (CF and SD), Wireless flash control built-in, Level gauge, 100% field of view optical viewfinder
  • Cons: 12 MP sensor, Limited video options, Lackluster high ISO performance above 1600, Only 5 fps burst mode, No mode dial
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Overall 8
7.5

Expert Review

DP Review
14 December 2010
  • 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. Unfortunately, comparably poor image quality at high ISO settings, and restricted dynamic range make it less competitive than it could be.
  • 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 spirit level, Exceptional amount of customization, Versatile and fun Art Filters, In-camera RAW editing, Twin card slots (CF/SD), Good video image quality (but see 'cons' below...
  • 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-detection AF slow and unreliable in some situations (and with some lenses), Some key control points hard to manipulate precisely with gloved hands, In-built microphone very prone to...
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Overall 8
7.8

Olympus E-5 Review

Digital Camera Review
22 October 2010
  • Summary: I couldn't help but feel impressed and a little bit depressed by the Olympus E-5. It's a surprisingly rugged camera with great image quality, terrific speed, excellent controls and the added flexibility of still image and video capture. My only technical complaints with regard to image quality are that the E-5 shows noticeably more noise at high ISOs and more highlight clipping in high contrast scenes.
  • Pros: Extremely solid construction, Fast auto focus, Articulated LCD and large viewfinder
  • Cons: Some highlight clipping, Lower resolution than competition, Weaker high ISO performance than competition
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-5

neocamera.com
14 September 2010
  • Summary: An 11-point double-cross focusing system provides the most impressive performance of the E-5. While Olympus' claim of the fastest autofocus system cannot be verified it is believable. The AF system is quick, very sensitive and quite accurate, even down to relatively low light-levels. The same cannot be said of the contrast-detection system used in live-view which can take over 4 seconds to lock focus and makes quite a racket will doing so.
  • 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 controls, Highly customizable, Generally excellent build quality, Protruding viewfinder, Built-in viewfinder shutter
  • 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 complicated menu system, Impossible to set up video framing, Unusable capture during video recording, LCD hinge feels weak
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Overall 8
8.4

Olympus E-5 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: The Olympus E-5 is a pleasant camera to use and is capable of some nice results. The body is solid and feels sturdy in the hand, with a wealth of buttons and functions that, once customised to your own way of working, allow speedy operation. For current Olympus users this camera provides something to aspire to, and thanks to the HD video, art filters and LCD, it may offer enough advantages over the E-3, and even the E-620, for some to consider upgrading.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-5

Trusted Reviews
19 May 2011
  • Summary: Olympus' new flagship E-5 digital SLR has a semi professional build and feature set. So, how does it stack up against rivals, and could this really be its maker's last ever DSLR?
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Control 9
9.0
Video quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
9.0

Olympus E-5

PhotoReview
1 January 2011
  • Summary: A new flagship DSLR with upgraded resolution and image processing plus a larger, higher-resolution monitor.When Olympus unveiled its E-5 DSLR shortly before Photokina in mid-September 2010 it was seen as an affirmation of the company's commitment to the Four Thirds System format. Despite a gap of three years between E-series models, the E-5 has the same rugged body as the E-3 and many similar (or identical) features.
  • Pros: You do a lot of outdoor photography and want a solid, weatherproof body to go with an existing collection of Zuiko Digital lenses., You want plenty of pre, and post-capture, in-camera image adjustments., You're happy to shoot and process raw files when maximum resolution is required., You'd appreciate the Live View shooting capabilities and 720p HD video capabilities., You require superior high-ISO performance. Don't buy this camera if :, You want to record Full HD vi...
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Control 9
9.0
Video quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
9.0

Olympus E-5

PhotoReview
1 January 2011
  • Summary: A new flagship DSLR with upgraded resolution and image processing plus a larger, higher-resolution monitor.When Olympus unveiled its E-5 DSLR shortly before Photokina in mid-September 2010 it was seen as an affirmation of the company's commitment to the Four Thirds System format. Despite a gap of three years between E-series models, the E-5 has the same rugged body as the E-3 and many similar (or identical) features.
  • Pros: You do a lot of outdoor photography and want a solid, weatherproof body to go with an existing collection of Zuiko Digital lenses., You want plenty of pre, and post-capture, in-camera image adjustments., You're happy to shoot and process raw files when maximum resolution is required., You'd appreciate the Live View shooting capabilities and 720p HD video capabilities., You require superior high-ISO performance. Don't buy this camera if :, You want to record Full HD vi...
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-5 review

Pocket Lint
20 December 2010
  • Excerpt: Olympus has pioneered the compact/digital SLR hybrid camera over the last 2 years with its Micro Four Thirds system Pen series, and to some critical acclaim too. But it now returns to a slightly more conventional digital SLR styling and original Four Thirds system with its upgrade of the competent E-3 in the generation-jumping E-5.
  • Pros: Reassuringly robust construction, quick auto focus, angle-adjustable LCD screen, HD movies, stunning results capable with Live Mos sensor and test lens combo
  • Cons: Pricey, heavy, modest low light settings
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