Olympus E-5 Review

Overall Score

66

Main Features

  • 12 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 143 x 117 x 75 mm, 800g.
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  • Replaced: E-3

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Olympus E-5 Overview


First introduced in February, 2011, Olympus E-5 is a 12 MP DSLR with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Olympus replaced the older Olympus E-3 with E-5. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-5 with Olympus E-3


Olympus E-5 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus E-5

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-5 ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Olympus E-5 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Olympus E-5


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus E-5 with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
Optical Viewfinder
RAW Support
5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Long Battery Life: 870 shots
Manual Exposure Mode
Environmental Sealing
11 Cross Focus Points
±5 AE Bracketing Range
Selfie Friendly Screen
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
External Flash
AF Face Detection
920k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Focus
Microphone Port
11 Focus Points
2 Storage Slots
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Weight: 800g
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
Type Scores

Olympus E-5 has an Overall Score of 66/100 and ranked #83 out of 205 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #202 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Olympus E-5 Scores
Imaging score
46
Features score
74
Value for money score
78
Portability score
70
Overall score
66
Average Scores in Semi-Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
55
Features Score
58
Value For Money Score
73
Portability Score
70
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-5


Olympus E-5 weighs 800g and has external dimensions of 143 x 117 x 75mm (5.63 x 4.61 x 2.95"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Olympus E-5 is 17 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-5
800g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-5
75mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus E-5 with the dimensions:

Olympus E-5

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight E-5 Dimensions E-5
Olympus E-3 Olympus E-3 890 g 800 g 142 x 116 x 75 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Nikon D750 Nikon D750 840 g 800 g 141 x 113 x 78 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon 7D MII 910 g 800 g 149 x 112 x 78 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Olympus E-1 Olympus E-1 735 g 800 g 141 x 104 x 81 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Olympus E-M5 II 469 g 800 g 124 x 85 x 45 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Nikon D7100 Nikon D7100 765 g 800 g 136 x 107 x 76 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Olympus E-M1 II 574 g 800 g 134 x 91 x 67 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus E-M1 497 g 800 g 130 x 94 x 63 mm 143 x 117 x 75 mm

Specifications of Olympus E-5


General
Brand Olympus
Model E-5
Announced February, 2011
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 45
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 920k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.58
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 11
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 18.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4032 x 3024
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 870 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BLM-5
Physical
Weight 800 g
Physical Dimensions 143 x 117 x 75 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)/SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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