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Olympus E-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews of Olympus E-5. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and durability. The usability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the contrast and price. There are some mixed opinions about the low light performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Olympus E-5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Comments about the design and durability are overall positive. The image quality and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the price and portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Olympus E-5


Olympus' new flagship E-5 digital SLR has a semi professional build and feature set. So, how does it stack up against rivals, and could this really be its maker's last ever DSLR?

May, 2011

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Olympus E-5 review


Does this DSLR have enough to tempt Four Thirds photographers?

Good picture quality at low sensitivity ; Fast and accurate autofocus ; Customisable controls

Smaller than normal sensor ; Still quite large considering small sensor ; Autofocus lacks some high-end features ; Steep price in comparison to competition

A 12.3 million pixel sensor borrowed from the E-PL1, a new TruePic V+ processing engine, 720p movie recording and an electronic level are all improvements that the Olympus E-5 has on the E-3, but is that enough to tempt Four Thirds photographers to buy...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Derrick Story, (

Olympus E-5 review


There hasn't been much activity on the DSLR front from Olympus since the Olympus E-30 was released in 2009. At that time, its enthusiast DSLR out-specified the flagship E-3. Now, with the unveiling of the new E-5, Olympus shooters finally have a...

The Olympus E-5 is best suited for photographers with an investment in Olympus glass who want a rugged, dependable DSLR body with a broad, and relatively creative feature set. And even though many of its core specifications seem conservative compared...

Jan, 2011

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Olympus E-5


Ad un prezzo decisamente contenuto, la Olympus E-5 offre caratteristiche all'altezza di alcuni modelli reflex professionali: protezione totale da polvere, pioggia e agenti atmosferici, ampia gamma di funzioni, eccellente reattività, mirino con...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Olympus E-5 review


The Olympus E-5 is a pleasant camera to use and is capable of some nice results. The body is solid and feels sturdy in the hand, with a wealth of buttons and functions that, once customised to your own way of working, allow speedy operation. For...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Derrick Story (

Olympus E-5 review


A worthy upgrade if you already own an Olympus but not without its flaws

Full environmental seals; fast autofocus; great image quality; tilt/shift screen with Live view

Menus are too complex; control layout a little cumbersome; lacks customisability

Even though many of its core specifications seem conservative compared to other top-rated DSLRs, the E-5 does what a serious DSLR is supposed to: it takes good pictures. Photographers with older Olympus consumer four/thirds bodies will enjoy the...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Jodie Tyley (

Olympus E-5


Olympus E-5: A rugged DSLR for the adventurous photographer

The weatherproof construction and high-calibre image quality will appeal to outdoor shooters, while the HD movie mode and improved LCD bring it up to date

Jan, 2011

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Olympus E-5 Digital SLR Review


John Riley reviews the Olympus E-5, aimed at professionals and higher end amateurs.

Robust; Splashproof construction; Reliable and accurate metering; Excellent Live View; Quality of lens

Limited system backup

Nov, 2010

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Olympus E-5 body only


The Olympus E-5 brings together the best of Four Thirds technology and it even boasts a splash-proof design.

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Olympus E-5 digital SLR


Olympus E-5 review: A fast and feature-rich SLR camera, but it's hard to use and its images could be better

Fast burst mode, fast focusing, useful Live View mode and articulating screen

Noisy images, poor high ISO performance, hard to use

The Olympus E-5 is a digital SLR camera with lots of potential and plenty of speed, but it just isn't as good as competing models from Canon and Nikon. Its images aren't as well defined as we would like and noise affects photos when a high ISO speed is...

Mar, 2011

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