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Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS SDXC Apr 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Ten industry awards
Lightweight
Bemoan the plastic-y clip-on flash, plastic
70 Reviews + 10 Awards
Techradar Recommended Pocket Lint Hot Product PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

Amongst cameras that were launched more than two years ago, this camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The editors of review sites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all strongly endorse this Olympus camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The authors at three additional expert review sites all decided that this medium megapixel camera would make a great purchase. This digital 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.

The experts at two other expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Olympus camera. Techradar and Dgl.ru both gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

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

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar the average expert rating of this medium megapixel camera is 82 out of 100. Camera experts think this Olympus digital camera is one of the better medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,447 expert and owner reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer who bought it thought it had good features.


Weight & Dimensions

Lightweight

Fourteen customers who reviewed the product considered that it was compact. Five years ago Steve's Digicams wrote “The E-PL5 is another great addition to this ever growing line of compact, interchangeable lens cameras”. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au wrote in their review of the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm “REVIEW—OLYMPUS PEN E-PL5 compact system camera] by terry on 23 November 2012 Price”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored it 7 stars and mentioned “The compact size of both the cameras”.

Two people mentioned that it was lightweight. Bestbuy.com said four years ago “Lightweight great picture easy to use” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm “A lightweight body” .

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Average Weight

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a pretty standard weight (279 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X-E1 (£439.10) (300g).

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Price

Good Value for Money

Three customers reckoned that it was good value for money. Bestbuy.com said “Cheap usefull” yet they gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Five years ago expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Does it all at a pretty great price tag”. Also five years ago expert website Pocket Lint mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The E-PL5 delivers exceptional image quality at a reasonable price point.”.

One customer who bought it concluded that it was expensive. Four years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote on PC Advisor.co.uk “Less expensive package” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 8 stars.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased it said that it was noisy. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “This 16 megapixel camera uses the same sensor as the OMD E-M5, which means good low light, low noise perfo”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera was released in April 2017.


Bemoan the Plastic-Y Clip-On Flash, Plastic

Three people who bought it reckoned that it did not have a good flash. Macworld.co.uk said “Criticism otherwise similar to that of its E-P 3 predecessor, namely we miss the integral flash and handgrip of the E-P 2”. Macworld.co.uk also mentioned “Bemoan the plastic-y clip-on flash, plastic” in their review. Pocket Lint mentioned “Flash is hotshoe-mounted only (not necessarily a problem), plastic grip looks a bit cheap, continuous autofocus still not quite there”.

Tilting Screen

Six people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Five years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Nice LCD Tilt screen Touchscreen controls” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar wrote “Tilting screen” . Expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote in their Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm review “It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters”.

Four people concluded that it was mirrorless. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned in their Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm review “Olympus, one of the originators of the Micro Four Thirds format, has refined its mirrorless system over the past five years”. Photoxels.com mentioned in their Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm 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”. Camera Labs rated it 7 stars and wrote in their Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm review “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”.

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Good Video Capture

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording.

D Sensor

Sixteen owners who bought it considered that it was able to produce good images. Five years ago expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com rated the product 7 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Great image quality, quick controls”. 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” in their review of the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm. Expert website Digitaltrends.com gave this digital camera a rating of 6 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The E-PL5 takes great photos”.

Two customers agreed that the product had a good image sensor. Techradar wrote “D sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site What Digital Camera mentioned “This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light. One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good ISO range.

One person who reviewed it thought it had a good picture resolution.

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Decent Kit Lens

Four customers wrote in their reviews that the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm had a good lens. Digital Versus said “Decent kit lens” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar said “Large lens range” in their review of this digital camera. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned five years ago “$750 with 14-42mm lens The good gets better THE LOW-DOWN” in their review of the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm.

Two owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com said “A large screen, fast focusing” and gave the product a score of 8 stars. One customer concluded that the product had a good image stabiliser.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

If this medium megapixel camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2"), or the Samsung Camera (£22.90) (4.8").

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Has a Touchscreen

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age do not have a touchscreen.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm's optical zoom is one of the smallest amongst medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung Camera (£22.90) (21x).

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (22) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar type and age to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 84 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 350mm.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm. At 28 millimeters, the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of cameras of this age and type is 3.4. At 3.5, the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm features multi-shot function, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Live View

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm supports live view, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Calendar

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm features calendar. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature calendar.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Histogram

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the magnifications range from 0.17x to 20x. The Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has one of the higher magnifications (5 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm supports PictBridge, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm is more than most medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 1600 and 25600 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Design

Anti Shake Built Into Camera

Six people thought the product was well made. Four years ago T3.com mentioned “Anti shake built into camera” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago expert review site Neocamera.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with a maximum ISO of 25600, fast 8 FPS full-resolution drive”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “The camera is well built, straightforward to use”.

Sophisticated Design

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was well designed. T3.com mentioned four years ago “Sophisticated design”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was retro. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Adds a touch of retro appeal to its exterior”. 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”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good looking. Digital-Photography-School.com wrote four years ago “Stylish camera designs, with clearly labelled functions” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Build Quality Removable Grip Handle

Seven owners said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Digital Versus said “Good build quality Removable grip handle”. Digital Versus also wrote “Picture quality up to 1600 ISO or even 3200 ISO” in their review. Pocket Lint said in their Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm review “Great image quality as per OM-D E- 5, decent build quality, useful Art Filters, touchscreen, full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses”.

Starter Option With Sophisticated Design, Tilting Touchscreen LCD Screen Aids Visibility and Makes for Intuitive Use, Dedicated Video Record Button Falls Readily Under the Thumb, Image Stabilisation B

Seven owners said in their reviews that the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm was easy to use. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Picture quality and ease of use”. Good Gear Guide.com.au scored it 5 stars and mentioned “Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use” in their review of this digital camera. An anonymous reviewer mentioned on Bestbuy.com “The camera is easy to use and takes fantastic pics” and scored it 8 stars.

One customer who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to handle. Ephotozine rated it 9 stars and said “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v325010sw000, olympus v205040su000, olympus v325010bw000, olympus v205042be010, olympus v205040bu000, olympus v205041wu000, olympus v325040bw000, olympus v205040wu000, olympus promotion, olympus epl1s, v205042se000, epl5knn
Barcodes 00050332184176, 00050332184183, 00050332184190, 00050332184213, 00050332184220, 00050332184336, 00085171904005, 04017386211636, 04017386213760, 04017386293403, 04017386359109, 04017386656437, 04017386715400, 04017386871120, 04017386928121, 04545350042257, 04545350042264, 04545350042271, 04545350042288, 04545350042295, 04545350042301

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