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Sunday, October 03, 2010

The New Olympus E-5

The announcement of new Olympus E-5 (non-working unit) available at Olympus Brand Store (Mid Valley) through Olympus Malaysia facebook quite interesting. Here's my short story to the Olympus Brand Store at Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur. Its a coincidence time which I was in KL during the announcement and later back to Kota Kinabalu on the next day.

I had a great 4x4 journey and photography to the jungle of Bukit Perangin Forest Reserve on Friday afternoon before returning to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning. In the next Sunday morning, I went to Mid Valley to check for the shop. I requested to hold the Olympus E-5 and made a few photoshoot and conversation with one of the staff there. Here's the photos of the new Olympus E-5:

    Olympus Brand Store at Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur
The shop and their staff with Olympus E-5 (with my 12-60mm lens).

New Olympus E-5 + 8mm FE lens
The side view body of E-5 with 8mm FE lens. The font colour of the COPY(printer) changed from green into blue. The colour of Zuiko?

New Olympus E-5 + 8mm FE lens
Front view of the Olympus E-5 with 8mm FE lens.

New Olympus E-5 + 8mm FE lens in my hand
The camera in my hand.

New Olympus E-5 - Swivel 3" LCD
Rear view of the new Olympus E-5 with flip LCD. Noticeable change over E-3 are some relocated buttons and large 3" LCD.

New Olympus E-5 + 8mm FE lens
Another front view of the camera in my hand.

New Olympus E-5 - 3" LCD
Rear view

New Olympus E-5 - Storage SD and CF card
Another interesting change is the memory card cover which only need to slip in and out to close or open. Also, the E-5 is now equipped with the long awaited SD card instead of xD card.
My first impression of holding the camera was it just as identical with my E-3. However, by looking to its rear part, I think I fall in love with the 3" LCD although have not yet experience the true display of the LCD. I like the way how some of the buttons are relocated. IS button in E-3 is the least button I use and I can live without it, just change it from the menu. By relocating the Trash bin (delete) button near to the main control is a lot easier to operate the camera using only the right finger. The location of the Info, Menu, Delete and Live view in E-5 are the best so far (from E-1, E-3 to E-5).     

It must be an exciting camera from Olympus and wait till I have the opportunity to do a review if I can get one. To conclude the visit, I bought one unit EP6 to replace the missing eye-cover on my E-3 during one of the 4x4 events. Its easily fell-off from the viewfinder attachment and I can see that it will be the same problem in the new E-5.

Olympus E-1, HLD-2 Battery Grip, Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
Olympus E-1

Product shot - Olympus E-3 Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0
Olympus E-3.

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