Olympus PEN E-P5 Review Summary
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.
|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|
|Excellent build quality||Excellent Excellent|
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Olympus E-P5 Facts
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop Improvement||Full 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 Level||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|9 FPS Drive, 9 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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