The Olympus E-5, Olympusu2019s brand new, high-end E-5 DSLR gets the What Digital Camera hands on previewu2026

The new Olympus E-5 DSLR is a direct replacement for the current E-3 model. The Olympus E-5 has a 12.3 megapixel Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, an increase over the E-3’s 10.1MP resolution, but fully affirms that Olympus’s ethos to not push beyond the 12MP mark is being stringently adhered to.

The new TruePic V+ Imaging Engine sees advances in processing, with up to ISO 6400 now possible at full resolution (the E-3 maxed out at ISO 3200) alongside a five frames per second (5fps) burst mode.

With HD video becoming prevalent in DSLR cameras, the Olympus E-5 also introduces movie capture in an Olympus DSLR for the first time. A relative carbon copy of the Micro Four Thirds E-P1 model’s capabilities, the Olympus E-5 can capture 720p HD video at 30fps in the Motion-JPEG format. The built in mono microphone can be over-ridden when using the 3.5mm stereo microphone jack for more professional quality recording from an external microphone.

It’s not just the movie mode that has been pulled from elsewhere – new Art Filters, as seen in a variety of other Olympus models, also make way into the Olympus E-5’s spec, perhaps surprising for a pro-spec model, but a welcome feature for further creative use. The new Dramatic Tone Art Filter is a pseudo HDR-type effect that can be utilised in both stills and movie shooting.

The autofocus system is the same 11-point cross-type AF system found in the Olympus E-3, while the LCD screen is upgraded from the previous 2.5in size to a new 3in, 920k-dot version to complement the 100% field of view optical viewfinder.

As per all new Olympus cameras, the xD-format picture card is now a thing of the past: the Olympus E-5 utilises a CF and SD dual-slot system.

Available from October 2010, the Olympus E-5 will retail for around £1500 body only.

Watch the video preview of the Olympus E-5

  • Jeremy Edward Trickett

    This will be on my Christmas wish list this year!

  • Mickie

    Better cameras ? depends on what you want to use it for the occasional dip in water ,on the beach and not worry about water or sand ingress in camera body image stabilisation superb dust prevention system fantastic glass its up to you,you pays your money and makes your choice and live with it

  • forumis m

    aren’t there better cameras around at that price?

    MArk II 5d, 7d etc?

  • M

    AF-system IS improved according to Olympus own press release, although it still has the same nr of points, (11).
    The E-5 display is 3″, but was 2,5″ on the E-3, so have thus been incresed in size (& resolution)on E-5 vs E-3.
    The new processor may give ISO 6400, but mostly Olympus themselves point to that it has increased the processor´s performance in fine detail rendering “finally taking advantage of the quality of the SHG lenses” (not exact wording, but in effect that is what Olympus points out regarding the new processor.

  • Nikolas

    “The autofocus system is the same 11-point cross-type AF system found in the Olympus E-3, and although the LCD screen remains the same 3in size its resolution increases to a finely detailed 920k-dots total to complement the 100% field of view optical viewfinder.”
    -The LCD on the E-3 was/is 2.5 inches, so it marks improvement not only in resolution but the size, as well.

  • Don Ravine

    Thanks for the video. Quite informative. I like the bit where we’re told Olympus listened to its users. Seems like they did!

  • Franz Airiman

    “… and although the LCD screen remains the same 3in size its resolution increases to a finely detailed 920k-dots total… ”

    Actually, the E-3 has a 2.5in LCD.

  • san ching

    Wrong preview “LCD screen remains the same 3in size”. It is 2.5in for E3.