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Pro quality you fit in your pocket.

You love being creative. But you also demand superior image quality and uncompromising performance. The PEN E-PL5 is perfect. Shoot images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VI image processing engine. Technology like an AF Illuminator and an ISO with speeds that hit 25,600 capture crisp, clear shots in low light. Everything is fast on the PEN E-PL5 from the exceedingly responsive touch screen to 8 fps sequential shooting. Nourish your artistic side with Full HD Video 1080i and 12 Art Filters and Effects. Take full control of your settings with features such as My Set, and a customizable self timer. Unleash your creativity, apply new monochrome Art Filters Effects or edit RAW images right in the camera. The PEN E-PL5. All the professional features you need to take you to the next creative level.

Blazing Speed


The E-PL5’s Touchscreen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch even if the subject is not in the center. Touch Screen display makes it easy to choose AF points, capture a picture, change camera settings, release the shutter or navigate controls, simply by touching the screen.


With the E-PL5 you can take up to eight photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.


The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.

Professional Image Quality


Featuring the 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor of the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus Micro Four Thirds flagship, the PEN E-PL5, is optimized to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.


TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.


Olympus’ Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even if you change lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it doesn’t interfere with the picture imaging at any time.


Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!

Shoot. Sync. Share Wirelessly.

Share your favorite pictures.

Wi-Fi capability lets you transfer photos wirelessly to smartphones and tablets with the FlashAir memory card and the OLYMPUS Image Share app. Perfect for posting them on social networking sites fast without any fuss. All to share your stories fast. Learn more.


The OI.Share app lets you use the Art Filter technology made popular by the OLYMPUS PEN. From Dramatic Tone to Pop Art, you can choose your favorite Art Filter and apply it to not only pictures that you imported from your camera, but also to pictures that are already saved on your smartphone.

Low Light Performance

AF Illuminator

The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet

ISO 25,600

Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25,600.

Bundled Flash

Attachable flash included. This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability.

Creative Freedom


Twelve in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.

The Twelve in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Key Line, Dramatic Tone and NEW Watercolor) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Also, the E-PL5 now features the Monochrome Art Filter Effect, where the Picture Tone effect can change the color from normal monotone to sepia, blue, purple, and green.


Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either .MOV or .AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button. Shoot movies with Art Filters, and new to the E-PL5, change your Art Filter while shooting your movie and see the transition right on the LCD, without missing a beat.

4x Digital Touch Zoom in Movie

One-touch 4x digital converter for movie. You can zoom easily with the touch LCD.

Ease of Use


The E-PL5 features a flip touch screen that rotates 170 degrees and allows you to take self portraits. The E-PL5 is designed to optimize the touch screen LCD and was introduced to operate the MENU display with a new simple operation instead of a mode dial. The E-PL5’s Touchscreen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch, also choose what you want to focus on by touch, even if the subject is not in the center.

Live Guide

The E-PL5’s Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc. Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.


A convenient, fully automated feature that detects the scene and applies the best of six situations just by aiming the camera toward the subject. Backlight adjustment are automatically applied for Portrait and Landscape modes. iAuto is also available for shooting videos.

In-Camera slideshow with Background Music

Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL5's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, and add captivating musical soundtracks.


Share your favorite pictures. Wi-Fi capability lets you transfer photos wirelessly to smartphones and tablets with the FlashAir™ memory card and the OLYMPUS Image Share™ app. Perfect for posting them on social networking sites fast without any fuss. All to share your stories fast. For more information click here.


Removable Grip

For form, fit and feel. The removable grip allows for secure and comfortable handling of the E-PL5. Or, if you don’t want to use the grip and prefer the simpler design, simply remove it.

My Set

Not only do you have the flexibility of the Function Buttons (Fn), but you can utilize “My Set” to customize program modes on your dial such as Aperture Priority, Manual and Scene Select Modes.

Olympus Image Share Technology

Share images to your Smart Device. Olympus allows for the usage of PENPAL BlueTooth Device, Eye-Fi Card or the new Flash Air Media Card. Not only is the new E-PL5 compatible, but the menu structure is designed for easy uploading from your selected device. Check out the Olympus smartphone apps.


