It seems something of a shame that Olympus' hand may be forced to quit the DSLR market in the near future and concentrate on the burgeoning compact system camera market instead. But, with such great success with its Pen range, including the E-PL2 which we hope to be able to bring you a review of in due course, and massive competition at the high-end of the market from Canon, Nikon and Sony, it's certainly a sensible business decision.
Ultimately, though, if this is the company's last DSLR outing, at least it has saved the best until last. It's well built, easy to use and can produce some great results. Unfortunately, that's the bare minimum for a high-end DSLR and while there are still plenty of lenses and attachments for the Four Thirds system, we couldn't in all conscience recommend the E-5 as a system camera you might want to get into from scratch - at least not at its £1,500 launch price. There are simply better options for around £1,000, the Canon 60D and Nikon D7000 both being obvious examples.
If, however, you're already furnished with a host of compatible lenses and accessories, the E-5 will undoubtedly be a welcome upgrade just as soon as the price drops a bit.