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

“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.”


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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.


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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.


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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.

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Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 9

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