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Olympus make E-5 official

Not much has changed over the original (three-year old) E-3 but there's a slight increase in pixel count to 12MP, a less aggressive AA filter, which should mean better micro-contrast (and according to Olympus is superior to both the EOS 7D and D300), a new image processor, and mono 720p 30fps HD movie clips. Fortunately, it has a stereo mic socket, and the 3-inch LCD is a big improvement too, with 921k dot resolution. For more information, please see the press release below.
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PRESS INFORMATION
Dustproof, splashproof new D-SLR designed for extreme photography
Olympus’ new flagship is tough as they come:
The ultimate E-System DSLR: E-5
London, 14 September 2010 – Olympus has cornered the market in robust D-SLR design in recent years and its E-3 and E-1 cameras are synonymous with go-anywhere, shoot-anything photography. Now Photokina will offer photographers a first reassuring grip of the new Olympus D-SLR powerhouse designed for imaging on the edge: the next generation flagship E-5. The direct successor to the award-winning E-3, the E-5’s all-terrain lightweight rigid magnesium alloy body is dustproof, splashproof, incredibly robust.. The new flagship combines Four Thirds lens compatibility and a more powerful image processor to deliver photographs of the very highest calibre. In tandem with the remarkable ZUIKO DIGITAL lens system, the new 12.3 Megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor and TruePic V+ engine with Fine-Detail Processing technology capture more detailed and sharper images than comparable resolution D-SLRs with larger sensors. The E-5 sets new standards in reliability, speed and creativity. In addition to Olympus’ unique Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system, it features a 3 inch VGA Swivel LCD, a 1/8000th sec. high-speed shutter with 5fps sequential shooting, IS0 6400, HD Movie, wireless flash and ten Art Filters. With the E-5, professionals can stay creative in virtually any conditions. If they can hack it, so can their camera. The Olympus E-5 will be available for £1500 from late October 2010.
World-class reliability
When the going gets tough, professional photographers get an Olympus
D-SLR. Designed specifically for excellent performance in extreme conditions, the E-5 gives its owner unrivalled peace of mind. Its lightweight magnesium alloy body is dustproof, splashproof and incredibly robust. The E-5 also has the specifications to deliver the reliability professionals crave – from the industry-leading Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system to the 100% field of view in the large viewfinder. Wherever they are, and however harsh the environment, E-5 users can confidently concentrate on the essentials: capturing images that are simply world-class.
World-class image quality
The E-5 harnesses Olympus imaging innovations to give professional photographers a tool with truly breathtaking performance. Compared to equivalent rival D-SLRs, images appear more detailed and sharper – thanks to a unique combination of features. The TruePic V+ image engine with new Fine-Detail Processing technology uses sophisticated algorithms to give an impression of greater resolution than shots taken on other cameras with the same number of pixels, while reducing the pseudo colours and moiré that affect lesser systems. The new technology brings out the full potential of the 12.3 Megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor as well as the ZUIKO DIGITAL lens system that is so admired among photographers and press. Together, these components generate exceptional photographs with the highest picture quality ever achieved by an Olympus SLR camera. Irrespective of the choice of lens, image quality is further enhanced by sensitivity that extends to ISO 6400. Wireless flash, multi exposure mode and ten Art Filters give creative ambitions free rein. The E-5 marks the debut of Olympus’ spectacular Dramatic Tone Art Filter that generates a virtual HDR image with just one shot. All the Art Filters can be applied to still shots and the High Definition movies that the E-5 records in the pristine 720p / 30fps format. With a built-in mono microphone, stereo microphone jack and HDMI™ interface, this D-SLR is fully equipped to record movies fit for full-size High Definition TVs. SD and CompactFlash card slots provide extra storage capacity for the data-rich film files.
World-class speed
For top-level professional photographers, speed is vital – and the E-5 does not disappoint. It features Olympus’ celebrated Supersonic Wave Drive built-in image stabilisation system and a super-quick 11-point full twin cross auto-focus system to cleanly capture even the fastest-moving subjects. Horizontal and vertical sensor lines mean this system effectively draws on 44 different points to calculate the focus. Shutter speed of 1/8000th second and 5fps burst shooting perfectly complement another Olympus highlight: the versatile 3 inch VGA swivel LCD with 921,000 dots resolution. The big display and superb response time make light of action photography, even from difficult angles.
The E-5 will be available from October 2010 for ¤1,699.
E-5 main features:
Reliability
•    Dustproof, splashproof, lightweight rigid magnesium alloy body
•    Supersonic Wave Filter dust protection system
•    Large viewfinder with 100% field of view
•    Durable high-speed shutter tested to 150,000 releases
Image Quality
•    Ultra-effective, Supersonic Wave Drive built-in image stabilisation
•    12.3 effective Megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor
•    New TruePic V+ image processor
•    ISO 6400 sensitivity
•    Ten Art Filters with astonishing new Dramatic Tone Filter
•    Multi exposure mode
•    Built-in flash with commander function for wireless flash synchronisation
•    Compatible with Four Thirds Standard lenses
Speed
•    Live View with high-speed full twin cross 11-point AF system
•    1/8000th second high-speed shutter with 5fps sequential shooting
Other highlights
•    3 inch 921,000 dot Dual Axis Swivel HyperCrystal LCD
•    720p 30fps HD Movie
•    Stereo microphone jack
•    SD and CompactFlash card slots for additional memory
•    2 frame and 7 frame AE bracketing
•    Level Gauge on the viewfinder
•    Two easy-to-use dials plus cursor keys for convenient playback
For a full list of E-5 features, please go to www.olympus.co.uk

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New Features

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Note the E-D1 moniker, before changing to E-5.
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Sample photos (courtesy of Olympus)

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Dramatic Tone Filter sample (before and after)

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For a full list of E-5 features, please go to www.olympus.co.uk


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