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Olympus Pen E-PL5 Digital Camera

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MILC 16.1MP 3.8x Jan 2013
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32 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of this age and type, this MILC digital camera is one of the most awarded.

The reviewers at Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all strongly endorse this digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This MILC digital camera received a "Best Buy" from Lydogbilde.no, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom wrote that this camera was good.

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by both Techradar and Dgl.ru, both of which decided that this MILC digital camera was good.

Pocket Lint gave this camera a "Hot Product" award and Fotomaniak.pl gave it a "Good Buy" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-six experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar have rated this MILC digital camera on average 82%.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners agreed that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitaltrends.com scored it 4 stars and wrote in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “The E-PL5 takes great photos”. Digitaltrends.com also said “Gave us crisp, focused photos”. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot.”.

A number of Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image sensor. What Digital Camera scored it 4 stars and said three years ago “This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the”. Expert website Techradar mentioned “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 uses the same 16.1 million pixel image sensor as the highly regarded Olympus OM” in their review.

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Photoxels.com mentioned “This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras at features a high-speed CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels and capable of” in their review of this digital camera.

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewer considered that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 had a good ISO range. One Olympus Pen E-PL5 owner thought the product was good in low light.

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Good Size

A few Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Pc Mag mentioned on expert review site PC Mag four years ago “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 ($699.99 direct with lens) is the mid-level entry in the company's line of compact Micro Four Thirds cameras” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review. Expert review site Ephotozine mentioned “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is the latest compact Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, sitting above the” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review. Photographyblog.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said four years ago “The Olympus E-PL5 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a new mid-range compact system camera” in their review.

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 owner who reviewed it thought it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “A lightweight body”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 was good quality. Digital Versus said four years ago “Good build quality Removable grip handle”. Digital Versus also said “Video image too highly contrasted, audio quality could be better”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 “Great image quality, quick controls”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 was mirrorless. Expert review site Camera Labs mentioned “Olympus PEN E-PL5 review The Olympus PEN E-PL5 is a mid-range mirror-less compact system camera (CSC) with a 16 Megapixel sensor” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Camera Labs also said “The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before”. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Olympus, one of the originators of the Micro Four Thirds format, has refined its mirrorless system over the past five years”.

A number of customers who reviewed the Olympus Pen E-PL5 considered that it had a good screen. Expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters”. Digital Versus wrote in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 four years ago “Nice LCD Tilt screen Touchscreen controls” and scored the product 4 stars.

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Nice Design

Several Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking. Three years ago expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Stylish camera designs, with clearly labelled functions”.

A number of Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was retro. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Adds a touch of retro appeal to its exterior”. Expert review site Insidehw.com mentioned “Olympus E-PL5 Street photographer Like all Olympus Pen models up to now, E-PL5 has that retro spirit reflected in the right angles, curved edges”.

Several Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. T3.com rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “Sophisticated design”.

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Robust

A number of people who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made. Expert website Ephotozine mentioned “Does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this do” in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5. Four years ago expert review site Neocamera.com mentioned “This digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with a maximum ISO of 25600, fast 8 FPS full-resolution drive” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review. Pocket Lint said “Great image quality as per OM-D E- 5, decent build quality, useful Art Filters, touchscreen, full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses” in their review of this digital camera.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

On average Olympus MILC cameras have good ratings as do all digital cameras produced by Olympus.

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Good Quality Lens

Three Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners considered that it had a good lens. Digital Versus said “Decent kit lens” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “$750 with 14-42mm lens The good gets better THE LOW-DOWN” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Steve's Digicams said in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “The E-PL5 is another great addition to this ever growing line of compact, interchangeable lens cameras” .

A few Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com scored the Olympus Pen E-PL5 5 stars and said in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “A large screen, fast focusing”.

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Easy to Use

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 owner who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use.

One person considered that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au said “Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review.

