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Olympus Pen E-PL5 Digital Camera

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MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Jan 2013
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37 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

This MILC camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all of whom thought that this camera was great.

The experts at three more expert review sites all thought that this camera would make a great purchase. This Olympus camera received a "Best Buy 5 Star" award from both Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk and it received a "Best Buy" award from Ljudochbild.se.

This digital camera received a "Recommended" from both Techradar and Dgl.ru, both of which concluded that this MILC camera was good.

Pocket Lint gave this camera a "Hot Product" award and Fotomaniak.pl gave it a "Good Buy" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar this camera has an overall expert rating of 82%.

Good Quality Pictures

Nine Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said three years ago “The E-PL5 takes great photos” in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Gave us crisp, focused photos”. Digitaltrends.com also said “Then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot.”.

Several customers who reviewed it thought it had a good image sensor. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the” . Expert review site Techradar rated this digital camera 5 stars and wrote four years ago “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 uses the same 16.1 million pixel image sensor as the highly regarded Olympus OM”.

One person who reviewed it wrote that it had a good ISO range. One Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 was good in low light.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Photoxels.com said in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras at features a high-speed CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels and capable of”.

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Good Size

Some Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewers said in their reviews that it was compact. Pc Mag wrote “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 ($699.99 direct with lens) is the mid-level entry in the company's line of compact Micro Four Thirds cameras”. Four years ago expert website Ephotozine said “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is the latest compact Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, sitting above the” in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their review “The Olympus E-PL5 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a new mid-range compact system camera” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars.

One person who purchased it considered that it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review “A lightweight body” .

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Good Product Quality

Six people who reviewed the Olympus Pen E-PL5 agreed that it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 four years ago “Video image too highly contrasted, audio quality could be better” and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Great image quality, quick controls” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Neocamera.com mentioned “This Micro Four-Thirds camera delivers one of the best compromises between image quality and size while keeping a great amount of versatility thanks to an extensive lineup of compatible lenses” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned three years ago “It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters”. Digital Versus wrote “Nice LCD Tilt screen Touchscreen controls”.

A few people who purchased it agreed that it was mirrorless. Expert website Camera Labs said “Olympus PEN E-PL5 review The Olympus PEN E-PL5 is a mid-range mirror-less compact system camera (CSC) with a 16 Megapixel sensor”. Camera Labs also said “The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before”. Expert website Reviewed.com said in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 “Olympus, one of the originators of the Micro Four Thirds format, has refined its mirrorless system over the past five years”.

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Nice Design

A few Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewers who bought it mentioned that it was a good design. T3.com said in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “Sophisticated design” .

A few people who bought the Olympus Pen E-PL5 considered that it was retro. Four years ago Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Adds a touch of retro appeal to its exterior”. Expert website Insidehw.com wrote in the same month “Olympus E-PL5 Street photographer Like all Olympus Pen models up to now, E-PL5 has that retro spirit reflected in the right angles, curved edges” in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5.

Two people thought it was good looking. Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 “Stylish camera designs, with clearly labelled functions” .

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Robust

Several people who bought it thought it was well made. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this do”. Digital Versus rated the Olympus Pen E-PL5 4 stars and wrote four years ago “Good build quality Removable grip handle” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Neocamera.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said “This digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with a maximum ISO of 25600, fast 8 FPS full-resolution drive” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review.

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

MILC digital cameras manufactured by Olympus have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just MILC digital cameras) and found that Olympus also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Quality Lens

A few customers concluded that it had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned “Decent kit lens” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au said “$750 with 14-42mm lens The good gets better THE LOW-DOWN” in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review. Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “The E-PL5 is another great addition to this ever growing line of compact, interchangeable lens cameras”.

Two Olympus Pen E-PL5 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “A large screen, fast focusing”.

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Reasonably Priced

Several people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was good value for money. Digitalcamerareview.com said “Does it all at a pretty great price tag”. Expert review site Pocket Lint wrote “The E-PL5 delivers exceptional image quality at a reasonable price point.” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer concluded that the Olympus Pen E-PL5 was a bargain for the price. Pocket Lint said “Flash is hotshoe-mounted only (not necessarily a problem), plastic grip looks a bit cheap, continuous autofocus still not quite there” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 owner who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to handle. Ephotozine wrote “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3” in their review and rated this digital camera 5 stars.

