The Olympus Pen E-PL5 "Pen Lite" is part of that manufacturer's family of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, and boasts a 16MP CMOS sensor capable of 8 frames per second continuous shooting. The 3.0 inch touchscreen flips up 180 degrees, taking the guess work out of self portrait framing. Unlike the entry-level Pen Mini counterpart, the E-PL5 offers a physical mode dial, making it easy to jump between PASM shooting modes. The camera's front hand grip is removable, and this, plus the more developed physical controls, are the main differentiators compared to the E-PM2 'Pen Mini'.
Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Camera
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- 16MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor
- 8 frames per second continuous shooting
- 35-area contrast detect AF with touch focus
- ISO 100-25,600
- 1080 HD video
- Articulated 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD with 460,000 dots
- Optional electronic viewfinder accessory
- Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||35|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||No (bundled external flash)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)|
|External flash||Yes (Clip-on FL-LM1 included, Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)|
|Continuous drive||8 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini HDMI type-C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional RM-UC1)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion BLS-5 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||360|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 64 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.5″)|
Impressive little camera
I finally took the plunge into mirrorless and I'm really enjoying this camera. I have a Nikon FF system, so I was looking for very small size for a second system. The EVF bump eliminated the OMD from contention, but when this camera with the same sensor, AF system, and metering was announced, I went for it. IQ is very good. Not quite D600, but good enough for most purposes. The AF is fast and accurate in single point mode. Continuous mode is not very good, but continuous with tracking isn't ...
I'll give a 1/2 point more
I agree with all the points the OP made. I recently got the SCP to work and why Olympus, is that so hard to do that? I still hit the video button accidentally as I did on my EPL-2 but the camera does everything else so well I can overlook these minor issues. Touch screen - don't need it and didn't want it, but why have I started using it, because it works and it works well. I am a long time Olympus user and started out with the E500 and I have to say that this is simply the best Olympus ...
A nice upgrade
The new 16MP sensor is a nice upgrade from the old 12 MP sensor, not just for the resolution but for the extra dynamic range and better high ISO performance. The new features of being able to assign MySets to the Mode dial make life nice for me at last. Other additions such as ability to use the OIS in Panasonic lenses that have no switch, one press HDR bracketing for 3 up to 7 shots to combine later in post process and that swivel up/down rear screen make life nice. Compared to my E-PL1 it ...
Heads up - a surprise on the touch screen tilt vs. the flash
Love the camera. Have started learning it, and am several shoots into learning the ins and outs. As good as I hoped in quality, and am learning the menus and idiosynchrasies. Fine so far. Started to use the supplied little flip up accessory flash to drive a wireless flash. I hate on-camera flash, so I'm happy that this camera has wireless flash built in, just like my Nikon D7000. Did 2 event receptions with it and the 17mm f1.8 and loved it. It handled the color balance well and the ...
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Would PEN E-PL5 focus faster then Sony NEX-6?
I think I am well settled on getting the NEX-6 after taking a number of things into consideration. I was doing some research on Olympus PEN E-PL5 and one thing I've seen noted about the Olympus M43 cameras especially E-M5 and the new siblings E-PL5 and E-PM2 is how fast they are at AF. Even here at a recent thread about sports photography some folks said M43. Would E-PL5 really be noticeably faster then Sony even without the phase detect which Sony NEX-6 has? How about in low light situations, which one should win then? This review lists some focus times for NEX-6: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sony-nex-6-review-20566 Then the same site for E-M5: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-om-d-e-m5-full-review-19079 The E-M5 appears to be faster. E-M5: Shot to Shot (without flash) 0.3-0.4 NEX-6: Shot to Shot without Flash 0.8 secs Looks like if you're snapping away E-M5 (and I am guessing E-Pl5) would be twice faster from shot to shot. Then of course that's just a a fraction of ...
No one wanted to pitch in so let me put in something for comparison: Consider this video of a PEN-PM2 (same performance as the E-PL5). You can fast forward 1:20: Olympus Pen Mini E-PM2 Camera Hands On Look how the guy keeps pressing the shutter and it is just snapping away as the objects are moving on that conveyor. Could NEX-6 keep up with this? Continue Reading
Well I've had the E-M5 for a few months before getting the 6, and had the 7 before the E-M5. To me, the E-M5 has quicker and more accurate AF than the 7 but in all honesty, I can't really tell how much quicker it is than the 7. However, I can say the AF feels a bit faster on the 6 than the 7 (after updating the 18-55 kit lens). I no longer have the E-M5 so I can't really test it but I've never really taken shot after shot after shot in that sequence. I'll just snap a pic or two but never really paid attention to the time between shots lol Continue Reading
I have no problem with the focusing speed of my NEX-7. Here is a video I did with the original 18-200mm lens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD1RWGeveXU Then a couple of photos I did using my Zeiss 24mm 1.8 of birds in flight. Both shots were not pre-focused, I just hit the shutter button. Cropped out of larger photo. Saw the bird coming, just followed it centered in the focus box and hit the shutter button. Crop out of above photo Continue Reading
So, what are the m4/3 diffraction limits?
