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Olympus PEN E-P5 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Olympus PEN E-P5 Assessment

The Olympus PEN E-P5 mirrorless camera offers an advanced feature-set in a compact metal body. It has a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor with 2X crop-factor, capable of ISO 100 - 25600, 9 FPS continuous drive and 1080p HD video capture.

As the leading model in the PEN series, it inherits impressive technologies, including 5-axis image-stabilization and Live-Bulb mode. It is designed with an innovative 2x2 system which makes parameters easily accessible via dual control-dials that switch between pairs of settings instantly.

Its image-quality is exceptionally high with low image noise and reliable metering. Colors are not perfect though which is easily corrected. Speed is another key area where the E-P5 truly delivers. Autofocus is very fast and so are shutter-lag, black-out and shot-to-shot speeds.

We have some reservations about the user-interface but it is customizable to the extreme. After becoming used to it, the E-P5 should not be much trouble.

In the end, the Olympus PEN E-P5 follows closely DSLRs in terms of image-quality and performance while keep a compact size and very rich feature set. Combined with a high-quality Zuiko lens, this digital camera is capable of producing superb images.

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PROS CONS
Very low image noise Poor color accuracy
Excellent retention of fine details Custom white-balance not perfect
Good metering system Highly modal interface
Reliable Automatic White-Balance Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram
Superb built-in image stabilization Video recording delay at start and stop
Class-leading shutter-lag and black-out Poorly placed tripod mount
Fast contrast-detect AF Uncomfortable eyelets
Very good shot-to-shot and drive speed Flimsy compartment door
Very responsive Short battery life
Extremely configurable
Excellent build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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By Neocamera on 2013-09-13

Olympus E-P5 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-60s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.50" Optional EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.74X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
2 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
9 FPS Drive, 9 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 1 MegapixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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