Whether you're a street photographer - sniping for your bread and butter - or any shooter desiring a less expensive backup - or you have a serious hankering to shoot video and stills, the Olympus E-5 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Body) is sure to entice, and satiate, not to mention satisfy. Yes, that's correct friends, the E-5 features 1280 x 720p high def video capture, in addition to its 12.3MP still image capabilities. And let's just cut the rest of the suspense right here and now - YES! The E-5 also features a 3" dual axis swivel HyperCrystal LCD. Phew! (You were worried, weren't you? Don't lie to me - I can tell)
So, what's up with the video you ask? As Olympus puts it, this camera captures 1280 x 720p "head turning" high definition video at 30 frames per second. A standard 3.5mm jack also allows for connection of an external microphone for superior stereo audio recording to go with that stellar video. If you don't feel like connecting a mic, or you simply want to be less obvious, you can also utilize the camera's built-in monaural microphone. Additionally, the E-5 accepts over 20 Four Thirds lenses - from wide angle fisheye to super telephoto - definitely something for those into micro four thirds to ponder.
When it comes to the camera's primary function - capturing 12.3MP digital stills - the E-5 hasn't lost touch with its main purpose. Working together with Olympus' TruePic V+ Image Processor and the high-speed live MOS image sensor the E-5 captures stunning still photos. Even in low light settings the E-5 gets the shot thanks to the camera's 6400 ISO capabilities. Where oh where do you store all these exceptional images (and videos)? Well, my friends the E-5 stores your work to both CompactFlash and SDHC/SDXC memory cards, allowing for hassle-free transfer and storage of your files.
When it comes to other exciting aspects of the E-5 you'll benefit from the camera's 10 in-camera Art Filters for fun and impressive effects, like Pop Art, Soft Focus, and Pin Hole (who doesn't like pin hole photography?). Olympus also wants you to know that the E-5 isn't just easy to get along with - it also happens to be one tough cookie. It's "thixomold magnesium alloy chassis" is splashproof and dustproof. In other words, a few sprinkles or a little bit of dust won't hurt it. So, whether you're a seasoned pro, or aspiring to be one, the E-5 provides numerous attractive features guaranteed to fill a need.