I have an E-PL5 and I shoot with three fast primes 95% of the time. I tend to keep my aperture at f/4.5 or wider. I figure that I'm close to the sweet spot of these primes, and I am (I think!) avoiding any loss of sharpness due to the effects diffraction. My question: Given the 4/3 sensor size and 16Mp density, when do we start to be diffraction limited in our efforts to find best sharpness in m4/3? I believe I'm correct that sensor size and megapixel count (therefore, pixel density) are the considering factors, but I'm unaware of the calculations and perceptual considerations. Can anyone shed some light on this? I'll capture your response at 16 megapixels, f/4.5 to avoid any loss of detail Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA
Cambridge in Colour has a diffraction calculator that you plug in the megapixels and sensor size. Now, diffraction isn't a binary option, but the further you go past the limit, diffraction will be more noticeable. http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/digital-camera-sensor-size.htm (1) 16 megapixels 4/3rds sensor (current generation micro 4/3rds), f/7.3 (2) 12 megapixels 4/3rds sensor, (first generation micro 4/3rds, E-5), f/8.4 Continue Reading
That is the first problem with your thinking. The lens does not 'limit' the resolution of the sensor, nor does the sensor 'limit' the resolution of the lens - the final resolution that you get is a combination of both, which is why it's still worth fitting a good lens to a low pixel count camera or conversely putting a high pixel count camera behind a just OK lens. Yes, you are missing something, which is that using a sensor with a finer pixel pitch does not change the f-number at which the resolution starts to drop due to diffraction. It changes the resolution that you get, but the drop starts at exactly the same f-number. Here for example is the MTF50 of a Nikon lens on two different Nikon cameras with different pixel pitch: Notice that in both the resolution falls away after f/5.6. The 24MP camera extracts more resolution from the lens than the 12MP one. Notice also there is no defined 'limit' where the resolution suddenly falls due to diffraction, it is a smooth and even ... Continue Reading
The link does not give an 'excellent description of the physics' - it gives a confused, confusing and in some cases downright wrong description. That one site seems to be the source of more myths and misunderstandings than almost any other, and the 'diffraction limited' myth is one of the most widespread and confusing. It's OK until it says 'When the diameter of the airy disk's central peak becomes large relative to the pixel size in the camera (or maximum tolerable circle of confusion ), it begins to have a visual impact on the image.' This is in fact a nonsense. The pixel size does not affect at all the point at which diffraction has a visual effect. The reason for this is that the effects of diffraction and other blurring factors (such as pixel size) do not mask each other, they multiply together. So, this basic misunderstanding carries through the whole piece and everything in this page from there on is basically nonsense, down to the the calculator itself, which might look ... Continue Reading
E-PM2, no AA filter like E-PL5?
Do we know if the E-PM2 is like the E-PL5 and is lacking an AA filter? It seems the E-PL5 in some cases has better IQ than the E-M5, and I wanted to know if the E-PM2 was similar.
Everdog wrote: Do we know if the E-PM2 is like the E-PL5 and is lacking an AA filter? It seems the E-PL5 in some cases has better IQ than the E-M5, and I wanted to know if the E-PM2 was similar. The E-PM2, looks to me to be nearly the exact same camera, with just a few physical features missing (tilting LCD and mode dial) in order to justify the E-PL5 higher price. They surely have the same sensor assembly. However, I don't know if I buy the story that the E-PL5 has no AA filter. It sounds to me like a misinterpretation that got published at that rumors blog. All of the PENs have very light AA filters anyway, I get moire whenever I use the Panasonic 25mm lens because that lens is too sharp for the sensor. And see Robin Wong's review of the 60mm macro in which he got moire using that lens with the E-M5: http://www.43rumors.com/first-full-olympus-60mm-review-made-by-robin-wong/ Continue Reading
I guess we have to wait a little longer for some reviews. Continue Reading
sigala1 wrote: Everdog wrote: Do we know if the E-PM2 is like the E-PL5 and is lacking an AA filter? It seems the E-PL5 in some cases has better IQ than the E-M5, and I wanted to know if the E-PM2 was similar. The E-PM2, looks to me to be nearly the exact same camera, with just a few physical features missing (tilting LCD and mode dial) in order to justify the E-PL5 higher price. They surely have the same sensor assembly. However, I don't know if I buy the story that the E-PL5 has no AA filter. It sounds to me like a misinterpretation that got published at that rumors blog. All of the PENs have very light AA filters anyway, I get moire whenever I use the Panasonic 25mm lens because that lens is too sharp for the sensor. And see Robin Wong's review of the 60mm macro in which he got moire using that lens with the E-M5: http://www.43rumors.com/first-full-olympus-60mm-review-made-by-robin-wong/ It's EXACTLY as I suspected, the rumormonger guy took back his statement: http://www.43rumors ... Continue Reading