ePhotozine posted a surprising positive articel about the new Olympus E-5. De facto they say that “If this is the last of the mirror type DSLRs in the Four Thirds range that will be a great pity. Olympus have a finely made product that delivers exceptionally good results. Does the smaller sensor compromise quality? Not in the E-5, that’s quite clear.”
Those are just a few of the many positive statements you can find inside the article:
- The E-5 instantly inspires confidence
- In terms of exposure, the camera is not susceptible to errors from bright light sources and backlighting.
- Focusing in all modes is crisp, fast and accurate. Very impressively, the camera seems able to focus upon almost featureless dark subjects with the same snap as more normal ones.
- I have no complaints about colour reproduction either. Colours are accurate and correctly saturated at the Natural setting.
- AWB deals very convincingly with mixed lighting sources and low light levels, so it is a mixed bag of settings to achieve the best results.
- The dynamic range of the sensor is not a problem. Highlights and shadows are recorded with detail over a surprisingly wide range.
It looks like despite the not so attractive features the E-5 is capable of delivering a very good image quality! Now Olympus, bring us the Pro-MFT camera
P.S.: You can download the japanese E-5 system chart and brochure here: http://www.olympus.co.jp/jp/support/cs/ctlg/index_ctlg.html. The english version is available here: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/208_manuals.cfm?prodID=MN4279292