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The Olympus E-5: Durable and Sophisticated

Similar to its forbearers, the Olympic E-5 fully embraces its digital technology, including for the first time a 100% digital-specific lens. The E-5 seeks to provide a durable, high-quality camera for the amateur and professional alike, boasting a 1.23 megapixel capability for the discerning photographer and the Mechanical Image Stabilization tech for the shaky start-up. The 3 inch LCD screen displays 920,000 dots in hyper-contrast, thanks to the new HyperCrystal technology, exhibiting your 720 dpi video in the highest definition. To accompany your crystal clear video, the E-5 records studio quality sound with any 3.5mm compatible microphone, though it includes internal recording apparatus of its own.

The Olympic E-5 is made as durable as it is usable, with a lightweight frame designed to take a sizable amount of abuse. The E-5 is dustproof and water resistant; can withstand a few drops and splashes. The shutter apparently comes with a 150,000 exposure lifespan, enough to last any photographer quite a long time. These features don't seem to add any excess weight, as the camera feels sturdy yet lightweight in hand.

Flexibility is important to the Olympic E-5. With plenty of memory card options, you're not pressed to purchase the most expensive storage and it's simple to transfer images from card to card within the camera itself. The E-5 is also flexible in its available art filters: the dramatic tone to add surreal contrast, the favorite sepia, soft focus, pop art and more. These allow even the newest photographer to add complicated seeming effects to photos on-camera, while the professional may delight in the ease of photo manipulation. These effects can even be applied to movies shot with the E-5, making this a viable option for start-up videographers, as well. You can choose either landscape or portrait orientation with the multiple exposure feature, and then combine the shots still in-camera.

To summarize, the Olympic E-5 provides many features applicable to both the photographer and the director, the novice out for the perfect shot, or the professional looking to expand the capabilities of his craft. At $1700 MSRP, the E-5 isn't the cheapest model on the market, but for the added bonuses and capabilities, this camera is well worth the cost. If you're looking for a top-of-the-line camera with a durable make and an efficient display of buttons and functions, remember that the E-5 fulfills the purposes of any user and remains a worthy successor to the Olympic line of products.

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 05:59:51 +0000

I recently got an E-5 to complete my Olympus weather sealed hat trick (E-1, E-3, and now E-5). One thing I dislike on the E-5 is that unlike my E-P2 there is no movie mode that you can start/stop movies with the shutter button. Instead you must be in live view mode, and use the ... button to start movies. In particular, I often put the camera on a tripod and use the shutter release to start/stop movies when I'm recording events, and now I can't do that.

Michael Meissner
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:26:55 +0000

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