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12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The Olympus E-5 is compared to its closest competitor, the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
, below. All images below are 100% unmodified crops from their respective cameras. Both cameras were set on aperture-priority mode with fixed ISO. By default, the E-5 uses aggressive noise-reduction which is even visible at low ISO, this caused its images to look incredible soft compare to the K-5, so we turned off noise-reduction on both cameras for this set. The remaining settings were left on automatic. These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Olympus E-5 Pentax K-5

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ISO 200

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ISO 400

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ISO 800

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ISO 1600

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ISO 3200

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 6400

It is clear that the K-5 has a lead in terms of high-ISO capabilities here, giving it an edge of about 1 full stop. This is still very good for the E-5 which as a smaller sensor with a crop-factor of 2X rather than 1.5X.


ISO 12800

ISO 25600

ISO 51200
Olympus E-5
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By Neocamera on 2010-12-10

Olympus E-5 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-6400
Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-60s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
100% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
2 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
WeatherproofHot-Shoe
Built-in Dust ReductionStereo audio input
5 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 920K PixelsCompact Flash
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