6 Bracketing functions allow you the flexibility to focus on the type of shot you want and view it in different ways so you can choose the best shot. Now featuring High Dynamic Range post-processing.

Small Target AF

New “small AF target” achieves the pinpoint focus. Focus on an AF point, within an AF point.

Image Rotation in Playback

When the image is shot at portrait position, image is automatically rotated in playback.

Downloadable Background Music Selection

Variety is the spice of life. Now, not only are there 4 background music tracks included in the camera, but you can also download music from the OLYMPUS web site, and replaced it instead of default music in the camera. Making Slideshow playback on your HDTV more fun!

Customizable Self Timer

Self-timer customizing function can be utilized in various situations, the best is for self portraits. Control start times and shooting intervals. Start time(1-30sec) / shooting interval (0.5sec, 1sec, 2sec, 3sec) and number of shots (2~10).

RAW Edit in Camera

Like your shot but want a few revisions. Edit jpegs and now RAW files right in the camera. Can edit the raw image in camera body, fix Red-Eye, crop your image, change to black and white and more.

Bulb Shooting to 30 Minutes

With the E-PL5, it is possible to decide the exposure time by previewing the effect on the backside monitor. Image during bulb shooting is updated at regular intervals (ex. by 0.5 sec.). The shutter opens by fully pressing the release button and the shutter closes by fully re-pressing the release button.

23 Scene Modes

From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL5 is equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject’s complexion. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with the new conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

HDMI Output

For easy photo and video playback on your HDTV. The E-PL5 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PL5 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.

Fine Detail Processing

Captures exceptional detail from shadow to highlight.

AF Tracking

AF Tracking locks your subject into focus right on the LCD, and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving. With this mode, a simple push of the AF button and shutter release enables you to keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus.

Manual Focus Assist

The E-PL5 provides two optional methods to help the user focus: a Magnified Focus (MF) Assist Function and Magnification Display. When using manual focus, the MF Assist feature aids with critical focus by allowing you to zoom in on part of the image by simply turning the focusing ring on the front of the lens. The Magnification Display enables you to selectively enlarge the image on the LCD at the touch of a button. This mode works for both autofocus and manual focus. Both MF Assist methods provide up to a 10x magnification of a single point of the image for critical focus; perfect for macro or still-life photography.

Wireless Flash Compatible

Compatibility with wireless flash allows you to maximize the performance of your E-PL5 in a studio setting. Use the newly introduced FL-600R or the existing FL-300R and FL-50R.

Multiple Exposure Shooting

The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless!

Multiple Aspect Ratio Shooting

The E-PL5 lets you select one of four Aspect Ratios (4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4) that help frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like. Aspect ratios are available for still photo and HD movie capture, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.

Fully Expandable System

A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PL5 to support all different types of photography needs.

Accessory Port

The E-PL5 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPAL®, MAL-1 Macro Light, SEMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2/VF-3 viewfinders.

Multi-Motion Image Stabilization for Movie

Corrects blur for slow and large movement caused by physically moving while shooting movies.


Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject’s complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits.

7 Picture Modes

iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters.


You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PL5’s Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits.

