Olympus Pen E-P5

Released May, 2013
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" LCD
Unlike on the Olympus XZ-10, however, each photo that makes up the montage is saved in raw format, as well as a JPG of the finished montage.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus Pen E-P5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pen E-P5
8.9
D5200
9.8
PEN E-PL5
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pen E-P5
8.0
D5200
7.0
PEN E-PL5
7.7
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pen E-P5
9.3
D5200
8.9
PEN E-PL5
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Pen E-P5
9.3
D5200
9.2
PEN E-PL5
9.5
Reviews from dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 1 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pen E-P5
9.0
D5200
9.1
PEN E-PL5
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus Pen E-P5

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

Pen E-P5
895 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO
Lumix DMC-G5
618 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pen E-P5
196 ms
Fujifilm X-M1
381 ms
D5200
302 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pen E-P5
900 ms
Fujifilm X-M1
1,700 ms
D5200
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pen E-P5
9 fps
Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
D5200
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pen E-P5
330 photos
D5200
500 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Pen E-P5
22.8 bits
Lumix DMC-G5
21.4 bits
D5200
24.2 bits

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus Pen E-P5


7.8
The E-P5 features what Olympus calls a '2x2' dial interface: a small lever on the back of the camera switches these dials from controlling exposure parameters to changing ISO and white balance.

8.0
The screen fares pretty well in direct sunlight, and the tilting helps, plus it's bright and shows contrast well.

10.0
This was taken with a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, which we've also found to be a fantastic performer.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Panasonic lenses can also be used with Olympus cameras - this was shot using the Panasonic 7-14mm lens.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
We'd be tempted to recommend ditching the kit lens when purchasing this, especially if you already have, or intend to purchase, different optics at some point.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
But in a field where technology mutates as quickly as it does for advanced interchangeable-lens cameras, that's a long time.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)

Sensor

Position 1 controls aperture/shutter speed and exposure compensation (depending on the mode you're shooting in), while flipping to Position 2 changes the modes to ISO and white balance.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
For instance, in shutter-priority mode the lever toggles the dial functions between exposure compensation and shutter speed or ISO and white balance.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
Luckily, unlike Panasonic cameras, you can keep control over settings such as aperture and shutter speed while using art filters on the E-P5, and even more luckily, unlike a lot of other cameras, you can shoot filters in raw format – so if you decide down the line you'd prefer a clean version of the shot, you can access that.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

Screen

The E-P5 places emphasis on speed: it has a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, which Olympus says should help make best use of the company's F1.8 prime lenses, allowing them to be shot wide open in sunlight.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
The E-P5 uses a screen we've not seen before from Olympus - a 3:2, 1.04m dot LCD panel that gives a slightly-wider-than-VGA 720x480 pixel display.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
But in addition to incorporating the sensor, autofocus, and image stabilization systems from the E-M5, the E-P5 gains a tiltable touch screen; broader scene analysis in auto mode; 1080/30p video; and other features.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)

Shutter

The Live Bulb mode, that allows you to monitor the progress of long exposures while the shutter is open, now features an on-screen histogram to help monitor exposure build-up.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
In the view below you can clearly see the repositioned rear dial, and the front dial is just about visible protruding on front of the shutter button.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
It takes the guesswork out of this kind of photography, since you can see exactly when to stop the shutter.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

Focus

There's also the addition of Focus Peaking, a great tool for those who want to focus manually.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
It powers on, focuses, and shoots in 0.8 second, and time to focus and shoot in good conditions runs just 0.22 second, rising to an excellent 0.25 second in dim light.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
Shooting at up to 9fps is possible, but again this has been improved from the Olympus OM-D as this 9fps also includes continuous autofocusing.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

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 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
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 9 fps
Battery life 330 photos
Continuous shooting 9 fps
Focus lag 196 ms
Startup delay 900 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
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 1,036 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 122 x 69 x 37 mm
Thickness 37 mm
Weight 420 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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