E-5 (Body Only)

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No blur. No dust.
No bulk. No limits.

Built on our revolutionary E-System technology, the new Olympus E-5 adds powerful new features that let you do more than ever before. Designed to maximize the award-winning performance of Zuiko Digital lenses, the E-5 achieves the highest image quality of any Olympus camera with astonishing detail, blazing speed, and true-to-life color. New options like user control in Art Filters and 720p HD Video give you more freedom to explore creative effects. And with its weatherproof design, the rugged E-5 can go anywhere.

A New Dimension in Image Quality

Pairing the new TruePic V+ image processing engine with a 12.3 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor, the E-5 optimizes the power of Zuiko Digital lenses. New Fine Detail Processing technology captures exceptional detail from shadow to highlight. The E-5’s groundbreaking, in-body Image Stabilization enables blur-free handheld shooting. And its redesigned, 11-point High Precision Twin Cross AF system is one of the world’s fastest and most accurate.

Reliable Performance Under Any Condition

The first Olympus professional camera to offer 720p HD video, the E-5 records at 30fps with high quality audio. While shooting high-definition video, photographers can capture stereo sound quality by plugging in any microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug into the camera’s stereo microphone terminal. And 10 new in-camera Art Filters let you add dramatic effects to both still photos and HD video. All Art Filters can be used in Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Program and Manual exposure modes. And new to the E-5, the Multiple Exposure function lets you overlay up to 4 images in a single frame.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Olympus Visionary and National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman.

All the Power, Without all the Bulk

When paired with Zuiko Digital lenses, the E-5 system is the most compact on the market. And its intuitive, ergonomic design, feels so natural, it’s almost invisible to the photographic process. Whether composing still images or video, the E-5’s 3.0-inch 920,000 dot dual axis swivel LCD with Live View covers all the viewing angles with a 100 percent accurate view. And its large optical viewfinder also provides a 100 percent accurate view, so you’ll never miss a shot. The E-5 is also equipped with wireless flash control.

New Creative Tools Bring Your Vision to Life

The first Olympus professional camera to offer 720p HD video, the E-5 records at 30fps with high quality audio. While shooting high-definition video, photographers can capture stereo sound quality by plugging in any microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug into the camera's stereo microphone terminal. And 10 new in-camera Art Filters let you add dramatic effects to both still photos and HD video. All Art Filters can be used in Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Program and Manual exposure modes. And new to the E-5, the Multiple Exposure function lets you overlay up to 4 images in a single frame.

Images, videos and effects are for simulation purposes only, and features may differ by camera model. Prices, specifications and design are subject to change without notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.



The camera's In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to five shutter speed steps*. Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens.


The E-5's proven Dust Reduction System, with the Supersonic Wave Filterô (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit, eliminates dust particles on the sensor by silently vibrating an amazing 30,000 times per second, ensuring spot-free images. Recently awarded the "Special Invention Award" from The Asahi Shinbun Company in 2010.


The powerful 12.3-megapixel Live-MOS sensor coupled with the newly developed TruePic V+ image processor means you'll capture more detail than ever before in your pictures thanks to the "Fine Detail Process" technology. In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V+ Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 6400 ISO. And you'll have the flexibility to crop and still produce large, detailed prints.


A Rugged "thixomold" magnesium-alloy construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection, make the E-5 the perfect choice for photographers who demand the most from their equipment, in any situation.


Durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles. The pro-level shutter ensures reliability, even at five frames per second, thanks to a durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles, making the E-5 the camera of choice for photographers who demand durability from their equipment.


The 100% accurate high eye point optical viewfinder, delivers the precise viewing accuracy demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-5, what you see is what you get.

3" 920,000 DOT SWIVEL LCD

Dust and Splashproof like the body; the 270 degree swivel LCD gives you the flexibility to capture your image from low on the ground to above your head, or at any angle. The 100 percent accurate LCD delivers the precise compositional accuracy in Live-View demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-5, what you see is what you get.


Accepting Compact Flash Type I, UDMA, and SD- SDHC/SDXC, the E-5 provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.


The E-5's 11-point High Precision Fully Twin Cross AF system is one of the world's fastest and most accurate. The Twin Cross AF design assures you accurate fast AF even at the edges of the viewfinder allowing you to get the most out of your Zuiko Digital lenses.


A series of 10 new built-in Art Filters let you create dramatic effects when shooting stills or video. The innovative Art Filters include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone can all be used in all the shooting modes of the camera, Aperture, Shutter, Program and Manual modes, as well as for Movie shooting.


Multiple Exposure makes heightened creativity an easily-obtained objective. Four frames can be combined, and portions of one can be combined with those of another in any of the shooting modes. Images can be combined in playback mode or directly on the LCD through the use of the new TruePic V+ Image Processor.


Express yourself by altering how you frame the world -- choose from nine aspect ratios, from the standard 4:3 to the cinematic 16:9. By selecting an aspect ratio before shooting and easily reviewing images on the LCD throughout the shoot, the Multi-Aspect function adds a new means of expression to your photography.


The E-5 is compatible with a range of optional external flashes, including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R. Both of these flashes can be controlled wirelessly by the E-5 so you can dynamically control lighting as your photography skills grow. The E-5 features a commander function incorporated in its built-in flash, making wireless multi-flash photography possible without using an outside commander.


The camera's Digital Leveler function is a highly functional and practical feature for such specialized requirements as architectural photography and other similar needs.


Shoot movies at 30 frames per second in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed. This level of control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos. When shooting a movie you have the choice of Standard or HD Movie with or without the 10 Art Filters, total movie creativity is in your control.

