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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.
Memory Card Support: CompactFlash (CF) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
LCD Screen Size: 3 in
Camera Type: Digital SLR Camera
Effective Megapixels: 12.3 Megapixel
Lens Mount: Four Third
Image Stabilization: Optical
Environmental Protection: Dust Proof, Water Proof
Product Title: Olympus E-5 12.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only
Power Score: 4.4 | 25 Reviews
Image Sensor: Live MOS
Total Pixels: 13100000
Camera Body Only: Body Only
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 1280 x 720
Flash: Auto Flash, Slow Sync, Flash ON, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Height: 4.6 in
Width: 5.6 in
Depth: 2.9 in
Weight: 1.76 lbs
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Product Reviews (13)
Outstanding but Expensive
This is indeed a great camera, but much more than I really needed. I just wanted a second Olympus DSLR body as a backup to my E-520. But Olympus no longer makes any other DSLR so I bit the bullet and got this. (The originally much cheaper E-620 is still available online, but for a whole lot more money than the E-5. I can't imagine who would buy that when he can get the E-5 for a lot less!) Oh...
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This is indeed a great camera, but much more than I really needed. I just wanted a second Olympus DSLR body as a backup to my E-520. But Olympus no longer makes any other DSLR so I bit the bullet and got this. (The originally much cheaper E-620 is still available online, but for a whole lot more money than the E-5. I can't imagine who would buy that when he can get the E-5 for a lot less!) Oh well, it sure does take great pics and has some really neat features that I'm still learning. However, though I gave it 5 stars, I do have some gripes: 1. First is the neck strap. It's a piece of trash. The plastic adjustment slider broke by the third time I used the camera - simply from letting the camera hang down after one use. That, of course, can cause the strap to slide out and the camera to bite the dust. Given the high price just for the camera body, you would think Olympus could at least spring for a couple of stainless steel sliders. I just don't get it. If you buy this camera, buy a decent strap. 2. The owner's manual is only marginally useful and simply fails to cover some subjects adequately. An excellent guide book (available from a major online retailer) for the E-5 is far better and I highly recommend it. It is written by a leading camera guide author. 3. This camera has a dedicated remote cable connector socket. My E-520 provides this function through the USB connection, so that meant I had to buy another remote cable since the one I bought for the E-520 won't work with this camera. Also, the USB cable from the E-520 will not work with the USB connection in the E-5 (this is actually a fault with the E-520, since a standard USB cable cannot be used with it, but can with the E-5). Irrespective of that, Olympus has not demonstrated any uniformity in some aspects of their DSLR line, which I find disturbing. 4. The external flash and remote cable sockets have small screw-on/off plastic caps, that are sure to get lost at some point. A small compartment with a flip-out cover for both would have been far better. 5. It seems all Olympus DSLR cameras imbed the caption "Olympus Digital Camera" into the exif data. That means if I don't manually remove it from the metadata in each and every image after downloading, it will show up on pictures posted on various online photo sharing websites. This is annoying since it cannot be changed in the camera. When you ask Olympus support about it, they get very touchy in replying. The bottom line is that they want you to give them free advertising. My wife's camera which is not an Olympus does not do that. Well, enough of the griping. This camera does take fantastic pictures, and I don't even have Oly's high or super high grade lenses yet - just several standard grade lenses (except the 50 mm, f2 macro, which I have not yet used with this camera). It is ergonomically super and the swivel LCD is a real benefit over the fixed one on the E-520. I no longer have to lie down in the dirt to get the shot I want. The eyepiece shutter is such a simple but functional feature when taking a remote picture using the self timer - you don't have to place a hood over the camera in order to keep out stray light. Of course, I always forget to close that thing, but have not had any problems with exposures getting messed up as a result. The front and rear dials make navigating the menu or the direct button settings a real breeze. The dual record media option (SD or CF) is a great feature which I got used to on the E-520 as well. As to the video recording capability, I can do without it. My stand-alone HD camcorder does it better. So I think I'll keep it!
By Hermann on Adorama - Nov 8, 2012
Excellent with good light
I've been using an Olympus E-1 since early 2004. I use the ZD 14-54mm, 50-200mm, 50mm macro and Panasonic/Leica 25mm Four-Thirds lenses. I've mainly been shooting sports/action and wildlife photos. I bought an E-5 in November 2011 and I'm becoming accusto
By bousozoku on Adorama - May 8, 2012
An excellent dslr camera
The bulk of my photos are of flowers, animals/birds, and landscapes and this dslr fits the bill completely. Image quality is outstanding, even at higher ISO settings and Image stabilization is very helpful as I am not as steady as I used to be. Most members of my local camera club own Canon or Nikon and are amazed at the image quality of the E-5. The lenses I presently use are the 14-54 II and...
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The bulk of my photos are of flowers, animals/birds, and landscapes and this dslr fits the bill completely. Image quality is outstanding, even at higher ISO settings and Image stabilization is very helpful as I am not as steady as I used to be. Most members of my local camera club own Canon or Nikon and are amazed at the image quality of the E-5. The lenses I presently use are the 14-54 II and the 50-200 SWD with a 1.4 teleconverter behind it. I sometimes miss the mode dial that was on my previous E-500 and E-3 cameras but don't consider this a major issue.
By Wally on Adorama - Feb 27, 2012
Well worth it!
This camera has worked well for me in most instances. I think adjustments on my part will improve images taken in low light conditions. Olympus images are extraordinarily clear and sharp. I have been using this system for many years and plan to stick with Olympus.
By Steph on Adorama - Jan 30, 2012
VEry good upgrade
I upgraded from the E-30. It is top of the Olympus DSLR line without the top of the line price of the competitors. I can hardly think of situations where the full sensor and the higher mps would be worth the difference of price. I think the E-5 gets a little lost in the crowd. Built in image stabilization and waterproofing are big pluses.
By jefflg54 on Adorama - Nov 7, 2011