Center Valley, Pa. - Preparing for the upcoming Photokina Show, Olympus unveiled Tuesday its latest d-SLR model offering superior image quality when compared with earlier Olympus models.
The Olympus E-5 camera employs a 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS sensor and TruePic V+ image processing engine, with Fine Detail Processing technology for greater detail in the photograph.
The system is said to have been optimized to maximize the performance of the Zuiko Digital Lenses.
The Olympus E-5 camera will be available in October for a $1,700 estimated street price for the body, USB cable, video cable, lithium-ion battery and charger, shoulder strap and software.
Other new features include a 270-degree, dual-axis, swivel 3-inch LCD monitor with 920,000-dot resolution, and 10 in-camera art filters, including new dramatic tone that can be used in all shooting models.
The E-5 also introduces 720p/30 fps HD video capture in an E-System d-SLR for the first time.
The E-5 keeps proprietary Olympus technologies from the past, such as 100 percent digital-specific lenses, a Supersonic Wave Filter dust-reduction system, the first full-time Live View system, and a completely splash-proof and dust-proof magnesium-alloy d-SLR body.
"The E-5 camera combines the E-System's legendary durability, reliability and professional image quality with HD video, multi-exposure and creative art features of the Pen series," said John Knaur, Olympus Imaging America d-SLR senior marketing manager. "Wherever you're shooting, the rugged splash-proof design of this camera will capture excellent images and video and withstand any rough conditions you might encounter."
The camera also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings (ISO 100 to ISO 6,400), enabling great results in low-light situations, Olympus said.
In-body mechanical image stabilization compensates for camera shake. Built-in image stabilization works with both long focal length lenses, and wide, ultra-wide and fisheye lenses.
Users of the E-5 have access to more than 20 Four Thirds lenses to shoot, and video shooters will find an external stereo mic input.
The E-5's Multiple Exposure function for still image capture enables combining up to four shots in real time or in-camera at a later date.
An internal digital level sensor detects the camera's pitch and roll with indicators in the optical viewfinder, on the control panel and during Live View operation. The function ensures that images are centered and true.
An HDMI output jack is included for connection to an HDTV set.
Besides direct-access buttons for quick access to camera menus, the E-5 camera offers the fastest AF speed in the world when coupled with the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 (24-120mm equivalent) Supersonic Wave Drive Lens. The E-5 camera has a Twin cross type (fully biaxial) 11-point AF sensor.
The E-5 camera's AF sensor also features a houndstooth pattern phase detection sensor layout that uses micro-lamination technologies to achieve superior real-world performance.
The E-5 offers up to 5 fps burst continuous shooting and a 1/8000 second top shutter speed.
The E-5 camera is compatible with a range of optional external flashes, including wireless flashes. The E-5 camera can control up to three wireless flash groups independently
The camera accepts both CompactFlash Type I UDMA and SD cards (SDHC/SDXC compatible), and provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility. It is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other inside the camera.