Olympus E-5 Performance and Specification Review

The E-5 is, without a question, a electronic camera targeted at the Olympus trustworthy, developed (as described to us) to ‘finally provide picture top quality to suit that of Zuiko lenses’. Olympus knows that the E-system contact contacts are the gemstone in its top and isn’t going to give up that or its customers. The upcoming for Zuiko Digital lens entrepreneurs might not be a response electronic camera (we’ve had powerful clues that a frequent stay perspective only FT / MFT system can be found ahead), but Four Thirds isn’t going away.

Olympus E-5 Review
Olympus E-5 Review

It is perhaps an indication of where Olympus’s main concerns lie or the way the industry is advancing – that whereas the E-3 took the E-1 returning to the illustrating panel and presented several new functions, the E-5 is probably best described as a warm-over of its forerunner. It’s also exciting to observe that it gains advantage from a ‘trickle up’ of technological innovation from the newest improvements in the organization’s Small Four Thirds electronic cameras – a unique scenario for what is, successfully, the idol item in the E-system variety.

Key Features

  • New indicator (12MP vs 10MP Stay MOS)
  • New TruPic V+ processer (E-3 was TruPic III)
  • Large 3.0″ 921k vari-angle screen
  • Fast Sensor AF (inc Experience Detection)
  • 720p film method (AVI M-JPEG) + Sound recording
  • HDMI and Radio stations program Mic connections
  • Art Filtration (10, such as new Impressive Overall tone Filter)
  • ISO 6400 top stage of sensitivity (vs E-3’s ISO 3200)
  • More personalization options
  • Redesigned color-coded selection system
  • New functions such as Level Evaluate in the viewfinder, Multi-exposure, i-Enhance, 7 structure AEB
  • SD / CF spots (E-3 was xD / CF)
  • New BLM-5 battery power (although interface is maintained with the mature PS-BLM1)

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Olympus E-5 Body And Design

The E-5’s body spend is almost but not quite the same as the E-3. At a quick look you is similar to its forerunner but more cautious statement shows a few important variations. The E-5 activities a bigger LCD display, which has packed out the remove, details, selection and stay perspective control buttons from their old place along the platform of you. These control buttons are now placed above the LCD and on the remaining (in the case of selection and info) and the remove and stay perspective control buttons can now be found on the right of you, between the LCD and multi-controller. The E-3 IS key has been eliminated entirely, and so has the ‘SSWF’ red LED light which used to light up when the sensor’s ultrasound washing system was in function.

Olympus E-5 Body
Olympus E-5 Body

Olympus E-5 Performance

Overall Performance

The E-3 was a nicely sensitive digicam, and the E-5 provides a quite identical efficiency overall. That said, Olympus has made some developments, the most important of which are a lot better shield, and incorporating contrast-detection auto-focus in stay perspective and movie ways. The E-5’s highest possible framerate of 5fps is the same from the E-3, and inadequate in comparison to opponents like the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Nikon D300S, both of which can skyrocket to 8fps. However, with a high-end CF card rush detail at this rate is now so great as to be successfully endless in JPEG method. Contrast-detection AF is a welcome accessory for the E-5’s set of features, although neither rate nor precision are up there with the best of competitors, either DSLR or mirrorless.

The E-5 SSWF sensor-cleaning program functions when you is first operated up, and as such the E-5 requires approximately 1 second from the time that the change is converted until it is ready to take a chance. Shut down isn’t immediate either, but in cases like this, the wait is due to the E-5’s image stabilizing program recallibrating itself, which it does with an sensible (and haptic) juddering. The shutdown wait is insignificant, but it would be awesome to have the choice of establishing SSWF to function either when needed, or at shutdown. A wait of one second before you can take a image doesn’t audio like much, but it could possibly cause to skipped capturing possibilities in a few instances.

Autofocus rate / accuracy

The E-5 11-point phase-detection AF component is the same from the E-3, and our information about using it is accurately the same. Autofocus rate in single-point AF method is excellent – excellent with the useful 12-60mm SWD zoom capability installed – and AF precision is extremely rich in most circumstances, only losing when multi-point AF is in use and in inadequate mild. When the E-5 AF design is set to all 11 factors, both AF purchase rate and AF precision fall, and like the E-3, the E-5 sometimes seems to ‘panic’ over which AF factor to use. As the E-5 normally discovers its indicate in dim circumstances, it can take a while to do so. The distinction in AF rate in a mysterious room as than the shiny external is shateringly apparent, and in the house, especially, the E-5’s AF can be absolutely gradual.

