Olympus E5 DSLR Tech Review

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Posted March 8, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

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 detailed and vivid as Olympus promises!

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Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need To Know

  • The Olympus E5 is heavy, weighing almost 2 lbs without the lens.
  • The camera measures 6" long.
  • The number of buttons and switches on the E5 looks really intimidating and can be hard to use.
  • Olympus tried to make a shortcut button for every frequently used function but they're all in weird places so using this DSLR is more complicated than it should be.
  • The E5 is missing features we've come to expect from DSLRs, like a mode dial.
  • The directional pad doesn't always do what you want it to.
  • The manual controls make the DSLR very powerful but it will take a while for you to know how to use it efficiently.
  • Olympus says the E5 has the world's fastest auto focus, which beeps every time it's being used.
  • The auto focus is a little slower in Live View mode but we were still pretty impressed by how fast it was.
  • The E5 records HD footage at 30 fps and the footage looks good.
  • Colors are bright and details are sharp, though we did see a bit of digital noise when moving the camera a lot.
  • The video only records at 720p, which is weird because we've seen better video features on cheaper cameras (like the Canon 60D).
  • We are also fans of Olympus' art filters like pinhole, miniature and cross process, which you can use for pictures and movies.
  • The pictures look good: colors are accurate and exposure is balanced. Though the focus may be a little soft at times, everything else is practically perfect.
  • Low light photos were also very good, with or without the flash.
  • The E5 managed to let in enough light to illuminate even the darkest of places.


  • $1,700 without a lens.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5.
  • The design and interface are a little wonky and even though the pictures look good, they aren't as good as we want them to be.
  • We would recommend the Canon 7D instead which costs only $1,700 with a lens, has excellent video quality and is easier to use.
Olympus E5 DSLR Tech Review


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