E-5 Ascends Olympus Throne

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The E-5 now sits at the top of Olympus’s SLR offerings. Its predecessor, the E-3, was an impressive performer and this new model promises more of the same.

The E-5 raises the pixel count modestly over its predecessor to 12.3 megapixels. The image processing system (TruePic V+ in Olympus-speak) has a detail enhancer the company calls “Fine Detail Processing.”

No big surprise, but the E-5 does HD video — not front-of-the-pack 1080, but a usable 720p at 30 frames per second. It has an onboard mono microphone plus a 3.5mm stereo mic input.

The articulating LCD screen is now bigger (three-inches) with higher resolution (920Kdots). The E-5 also inherits the in-camera Fine Art filters from the E-30 and Pen lines.

What’s been carried forward is the magnesium alloy chassis with dustproof and splashproof seals, built in Supersonic Wave sensor shake dust reduction system, in-body image stabilization, built-in wireless flash control system and 100-percent view viewfinder.

Specification Highlights

  • Sensor 12.3 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS
  • Image engine: TruePic V+ (new “Fine Detail Processing” feature)
  • RAW image format: 12 bit lossless ORF
  • Shutter speed: 60-1/8000 sec.
  • Video: 720p 30fps (motion JPEG AVI)
  • Audio: onboard mon mic; stereo mic input (44Khz PCM)
  • ISO Range: 100-6400
  • LCD: articulating 3-inch, 920K dots
  • Image stabilization: in body
  • Sensor dust removal: Supersonic Wave
  • Body: Magnesium alloy chassis with weatherproof sealing
  • Memory: dual slots for CompactFlash Type I UDMA and SDHC/SDXC
  • Dimensions: 142.5 × 116.5 × 74.5 mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 892 g (with battery and CF card)
  • Available: October
  • Price: $1700 (est. street)

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