Product Type Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Flash Air compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )
*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Pickup Product type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels / Aspect ratio Number of effective pixels : Approx. 16.1 million pixels. Total number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixels. Aspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording(Still) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File size RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Image Stabilization System Type Built-in (Imager shift image stabilizer*3)
*3: yaw/pitch
Mode 3 modes (S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Focal length setting Available
Available manual focal length setting Input focal length : 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Stabilization performance maximum 3 EV steps*4
*4: Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb and Time is selected.)
Live View Live view Approx. 100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), Highlight and shadow, Off
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
Monitor Monitor type 3.0-inch Tilting wide monitor*8
*8: Approx.460k dots (16:9), Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type
Touch control Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, Touch scene mode selection
Tilting angle Upward tilting angle: up to 170 degrees
Downward tilting angle : up to 65 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone select Vivid / Natural
Focusing AF system High-speed imager AF
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)*9 / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) *9
*9: C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTs lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AF Available
Magnified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points
Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses*10)
Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
*10: old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF Available / Available Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing point / Focusing point selection mode 35-area multiple AF
All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
AF Illuminator Available
Manual focus assist * Customize function Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Exposure Control (Still) Metering system
(TTL Image sensor metering)
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode iAuto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE,
S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter,
Underwater wide / macro*11,
*11: Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D *
*Using 3D lens(H-FT012) only, still only
ISO sensitivity AUTO ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
Shutter Shutter type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Flash Flash intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto*13, Manual, super FP*13(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
*13: Available on the external flash
Bundled flash*14 TTL flash, GN=7(ISO100・m) / GN=10 (ISO200・m)
*14: Bundled FL-LM1. Attach it on the hot shoe and connect it to the accessory port 2. Available on FL-LM1/2.
Flash mode Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 (FULL) ~1/64)
Synchronization speed 1/250sec. or less*15
*15: It depends on flash models or flash mode
FL-LM1/2: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Other: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Wireless Flash Control Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control method Triggered and controlled by bundled flash FL-LM1*16 *16: Available on FL-LM2/ FL-600R.
(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
External Flash intensity type TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel 4 channels
Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash*17)
*17: Available on FL-LM1/2 / FL-600R
Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode]*18 8.0 fps * in case of "I.S. Off" *18: Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
[Sequential shooting L mode] *19
3.6 fps* in case of "I.S. Off" (in 3.5 seq. shooting L)
3.0 fps* in case of "I.S. On" (in 3 seq. shooting L)
*19: When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmⅡR f3.5-5.6
Max. recordable pictures
on sequential shooting *
[RAW] Max. 27frames (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max.15 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG] Unlimited consecutive shooting (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max. 19 frames ( in 8 seq. shooting H)
* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmⅡR f3.5-5.6.
* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)
Bracketing Exposure bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
bracketing for HDR post process 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.
*HDR picture can not be made by this function.
Art Filter Mode (Variation / Effect) Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( - / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( - / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e) (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Watercolor (I, II / a.c.d.)
Art Effect a. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
Movie Recording format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI (Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode [MOV]
Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording
20Mbps (Fine) / 17Mbps (Normal) : Aspect 16:9
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording
13Mbps (Fine) / 10Mbps (Normal) : Aspect 16:9
[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 4:3
*20 : Except for some of the Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time [MOV]
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 7min*21 / SD : Approx. 14min*21
*21 : Except for some of the Art Filters
Movie Function Movie Effect : One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade / One push 4x tele-converter
Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie
IS for Movie Built in (Electronic image stabilizer)
2mode (M-IS1,M-IS2), off,
AE Lock Available
Exposure control (Movie) P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter
* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.
Compression ratio Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File size MOV Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Recording(Sound) Recording format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Microphone function Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume
Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
White Balance White balance mode Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB
Preset white balance 7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K)
- Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
Color Mode Color matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Filters]
Multi Exposure Number of picture / Function 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture (RAW)
Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
One Push Tele-converter Magnification x2
Playback Playback mode Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
* Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still)
1 BGM replaceable. Auto angle correction
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Menu Languages 34 languages selectable :
- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting My Set 4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial
Image Editing Editing function RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording
RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
Detail edit acceptable.(Preview, Memory of 2 setting, re-development)
Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output USB/AV/Remote controller connector Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI connector Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
Accessory Port 2 Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
PC interface USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
Power Requirements Battery BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
Number of recordable pictures Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard]
(with BLS-5 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Dimensions / Weight Dimensions 110.5 mm (W) x 63.7mm (H) x 38.2mm (D)
[CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
Weight Approx. 325g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card]
Approx. 279g [body only]
Operating Environment Temperature 0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Box contents Box contents Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, AV cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card, MCG-4 (Standard Removable Grip)

Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.


E-PL5 body

with M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R

Smaller and lighter than standard SLR lenses, this lens provides full 3x zoom performance in a very small package. The evolution of this PEN kit lens now focuses faster than ever before, so you won't miss out on rapid shooting situations! This lightweight and compact lens delivers high image quality and has an excellent close-up shooting capability.


Available Colors: Black Silver White

E-PL5 body only

The E-PL5 has all the professional features you need to take you to the next creative level.


