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What are the main differences between the E-5 and the E-3?

The main differences are as follows:

  • The E-5 has a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor. The E-3 has a 10.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor.
  • The E-5 uses Olympus' TruePic V+ image-processing engine. The E-3 uses the TruePic III processor.
  • The E-5 sports a 3-inch, HyperCrystal, 270° swivel LCD monitor with 920,000 dots -- four times as many as the 230,000 dots on the E-3's 2.5-inch, dual-axis 360° articulated HyperCrystal LCD monitor.
  • The E-5 can capture HD or VGA movies as well as still images. The E-3 cannot capture movies.
  • The E-5 supports Imager AF autofocus. The E-3 is not Imager AF-compatible.
  • The E-5 allows you to preset copyright information and add it to the EXIF data of each captured image file. The E-3 does not.
  • The E-5 also includes the following shooting functions, which are not available on the E-3:
    Art Filters
    Multiple Exposure shooting
    Multiple aspect ratio options
  • The E-5 accepts CF (Type I, UDMA-compatible) and SD (including SDHC and SDXC) memory cards. The E-3 accepts CF (Type I, Type II, Microdrive) and xD-Picture Card media.
  • The E-5 has HDMI and AV output jacks; the E-3 has AV output jacks.
    The E-5 has a microphone jack to accept input from optional external stereo microphones. The E-3 does not.
  • The E-5 ships with OLYMPUS Viewer 2 and OLYMPUS [ib] imaging software. The E-3 ships with OLYMPUS Master 2 software.

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Can I adjust the sound level the shutter release makes?

This model has a true Focal Plane Shutter so the sound you are hearing is the actual sound of the shutter physically opening and closing.  It is not possible to alter the volume of the shutter sound.

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Are any firmware updates available for my camera?

Use OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater to find out whether firmware updates are available for your model. This software program must be downloaded and installed onto a computer. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

For detailed instructions on how to acquire the program and use it to update the camera's firmware, click here.

After the software has been installed, you can check whether newer updates are available at any time. You can even do so from within the bundled OLYMPUS Viewer 2 or [ib] software. Select Update Camera from either application's Camera menu to launch the updater and check for updates.


  • Once the firmware is updated, it is not possible to go back to a previous version.
  • You can check the firmware version of your camera and lens at any time when the camera is not connected to a computer. Open the camera menu, go to the menu, scroll to FIRMWARE and toggle right. The LCD will display the firmware version for the camera body and the currently mounted lens.
  • If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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What is the origin and meaning of the Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF)?

The filter is so named because it shakes dust off the image sensor by using supersonic wave vibrations. The dropped dust is affixed to dust-collection component below and on each side of the sensor.

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What are the adavantages of lenses that are designed specifically for digital camera use?

Although the small size of the individual pixels in CCD, CMOS and Live MOS image sensors enables them to capture even more detail than film, the sensitivity of the sensor elements is highly directional. That is, they respond best to light that strikes the elements straight on. With lenses designed for use with film, the light rays passing through the periphery of the lens strike the image sensor at an angle, and this tends to degrade picture quality at the periphery of the image area. On the other hand, lenses developed specifically for digital camera use are designed to match the imaging characteristics of CCD, CMOS and Live MOS sensors, ensuring high image quality at both the center and the periphery of the frame.


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What is the purpose of IMAGE ASPECT?

The IMAGE ASPECT function is used to change the aspect ratio (horizontal-to-vertical ratio) of images when taking pictures using Live View. The default aspect ratio is 4:3, which is the aspect ratio of the imaging sensor.

The E-5 provides nine aspect ratio options. This allows the photographer to pre-visualize and shoot for specific print formats. For example - if the assignment were to shoot an event that will be printed as albums of 4 x 6 inch prints, the image aspect ratio would be set to 3:2. If the assignment were to shoot cover art for a CD sleeve, 6:6 would be selected since this would yield square images.

The table below shows the aspect ratios that are available in the E-5, usage recommendations for each ratio and the image size options for JPEG images captured using that ratio. Select the one that best fits the expression and purpose of the images.