Product Type Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory CF/SD Dual-Slot, CompactFlash Type I (UDMA), SD Memory Card(SDHC/SDXC compatible) Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording(Still) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size RAW: 4032(H)x3042(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
Set1(LF): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
Set2(LN): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Recording(Movie) Recording format AVI Motion JPEG(30fps)
Movie Mode HD: 1280(H)x720(V) Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V) Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File Size Max 2GB(limited by AVI format)
Maximum Recording Time HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Recording(Sound) Recording format Wave Format Base
Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Mic/Speaker Mono/Mono (Stereo external microphone available)
Viewfinder Product type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view Approx. 100%
Viewfinder magnification Approx.1.15x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point Approx. 20.0 mm (-1m-1) *from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment range -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen Changeable at a service center (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen supplied, possible to change to gird mat type)
Eyepiece shutter Built-in type
Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7/8, EP-7 is supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 and Dioptric eyecup DE-P3, DE-N3 are available.)
Optical preview (view finder) Yes, by preview button
Live preview Available to set to Fn button or Preview button
View finder information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS, Bracket,
ISO value
Live View Live View High speed Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view,
Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view
Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view
Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x/14x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display,
AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode.
AF High speed imager AF (Phase-difference detection AF is available with button customizing)
Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 3 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, 1 dimensional activation in portrait frame to horizontal direction moving )
Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Effective compensation range Approx.5 EV steps (in maximum effect)
Monitor Product type HyperCrystal LCD (transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size 3.0 inches
Total no. of pixels Approx. 920,000 dots
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness control 15 levels, with auto mode
Color balance 15 levels
Focusing AF system TTL phase-difference detection system
Contrast detection system in Live View
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) /
S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF * C-AF mode is not available with the contrast detection system
Focusing point 11 points full-twin cross AF sensor with the phase-difference detection system
11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Single target, Dynamic single target, All targets with the phase-difference detection system
Single, all 11 area, or Face detection with the contrast detection system
AF luminance range (phase-difference detection system) EV -2 to 19 (at 20?, ISO 100, TTL phase-difference detection system)
AF illuminator
(phase-difference detection system)
Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
(phase-difference detection system)
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid Available
Fine Adjustment +/- 20 steps, 20 data can be registered
Exposure Control Metering system TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-points multi pattern metering)
(2) Centre weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
(At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode (1) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(2) A: Aperture priority AE
(3) S: Shutter priority AE (4) M: Manual
ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5 or 7 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
2F-0.3step ·2F-0.5step ·2F-0.7step ·2F-1.0step
3F-0.3Step · 3F-0.5Step · 3F-0.7Step · 3F-1.0Step
5F-0.3Step ·5F-0.5Step · 5F-0.7Step · 5F-1.0Step
7F-0.3step ·7F-0.5step ·7F-0.7step
ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
White Balance Auto WB system Hybrid detection system with High speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor.
Preset white balance 7 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K), Underwater
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 4 custom setting can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color Mode Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode i-ENHANCE, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural), Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone
In custom mode, basic 5 modes and adjustment is available.
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for i-ENHANCE, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted. Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone. 3 effect levels are available in i-ENHANCE.
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Noise Filter at High ISO setting OFF, LOW, STANDARD, HIGH
Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed OFF, ON, AUTO
ON (effective when shutter speed is slower than 1sec)
AUTO (effective when shutter speed is slower than 4sec (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8sec (at lower than ISO200)
Shutter Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/8000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min.
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-CB1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode Available (1/8 to 30 sec selectable)
Movie mode Electronics shutter 1/60s-1/250s (1/3 EV steps)
Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting H, Sequential shooting L, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed Approx. 5 frames/sec. in sequential shooting H, 1 to 4 fps selectable in sequential shooting L.
Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 16 frames. (with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB)
in sequential shooting JPEG mode: ( up to the card capacity with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB)
Integrated Flash Built-in flash Retractable flash, GN=18 @ISO200, (GN=13 @ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-14
Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in,
Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
Synchronization speed 1/60s -1/250s (1/3 EV steps) (Min. speed can be down to 60 sec)
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable.
Wireless flash control Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual.
Number of channel 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
Multi Exposure Number of picture 2-4 pictures
Functions Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture
Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6/5:4/7:6/6:5/7:5/3:4
Level Gauge Detection 2-axis
Display Rear LCD monitor, Viewfinder, Control panel
Control panel Information WB setting, WB compensation notification, B/W mode notification, Record mode, ISO sensitivity, Program Sift, BKT notification, Flash mode, Drive mode, Recordable still image number, Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, AF mode, Activated AF points, Focusing mode, IS, Multi Exposure
Back light timer 8 sec.
Color Universal design   No
Super control panel Information (shooting) Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning, AF frame, AF illuminator deactivated notification, IS, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, RC mode setting, Myset, Flush Charge, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Information (wireless flash commander) Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value bar, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification, NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting
Back light timer Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Live control Information (LV shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, Myset, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Playback Playback mode Single-frame
Information Display
Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
Close-up (2 - 14X)
Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu Languages Japanese, English , French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Myset 4 setting recordable
Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing RAW development
JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file), Aspect Change, e-Portrait
Merge function 2-4 pictures, merge gain step 0.1-2.0 0.1 step
Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
TV interface HDMI(HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), Audio&Video out (Audio: Mono, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable)
Flash attachment Hot shoe / External flash connector
HDMI Version 1.40a, Mini HDMI type-C (1080i/720p/576p/480p)
DC-in Yes (AC-1 compatible*) *CAUTION: AC-1 is usable in some regions from safely regulation
Power Requirements Battery BLM-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 870 shots (optical viewfinder)
(with 50% flash light) (with BLM-5 under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder HLD-4 compatible
Dimensions/Weight Dimensions 5.6" (W) × 4.6" (H) × 2.9"(D) / 142.5 mm (W) × 116.5 mm (H) × 74.5 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 28.2 oz. / 800 g (body only) , 31.5 oz. / 892g (incl. Battery and CF card)
Operating Environment Temperature 0 - 40? / 32 F - 104 F (operation) / -20 - 60? / -4 F - 140F (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Splash proof   Yes
Box contents   Body, Li-ion battery BLM-5, Li-ion battery charger BCM-5, USB cable, Audio&Video cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS View2 CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

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January 04, 2016


Best camera ever, but...

This camera has it all: solid build, dedicated buttons for the user functions you need most, articulated screen, great lenses, makes beautiful images, and is comfortable in the hand. But Olympus has totally dropped the ball by dropping the DSLR and the 4/3 system. And by doing so they have dropped support for thousands of their loyal customers who have invested heavily in this system. As good as the E-5 has been, the competition is now outpacing it. It's so disappointing that Olympus has chosen to abandon the DSLR - and with it - a large segment of their customer base. Yes, there is a place in the world for micro 4/3 format, but there's also a place for the DSLR. Hopefully, one day Olympus will do the right thing and provide the next greatest DSLR for the world to enjoy.

November 24, 2014


Olympus E-5

I think over time the Olympus E-5 will be regarded as one of the finest cameras ever built because of it's superb build quality, it's on board Image stabilization, it's Titanium water proof and dust proof body, very good quality video, articulating LCD screen, superb low light shooting capabilities, and a multitude of Professional functions and setting that put it into a professional class among the best cameras anywhere in it's price range. It's really unfortunate that Olympus chose to discontinue the Professional E-series four thirds mount cameras when it could have had a winner if they had continued to improve such a fantastic series. What were you thinking Olympus?

