Olympus E-5 Manual — PDF Now Available For Download

First published on: Monday, 7 February 2011

Olympus E-5
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The English Language Olympus E5 user manual / operating instructions (Olympus calls it the “E-5 Digital Camera Instruction Manual”) is now online and available for download at olympusamerica.com (right-click and save the user guide to your hard drive).

Olympus E-5 Manual

If the download link didn’t work for you, go to the Product Support page for the E5 and manually locate the file “E-5 Instruction Manual (English) (13.5 MB)”.

The guide is also available in Spanish and French.

Unlike with Nikon, Olympus allows you to freely print the E-5 owner’s handbook without building in any password protection into the PDF.

The file size of 172-page Olympus E-5 Adobe Acrobat PDF document is 14.2 MB (megabytes).

The guide discusses the features of the E-5 and how to use the camera.

It also describes the use of, and camera settings for several optional accessories.

Pages 45, 66 and 61 talks about Remote and BULB mode shooting with the RM-1 and RM-CB1 remote control units.
Remote and BULB mode shooting with the RM-1 and RM-CB1 remote control units, on pages 45, 66 and 61 of the Olympus E-5 Manual

The Olympus RM-1 is an optical (IR or infrared) remote control, while the RM-CB1 is a cable shutter release that connects to the USB terminal of the E-5.

Pages 80 and 81 explains shooting with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
Shooting with the wireless RC flash system, on pages 80 and 81 of the Olympus E-5 Manual

The pop-up internal flash of the E-5 can be used to trigger and communicate wirelessly with Olympus FL-36R and Olympus FL-50R electronic flash guns via light pulses.

On Page 78: External Flash Shooting, you will find a table that presents the functions available with various Olympus flash units such as FL-50R, FL-36R, FS-RF11 and TF-22.

External flash shooting functions, on Page 78 of the Olympus E-5 Manual

Here’s a list of related photography tips, books, DVDs and media that you might want to refer to for a tutorial-based approach to learning how to take great digital photos with the Olympus E-5:


  1. A couple of general pointers in Photography Tips.

  2. Digital Photography Secrets — Starts off with a free e-course on the basics of great photography.

  3. Popular Olympus E-5 books and other printed literature and reading material in the Arts & Photography and Books section on Amazon.com.

  4. DVDs on Photography and Photography Tutorials.

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