updated 08:20 am EDT, Tue September 14, 2010
E-5 revives Olympus' mid-range DSLR line
After a long silence, Olympus today modernized its mid-range E series DSLRs by adding its first video-capable model. The E-5 isn't the most advanced camera with just a 12.3-megapixel sensor and a maximum ISO 6,400 sensitivity but can capture 720p video at 30 frames per second, with an external mic input to improve audio. Olympus' selling point remains weather resistance: the E-5 body is guarded against both dust and water splashes with a magnesium shell that can withstand mild impacts.
The camera has built-in image stabilization and, like Nikon's D300s, has both CompactFlash and SD (here SDXC) card slots. It runs on Olympus' TruePic V+ imaging engine and has an 11-point autofocusing system as well as Live View on its swivelling LCD.
The E-5 is due to arrive sometime in October and will be relatively expensive for its feature set, costing as much as the D300s or Canon's EOS 7D at about $1,700 for a body alone.