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Question :
What differentiates the E-5 from the E-3?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
E-5 E-3
Lens mount  Four Thirds Mount
Memory CompactFlash
(Type I, UDMA-compatible)
SD Memory Card
(SDHC, SDXC compatible)
CompactFlash (Type I, II),
Micro drive, xD Picture Card
Image processor TruePic V+  TruePic III 
Effective pixels number 12.3 million pixels 10.1 million pixels
Monitor type HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
Monitor size 3.0 inches 2.5 inches
Monitor total no. of pixels 920,000 dots (VGA) 230,000 dots
Movable monitor Available
Viewfinder field of view/magnification 100 % / 1.15x
Image stabilizer 5 EV steps (in maximum effect)
Imager AF Available Not available
Art filter
Multi exposure
Multi aspect
Panorama combining shooting Not available
Shooting movies Available Not available
Menu languages 34 languages including Japanese and English  2 languages (Japanese, English)
* One language can be added using OLYMPUS Master.
Copyright settings  Available Not available
Built-in flash  Available
HDMI output connector Available Not available
Stereo microphone jack
Body material  Magnesium alloy
Dimensions 142.5 mm (W) x 116.5 mm (H) x 74.5 mm (D)/
5.6" (W) x 4.6" (H) x 2.9" (D)
Release date  October 2010  November 2007
Refer to the product's page E-5 E-3


Question :
Where can I check the features and specifications of each lens?

Answer:
You can check the features and specifications of Olympus lenses on the following Web pages: * ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses (Four Thirds)
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses (Micro Four Thirds)

Note:
If you want to simulate the combination of a lens and an Olympus E-System camera to view how it would look, click here:
* Special Contents: Matching Simulation (Four Thirds website)

Matching Simulation content is hosted on the Four Thirds website.

Question :
I would like to use a commercially available PL filter. Which type should I use?

Answer:
You can use a circular-type PL filter (C-PL) if you would like to use a commercially available filter.

What is a PL filter?
The PL filter is effective to reduce unwanted reflection on water or glass and to enhance the contrast of your pictures.

Refer to the following Web pages in Digital Camera User's Guide -Online Version- How to Take Great Pictures for more information on the PL filter:
* Example of reducing reflection using the PL filter: Changing the look of the water using a PL filter
* Example of enhancing contrast using the PL filter: Bring out the blue sky with a PL filter
* Let's try using Filters

Question :
The brightness of the LCD monitor changes sometimes when I move my camera. Why is this happening?

Answer:
The camera adjusts the brightness automatically according to the surrounding brightness.

By default, the AUTO BRIGHTNESS setting is ON.
When AUTO BRIGHTNESS is ON, the illumination sensor measures the surrounding brightness and automatically adjusts the brightness of the LCD monitor for optimal viewing.

If you want to keep a certain brightness, press the MENU button, and then select Setup Menu (Setup Menu). In Monitor brightness adjustment (Monitor brightness adjustment), set AUTO BRIGHTNESS to OFF.

Illumination sensor

Question :
What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
【 Still pictures 】
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Record mode Compression rate Number of pixels File format Number of storable pictures in a 1GB SD/SDHC card File size (approx.)
RAW Lossless compression 4032 x 3024 ORF 54 14MB
Large SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 JPEG 101 8.4MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 145 5.9MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 320 2.7MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 477 1.8MB
Middle SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 3200 x 2400 154 5.6MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 255 3.4MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 504 1.7MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 747 1.2MB
SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 2560 x 1920 269 3.2MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 395 2.2MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 776 1.1MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 1143 0.8MB
SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 1600 x 1200 673 1.3MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 993 0.9MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 1893 0.5MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 2753 0.4MB
Record mode Compression rate Number of pixels File format Number of storable pictures in a 1GB SD/SDHC card File size (approx.)
Small SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 1280 x 960 JPEG 1044 0.9MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 1514 0.6MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 2884 0.3MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 4038 0.3MB
SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 1024 x 768 1594 0.6MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 2243 0.4MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 4038 0.3MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 5507 0.2MB
SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 640 x 480 3563 0.3MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 5048 0.2MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 8654 0.2MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 10096 0.1MB

Note:
- The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the number of storable pictures and file size in each mode.
- The number of storable pictures depends on the image quality and the type of memory card.
- The number of storable pictures in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).
【 Movies 】
Record mode Image size Frame rate
(frames per second)
Recording time
in a 2 GB SD/SDHC card
HD 1280 × 720 (16:9) 30fps approx. 7 min.
SD 640 × 480 (4:3) 30fps approx. 14 min.
Note:
- The maximum file size of a movie is 2 GB. This is a limitation of the AVI file format.
- A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHC card is recommended for movie recording.
- When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter. Please note that sound is not recorded when shooting in DIORAMA mode. This is because DIORAMA shoots images at a slow frame rate and increases the speed during playback.
- In movie mode, IMAGE STABILIZER uses electronic stabilization. With this function, the recorded image is slightly enlarged.

Question :
Which types of memory cards can I use?

Answer:
The E-5 can use SD cards (SDHC, SDXC) and CompactFlash ® (Type I, UDMA-compatible). You can also copy images from one type of card to another inside the camera.

Note:
To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card Compatibility with E-5
* Compact Flash Compatible with E-5

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can either read online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals


Question :
Where can I find information on how to use the [ib] software?

Answer:
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about [ib] are collected here.

Detailed documentation of the software's functions is available in the application's Help file. To access the Help file, launch [ib] and choose ib Help from the Help menu.


Question :
Are any firmware updates available for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the available firmware for your camera on the following Web page:
* Download Files: Software, Firmware, Drivers


Question :
For how many steps of shutter speed does the E-5's Image Stabilizer compensate?

Answer:
The effect of the image stabilizer is equivalent to up to five shutter speed steps, according to Olympus' testing conditions. The value varies depending on the lens and shooting conditions. For example, when you shoot at a shutter speed of 1/15, the Image Stabilizer compensates for camera shake equivalent to 1/500.

Note:
The Image Stabilizer will not activate at shutter speeds of greater than two seconds. Stabilization may not be possible when the camera is severely shaken.



 
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