  • Olympus PEN E-PL5 camera body
Available Colors: Black Silver White

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August 01, 2015


Excellent camera

Excellent camera, easy to use and very helpful if your purpose is to capture daily moments with a good quality image. Been using it for a month and I love it.

Even if the flash comes separate,you'll get use to carry it with the small bag that comes with it.

Also with the positioning of the screen you get adapted to various circumstances and of course, becomes really handy for selfies.

Definitely I would recommend it for people with little knowledge about cameras.

December 26, 2014


great small camera

I use to haul my D800 Nikon everywhere. Now this fills in on 70 % of my walks or bike rides. Great image quality even with the KIT lenses.
Better than my old C-8080 oly in most ways. Takes a while to sort through the menu and change settings if you know other systems clickpaths. The little strobe is trash .

It shines in street photography, flipping the display to any direction. On the end of the stick on self timer. Light lenses you can carry a whole system in the coat . The after market fisheye lens is nice, no auto focus, just infinity and A setting to let the shutter vary for exposure (maybe not for beginners with little manual exposure skills )

Needs a stock eye piece view finder and quick change setting. Still a great value.

December 04, 2014


A Lot Like the E5 and E10

I own PM-1, PM-2, PL-5, and Oly 25 1.8, 35 3.5, 40-150, and, 14-42. I use FL50 and kit flash, VF-3 EV, and PO-1 macro. I'm hooked on Oly li'l ones. My brand-new PL-5 has some unexpected, some familiar cons: LCD seems slow. Fast AF hunts, just faster! New sensor reds require RAW post-processing. Battery seems weaker than older ones. ISO above 800-1200 mottles shadows...still. Shutter button seems fragile.
PL-5 has great pluses: robust and light if crowded body, almost 180 degree LCD flexibility, Super Control Panel, top mode dial, improved menus, and MySet customizing. PL-5 (like PM-2) is a mini E-5/E-10 without EVF. P.S., I rarely take video so its weakness is no problem for me. And AP2 add-ons get misplaced but when found, they work.
Not so on E-10. The E-35 and new M-25 make the PL-5 a delight.

October 11, 2014


Excellent camera, poor body design and warranty process.

For the first year I had this camera, it was spectacular. Great pictures, full-featured, and easy to stow for light-pack trips.

Unfortunately, the shutter button *fell off* about a month ago, and is now MIA. The camera can now only take pictures via the touch screen, which is awkward at best for most situations.

Of course, the camera is just outside the warranty period, and Olympus' response was "Sorry, but you will have to send your camera to us and pay a sizeable repair price if you want a new shutter button."

It appears that several other people have had this problem as well, a quick Google search turns up several occurrences. I want to love this camera, I really do. However, I can't recommend it if Olympus won't stand by its product and spend $5 to pull a new shutter button off the production line and mail it to me. Heck, I would gladly pay the $5. Gladly. But policy is policy with Olympus, and I have to send my camera in for the full (and expensive) repair process.

June 19, 2014


Excellent camera

Pros: Very nice raw files as good as those from my Canon 5D, reasonable price, basic lenses are good. The camera is light and portable. Many available accessories. I bought the viewfinder (VF3) which is excellent. The body cap 9mm lens is just 100% fun to use. I also purchased 2 extension tubes for close focus work and an FD adapter for my Canon FD 50mm f1.4. It is a wonderful travel camera. Camera is very configurable.

Cons: Must change basic warm tone in menu to neutral. Menu system requires study and you have to find websites to configure settings properly. You have to activate the super control panel. Not suited to fast action sports.

May 12, 2014


One of the best camera's in the market

The Olympus E-PL5 is like the culmination of the EPL line. There is not a lot left to desire. The photo quality is amazing and words just can't do the image sensor justice. With 8FPS high speed shooting and inbuilt image stabilization, and 25k iso, it's just crazy. Beyond that, the adapted lens market for the 4/3rds body make shooting a joy on a budget. (I personally own some prime lens's from Olympus produced in the 1970's )

I've talked to professional photographers who've opted to the EPL5 for their day to day shooting. The smaller body makes it easy to take with you, and feels less like a burden or something you have to lug around. The camera almost becomes an extension of your body to help you get the right shot.

