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Olympus PEN E-P5 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Inspired by the now-legendary PEN-F camera from 1963, the retro-style E-P5 has been given a thoroughly modern revamp that pushes the frontiers of quality imaging in the 21st century. Take shots... More
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User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 12 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is terrific.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Olympus PEN E-P5 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Disco wrote on Amazon “Panasonic whos cameras do take great photos, movies as well” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Focus On Foto gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “The image quality is very good, same as OMD”. M. Scott said in their review on Amazon in October last year “Even as a reasonably experienced photographer the quantitity of information supplied in the manual needs time to digest”.

One person thought the Olympus PEN E-P5 had a good picture resolution. One Olympus PEN E-P5 reviewer who reviewed it said that it was good in low light.

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Robust

Seven people considered that this digital camera was well made. In October last year Disco wrote in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 “It is actually good in low light (with a fast lens) and has a fast 1/320 flash sync speed from built in or 1/250 from external”. Jamie Brown wrote “The hinge is well made, not flimsy at all”.

Good Product Quality

Several people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Disco mentioned “Well made, with good controls, excellent photos with the in body stablisation or IBIS”. Focus On Foto mentioned “Well made and great features” in their Olympus PEN E-P5 review and gave the Olympus PEN E-P5 a score of 5 stars. Focus On Foto also said “This camera is very well made and impressively robust”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Focus On Foto gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I would recommend getting the VF4 which is the best viewfinder on the market”.

Some Olympus PEN E-P5 owners who reviewed it said that it had a good screen. Three years ago Focus On Foto scored it 5 stars and mentioned “The screen is nice”. Jamie Brown wrote “The tilting screen is nice, personally I was happier before as I worry it might just be another thing to break” in his review of this digital camera.

One Olympus PEN E-P5 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Martyward mentioned two years ago “Travel.I was also attracted to the EVF & the 17mm lens included with the bundle, both items I am more then happy to have as additions to my kit”.

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Good Brand

Olympus has good average ratings for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Olympus PEN E-P5 owners concluded that it had a good autofocus. The Lambanana mentioned “I couldn't get the wifi-thing to work with my iPhone despite trying for three days*The Autofocus is fast”. A number of customers thought the product had a good lens.

Easy to Use

Three people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Martyward wrote in their Olympus PEN E-P5 review “4 is a great addition, increasing the EP5's flexibility & usage- handy when you need it, yet comfortably stored away when not”. In October last year Sam scored it very highly and he wrote in his review on Amazon “It has front and back control wheels and you can customise the buttons”. Sam also said “I use the back movie button to control continuous focus just like I do with the AF-L button on the back of my Nikons”.

One Olympus PEN E-P5 owner thought this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Disco wrote on Amazon “Complex if full featured menu system”.

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Good Size

Three people who reviewed it mentioned that it was compact. Sam said on Amazon “While I mainly use Nikon DLSRs I had been hankering after a smaller unobtrusive compact”. Sam also mentioned “You are likely to have this camera with you because it is so compact”. The Lambanana mentioned in their review “It also has DSLR image quality, all in a lovely, small, compact body” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Nice Design

One customer concluded that it was retro. The Lambanana scored it 5 stars and mentioned “Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for MFT Cameras with Accessory PortLOOKS=====It has the retro aesthetic that several camera companies have aimed at” in their review of this digital camera.

One person thought it was good looking. Last year M. Scott said on Amazon “A beautiful quality built camera” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 and scored it very highly.

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Good Video Capture

A number of Olympus PEN E-P5 owners who bought the Olympus PEN E-P5 mentioned that it was good for video recording. Jamie Brown mentioned three years ago “E-p3 was terrible.I don't have a problem with the video, I've used it for a few things” .

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had good features.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer considered that the product was noisy. Focus On Foto said “Not as noisy as the OMD” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Olympus PEN E-P5 5 stars.

Good Support

One person who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Martyward rated the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 on Amazon two years ago “The 17mm 1.8 lens is a firm favourite, providing that much loved focal length for street shooters - it's fast, sharp and great for manual focusing”.

