Olympus announces new E-5 DSLR

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Olympus on Tuesday unveiled the E-5, the newest camera in the company’s E-series of professional DSLR cameras.

The E-5 builds upon its 2007 predecessor the E-3, upgrading the megapixel count to 12.3 (up from the E-3’s 10) and adding HD video recording. The camera’s new dual-axis 3-inch LCD features complete Live View and up to 270 degree rotation for easy framing and positioning.

In movie mode, the E-5 can shoot 720p HD at 30 frames a second, and sound can be recorded through the camera’s built-in monoaural mic or by attaching an external microphone through a 3.5mm jack. Still images take advantage of the device’s biaxial 11-point AF sensor to shoot clear, crisp photos at up to 1/8000 of a second. The camera can also shoot continuously up to five frames-per-second and features ten built-in art filters (including “pop art” and “grainy film”), which are useable in any mode—from fully manual to automatic. Pictures and movies can be recorded onto either an SD or CompactFlash card.

Olympus’s E-5 will be available in October, body-only, for $1700.

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