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Olympus unveils high-end E-5 DSLR

New DSLR set to compete with Canon and Nikon

Olympus E-5 digital SLR

Olympus has announced the E-5, a high-end DSLR with 12.3Mp sensor, magnesium alloy body and five frames per second shooting. 

Priced around £1,500 and available from late October, it succeeds the E-3 and will compete alongside the Nikon D300S and Canon EOS 50D/60D.

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Olympus is making great noises about the E-5’s magnesium alloy body. It claims that it is dustproof, splashproof and lightweight. At 892g with battery and memory card, it’s not superlight, but it’s lighter than some other DSLRs, which can weigh in around the 1kg mark.

Olympus E-5 specifications

A 12.3Mp sensor lies at the heart of the E-5, and can record HD video at 720 lines. The E-5 has live view functionality, so you can frame your shots using the 3-inch LCD screen. Like the recently announced Canon EOS 60D, the screen can be swivelled to help with shooting at different angles. The E-5 features image stabilization built into its body – with some Canon and Nikon digital cameras, you need to buy image stabilisation lenses to benefit from this feature.

Some recent Olympus cameras have featured art filters, which aim to enhance creativity by creating special effects in your shots. A total of 10 art filters are available in the E-5’s menu system.

Four Thirds lenses on E-5

Like other Olympus DSLRs, the E-5 accepts Four Thirds lenses. A large range is available.

Not sure which DSLR to buy? Read our digital SLR reviews, including full test results of the Nikon D300S.

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