November 27, 2013


Two Plus Years Later

Still I am learning more and more about the E-5.
Purchased for the daughters' weddings of 2011, I have used it in more hockey arenas than I can count since.
Any sports photographer will tell you that there is no such thing as constant lighting in any arena even those that hold professional games.
The E-5 has dazzled me when compared to my EV500 under these conditions.
The auto WB is more than enough in most of these lighting conditions and the ISO advancement keeps the hi-res jpegs clear and refined.
Kudos also to Olympus for keeping the batteries for the E series DLSR compatible through out.

October 21, 2013


Built Like A Tank

This IS a professional camera because of it's rugged build and it's use of the finest lenses ever produced for any camera system.

Olympus may be marketing their EM-1 right now which is also a fine camera but for some the E-5 is the perfect size. The E-5 while not having a modern sensor like the new EM-1 still stacks up favorably against the competition because of the SHG f/2 lens suite that is available, and no other manufacturer even offers lenses of this caliber.

For now the E5 is still a good choice for those who already have 4/3 lenses but because Olympus will no longer make DSLR's, those just starting out and wanting a more substantial body then mirrorless cameras have, you may want to look at other brands.

September 30, 2013


Amaziing Camera... Love my E-5

I reviewed this camera back in April, and gave a good description of what I thought were bits of valuable information; I will try to give a better opinion here.

I have shot with Olympus (Exclusively) since 1976 (except for 1989 & 90, when I shot a medium format Mamiya 645, maybe 20% of the time); Most of my images were made with an OM-1, manual camera.
I have a degree in commercial photography.

The E-5 is a true workhorse of a camera, built solidly and very comfortable to hold. It is heavier than my E-500 or EM-5, but with heft comes stability! which helps reduce camera shake. For me, the weight is perfect... all my lenses feel balanced when mounted on the E-5 (50 f2.0 Macro, 11-22, 12-60 even the 50-200, and the 14-45 std zoom and 40-150) they all work great, they all focus quickly, and images come out great.

The best features of the E-5 are the adjustable image monitor, the Layout of controls on the back, and top, and the fact that there is a "grip" where the shutter button is located.

This "grip" is what makes the camera so easy to hold, for me.
Your index finger rests on the shutter button, and just below is an adjustment dial, easily accessed.

I love the location of the "view images" and "trash images" buttons around the OK button etc. Makes it easy to review images, and delete bad shots, and such.

The rotatable monitor is really handy when you need to use an extreme camera position (that your body simply is not able to get to). By switching on Live View, and rotating the monitor to the required view angle, you can make the shot.

I like the built in flash, and use it for fill-in when light is a bit low, or contrast is lacking.

Now for the features that I don't care for, or I think should be improved!

First, the 12.3 MegaPixel Sensor really needs to be higher!!
16 MP is a minimum, but really needs to get to 20 -25 MP
(But that is asking A Lot!, since Olympus's Image Sensor has the Highest Pixel Density {Pixels/mm^2} of Any camera system today)
So, an increase in MP rating is first on my list, but to be honest, I have taken some truly impressive (sharp and contrasty) images with 12.3 MP.

ASA, ISO rating needs to be in-line with the EM-5 and EM-1.
I took shots when re-modeling our kitchen, of the inside of a drawer... which was really dark, no flash, but the EM-5 bumped the ISO high enough to get a clear image... the E-5 was limited in that respect.

I like the EM-5's Live Image, mirrorless environment. The E-5 has it, but you have to activate it (I think by locking the mirror up). This feature works good, but maybe the mirror-less design would be good for the E-5 in the future.

Finally, the Art Filters! I really like the art filters, on both my E-5 and my EM-5... but the E-5 does not appear to have the Art Bkt option; and there are not as many filter choices on the E-5.
Art Filters make photography FUN.... (wish my E-500 had them)

The E-5 is really a joy to use! There is also a sense of pride in owning such a fine camera. I understand the restriction that Cost puts on a person's choices, and the cost of this camera is high, but it was definitely worth the expense for me. I was looking for quality, and found it nestled in excellence.

p.s. I have a spread-sheet, illustrating Olympus's image sensor Pixels-per-mm^2 density, compared to Nikon and Mamiya, and Olympus's density on their 16 MP sensor in the EM-5 and EM-1 far exceeds any others.

