Summary Olympus E-5

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 8
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 18x13.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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The Olympus E-5 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Battery life Above average battery life Help
870 shots
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second


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The Olympus E-5 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
519 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.6 bits
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
34 lenses
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Missing geo-tagging
Size Quite large Help
Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.5 EV
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Movie continuous focus Lacks movie continuous focus Help
Requires attention to focus while recording
Announced Old Help
September 2010
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Weight Very heavy Help
892 g




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Regis Allard (8:44 PM, November 11, 2011)
I recently acquired the E-5 and am very impressed with it. I found a large difference once coupled with Zuiko  Pro lenses, image is sharp and the focus system is excellent. Very rugged camera. I use it professionally and it makes me money.......