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Olympus PEN E-P5 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Inspired by the now-legendary PEN-F camera from 1963, the retro-style E-P5 has been given a thoroughly modern revamp that pushes the frontiers of quality imaging in the 21st century. Take shots... More
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36 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as fantastic.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Olympus PEN E-P5 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Disco wrote on Amazon “Panasonic whos cameras do take great photos, movies as well” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Focus On Foto gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “The image quality is very good, same as OMD”. M. Scott said in their review on Amazon in October last year “Even as a reasonably experienced photographer the quantitity of information supplied in the manual needs time to digest”.

One person thought the Olympus PEN E-P5 had a good picture resolution. One Olympus PEN E-P5 reviewer who reviewed it said that it was good in low light.

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Robust

Seven people considered that this digital camera was well made. In October last year Disco wrote in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 “It is actually good in low light (with a fast lens) and has a fast 1/320 flash sync speed from built in or 1/250 from external”. Jamie Brown wrote “The hinge is well made, not flimsy at all”.

Good Product Quality

Several people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Disco mentioned “Well made, with good controls, excellent photos with the in body stablisation or IBIS”. Focus On Foto mentioned “Well made and great features” in their Olympus PEN E-P5 review and gave the Olympus PEN E-P5 a score of 5 stars. Focus On Foto also said “This camera is very well made and impressively robust”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Focus On Foto gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I would recommend getting the VF4 which is the best viewfinder on the market”.

Some Olympus PEN E-P5 owners who reviewed it said that it had a good screen. Three years ago Focus On Foto scored it 5 stars and mentioned “The screen is nice”. Jamie Brown wrote “The tilting screen is nice, personally I was happier before as I worry it might just be another thing to break” in his review of this digital camera.

One Olympus PEN E-P5 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Martyward mentioned two years ago “Travel.I was also attracted to the EVF & the 17mm lens included with the bundle, both items I am more then happy to have as additions to my kit”.

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Good Brand

We checked 1,701 expert and user reviews for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its MILC digital cameras range.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Olympus PEN E-P5 owners concluded that it had a good autofocus. The Lambanana mentioned “I couldn't get the wifi-thing to work with my iPhone despite trying for three days*The Autofocus is fast”. A number of customers thought the product had a good lens.

Easy to Use

Three people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Martyward wrote in their Olympus PEN E-P5 review “4 is a great addition, increasing the EP5's flexibility & usage- handy when you need it, yet comfortably stored away when not”. In October last year Sam scored it very highly and he wrote in his review on Amazon “It has front and back control wheels and you can customise the buttons”. Sam also said “I use the back movie button to control continuous focus just like I do with the AF-L button on the back of my Nikons”.

One Olympus PEN E-P5 owner thought this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Disco wrote on Amazon “Complex if full featured menu system”.

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Good Size

Three people who reviewed it mentioned that it was compact. Sam said on Amazon “While I mainly use Nikon DLSRs I had been hankering after a smaller unobtrusive compact”. Sam also mentioned “You are likely to have this camera with you because it is so compact”. The Lambanana mentioned in their review “It also has DSLR image quality, all in a lovely, small, compact body” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Nice Design

One customer concluded that it was retro. The Lambanana scored it 5 stars and mentioned “Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for MFT Cameras with Accessory PortLOOKS=====It has the retro aesthetic that several camera companies have aimed at” in their review of this digital camera.

One person thought it was good looking. Last year M. Scott said on Amazon “A beautiful quality built camera” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 and scored it very highly.

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Good Video Capture

A number of Olympus PEN E-P5 owners who bought the Olympus PEN E-P5 mentioned that it was good for video recording. Jamie Brown mentioned three years ago “E-p3 was terrible.I don't have a problem with the video, I've used it for a few things” .

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had good features.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer considered that the product was noisy. Focus On Foto said “Not as noisy as the OMD” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Olympus PEN E-P5 5 stars.

Good Support

One person who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Martyward rated the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-P5 on Amazon two years ago “The 17mm 1.8 lens is a firm favourite, providing that much loved focal length for street shooters - it's fast, sharp and great for manual focusing”.

Good Battery Life

One person who bought the Olympus PEN E-P5 wrote that it had a good battery life. Sam scored the Olympus PEN E-P5 5 stars and he mentioned in his Olympus PEN E-P5 review “I have found the battery life OK for a days shooting without a spare”.