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Expert website Ephotozine wrote “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3”.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers who bought the product concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Technical Features

One customer who purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL5 thought it had good features. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote “The camera is well built, straightforward to use and full of features for enthusiast photographers, particularly those who want a pocketable system camera for documentary or travel photograph” in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person considered that this digital camera was noisy. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au said “This 16 megapixel camera uses the same sensor as the OMD E-M5, which means good low light, low noise perfo”.

3D Compatible

The Pen E-PL5 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years which are not 3D compatible.

We compared this camera to all the other 3D compatible digital cameras and we think the NX2000[pl_2085238_price], and the NX300[pl_2096674_price] both from Samsung which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price].

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Pen E-PL5 do not support video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider including the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price], or the Lumix DMC-GM5[pl_2547546_price] both from Panasonic.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pen E-PL5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] which is cheaper.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price], or the Lumix DMC-GM5[pl_2547546_price] both from Panasonic.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Pen E-PL5 have digital zooms of between 2x and 150x. The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has one of the bigger digital zooms (14 times zoom factor) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the NX300[pl_2096674_price], and the NX300[pl_2096674_price] both from Samsung is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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 camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.25s to 240s. At 60 seconds, the Pen E-PL5 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Pen E-PL5.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pen E-PL5 has a wider flash exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. This Olympus digital camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction.

A ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction is in fact the best flash exposure correction across all digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction is the worst flash exposure correction across comparable types of camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pen E-PL5 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 type and age. This digital camera also have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. The still image resolution of all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Pen E-PL5 ranges from 1024 x 768 (worst) to 12416 x 1856 (best).

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Pen E-PL5 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Pen E-PL5. The ISO speeds "1600" and "25600" are also supported by this Olympus 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 frequently supported video resolution on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as 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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Ten Flash Guides

Most MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Pen E-PL5 have between 4 and 10 flash guides, including the Pen E-PL5 which has ten flash guides.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pen E-PL5 is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Pen E-PL5. The auto focus "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Mode

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Shutter priority AE are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Pen E-PL5, the Pen E-PL5 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have a GPS. The Pen E-PL5 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Pen E-PL5 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Pen E-PL5 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Pen E-PL5 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Pen E-PL5 range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels. The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a quite low display resolution (only 460,000 pixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (200) amongst MILC cameras of this age. Similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Pen E-PL5 have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 130.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Pen E-PL5

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the Pen E-PL5.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pen E-PL5 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If this MILC digital camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (3.31") which is also cheaper.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pen E-PL5 has a relatively typical megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

If this MILC digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (20.3MP), or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (20.3MP) both from Samsung or the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (24.3MP) which is also cheaper.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 279 grams, the Pen E-PL5 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Pen E-PL5.

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Specification

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Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
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
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
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White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
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10 Awards

dgl.ru Recommended Camera Labs Highly Recommended Techradar Recommended Pocket Lint Hot Product Lydogbilde.no Best Buy 5 Star ljudochbild.se Best Buy lydogbillede.dk Best Buy 5 Star fotomaniak.pl Good Buy PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(69)
17 September 2013

Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use. It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters and focusing, making the E-PL5 a...

8 April 2013

An express review of the Olympus PEN E-PL5 review was just published at Neocamera. This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras at features a high-speed... Read more…

30 March 2013

Although we had some issues with the camera's ergonomics and menu system, the E-PL5 nevertheless impressed us on its technical merits. There's just enough power here for point-and-shoot users who...

19 February 2013

The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16-megapixel sensor and processing engine as its big brother, the OM-D E-M5. But it houses those electronics in a smaller, lighter, and less expensive... Read more…

17 February 2013

Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 7 September 2013 by Anonymous
Anonymous would recommend the Olympus E-PL5 (Verified Purchase)

I had gotten away from photography for many years. I used to have an Olympus OM-10. I wanted to get back into photography but didn't want to spend so much for a digital SLR. I find this a great... Read more…

Easy to use
Great pics
Picture quality and ease of use
CHEAP USEFULL
Low light
A little bit big
Need to find SCP to easy control
No bad qualitys that I can find

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