Olympus Pen E-PL5 vs Sony Alpha A6000

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Olympus Pen E-PL5
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
10x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a digital zoom of 14x, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (10x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

0.5 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 smaller than the Sony Alpha A6000 (4).
30s longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60s, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

3.93x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a lens magnification ratio of 5x, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is only a 1.07x lens magnification ratio digital camera (3.93x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Lighter Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 279g digital camera. That's 6g lighter than the Sony Alpha A6000 (285g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

3.2mm shorter Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a height of 63.7mm, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 66.9mm tall digital camera (3.2mm taller).
Thinner Edit
Olympus Pen E-PL5 is 38.2mm deep, but the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 45.1mm deep digital camera (6.9mm thicker).
Marginally narrower Edit
Olympus Pen E-PL5 is 110.5mm wide, but the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 120mm wide digital camera (9.5mm wider).
User reviews are better
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 has an average rating of 92% (based on 671 reviews).
12 Reasons For
8.2MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a megapixel count of 24.3MP, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is only a 16.1MP digital camera (8.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

7.5MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a total megapixel count of 24.7MP, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is only a 17.2MP digital camera (7.5MP less).
Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 105mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 21mm longer than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (105mm).
17% shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a minimum focal length of 24mm, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm longer).
One hundred and fourty-four more auto focus points Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 179.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 only has 35.00 auto focus points.
25,600 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 bigger).
461,600 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is only a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (461,600 pixels lower).
£132 cheaper
The Sony Alpha A6000 costs £131.79 less than the Olympus Pen E-PL5.
Available from 18 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Thirteen more awards
The Sony Alpha A6000 has 23 awards, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has 10 awards.
Expert reviews are better
Based on 106 expert reviews, the Sony Alpha A6000 has an average review score of 87%, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has an average rating of 82% (based on 69 reviews).

Reasons Against

13 Reasons Against
Hugely lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a megapixel count of 16.1MP, but the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 24.3MP digital camera (8.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot less total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a total megapixel count of 17.2MP, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 24.7MP digital camera (7.5MP more).
25% shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is an 84mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 21mm shorter than the Sony Alpha A6000 (105mm).
4mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a minimum focal length of 28mm, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm shorter).
One hundred and fourty-four less auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is 35.00, but the Sony Alpha A6000 only has 179.00 auto focus points.
25,600 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
A lot bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a minimum ISO speed of 200, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 smaller).
2x lower display resolution Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a display resolution of 460,000 pixels, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (461,600 pixels higher).
£132 more expensive
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is more expensive than the Sony Alpha A6000 by £131.79.
Fewer sellers
Only 5 shops sells the Olympus Pen E-PL5, but 23 sellers sell the Sony Alpha A6000. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over two years older
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is older than the Sony Alpha A6000 by two years.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has received 10 awards, the Sony Alpha A6000 has received 23 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is 82%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A6000 is 87% (based on 106 reviews).
9 Reasons Against
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 14x digital zoom digital camera (10x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

13% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 4 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 larger than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (4).
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony Alpha A6000 is only 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Four times lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a lens magnification ratio of 1.07x, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 5x lens magnification ratio digital camera (3.93x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

3% heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 285g digital camera. That's 6g heavier than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (285g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Slightly taller Edit
Sony Alpha A6000 is 66.9mm tall, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 63.7mm tall digital camera (3.2mm shorter).
6.9mm thicker Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 45.1mm deep digital camera, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 38.2mm deep digital camera (6.9mm thinner).
9.5mm wider Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 120mm wide digital camera, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 110.5mm wide digital camera (9.5mm narrower).
Lower user review Score
The Sony Alpha A6000's average user rating is 92%, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Awards

10 Awards
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
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Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
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PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
Techradar: Recommended
23 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
3dnews.ru: Editor's Choice
Camera Labs: Recommended
Cnetfrance.fr: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
focus-numerique.fr: Recommended
gagadget.com: Recommended
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ljudochbild.se: Best in Test
Lydogbilde.no: Best in Test
lydogbillede.dk: Best in Test 5 Star
M3.idg.se: Recommended
mashable.com: Mashable Choice
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
ua.gecid.com: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
16.1MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
17.2MP 24.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver
Body Material
 Metal
 Metal

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3x 3x
Digital Zoom
14x
BEST
4x
Maximum Aperture
22 22
Minimum Aperture
3.5
BEST
4
Maximum Focal Length
84mm 105mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
28mm 24mm
BEST
Focal Length Range
14 - 42 16 - 70
Fixed Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 30mm
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Structure
8/7 16/12
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Aspheric Element
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
37mm 55mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 Face detection
 single
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.25m
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - 3.0
Auto Focus Point
35 179
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 Shutter priority AE
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 Shutter priority AE
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
200 100
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Fill-in
Flash Guide
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
460,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
5x
BEST
1.07x
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 USB Type-B
 USB Type-B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Flash
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Flash
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi-Shot Mode
 Multi-shot mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Night portrait
 Beach
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Night portrait
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DAN
 DUT
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
279g
BEST
285g
Height
63.7mm
BEST
66.9mm
Depth
38.2mm
BEST
45.1mm
Width
110.5mm
BEST
120mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 308g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 75mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 66.6mm
Weight Including Battery
325g
BEST
344g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
BLS-5 NP-FW50
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5h
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 360 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
30 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Panorama Mode
 Panorama mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 pixels
Magnifier
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Magnifier
Smartphone Remote Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote support
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