4032 x 3024 / 3200 x 2400 / 2560 x 1920 /
1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 1024 x 768 / 640 x 480

Default; the aspect ratio used by the imaging sensor
3:2 4032 x 2688 / 3216 x 2144 / 2544 x 1696 /
1584 x 1056 / 1296 x 864 / 1008 x 672 / 624 x 416
The aspect ratio of 35mm film; 4 x 6-inch prints
16:9 4032 x 2272 / 3200 x 1800 / 2560 x 1440 /
1536 x 864 / 1280 x 720 / 1024 x 576 / 640 x 360
The aspect ratio of HDTV and widescreen TVs
6:6 3024 x 3024 / 2400 x 2400 / 1920 x 1920 /
1216 x 1216 / 960 x 960 / 768 x 768 / 480 x 480
Square aspect ratio, medium format camera
5:4 3776 x 3024 / 3040 x 2432 / 2400 x 1920 /
1440 x 1152 / 1200 x 960 / 960 x 768 / 640 x 512
Ideal for 8 x 10-inch prints
7:6 3536 x 3024 / 2800 x 2400 / 2240 x 1920 /
1344 x 1152 / 1120 x 960 / 896 x 768 / 560 x 480
Medium format camera; 10 x 12-inch prints
6:5 3632 x 3024 / 2880 x 2400 / 2304 x 1920 /
1440 x 1200 / 1152 x 960 / 912 x 760 / 576 x 480
Medium format camera; 10 x 12-inch prints
7:5 4032 x 2880 / 3248 x 2320 / 2576 x 1840 /
1568 x 1120 / 1232 x 880 / 1008 x 720 / 672 x 480
Large format camera
3:4 2272 x 3024 / 1824 x 2432 / 1440 x 1920 /
864 x 1152 / 720 x 960 / 576 x 768 / 384 x 512
Four Thirds format, vertical composition

When a non-default aspect ratio is selected, JPEG images are cropped and recorded using the selected aspect ratio. When the JPEG images are reviewed in Playback mode or in the bundled OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software, they are displayed at the cropped dimensions.

RAW images are not cropped, but the aspect ratio information is recorded to the digital files with the image data at the time of shooting. When a RAW image is reviewed in Playback mode or in the bundled OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software, the uncropped image data is shown overlaid by a template, or frame, based on the selected aspect ratio. The frame is provided as a reference so you can preview the effect of applying the crop.

Note: The aspect ratio information stored with RAW images can be used to crop the images in the camera (via the EDIT menu) or in the OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software. The software may require an update to recognize the saved aspect ratio information.

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

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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What does the optional OLYMPUS Studio 2 software do, and how can I get it?

OLYMPUS Studio 2 is imaging software for personal computers that allows photographers to speed up organizational and post-processing tasks associated with the photography workflow, such as examining and selecting the best shot from a large number of images; searching disparate folders and albums for a desired image; comparing similar images side-by-side on a virtual lightbox; batch processing edits and print jobs; etc. It also has a camera control function that lets photographers operate Olympus E-System cameras remotely or save images directly to a computer instead of a memory card. (These operations require that the camera be connected to the computer using its bundled USB cable.) The software can also be used to update the firmware of Olympus digital cameras or to change the language of the camera's menu system and LCD displays.

The software is supported on the following operating systems: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional (32-bit), Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit, but please see these caveats), and Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther") through 10.5 ("Leopard").

To download a free, 30-day trial of the latest version of OLYMPUS Studio 2, please click on the appropriate link:

For information on obtaining a permanent license key, please send an email to

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How do I update the firmware in the E-5 camera body and Olympus E-System lenses?

For complete instructions, please download this file.

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I don't own an E-System camera body. How can I update the firmware of my E-System lens?

