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!
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.