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Olympus E-5 12.3MP Digital SLR with 3-inch LCD [Body Only] (Black)

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  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor; TruePic V+ image processor
  • In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to five shutter speed steps
  • Dust Reduction System with the Supersonic Wave Filter; rugged "thixomold" magnesium-alloy construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection,
  • Shoot movies at 30 frames per second in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed
  • 3-inch, 270-degree swivel LCD delivers precise compositional accuracy in Live View
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: E-5 Body
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Olympus E-5 Digital SLR: Brief hands-on preview by dpreview.com

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Olympus has announced the E-5 professional DSLR, replacing the E-3. Almost three years after launching its predecessor, the company has refreshed its professional flagship to reflect the features of its latest E-series and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-5 is built around the weather-sealed body of the E-3 and offers a 12Mp Live MOS sensor, 2.7-inch 920k LCD, Live View with Contrast AF, HD video recording and shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th sec. We've had a chance to look at a pre-production E-5, so have prepared a brief hands-on preview discussing its features.

Read the full Olympus E-5 preview at dpreview.com


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.6 x 2.9 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042X9MNM
  • Item model number: E-5 Body
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,756 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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.

Olympus E-5 Highlights

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.

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.

Olympus E-5 Features

In-body Image Stabilization
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.

Dust Reduction System
The E-5's proven Dust Reduction System, with the Supersonic Wave Filter (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.

12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor & TruePic V+ Image Processor
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.

Rugged Construction
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.

Shutter Durability
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.

Optical Viewfinder
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-inch Swivel LCD (920k dots)
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.

Data Storage
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.

World's Fastest Autofocus
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.

Art Filters
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
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.

Multiple Aspect Ratios
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.

Wireless Flash Control
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.

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

HD Video
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 Description

Olympus E-5 Digital SLR Camera Features

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.

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,


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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. Schlagheck on November 21, 2010
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First compared to the D300; I like the e-5 except for the limited high ISO which falls short of the Nikon. The flaw I had with the e-30 was poor performance in autofocus in low light conditions. The e-5 auto-focus is much better than both cameras (IMHO). I typically shoot in a studio environment so I rarely shoot beyond 200 ISO. However, I do shoot for postcard sales and the e-5 looks great in the color and it's very detailed image - really nice. The new processor is exceptional and the umph it gives to my Olympus lenses is un-believable. All in all I'm very happy with the e-5 and will now start selling off the Nikon camera and lenses.

Nothing against Nikon, I used them for over 40 years and made many exceptional photographs. A year ago I was at a photoshoot with my Nikon(s)and realized that everyone is getting the same image - I wanted my work to be different, so I went to an Olympus.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Doug on November 8, 2010
The Olympus E-5 is best of breed.

The pictures are the sharpest I have ever seen at any resolution. I am not worried that the image size is only 12 megapixels as I made beautiful 20 X 30 enlargements with the E-510 which only has 10 megapixels.

The great thing about the E-5 is the pictures are spot on perfect in .jpg. I never liked the extra steps, time, and storage required for raw, and the Olympus processor does a flawless job in camera.

I never used white balance on previous cameras because it always worked lousy. Olympus has changed all of that. I recently did some shoots in rooms with different types of florescents. The auto white balance was dead on in all of them, even though the flourescents were different color temperatures. The auto white balance works equally well outdoors. Shooting under tungsten light or using flash, I would suggest changing from "auto" to the apropriate setting (either daylight or flash).

As for noise at high ISOs, the pictures are perfectly clean up to ISO 1600 and clean if you use a noise program at ISO 3200.

The two best art filters are dynamic tone and film grain. I see myself using pop art on a very limited basis. The best all-around shooting mode is normal, portrait is good for portraits to give a very true skin color, and
i-enhance is good for shooting scenary shots.

Great camera, highly recommended.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2010
I've shot with lots of cameras over the years. Olympus cameras are an enigma. When you shoot with them you realize that they have weaknesses(well publicized) to other brands, but you also quickly realize they have plenty of strengths as well.

The biggest strengths are things that go unnoticed on a spec sheet: Exposure, white balance, color reproduction, and image clarity and sharpness. And a JPG engine that gets it right directly out of the camera so you don't have to spend hours making your photos look right. You also get in body IS that works on every lens, and a superior weatherproofing system that includes the body and the lenses.

The E5 is a perfect blend of everything Olympus has learned up to this point. It's not on the cutting edge of sensor technology, or movie making abilities, but it absolutely delivers in every sense of the word. Of course the build quality is spectacular. You can take this camera anywhere, anytime and not worry about it.

Picture quality is amazing. It's hard to describe properly but the images have a clarity I haven't really seen before. And I've shot with Canons and Nikons as well.

Noise control is the best of any 4/3rds camera yet. It's up there with a D300s and a 7D. Not quite as good but not enough to make a real difference.

It's expensive of course, but you know you want it so just get it over with and buy the darn thing. It's worth every penny in my book.

Great job Olympus.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Harry M. Shin VINE VOICE on December 22, 2010
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1. First of all, to give the reader an idea of where I'm coming from, I'm not a pro but I definitely am a serious enthusiast. Furthermore, I've used many cameras over the years (OM-1, Nikon film, Contax film, Xpan, Noblex etc... etc...). I've also paid my dues logging many hours in the darkroom over the years. In regards to digital, I've used various Sony cameras (F828, R1, 850 with the CZ 24-70mm), Olympus 420, 620, most recently the excellent EP-1 etc... I also recently tested the Pentax K5 with the 16-50mm 2.8 and I've briefly tested the Canon 5DII 24-105 L (I think that's the focal length); my friend's camera.

2. I, along with many other Olympus owners, was overtly confused, dismayed with the introduction of the E-5. I was expecting all of the things that we normally associated with a new camera: higher resolution and basically faster everything. However, after some time with this camera along with some time to reflect on my recent various tests of other cameras (notably the Sony A850 with 24-70mm CZ and Pentax K5 16-50mm), I've come to some personal (not scientific) impressions about this camera as well as photography in general:
a: Just like in the olden days, I think we can now state that "it's about the lens." Sensor technology is at such a level now, that basically any competent person can create a very good image with any modern camera. Certainly some cameras lend themselves better to certain situations (ie Nikon / Canon for sports or super low light without a tripod etc...), but in general--> give a competent photographer any modern DSLR and they'll be able to create great images.
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