Olympus PEN E-PL5

Released October, 2012
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" LCD
JPEGs straight from the camera are very sharp indeed, while you can apply your own sharpening to raw format files if you choose to capture them.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

PEN E-PL5
8.9
Pen E-P5
8.9
NEX 5N
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

PEN E-PL5
7.7
Pen E-P5
8.0
NEX 5N
7.5
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

PEN E-PL5
9.2
Pen E-P5
9.3
NEX 5N
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

PEN E-PL5
9.5
Pen E-P5
9.3
NEX 5N
9.1
Reviews from dpreview.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

9.1

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

PEN E-PL5
9.1
Pen E-P5
9.0
NEX 5N
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

PEN E-PL5
889 ISO
Nikon 1 J4
426 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL5
221 ms
NEX F3
314 ms
PEN E-PL7
158 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-PL5
64 ms
NEX 5N
115 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PL5
600 ms
NEX 5N
1,900 ms
NEX F3
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL5
8 fps
Nikon 1 J4
60 fps
NEX F3
2.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-PL5
360 photos
D3200
540 photos
NEX F3
470 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus PEN E-PL5


9.0
They contain lots of detail and the colours from it are rich and punchy without being overly vibrant.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The much-copied Olympus retractable zoom also helps keep the size down and produces one of the better kit-zoom performances.
by DPReview (Sep, 2012)
Thanks to the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5's large sensor, you can achieve pleasing shallow depth of field effects.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
It means the cameras will make use of the lens' stabilization system, rather than using their in-body systems when available.
by DPReview (Sep, 2012)

Screen

Colour rendition in Natural setting is good, with colours accurate and bright, without being overly punchy.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
But the Live Guide interface, now bolstered by the addition of the touch screen, looks like it might do its core job well.
by DPReview (Sep, 2012)
One of the best new features of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is the addition of a capacitive touchscreen.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)

Sensor

If this is something you'll want to do, one recommendation is to shoot in raw format with low resolution JPEGs, which will be quicker to transfer across.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to provide the option to re-process a Raw file, if you decided you wanted to apply different processing parameters or if you needed a JPEG of a Raw shot you'd just taken.
by DPReview (Sep, 2012)
When the Olympus OM-D was launched, Olympus was keen to point out the improvements it had made both to the sensor and to high sensitivity performance.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)

Image quality

There are several shooting options you can choose from - for instance, you could use Vivid when shooting an autumnal scene to really make colours pop.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
For instance, should you find yourself shooting autumnal trees, you can opt to shoot in 'Vibrant' mode to emphasise colours, while you can shoot in 'Neutral' for other subjects, such as portraits.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
colours. It struggled ever so slightly with some indoor conditions when under artificial light, but changing the white balance mode is easy and soon sorts this particular problem out if you feel the results aren't accurate enough.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)

Photography

One of the best things about the PEN/OM-D series is that the art filters can be applied when shooting in semi-automatic and manual modes, making sure that you retain full control over shooting parameters.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
Olympus has become well known for its wide array of art filters, and the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has the most available on any Olympus camera to date.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2012)
It extended to providing the chance to apply different art filters, after you'd taken the shot or apply a different one if you didn't like the one you first chose.
by DPReview (Sep, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) None
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 35
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 8 fps
Focus lag 221 ms
Shutter lag 64 ms
Startup delay 600 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MP4, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 111 x 64 x 38 mm
Thickness 38 mm
Weight 325 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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