Olympus E-5 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour



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“Here are some general test shots taken with the E-5 and 12-60mm lens as stated to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the lens’ focal range.”


This stag picture was taken hand held utilising the telephoto end of the zoom in the last available light of the day and, apart from a slight boost in contrast, is the image as delivered by the camera. Deploying the i-Enhance function tends to produce warmer, more flattering images than the camera’s default ‘natural’ setting.


A lovely shallow depth of field here in this close up E-5 image with again an enticingly warm colour tone delivered by the camera, and plenty of detail in evidence for a ‘mere’ 12MP model.


By way of a direct comparison, here area couple of maximum wide angle images from the E-5 which have not been altered in any way, showing the difference between Natural Picture mode and the warmer tones delivered by selecting i-Enhance instead. The actual colours of the scene at the time fell somewhere between the two.

Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 9


Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12.3 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) N/Ax
Image Sensor 13.1 megapixel Four Thirds Live Mos sensor
Optical focal length Dependent on lens in use
Shutter speed 1/8000-60 secs
Auto focus TTL phase difference detection system (11 AF points)
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 4032x3024
Other resolutions 3200x2400, 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Focus range Dependent on lens in use
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering ESP light metering, spot, centre weighted, highlight, shadow
Exposure compensation 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps, +/- 5EV
Image Stabilisation Sensor shift (vertical or horizontal activation)
ISO settings Auto, 100 to 6400
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 920k dot resolution
Viewfinder Optical, eye level pentaprism type
Flash range Guide number 13 (ISO100)
Flash modes Auto, Manual, Red eye reduction, Slow Sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, 2nd curtain and slow sync, Fill-in flash
White balance modes Auto, overcast, shade, tungsten, sunlight, 3x flourescent settings
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats Raw, JPEG
Picture adjustments Dramatic, Grainy, Pin hole, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale, Light, Sepia, Diorama, Cross Process
Video (max res/format) 1280 x 720 at 30fps
Movie length Up to 2GB or 14 minutes standard definition, 7 minutes HD
Self timer 12, 2 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC and Compact Flash
Supplied memory N/A
Batteries supplied Lithium ion battery pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output Yes
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 142.5mm
Depth (Millimeter) 116.5mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 800gkg