Good Connectivity

One person wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of connectivity. Jamie Brown scored the product 5 stars and he wrote in his Olympus PEN E-P5 review “Wireless connectivity is more useful that I thought”.

Good Flash

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Olympus PEN E-P5 has a GPS, which is unusual. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-P5 do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras with a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] which has better reviews; or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out more than two years ago which are not 3D compatible, the PEN E-P5 is 3D compatible.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3D compatible cameras and we think cheaper cameras such as the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-P5 supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available that you might also want to look at include the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which is cheaper; or the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the PEN E-P5 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Olympus PEN E-P5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider including a cheaper camera such as the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price].

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SD Memory Card

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

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper); or the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-P5 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The PEN E-P5 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this age and spec. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P5 the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 15s to 240s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 43s. When compared to other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P5, the maximum camera shutter speed of the PEN E-P5 of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-P5 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-P5. The white balance mode "Custom modes" is also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-P5 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera also has a still image resolution of 2560 x 1920. Across all MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-P5 the best still image resolution is 12416 x 1856 and the worst is 1024 x 768.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixel, the PEN E-P5 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-P5 is 740,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-P5 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The ISO speeds "1600", "25000" 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 cameras of a similar type and age to 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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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-P5 is more than most MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-P5. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the PEN E-P5 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras of this age and spec.

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6 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Three Olympus PEN E-P5 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was not cheap. Disco wrote “A very good still photo camera if bit expensive”. Disco also said “Expensive, heavy, poor grip, no included viewfinder (expensive extra)”. Jamie Brown wrote “These are expensive cameras, there's no doubt about it.I loved my e-p3” in his review of this digital camera yet he still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Some customers who reviewed the product considered that it was not good value for money. Sam said in his review on Amazon “Pricy accessory although not essential to enjoy using this camera (see my review for the VF-4” but despite that he scored the product 5 stars. The Lambanana wrote in their Olympus PEN E-P5 review “It is a costly addition, almost the price of a second hand car”.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-P5 do not support video recording. The PEN E-P5 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price], or the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] are also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P5, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the PEN E-P5 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

When compared to other MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the maximum aperture of the PEN E-P5 of only 1.8 is one of the biggest. The average maximum aperture of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P5 is 14, and the maximum apertures range from 1 to 36.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The PEN E-P5 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P5. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-P5

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Olympus camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the PEN E-P5 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which is cheaper.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] (3.31") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the PEN E-P5 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which is cheaper.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] (20.3MP and cheaper) or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] (20.3MP and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The PEN E-P5 has a pretty typical weight (378 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-P5.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] (313g and higher rated) or the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (210g and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
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
External Flash Connector
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Quick Start Guide
Included Wrist Strap
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Handsome retro styling
Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance
Lightning fast autofocusing
Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res)
Top shutter speed of 18000 second
Heavier than some mirrorless models
Weak flash
Below average battery life
No builtin viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase)
A bit pricey compared to the similar E 5, which offers a builtin EVF and weather sealing at about the

User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 19 August 2013 by ABQ Dad

With Olympus prime lenses this camera is fast, flexible, and takes great images. If you are looking for a great quality small and portable camera system for high quality prints, then this may be... Read more…

Image and build quality
Shooting speed
Features
Small Compact
Easy to Use
Price
Extra viewfinder
Short battery life
Viewfinder
Build quality

A very good still photo camera if bit expensive

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Disco

Pros: Well made, with good controls, excellent photos with the in body stablisation or IBIS. Complex if full featured menu system. It is actually good in low light (with a fast lens) and has a... Read more…

Wow, wow, wow

Reviewed 14 February 2015 by Sam "sam-km"

I bought this in the January sale deals at a significant discount. While I mainly use Nikon DLSRs I had been hankering after a smaller unobtrusive compact but full featured camera for some time. I... Read more…

A beautiful quality built camera

Reviewed 30 January 2015 by M. Scott

A beautiful quality built camera. A camera for the enthusiast. It dose lots of things and more. Even as a reasonably experienced photographer the quantitity of information supplied in the manual... Read more…

Problen with Warranty

Reviewed 11 May 2014 by Spudlugs "SAK"

I had no problems with the actual camera but it did not come with an Olympus warranty. Sent it back to DoxDirect for a refund. I contacted Olympus and they confirmed it was an import from the far... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus ep5
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