One person who purchased it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 “Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use”.

One person who reviewed the Olympus Pen E-PL5 concluded that it was easy to use. Four years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored the product 4 stars and said “The camera is well built, straightforward to use and full of features for enthusiast photographers, particularly those who want a pocketable system camera for documentary or travel photograph”.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers agreed that it was good for video recording.

Good Technical Features

One customer who purchased the product wrote that it had good features.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Olympus Pen E-PL5 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was noisy. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their Olympus Pen E-PL5 review “This 16 megapixel camera uses the same sensor as the OMD E-M5, which means good low light, low noise perfo” .

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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3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5 which are not 3D compatible, the Pen E-PL5 is 3D compatible.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available including the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Pen E-PL5 supports video recording. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Pen E-PL5 do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pen E-PL5 has a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Pen E-PL5, the Pen E-PL5 supports Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Pen E-PL5 is 6x. The Pen E-PL5 has one of the bigger digital zooms (14 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at include the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price], or the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price] both from Panasonic which is cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of cameras that are a similar age to the Pen E-PL5 range from 15s to 240s. The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (25,600) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Across all the MILC digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the maximum ISO speeds range from 2,500 to 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 23,000.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pen E-PL5 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this Olympus digital camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years still image resolutions range from 1024 x 768 to 12416 x 1856.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pen E-PL5 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. The best flash exposure correction of all MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5 is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Pen E-PL5 is more than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this digital camera. The white balance modes Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pen E-PL5 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the Pen E-PL5. The ISO speeds "1600" and "25600" are also supported by this 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 typical of many cameras of this type and age. 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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Ten Flash Guides

Most digital cameras of this type and age have between 4 and 16 flash guides, including the Pen E-PL5 which has ten flash guides.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on cameras of this type and age. The auto focus "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Mode

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pen E-PL5 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Shutter priority AE are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of power sources than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Pen E-PL5.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pen E-PL5 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Pen E-PL5 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at including the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pen E-PL5 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5 also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Pen E-PL5, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Pen E-PL5 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 460,000 pixels, the Pen E-PL5 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar age and type to the Pen E-PL5 have display resolutions of between 33 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 740,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Pen E-PL5 is 10mm, the longest is 42mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm. At 28 millimeters, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. Cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Pen E-PL5 have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 200.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Pen E-PL5

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pen E-PL5 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include cheaper cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7[plb_2013856_price].

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] (3.7" and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pen E-PL5 has a relatively typical megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] (20.3MP and cheaper).

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Average Weight

The Pen E-PL5 has a relatively standard weight (279 grams) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Pen E-PL5.

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Specification

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Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
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Maximum Image Resolution
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Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
On/off Switch
Panorama Mode
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Special Features

10 Awards

dgl.ru Recommended Camera Labs Highly Recommended Techradar Recommended Pocket Lint Hot Product Lydogbilde.no Best Buy 5 Star ljudochbild.se Best Buy lydogbillede.dk Best Buy 5 Star fotomaniak.pl Good Buy PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(69)
17 September 2013

Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use. It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters and focusing, making the E-PL5 a...

8 April 2013

An express review of the Olympus PEN E-PL5 review was just published at Neocamera. This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras at features a high-speed... Read more…

30 March 2013

Although we had some issues with the camera's ergonomics and menu system, the E-PL5 nevertheless impressed us on its technical merits. There's just enough power here for point-and-shoot users who...

19 February 2013

The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16-megapixel sensor and processing engine as its big brother, the OM-D E-M5. But it houses those electronics in a smaller, lighter, and less expensive... Read more…

17 February 2013

Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 7 September 2013 by Anonymous
Anonymous would recommend the Olympus E-PL5 (Verified Purchase)

I had gotten away from photography for many years. I used to have an Olympus OM-10. I wanted to get back into photography but didn't want to spend so much for a digital SLR. I find this a great... Read more…

Easy to use
Great pics
Picture quality and ease of use
CHEAP USEFULL
Low light
A little bit big
Need to find SCP to easy control
No bad qualitys that I can find

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