April 02, 2013



I got my E-5 over a month ago now, and was really overwhelmed by the quality of the camera! My E-500 does not compare! The E-5 is a heftier, solid work of art. The layout of controls seems to be Much better and easier to use, focus is extremely fast and accurate, ISO range is way better, there are much improved art filters, and the pop-up flash works the way I prefer… everything is superb.

I also have an E-M5, which compares more favorably to the E-5, but I really like the E-5 better. It fits my hand more correctly, while the E-M5 is much smaller, made for someone with small hands.
Focus speed seems very fast in low light. I have noticed the ISO (in Auto ISO) will jump up to 800, 1200, or better, depending on how low the light may be. ISO goes to 6400 with the E-5, which seems to be more than adequate.

The E-5 holds two media cards, just as the E-500 does, which is a Great advantage. I like to shoot on smaller media cards to allow a photo project to be on a card. If I happen to shoot two weddings in a single day, it is convenient to switch to a new card per wedding, keeping everyone in the correct group (2 Meg cards were great, but 4 Meg are just fine too) But now days, it is harder to get CF (compact flash) cards, so with those I take what I can get. The Nikon D600 takes two cards, both SD, so maybe the E-5 (or the next generation) should have two SD media cards as well. The E-M5 only has one media card slot, and that is not as nice.

The adjustable LCD monitor really helps when shooting “Low” viewing angles. I have found I can rotate the monitor down, so I can view images at waist level (just like I would with my old Mamiya 645 with waist level finder). The E-5 can give me the same viewing angle, but there are so many more angles… the E-5 was really thought out well! Plus, you can shut it, so it is protected, when you turn off the camera.

When using the E-5, I feel like I am shooting with a professional camera (which I AM!)

The camera seems to function as if all parts respond in unison. Everything works well together, and all parts respond logically when utilized. It may be the Perfect Camera! (at least for me, it is!)

I think all E-System users should get a chance to Try the E-5 to appreciate it. I would like it to get upgraded to the higher 16MP sensor, and increased ISO range, but other than that, it is an absolutely amazing camera. Everyone should have one!

July 26, 2012


This camera does everything I wanted it to do.

I have owned an Olympus E-5 for 2 years. I have used it to do Macro, Landscapes, wildlife, family, sports. It has handled everything I have tried effortlessly. The results have been absolutely beautiful. I have used it on beaches, in the mountains and everywhere you can think of. The weight, balance, color clarity, sharpness are beyond reproach. All in all just what I imagined before purchase has been confirmed since purchase.

June 15, 2012


Awesome image quality

Upgraded from an E620. The E5 is superbly built camera, with phenomenal picture quality, gorgous LCD screen, built like a brick. Highly recommended.

May 12, 2012

Picture guy

So far, so good

This is an upgrade from my E-30, which I like very much. However, noise in the30 is a problem. My testing to this point suggests that I will be happy shooting @ISO 800, which I think will be enough for me.
I like the camera features and operating it is easy. A bit heavy with a 50-200 but stil manageable.

May 09, 2012


Olympus E-System is FANTASTIC!

The E-5 is an inspiration to use. Olympus should be blessed to have developed it. I have a lot of experience with APS-C and full format bodies of the big N, and the red dotted rangefinder. What I miss in all cases are really good colors. I remembered the great colors of my E-620, that I sold two years ago, and hoped that the E-5 would bring them back. I bought it together with the 12-60 lens. What can I say? I am amazed by the image quality of the E-5. I absolutely love, love, love the high quality of the RAW files. It is simply fantastic to see which intensive colors, contrast, and dynamic range, not to speak of the very high sharpness, can be squeezed out of the E-5's RAWs. It's mind-blowingly great. Olympus, please do not drop the E-System, it is one of the highest quality digital camera systems on the market. I think it is two notches above the M4/3 system (which I also know from the Pen E-P2).
Apart from the very high image quality, I LOVE the excellent viewfinder. The camera simply fits perfectly to the eye (even with glasses on!), so that I can shoot with full concentration on the subject. Again, the E-5 is inspiring.
Ergonomics, grip, everything is excellent.
Olympus, you did an excellent job. Again: Please keep this system alive.

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