Olympus E-P5 Mirrorless Camera

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78% Silver Award
The E-P5 is a PEN model that offers a competatively complete camera - with the image quality, focus speed and user interface all coming together to offer a strong package.”

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Key Features

  • 16MP CMOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • Twin control dials (front and rear) with '2x2' dual-mode option
  • 1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync
  • '5-axis' image stabilization with automatic panning detection ('S-IS Auto')
  • ISO 'LOW' (100 equiv) - ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9 fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
  • Focus 'peaking' display
  • Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation
  • 1.04m dot 3" LCD touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting (iAuto only) and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
  • Optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder: 2.36M dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv), eye sensor

Product Description

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the fourth model in the E-P range, and arguably the most desirable PEN yet. It includes many of the features that made the E-M5 such a compelling package, such as the same 16MP MOS sensor, advanced '5-axis' in-body image stabilization (now with automatic panning detection), 9 fps continuous shooting, and tilting rear touch screen.

It also inherits the refinements debuted on the PEN E-PL5, such as enhanced in-camera RAW conversion, a broad-range 'HDR bracketing' mode, and the ability to specify whether you wish to use in-lens or in-body image stabilization with Panasonic OIS lenses. On top of this it adds this year's must-have feature: built in Wi-Fi for connection to your smartphone or tablet.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes '5-axis' IS
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x 'Digital Teleconverter')
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 35
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,800
Touch screen Yes
Screen type 3:2 LCD capacitive touchscreen
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO 100)
External flash Yes
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 - 1/64)
Continuous drive 9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)
Physical
Battery Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
Dimensions 122 x 69 x 37 mm (4.8 x 2.72 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (.AVI, 1280 x 720, 10fps)
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
78 %
Overall Score

The E-P5 is the most substantial re-working of the original PEN model, and it's the most impressive yet. It produces the same excellent image quality as the E-M5 and has a proper two-dial control system. This, combined with a better touch screen and arguably the prettiest PEN body, make it a more attractive and more complete camera than the series has seen before.

Good For

Out-and-about shooting. Making the most of Olympus's range of prime lenses.

Not So Good For

Sports shooting or videography.

User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • jackkurtz, Jul 17, 2013 GMT:
    A Mini Review

    I picked an E-P5 in Bangkok this weekend and I've been using it exclusively for a couple of days. This is a bit of a mini review. I am a photojournalist. My "big" cameras are Canon 5D Mark III with the 24mm L, 50mm L, 100mm f2 and 200mm f2.8 lenses. I've been using Micro 4:3 cameras for a few years now as a backup or complement to the Canons. They fill the same role in my camera ecosystem that Leicas rangefinders did in manual focus days and Contax G2's did in the autofocus film days did. My ...

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  • James Pilcher, Mar 30, 2014 GMT:
    My take on the Olympus E-P5

    I've had my E-P5 for several weeks now, replacing the excellent E-PL5 in my kit. The E-P5 is a jewel among µ4/3 cameras. Handling : The dual-dial control combined with the 1-2 lever makes handling a dream compared to the "fiddly" (my word) E-PL5. For some reason, the button placement on this camera seems far more intuitive than on my E-PL5; I just seem to know where to press at the right time. I know that's highly subjective, but it's very real for me and a pleasant surprise. Heft in my hand ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Need some help from you guys【Gear】

Got some trouble choosing pocketable high-end camera.Which is more pleasant to use in real life , RX1 or X100S ? OR should i go for bigger cameras,say,OM-D E-P5 +17 1.8 or Fuji X-E2 + 27 2.8? I REALLY hope this camera could last for several years.

ZedWay asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

... you should go for something smaller. In my opinion, anyway. GM1 ... 12-32 ... Panny 20 1.7 ... Yummy ... http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2014/02/panasonic-gm1-review-part-1-arrival.html Continue Reading

Kim Letkeman answered
2 months ago

Well I have or have used most of those cameras quite extensively. My current arsenal is a RX1, E-M1 and frequent use of an X100s. They are all very different, though none of them are actually pocketable. Not even close, actually. And the X100s is bigger than the E-P5...as is the RX1. So, when you say 'go for a bigger camera' you actually mean the RX1, X100s and X-E2. The only game in town for an interchangeable lens camera is the GM1. Perhaps it is the Sony RX100 II is more suitable? Anyways, this is the greatest link in history for comparing camera sizes: Camera Size Comparison Image quality is a non-issue...I'm guessing they all outstrip your ability. If they didn't, you wouldn't be asking this question. As for pleasant to use...hmmmm. The X100s and is the hardest to use, at least for me. I find it takes more for me to remember what is what and where it is. It does feel nice in the hand, though, and looks cool. I like it better than the X-E1 (no experience with the X-E2), though ... Continue Reading

