Olympus PEN E-PL5 Summary
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Assessment
The Olympus PEN E-PL5 is a compact intermediate mirrorless camera. It was launched in late 2012 along the E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2 which shares the same internals less the traditional mode-dial and tilting display. Olympus based both these models on the sensor of their highly-acclaimed OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5 flagship camera.
This Micro Four-Thirds camera delivers one of the best compromises between image quality and size while keeping a great amount of versatility thanks to an extensive lineup of compatible lenses. The E-PL5 champions image quality among Four-Thirds digital cameras, reducing the gap with those using a larger APS-C sensors. It manages this while staying quite compact and still allowing for an optional EVF and a plenty of external controls.
Image-quality is certainly a significant asset for this camera, yet it also gives an impressive performance which a rather fast autofocus system and 8 FPS drive at full-resolution. Video is also respectable, although you should avoid using the internal microphone not to ruin the audio track with focus-noise.
Despite the speedy performance, action photography is difficult with the E-PL5 because of the one second black-out time between shots. The AF system takes a considerable dip in low-light and the display does not always preview exposure right.
For general photography with a light-weight system, the PEN E-PL5 is an excellent choice with the most serious challenger being the more-expensive OM-D E-M5 which features dual control-dials in a weather-sealed body with a built-in EVF.
|Very low image noise||Poor color accuracy|
|Reliable metering||Focus hunts in low light|
|Good white-balance||Long black-out|
|Quick shot-to-shot speed||Display not always Exposure-Priority|
|Fast contrast-detect AF||Low contrast LCD|
|Short shutter-lag||Modal EC interface|
|Generally responsive||½s Video record delay|
|Effective built-in stabilization||Uncomfortable strap eyelets|
|Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist||Flimsy battery and memory door|
|High level of customization||Excellent Excellent|
Olympus E-PL5 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 200-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.45" Optional EVF 1.5 Megapixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|8 FPS Drive, 15 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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