Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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'.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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)
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 (1)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
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 460,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

4.09524 out of 5 stars
  • Blackdog68, Jan 25, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Ron Joiner, Jan 24, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Guy Parsons, Jan 23, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • kahlrichs, Mar 15, 2013 GMT:
    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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Advice and comments about my choise for olympus 45mm f1.8

Hello there :) i have an olympus Epl5 with Sigma 19mm F2.8 lens. Previously i had the EPM1 with 14-42 kit lens.I Bought also the new dn A sigma 19mm to use it with EPM1..but i wanted something more good in image quality.So i order The olympus EPL5 and i sell the Epm1 body. After seeing that i didnt use the 14-42mm olympus lens (i use only the sigma 19mm)i decide to sell it and i did that.So now i have the EPL5+19mm sigma...I was thinking to add some lens in my bag. I Think the most importand though about what lens you will buy is what you will use it? My main usage is to play with the camera to take some good photos ,..Also when we go out with my friends and take some potrait photos ..also in daylight also in low light. ALSO i am thinking for investment.i am not a photographer or a maniac camera guy...but sometimes i look the price like i do in emp1 i buy it and after some months i change it.i can say i do the same with sigma 19mm. i was thinking between the sigma 19mm and the ...

Andreascy asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

Photographs fall into two categories: zoom guys and prime guys. Your previous camera was a Nikon Coolpix P510. Normally, someone like you should be more at ease with a m4/3 camera an a good zoom. But your own case is different; when you had the choice between your Sigma 19mm prime and your M.Zuiko 14-42mm zoom, your preference went to the prime. So I'll presume that you're a prime guy who didn't had the choice with your Point & Shoot camera but who has revealed his own nature once you had the choice. Don't lose your time buying and selling lenses falling in the same category. For now, the Sigma 19mm is your normal prime. You like it. So that's it. Use it as a base and buy very different lenses to complete your lens collection. So forget the M.Zuiko 25mm. Basically, it falls in the same category as your Sigma 19mm. As a weak teleprime, my suggestion would be the M.Zuiko 45mm. It's a very sharp portrait lens. But if you like close-up photography, the M.Zuiko 60mm would be a better ... Continue Reading

1 month ago

I have just started in this hobby but have found very quickly that I love the prime lens.  I only have the 45mm 1.8 but now that I have started using that the 14-42 isn't going to get much play if any in the future.  I am waiting on the 25mm 1.8 and I thinkI will be purchasing the 75mm 1.8. It is a lot of money but if you really enjoy it then why not. This may sound crazy but I think I am enjoying shooting even more now with the prime because I am getting more involved. Some pics of my nephew yesterday.  These are OOC JPEG. Continue Reading

stick30 answered
1 month ago

The Oly 45 is an excellent lens, and IMO it would be a great choice to go along with your Sigma 19. Continue Reading

brentbrent answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

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 ...

CosmoZooo asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

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

CosmoZooo answered
1 year ago

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

lowincash answered
1 year ago

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

relate2 answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

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 asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

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

sigala1 answered
1 year ago

I guess we have to wait a little longer for some reviews. Continue Reading

Everdog answered
1 year ago

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

sigala1 answered
1 year ago

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