The Olympus E-5 has a large pentaprism like most of the other pro and semi-pro digital SLRs, but part of that size is due to the pop-up flash. The large pentaprism inside is big and bright, looking similar if not identical to that on the E-3, sporting a magnification of 1.15x.
The Olympus E-3′s viewfinder has eleven autofocus points, which appear as black squares until they are illuminated with bright red LEDs.
The grip on the Olympus E-5 is pretty much the same as the E-3: very comfortable, with a nice indentation for the middle finger, and a good counter-grip on the back.
Output from the Olympus E-5′s new sensor is handled by a new generation of Olympus’ proprietary image processor, dubbed TruePic V+. This is several generations evolved from the TruePic III processor in the E-3, with the TruePic III+ design having since featured in the E-30, E-450, and E-620 digital SLRs, followed by TruePic V in the company PEN-series single-lens direct view cameras.
Sensitivity. Despite the slight increase in sensor resolution, Olympus has expanded the E-5′s sensitivity range, as compared to that of the E-3. The minimum sensitivity of ISO 100 equivalent is unchanged, but where the E-3′s maximum sensitivity was ISO 3,200 equivalent, the Olympus E-5 tops out at ISO 6,400. Like its predecessor, this still lags the competition somewhat, perhaps showing the difficulties faced by the smaller sensor format of Four Thirds cameras, compared to their APS-C rivals.
Shutter. Like its predecessor, the Olympus E-5 can capture full-resolution JPEG or Raw images at a rate of five frames per second. Information on burst shooting depth isn’t currently available. The Olympus E-5 also retains the Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system that debuted on the 2003-model Olympus E-1, and which has since been mimicked by the company’s DSLR rivals. Another important feature retained from the E-3 is Olympus’ in-body image stabilization, which works using a sensor shift mechanism. Olympus claims the system offers the same potential five-stop correction as it did with the E-3.
The Olympus E-5 is capable of shutter speeds from 1/8,000 to 60 seconds, plus bulb. The computerized focal plane shutter is identical to the one in the E-3, and has a rated life of 150,000 shots. Three metering modes are available — Digital ESP, Center-weighted averaging, and Spot. The Digital ESP mode considers the frame as 49 separate areas when shooting using the viewfinder, and 324 areas in live-view shooting. Spot metering has three possible modes — standard, Highlight control, and Shadow control. The metering system has an operating range of EV 1 to 20 (ISO 100, 50mm f/2 lens, room temperature). Exposure modes include Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual, and Bulb. Exposure compensation is available within a wide 5.0EV range in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps. The Olympus E-5 also offers exposure bracketing, but with a wider range than was possible in the E-3. The E-5 can now bracket 2, 3, 5, or 7 shots with 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV steps between exposures.
White balance. Like the E-3, the Olympus E-5 uses a hybrid white balance system, considering information both from the imaging sensor, and from a dedicated white balance sensor on the front of the camera body. White balance modes include Auto, seven presets, four user settings, and direct entry of color temperatures between 2,000 and 14,000 Kelvin. Preset white balance options include Sunny, Shadow, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Underwater, and Flash — the Underwater preset being a new addition, and the E-3′s Neutral White and Daylight Fluorescent presets having been removed.
Flash. The Olympus E-5 retains the built-in popup flash strobe from the E-3, with a guide number of 18 meters at ISO 200 (13m at ISO 100). Like its predecessor, the E-5 also has a hot shoe, and supports wireless flash with the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R external strobes, with three independent wireless flash groups, and the ability to enter and check flash setup from the camera’s LCD display.
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