Olympus Imaging Corp., Panasonic Corporation and Sigma Corporation offer a joint firmware update service that makes it possible to download and install firmware for one another's Four Thirds System-compliant lenses when the lenses are attached to any of the companies' Four Thirds System-compliant cameras. Therefore, the lens firmware can be updated by mounting the lens to a Panasonic camera body.

To update the firmware of an E-System lens when mounted to a Panasonic camera body, refer to the Panasonic support Web site.

For more information on the joint firmware update service, visit the Four Thirds System Web site.

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What types of memory cards can be used with this camera?

The E-5 can use SD cards (including SDHC, SDXC) and CompactFlash® (Type I, UDMA-compatible) cards.

Images from one type of card can be copied to the other card inside the camera.

Note: To see lists of memory cards that have been tested by Olympus and found to be compatible with the E-5, please click on the following links:

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Can I use the battery and charger from my other E-System cameras with the E-5?

The BLM-1 rechargeable battery that ships with some E-System DSLRs, including the E-3 and the E-520, can be used to power the E-5; however, that battery cannot be charged using the BCM-5 battery charger that ships with the E-5. The BLM-1 battery requires either the BCM-1 or BCM-2 battery charger.

The BLM-5 battery that ships with the E-5 can be used to power E-System DSLRs that accept the BLM-1 battery; however, this use is not recommended. The BLM-5 battery cannot be charged using the BCM-1 or BCM-2 battery charger.

To view a downloadable chart that shows the compatibility of the BLM series batteries and BCM series battery chargers with E-System DSLRs, please click here.

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Which lenses support IMAGER AF?

To view a list of lenses that support the IMAGER AF autofocus mode, click here.

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I would like to use a commercially available polarizing filter. Which type should I use?

You can use a circular-type polarizing filter (C-PL filter) if you would like to use a commercially available filter with this camera.

A polarizing filter is used to reduce unwanted reflections on water or glass and to enhance the contrast of your pictures.

Refer to the following Web pages in the Digital Camera User's Guide -Online Version for more information on the use of polarizing filters:

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My camera is connected to my TV, but I don’t see my photos and movies. Why not?

Most televisions manufactured in the past decade provide a variety of input jacks so that multiple audio/visual devices (for example, a cable or satellite signal converter box, a movie player, a computer, a video game console and a digital camera) can display content on a shared screen. This eliminates the need to have separate screens for each device. Although many devices can be connected to the television simultaneously, the television screen usually can display content from only one device at a time. Therefore, when you connect your camera to the television, you must select the proper input source in order to view your images and movies.

The method for selecting input channels varies with brand and model, but in general the TV and/or its remote control will have a button for selecting a desired input signal. This button may be called "Source" or "Aux" or it may be a combination of various device labels, such as "TV/AV" or "TV/Cable/DVD." Pressing this button repeatedly will cycle through all of the input sources available to your television. Keep pressing the button until you see the camera menu on the TV screen. (The display on the camera LCD screen or electronic viewfinder will be blacked out.) If the camera menu does not appear, the signal is not reaching the television. Verify that the cable is properly connected.

If you have connected the camera to the television using the yellow and white AV cable bundled with the camera, look for source options named "AV," "Video," or "Aux." If your television has multiple sets of AV jacks, you may need to further choose between, for example, "Aux 1" and "Aux 2" or between "Front" and "Rear" jacks.

If you have connected the camera to a high-definition television (HDTV) using an optional HDMI cable so that you can view HD movies stored on your camera, look for a source option with "HDMI" in its name.

Please refer to the user documentation for your television or TV remote control for specific instructions and to verify that all source devices' cables have been connected to the proper input jacks.

Note: If the image quality on the screen appears to be distorted, the camera may be set to a video output format that is incompatible with the television. In the camera’s menu, check the VIDEO OUT setting. In North America, the setting should be NTSC. If it is set to PAL, change it to NTSC.

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

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

In the default setting, the AUTO BRIGHTNESS function is set to 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 icon (wrench) (Setup Menu). Next, choose Monitor brightness icon (Monitor brightness adjustment), and then set AUTO BRIGHTNESS to OFF.

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