Dave Sanders answered
2 months ago

on the GM1 isn't the 1/500 second mechanical shutter speed a compromise and serious limitation.? also the slow flash sync? and diminutive size does not lend itself to steady handholding technique for IQ? i read on this forum a peep who owned GM1 said to  just shoot it one handed like a cell phone.  I think not.  ;) regards. Continue Reading

Len_Gee answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

em5 vs ep5 vs em1 playback

I love my em5; it is so responsive with great image quality.  I often print at 16"x20" size. One annoyance with the em5 (often discussed in this forum) is that the playback of an image always goes to the back screen.  This seems to be true with the auto switching mode or not. There are many times that I would like to be able to not take the camera away from my eye in order to see the image played back.  If the evf is selected, not the auto, I can then push the button by the viewfinder and the image will appear in the evf.  I often use it this way. If the auto switching is on, there is no way to have the image play back in the evf.  I have never understood why Olympus did this.  On my GH2 and nex 7 the image plays back to the evf if I have my eye up to it. I have read that the ep5 with vf4 has auto switching through a sensor in the vf4.  For those of you that have this combo, can you tell me if the ep5/vf4 allows immediate playback in the vf4? Same question applies for the em1. I ...

alan brown asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

alan brown wrote: I love my em5; it is so responsive with great image quality. I often print at 16"x20" size. One annoyance with the em5 (often discussed in this forum) is that the playback of an image always goes to the back screen. This seems to be true with the auto switching mode or not. No this is not the case : I have the review set up to appear in the VF, not on the LCD. But Olympus make a distinction between the review mode and the playback mode. You access to the playback mode by hitting the playback button standing on the left of the Fn1 button and in this case the picture will only appear on the LCD. The review is something automated which you get to see after each shot if you have setup your camera accordingly. Here is how I have setup my camera : In the Cogwheel Menu J : (1) Builtin E-VF : style 3 (aka mimick the LCD, with the info settings covering the picture) (2) E-VF autoswitch : on Continue Reading

rrr_hhh answered
6 months ago

IIRC that is only possible by calling up the review, then switching the display to the EVF.   But you're not alone in wanting this, there's  a few topics that have discussed the matter in depth (I'll let you search for them). Continue Reading

Bob Tullis answered
6 months ago

rrr_hhh wrote: alan brown wrote: I love my em5; it is so responsive with great image quality. I often print at 16"x20" size. One annoyance with the em5 (often discussed in this forum) is that the playback of an image always goes to the back screen. This seems to be true with the auto switching mode or not. No this is not the case : I have the review set up to appear in the VF, not on the LCD. But Olympus make a distinction between the review mode and the playback mode. You access to the playback mode by hitting the playback button standing on the left of the Fn1 button and in this case the picture will only appear on the LCD. The review is something automated which you get to see after each shot if you have setup your camera accordingly. Here is how I have setup my camera : In the Cogwheel Menu J : (1) Builtin E-VF : style 3 (aka mimick the LCD, with the info settings covering the picture) (2) E-VF ... Continue Reading

alan brown answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

Am I crazy to consider E-P5 instead of E-M1?

I am replacing my back-up G5 with another Olympus body, either the E-P5 or E-M1. My main body at the moment is the E-M5 which I love. I am going to take advantage of the current rebates to buy the 12-40 and 75 at the same time with $200 off each. Simply put, I was set on the E-P5 and VF4 due to the $500 savings and the fact that I love the output of my E-M5. Now I am trying to decide if I am being foolish for not biting the bullet and get the added features/benefits of the E-M1. While the E-M1 is larger (which doesn't excite me), the output does seem to be quite improved over the E-P5 and E-M5. Plus I could use the better continuous autofocus of the E-M1 for my shooting. The only 4/3 lens I have the 14-54II, but obviously that becomes redundant with the 12-40. Any thoughts here? While I don't love to spend money, I can do it comfortably if I decide it is the right move. Thanks.

JoeyCinSC asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

that's normal considered EM-1 looks ugly and the image quality were not so different than EP5 or EM5. Never so tempted upgrading my EM-5 to EM-1. I think the technology leap were not far away. Only in ergonomic department EM-1 is so interesting and.....the 12-40mm f2.8 lens!!! Considered most of my photograph are landscape, food, traveling the ergonomic were not necessary needed. But this my opinion. EP-5 is a beautiful camera. I suggest u take it. The only decision why i bought EM-5 is EVF. Something is not right if you don't take photos using Viewfinder. Maybe it's a matter of habit from DSLR's user:-) Continue Reading

RezaTravilla answered
2 months ago

I use an EM5 and if I were to get a new body, this too will be an EP5. The Em1 is a nice body and for my needs it will be over kill, in some regards the EP5 has a better spec than the EM5. You don`t need a pro grade body to take pro grade pictures. Your definitely not crazy :) Continue Reading

Paulmorgan answered
3 months ago

Have you seen this review, the more I read the more I want :) http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/tag/olympus-e-p5/ Continue Reading

Paulmorgan answered
2 months ago

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