Olympus E-5

  • Olympus E-5
81
Based on 37 scores, 54 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    14
  • Good:
    15
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    5

Pros:

  • Takes sharp photos in good light, Splashproof and dustproof, Crisp, articulating LCD, In-camera color effects and HDR, Excellent connectivity options.
  • Weatherresistant body, Dual card slots (CF and SD), Wireless flash control built in, Inbody image stabilization, Fast autofocusing, Level gauge, Tiltandswivel 3inch LCD, 100percent fieldofview optical viewfinder.
  • Great picture quality for its class; fast performance; solid, weatherproof body construction; interesting Art Filters effects.

Cons:

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

Expert reviews and ratings

By Buy-n-Shoot on 80

Although the E-5 offers great competition in a tight and mostly ‘owned’ professional sector, it presents enthusiasts with an easy step up by incorporating many recognisable compact camera features such as ‘Picture Mode’, which...

By TechRadar on 60

A 12.3 million pixel sensor borrowed from the E-PL1, a new TruePic V+ processing engine, 720p movie recording and an electronic level are all improvements that the Olympus E-5 has on the E-3, but is that enough to tempt Four Thirds photographers to...

By DPexpert on

Professionals who are satisfied with nothing less than a full frame sensor may not buy what is, in effect, a half-frame camera. But consider this: in terms of body integrity and features the E-5 at $2200 will stand comparison with a Nikon or Canon...

By Good Gear Guide on 60

The Olympus E-5 is a digital SLR camera with lots of potential and plenty of speed, but it just isn't as good as competing models from Canon and Nikon. Its images aren't as well defined as we would like and noise affects photos when a high ISO...

By CIOL on

At first use, the E5 is a very capable and rugged (though bulky) DSLR, with great stills as well as video; the swivel LCD is stunning.Then things get fuzzy. Why a four-thirds model at such a high bulk / weight/ price? Resulting in a full-size...

By G4tv.com on 100

Video Review: The Olympus E5 DSLR sports a compact body with splash and dust protection, a TruePic V+ image processor and a 3" swiveling LCD screen for only $1,700. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey check out the DSLR to see if the pictures are as...

By CNET Australia on 80

The E-5 presents a good upgrade path for those amateur and professional photographers working with the Olympus Four Thirds...

By Macworld UK on 80

Another robust, enthusiast-targeted camera is the dustproof and splashproof E-5, which tops Olympus’ E-system range. At £1,500, this Four Thirds system camera isn’t cheap and its 12.3-megapixel resolution feels modest in present...

By Digital Photography School on

Launched with little fanfare and then, according to Olympus, quickly gaining favour with the market, the Olympus E-5 DSLR should attract much attention down the track.Using the Four Thirds system, the E-5 is a little startling in its size and weight....

By Shutterbug on

When it was launched in October 2007, the E-3 broke new ground. It wasn’t a me-too SLR; it carried the Four Thirds format into new directions that were uniquely Olympus. In other words, it had lots of features other camera companies promptly...

By LetsGoDigital on 87

When we only look at the specifications, it seems as if the Olympus E-5 has been surpassed on all sides by most camera manufacturers. However, practice leads to a completely different conclusion. The feeling you get as a photographer when you use the...

By PC Mag on 60

The splashproof, dustproof Olympus E-5 is a good option if you shoot photos and video in unfriendly environments, but with middling low-light performance and limited video-capture options it's not the best D-SLR you can buy for the money....

By Trusted Reviews on 80

Way back in 2002, Olympus' original E-1 camera was the first digital SLR to be constructed as a digital camera from the ground floor up, competing models from Canon, Nikon, Pentax et al having been devised based on existing 35mm film camera...

By PCWorld on 70

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....

By Photo Review Australia on 85

When Olympus unveiled its E-5 DSLR shortly before Photokina in mid-September 2010 it was seen as an affirmation of the company's commitment to the Four Thirds System format. Despite a gap of three years between E-series models, the E-5 has the same...

By Technical Image Press Association on

For a very reasonable price, the Olympus E-5 provides benefits that rival those found in some professional SLRs: complete weather-sealing, comprehensive functions, excellent responsiveness, 100% viewfinder, good noise control, dual CF/SD slots,...

By PhotographyBLOG on 90

The Olympus E-5 is an exceptionally well-built and rugged digital SLR camera that is a joy to use and produces remarkably crisp images with great colours, and resolution that defies its pixel count. The tank-like build, chunky hand-grip, ultra-fast...

By Pocket-lint on 80

The chunky E-5 is big and bold, its weather resistant body, Art Filters and tilting screen being for us its main plus pointsKey specs12 megapixels, CompactFlash, Li-ion battery, SD,...

By AsiaOne on 80

The E-5 is an obvious upgrade for Olympus...

By Geek.com on

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...