The E-5 also provides contrast-detection AF in stay perspective method – a process tailored from latest mid-range E-system cameras. Our information about using CD-AF with the E-5 is combined. While in excellent mild, with a ‘standard’ zoom capability it is fast and precise enough for most reasons, rate and precision fall considerably with certain (impetiginized) contacts, and in boring internal illumination. Occasionally, with whatever lens, even in what should be positive circumstances, the E-5’s CD-AF gives up absolutely and will not find its concentrate on. This is a particular problem when capturing movie. For these reasons, when capturing in stay perspective or movie method with the E-5, we much choose to concentrate personally.

Olympus E-5
Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5 Specifications

Price (body) • EU: €1699
• UK: £1500
• US: $1700
Body material Dust & Splash Proof Magnesium body
Sensor • 4/3 type Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
• 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppression Supersonic Wave Filter
Image stabilization • In-body sensor shift
• Three modes: Horizontal+Vertical, Vertical only, Horizontal only
• Up to 5 EV Compensation (claimed)
Image processor TruePic V+
Image sizes • 4032 x 3024
• 3200 x 2400
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
File formats (Stills) • RAW
• RAW + JPEG
• JPEG
JPEG compression • SuperFine (1/2.7)
• Fine (1/4)
• Normal (1/8)
• Basic (1/12)
Movie • 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
File format (Movie) AVI Motion JPEG
Lenses • 4/3 standard lens mount
• Range of ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
• Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
Auto focus • 11-point TTL Phase Difference Detection
• Automatic or manual point selection
• EV -2 to 19 (ISO 100) detection range
• Contrast detect AF available in live view
Focus area selection • Automatic
• Manual
Focus modes • Single shot AF
• Single shot AF + MF
• Continuous AF (Phase detect only)
• Continuous AF + MF (Phase detect only)
• Manual focus
AF assist lamp Yes, flash strobe
Exposure modes • Auto
• Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
Sensitivity • Auto (ISO 200 – 6400)
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400
Metering system • 49-zone multi-pattern
• Range: 1 to 20 EV (50 mm F2, ISO 100)
Metering modes • Digital ESP
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (2%)
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
AE Lock • AE/AF lock button
• With shutter release half-press
AE Bracketing • 2, 3, 5 or 7 frames
• 1/3, 1/2, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Exposure steps 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV
Exposure compen. • -5.0 to +5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Shutter speed • 60-1/8000 sec
• Bulb (up to 30 mins, default 8 mins)
Aperture values Depends on lens: 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Flash X-sync speed 1/60s -1/250s (1/3 EV steps) (Min. speed can be down to 60 sec)
White balance • Auto
• Lamp (3000K)
• Fluorescent (4000K)
• Daylight (5300K)
• Flash (5500K)
• Cloudy (6000K)
• Shade (7500K)
• Underwater
• 1 custom presets
• Kelvin (2000 – 14000 K)
• Dual sensor WB measurement (external WB sensor and TTL)
WB fine tuning • Red – Blue: +/- 7 steps (2 mired each)
• Green – Magenta: +/- 7 steps (2 mired each)
WB Bracketing • 3 frames
• 2, 4 or 6 mired steps
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters • Picture 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.)
• Saturation (5 levels)
• Sharpness + Contrast (5 levels)
• Sharpness ((5 levels))
• Contrast (5 levels)
• B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
• B&W toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
• Gradation (Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key)
Art Filters • Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone
• Can be used in PASM shooting modes
Drive modes • Single
• Sequential shooting H
• Sequential shooting L
• Self-timer
• Remote control
Continuous • 5.0 fps in Sequential shooting H
• 1.0 to 4.0 fps in Sequential shooting L
• RAW mode: Max. 16 frames. with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB
• JPEG mode: up to the card capacity with SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB
Self-timer • 2 sec
• 12 sec
• Anti Shock: 1/8-30 sec delay
Flash • Built-in pop-up
• TTL auto / manual
• Guide no. 18
• Sync modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain slow syncro, Fill-in, Off, Bracketing
• Flash power: Up to +/- 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
External flash • Hot shoe
• TTL Auto FP / TTL auto for Olympus dedicated flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-14)
• Flash power: Up to +/- 2EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
• Wireless flash possible with FL-50R, FL-36R
Viewfinder • Eye-level single-lens view finder
• Field of view 100%
• Magnification 1.15x with a 50mm lens and -1 dioptre
• Eye point 20 mm at -1 dioptre
• Depth of field preview
• Dioptre adjustment -3 to +1 dioptre
• Focusing screen: Interchangeble
• Mirror: Quick return mirror
Live View • TTL by Image sensor
• 100% field of view
• Enlargement (5x/7x/10x/14x)
• Grid pattern, white/black out warning display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode
• AF: Contrast detection + Face detection / Contrast detection / Phase difference detection
Orientation sensor Yes
LCD monitor • 3.0″ transmissive TFT LCD monitor
• Swivel LCD
• 920,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage