Olympus E-5 extends AEB up to 7 frames


Great news for HDR shooters coming from Olympus today (with one little asterisk next to great).

Olympus announced an upgrade to its flagship DSLR line today, the E-5. Of particular note to HDR shooters is the expanded automatic bracketing which allows for 2, 3, 5 or 7 frames. The E-3 only shot 3 aeb so this new expansion in the E-5 model is a welcomed addition.

Here comes the asterisk... the 7 aeb maximum step between shots is only 2/3rds of a step, but the other options of 2, 3, or 5 aeb can step a full 1EV between frames. Why camera manufacturers can not figure out how to expand their firmware appropriately for high dynamic range scenes is mind blowing to HDR shooters. 7aeb with 1EV steps would have been perfect for many high dynamic range landscape scenes. If only Olympus would have programmed the firmware of the E-5 to have done full 1EV steps between frames! So close Olympus, but a tad shy of perfect. Here's the E-5 bracketing options below:

Bracketing options for 2, 3, 5 or 7 frames

2F - 0.3step ·2F-0.5step ·2F-0.7step ·2F-1.0step

3F - 0.3Step · 3F-0.5Step · 3F-0.7Step · 3F-1.0Step

5F - 0.3Step ·5F-0.5Step · 5F-0.7Step · 5F-1.0Step

7F - 0.3step ·7F-0.5step ·7F-0.7step

Noteworthy mentions:
  • Up to 1/8000th of a second
  • Level Gauge for alignment
  • 5 frames per second
  • Flip out LCD
  • 720p Video
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