More importantly, with a Toshiba Flashair card I have been really happy with the battery life I have been receiving.

I cannot recommend this camera enough.

May 07, 2014


Fast &easy

Touch screen, touch a face or whatever and shazaam it racks focus and fires, regular light it's like 1/2 second, I mean quick, wow! Low light is a little slower. I-Auto can even tell a sunset, it goes to the same settings as scene/sunset uses, vivid -.7 exposure. A pancake lens like a Panasonic 20 mm or the 17mm 2.8 makes it a pocket camera. Catch a sale & and it gets even better.

May 04, 2014

J David

A Beautiful Machine

The pictures are fabulous. The burst mode does a very good job of keeping a moving object in focus. Video seems to me to be very, very good despite the mention by some that Olympus could add fps. The bracketing function with the art filters is wonderful for landscape photography. HDR bracketing with the E-PL5 is of greater range than anything I've seen elsewhere.

So why not five stars? Mostly because the function wheel appears to be loose and sometimes I get a "flutter" as the camera jumps from modes and settings while attempting adjustments. Might be that I bought Olympus' refurb although every other refurb bought from Oly in the past has been perfect.

I've owned Oly's since the OM-2 forty years ago. Love 'em. BTW, the 40-150 telephoto, which I added when Oly put it on sale, is an excellent bit of optics.

My strongest dislike is that the firmware cannot be updated via a connection to my wirelessly connected laptop, but must wire to my wife's desktop. Also, the explanations offered even with the large manual on the CD (or downloadable) does a lousy job of explaining some items like bulb settings.

I really wanted the E-P5 but my wallet said "No", so I had to "settle" for this, but one loses nothing in the way of image clarity. Spend some time with the manual -- a must! -- and you will find that there is very, very little that this mft gem can't do. Endlessly programmable for my money this is the best camera available under $700.

May 03, 2014


Great camera, great price, beautiful photos

This camera takes great pictures, especially outdoors. The weakest point of the camera is taking indoor shots. The JPEG photos are way too red. I tried adjusting the settings which makes the image too red but it didn't help. I hope Olympus will address this matter quickly. A view finder at a reasonable price would be nice, $249.00 is ridiculous based on the price of the camera. With that being said, I waited a long time and did a lot of research before making this purchase and I have not been disappointed.

February 20, 2014


Excellent DSLR Alternative

I have been shooting with a Canon Full Frame as well as an ASP-C body for a few years. However, I was noticing that if I went out with a DSLR I was taking my 5D3 over the 60D. So, I had been contemplating selling the ASP-C camera and EF-S mount lenses for a while. Then, I bought tickets for a concert that the venue prohibits DSLR camera's but you can take interchangeable lens camera's.

I have been following Olympus 4/3 since they came out 4 years ago and have always been impressed with the comments of professional photographers of the PEN system. Therefore, in deciding I wanted something more portable and lighter, I turned to Olympus.

I learned that of the Micro 4/3 selections, Olympus and Panasonic camera's have the best lenses available with a wide range (currently) and best yet...they are interchangeable with each others brand.

I bought the E-PL5 used for a steal ($300 Canadian with 200 shutter count). I figured if I didn't like it, I could resell it and not lose money. Well, I've since fallen in love and bought the VF4 view finder, 45mm 1.8, Panasonic 25mm 1.4 and the Olympus 60mm 2.8 macro/telephoto lenses - all of which still left me with 100.00 extra from trading in my Canon 60D + lenses. I do plan on getting the 17 1.8 from Olympus shortly and then my system is complete.

Will the E-PL5 replace my Canon 5D3 + lenses. No, but it is what I am using more often for my personal use. The Olympus body has IBIS (in body stabilization) which I like. The E-PL5 has the same sensor as the OMD E-M5 and has a very quick AF system. The colour in JPEG's is too red, which has been mentioned but I prefer to shoot in RAW anyway so that is adjustable but something I think Olympus needs to review and improve.

Over all, the system and camera were a pleasant surprise despite my hours of research before I invested into the system. I would HIGHLY recommend this system to someone who is looking into buying a camera. An interchangeable lens micro 4/3 system is definitely the way to go over a P&S.

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