The E-5 is the flagship model of the Olympus E-series digital SLR camera lineup. The E-5 incorporates an array of impressive the features such as the multiple exposure, electronic level gauge and imager AF first introduced on the E-30, the advanced image processing engine popularized by the Olympus PEN series, plus art filter and HD movie functions.
Like the E-3, the E-5 features a dust- and splash-proof body that makes extensive use of seals and is made of lightweight but rigid magnesium alloy. Any dust that does manage to penetrate to the image sensor is quickly removed by Olympus's industry-leading dust reduction system. This make it possible for users to concentrate on taking pictures without worrying about the camera or lenses even under in punishing outdoor conditions.
As for image quality, the E-5 offers truly breathtaking performance thanks to its "TruePic V+" image processing engine with Fine-Detail Processing technology. This enhances the sense of detail and resolution, maximizing the potential of the 12.3-megapixel high-speed live MOS sensor to deliver pictures that are sharper and clearer than ever before.
To make it easy for users to take advantage of all that imaging power, the E-5 boasts the 3-inch VGA HyperCrystal LCD monitor with dual-axis swiveling system for more comfortable and more flexible Live View shooting of movies and still photographs.
Olympus is positioning the E-5 as its flagship digital SLR model, targeting it at professionals and serious amateurs, as well as marketing it as a step-up model for owners of popular-type SLR cameras such as the E-620. Together with the Olympus PEN series of micro four thirds interchangeable lens cameras that can be used as sub-cameras by professionals or as personal cameras by general users, the E-5 is part of a line of products designed to satisfy the widest possible range of consumers.
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- High reliability thanks to a rugged magnesium-alloy body, dust/splash-proof construction, and high-power dust reduction system
The E-5 features the same rugged magnesium alloy body and dust/splash-proof design and high-power dust reduction system whose durability and reliability have been well established by the E-3. Made of a "thixomold" magnesium alloy with homogeneous composition, the camera body is extremely strong, durable, and lightweight. The E-5 boasts a rugged camera body featuring a dust/splash-proof construction, with all major parts, including the built-in flash, LCD monitor, and switches, sealed to keep out sand, dust, rain and splashes. When the body is combined with a similarly sealed dust- and splash-proof Zuiko Digital lens, users can shoot with confidence even under the most severe conditions. Olympus's industry-leading dust reduction system features original supersonic wave technology that literally shakes off any dirt or dust that gets into the camera and onto the image sensor during lens replacement, as well the powder generated by friction during shutter movement. The powerful gravity acceleration produced by the supersonic vibrations of the SSWF (Super-Sonic Wave Filter) installed in front of the image sensor instantly flicks away debris to assure a clear, unmarred images. With the E-5's powerful SSWF system, even tiny particles that are tightly bound by molecular attraction and cannot be removed by simple shaking or anti-static measures can be dislodged and trapped in the dust collection unit.
- Free-angle shooting of both still images and movies using the 3-inch VGA HyperCrystal LCD monitor with the dual-axis swiveling system
The LCD monitor on the rear panel of the E-5 uses a 3-inch high-definition VGA HyperCrystal LCD with about 920,000 pixels. This monitor features a dual-axis swiveling system that allows free movement in both horizontal and vertical directions. This mechanism allows the user to easily shoot both still images and movies from any angle, whether high or low, monitoring the Live View image without strain or discomfort. This is especially useful for portrait shooting, which is often performed in the vertical format. As the camera can be held at waist level, the photographer's view will be oriented downward, making the subject feel less self-conscious and enabling more relaxed, natural facial expressions to be captured.