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Olympus PEN E-PL5 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-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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
- Internally identical. Fewer external controls
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Built-in EVF, Dual Control-Dials, Weatherproof
Olympus PEN E-PL5
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By Neocamera on 2013-04-04

Olympus E-PL5 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 200-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-60s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.45" Optional EVF 1.5 MegapixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
2 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
8 FPS Drive, 15 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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