Good Battery Life

One person who bought the Olympus PEN E-P5 wrote that it had a good battery life. Sam scored the Olympus PEN E-P5 5 stars and he mentioned in his Olympus PEN E-P5 review “I have found the battery life OK for a days shooting without a spare”.

Good Connectivity

One person wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of connectivity. Jamie Brown scored the product 5 stars and he wrote in his Olympus PEN E-P5 review “Wireless connectivity is more useful that I thought”.

Good Flash

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Olympus PEN E-P5 has a GPS, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5 which do not have a GPS.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-P5 are not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-P5 supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P5 do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which has better reviews; or the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P5, the PEN E-P5 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

Alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to look at include the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-P5 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this MILC digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus PEN E-P5 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus PEN E-P5 is more than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-P5 have maximum ISO speeds of between 1,600 and 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 25,000. At 25,600, the PEN E-P5 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5.

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Features Five Flash Modes

The PEN E-P5 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-P5. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-P5 is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-P5. The white balance mode "Custom modes" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-P5 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camera has a still image resolution of 2560 x 1920. Across all MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-P5 the best still image resolution is 12416 x 1856 and the worst is 1024 x 768.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixel, the PEN E-P5 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution of MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P5 is 750,000 pixels.

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400 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-P5 take between 220 and 4,699 shots per battery charge, including the PEN E-P5 which takes 400 shots per battery charge.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus PEN E-P5 is more than most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5. The ISO speeds "1600", "25000" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The PEN E-P5 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-P5 is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The auto focus "Face detection", "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support video recording. The PEN E-P5 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video recording including the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P5, the PEN E-P5 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The biggest maximum aperture of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-P5 is 1, the smallest is 36, and the average maximum aperture is 16. The Olympus PEN E-P5 has one of the biggest maximum apertures (only 1.8) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-P5

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

The PEN E-P5 has a fairly typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-P5.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include a cheaper digital camera such as the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the Olympus PEN E-P5 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] (20.1MP and cheaper) or the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (24.3MP and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 378 grams, the Olympus PEN E-P5 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (210g and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Handsome retro styling
Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance
Lightning fast autofocusing
Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res)
Top shutter speed of 18000 second
Heavier than some mirrorless models
Weak flash
Below average battery life
No builtin viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase)
A bit pricey compared to the similar E 5, which offers a builtin EVF and weather sealing at about the

User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 19 August 2013 by ABQ Dad

With Olympus prime lenses this camera is fast, flexible, and takes great images. If you are looking for a great quality small and portable camera system for high quality prints, then this may be... Read more…

Image and build quality
Shooting speed
Features
Small Compact
Easy to Use
Price
Extra viewfinder
Short battery life
Viewfinder
Build quality

A very good still photo camera if bit expensive

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Disco

Pros: Well made, with good controls, excellent photos with the in body stablisation or IBIS. Complex if full featured menu system. It is actually good in low light (with a fast lens) and has a... Read more…

Wow, wow, wow

Reviewed 14 February 2015 by Sam "sam-km"

I bought this in the January sale deals at a significant discount. While I mainly use Nikon DLSRs I had been hankering after a smaller unobtrusive compact but full featured camera for some time. I... Read more…

A beautiful quality built camera

Reviewed 30 January 2015 by M. Scott

A beautiful quality built camera. A camera for the enthusiast. It dose lots of things and more. Even as a reasonably experienced photographer the quantitity of information supplied in the manual... Read more…

Problen with Warranty

Reviewed 11 May 2014 by Spudlugs "SAK"

I had no problems with the actual camera but it did not come with an Olympus warranty. Sent it back to DoxDirect for a refund. I contacted Olympus and they confirmed it was an import from the far... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Manufacturer Part Numbers ep5bodys, olympus ep5, olympus ep5b, olympus ep5bo, olympus ep5bod, olympus ep5body, olympus ep5bodys, olympus ep5bodysl, olympus ep5bodyslv, olympus v204053bu000, olympus v204050su000, olympus v204050bu000
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