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Olympus E-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and build quality are on the whole positive. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the software and battery, while there are some less positive opinions about the low light performance and video.

image quality, performance, screen, build quality, design

video, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 138 reviews)

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Excellent product


Extremely sharp definition, which is what really matters to me, together with the availability of top choice Zuiko lenses

Design, Control panel, Battery, Build quality, Black level, Color

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Olympus E-5


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...

Weather-resistant body ; Dual card slots (CF and SD) ; Wireless flash control built in ; In-body image stabilization ; Fast autofocusing ; Level gauge ; Tilt-and-swivel 3-inch LCD ; 100-percent field-of-view optical viewfinder

Lackluster high ISO performance above 1600 ; Only 5 fps burst mode ; Limited video options ; No mode dial ; 12 megapixel sensor

The Olympus E-5 is best suited for photographers with existing Olympus lenses who want a rugged, dependable DSLR body with a broad, creative feature set.

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Olympus E-5 dSLR Review


The Olympus E-5 is a welcomed replacement to the E-3 from 2007. This unit offers various improvements, a durable body with weather/dust resistance, excellent image quality and robust performance. It's also competitively priced. Read more in our Full...

Excellent image quality ; Robust shooting performance ; Bright and clear OVF ; Versatile exposure mode options ; Capable Program AE mode ; Awesome 3.0-inch LCD ; Excellent build quality ; Durable and Weather/Dust resistant body ; Good high ISO...

ISO 6400 setting not really usable ; Built-in mic picks up a lot of background noise ; No mode dial (uses a button in conjunction with the rear control dial or 4-way controller)

The Olympus E-5 is a welcomed replacement to the E-3 from 2007. This unit offers various improvements, a durable body with weather/dust resistance, excellent image quality and robust performance. It's also competitively priced. Read more in our


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Olympus E-5 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


With the E-5, Olympus is looking to reclaim the high ground, pitching the E-5 as a do-it-all camera for professional and high-end shooters. But they have an uphill struggle in a fiercely competitive market with competition that is surpassing them in...

There aren't many cameras that you feel you could use to stop a charging Rhino, but the E-5 is one of them. This camera feels very well constructed, with a solid body and very tight seals around the ports and sockets. It is a little heavy, though, and...

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Olympus E-5


Takes sharp photos in good light. Splashproof and dustproof. Crisp, articulating LCD. In-camera color effects and HDR. Excellent connectivity options

Bulky and heavy. Underwhelming low-light performance. Video capture is limited to 720p30. Slow autofocus during Live View shooting. Audible lens noise during video recording

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Olympus E-5 Review


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Review: Olympus E-5 DSLR


The E-5 is a solid if somewhat underwhelming DSLR for existing Olympus kit owners.

The Olympus E-5 features a 3-inch articulated LCD with 920,000 pixels, very fast autofocusing (especially if you're using the excellent 12-60mm f/2.8-4 SWD zoom lens), HD movie capture, dual memory card slots (CF and SD), and an upgraded image...

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Field test: Olympus E-5 digital camera


The E-5 is Olympus' newest professional digital camera and the follow-up to the E-3. Selling for $1699 it's in the price range of the Canon 7D and Nikon D7000, but the main appeal will be to E-3 owners and anyone that has invested in the 4/3rds...

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Tested: Olympus E5


Olympus's rugged flagship DSLR serves up beautiful images.

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Olympus E-5 Review


The Olympus E-5 is the newest top-of-the-line DSLR that uses a Four Thirds sensor developed by Olympus.

Solid construction ; Fast auto focus ; Articulated LCD

Some highlight clipping ; Weaker at high ISO ; Lower resolution than competition

As shown below, the E-5 produces sharp images with low noise and good color through 800 ISO. Fine details get softer and noisier at 1600 ISO and by 6400 ISO the fine details are essentially absent from the image. The E-5's high ISO image quality...

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This is a preview of the Olympus E-5 digital SLR camera. The camera described here is pre-production, and features and camera performance are subject to change. Olympus has requested that photos and performance data from this camera not be posted. When...

(though Sigma has a decent collection, as well). If you want to use a classic OM lens, you can do that too via the optional MF-1 adapter (though these lenses will be manual focus only). Every lens you attach will have image stabilization, since it's...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:4/3''
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus BLM-5
Battery Type:Olympus BLM-5


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes