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.
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE ONE-TOUCH SHUTTER AND CONTROL
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.
8FPS SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
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.
FAST AF WITH FACE AND EYE DETECT
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
16MP LIVE MOS IMAGE SENSOR
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
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.
PROVEN DUST REDUCTION SYSTEM
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.
IN-BODY IMAGE STABILIZATION
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.
TURN YOUR PICTURES INTO WORKS OF ART WITH ART FILTERS
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
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25,600.
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.
12 ART FILTERS AND 7 ART FILTER EFFECTS
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.
FULL 1080I HD MOVIE – WITH ART FILTER MOVIE AND EFFECTS
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
NEW FLIP SELF PORTRAIT 3” LCD SCREEN
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.
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.
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.
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.
BRACKETING: EXPOSURE, ISO, WHITE BALANCE, FLASH, ART FILTER, HDR POST-PROCESS
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.
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 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.
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.
Advanced SHADOW ADJUSTMENT TECHNOLOGY
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)
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) [AVI] 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 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.
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.
- Olympus PEN E-PL5 camera body
- M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens
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October 14, 2013
Great Extra Camera
I started using Olympus cameras with a C-740 Ultra Zoom 3.2mpx.
I moved up to an E-500 8mpx. I started accumulating ED lenses. 14-54 was my first upgrade. I couldn't resist the E-620 which I have used for about a jillion pictures. Last year I got the E-5 and sold my E-500. The E-5 is the ultimate 4/3 system camera. It is however quite large and heavy to carry about so I kept my E-620. I resisted the micro 4/3 cameras because I didn't want to stop using my ED lenses.
Finally I got the E-PL5 16mpx. and discovered that with an adaptor I can use the old lenses from my 35 mm Canon cameras and another adaptor makes it possible to use my existing lenses!!! It works fantastically. I am getting world class photos with a camera that is the same size as my now empty wallet. The picture quality is incredible and with a WiFi SD card you can send pictures to your smartphone.
September 24, 2013
I enjoy motorcycling as well as photography and bought this camera to replace the Point and Shoot I take with me on the bike.
I had noticed my Olympus VG 160 P and S requires fewer post processing adjustments than my Nikon D5100 so when shopping for a 4/3rd camera I easily looked to Olympus first.
From the moment I opened the box I have been pleased with the EPL5.
It seems to be well built, it functions precisely as one expects it to, and it's shooting results are nothing short of spectacular. I anticipated that I would feel the touch screen functions to be a "gimmick" that I would rarely use, but this camera has made a believer out of me. Ditto the same worry about a lack of viewfinder. Although I have had the camera only 3 weeks, i have shot over 1,500 photos with it and not only am I comfortable shooting at arms length, i use the shutter release only when I am attempting what I consider to be a complex shot. I absolutely LOVE this camera.
There are a few quibbles;
The battery life is marginal at best. Although the camera is physically small, I think battery technology is such that a more efficient one should be employed by Olympus.
The documentation is terrible. There is no reason a company as large as Olympus should produce such inexplicable prose.
I should also note that I never use the camera ... any camera ... for movies; I have no idea how the EPL5 fares in this regard.
Conclusion ? Buy one
August 29, 2013
Spreading the Word About An Industry Overlooked Jewel
I do residential real estate photography and wanted to get into HDR but almost all dSLRs only do auto bracketing of 3 or 5 frames (unless you exceed $1500 for a Canon body) .
The dynamic range of a living room with a wall of bright outdoor light coming through windows just can't be captured with 3 frames - 5 frames many times will fail as well. Result - blown out windows or dark rooms - requiring extensive post editing to salvage the shots.
I wanted 7 frame bracketing even if each frame was only +- 1EV which would offer a 6 EV range. I searched the Internet daily for a month to find any camera I could afford to achieve that goal. Yes, I'm aware you could do two overlapping 3 EV brackets but I don't have time to screw around with something like that when shooting a $3 million home.
Apparently reviewers don't care about extreme bracketing and sometimes don't even mention bracketing at all because they're too busy jabbering on about how good the video output is for two or more pages.
I read somewhere that the Olympus PEN E-PL5 has 7-frame auto-bracketing and I finally found just one reviewer who mentioned that it has a specialized HDR-bracketing function of 7 frames at +- 2EV which is astounding. A 12EV range!!! His snide comment was, "Why would Olympus even bother?" My answer is - For ME and multi-thousands of real estate photographers who do what I do! Yes, 12EV auto-bracketing is excessive for shooting a mountain, rusty old truck, or a collapsing old barn, but it's absolutely perfect for specific fields of work where you need excessive range. Olympus didn't have to add that feature in this price range but they did - while no other manufacturer even tries to serve this market until you get into the big buck models.
I bought the camera this month, bought an inexpensive Olympus .75X converter add-on to take the 14mm end of the kit zoom down to 11mm, and got a remote control from eBay. After getting the three items in last week and reading the full manual (available online and on the CD that comes with the camera) several times (the manual really needs to be re-written), I took my new baby out for some exterior shots when I did a real estate shoot on Saturday. I did the interior with my dSLR. The exteriors were very natural color so I pumped up saturation in post.
Today I got bold and tripod-mounted the Olympus PEN rig on my tripod and shot all of a $500,000 12th-floor condo in 7-frame HDR auto-bracketing using the remote control. I took my dSLR and flashes along and shot the place with it too - just in case.
I found out Saturday that the kit lens is superior to all the Minolta, Sony, and Sigma lenses I have for my Sony dSLR. I found out Sunday when I took the E-PL5 with me to a Chinese Buffet and shot my wife and 3 year old son across the table from me that the image quality of the 4/3 sensor and the pure daylight color of the flash are perfect. Last night I shot head and shoulders of my son for passport pictures and they were so good I had one enlarged to 8X10 today and framed it. This morning I shot 217 frames of 7-frame HDR auto-brackets (31 compositions) with aperture priority mode, in very difficult lighting circumstances at the condo mentioned above, and the results are breath-taking.
Instead of spending six hours trying to fix my flash-based dSLR single frames in post-editing after the shoot, I just put all in one folder on my PC, told Photomatix to bulk "fusion merge" them in groups of 7, and took a nap! When I got up I touched each one up a little and resized them to the size my employer requires, uploaded them, and I'm done!
The E-PL5 is going to save me 3.5 to 4 hours per assignment because now I can just touch up the fusion results instead of doing battle with two software packages until my eyes fall out from staring at the monitor.
The E-PL5 has clearly superior image quality that rivals any crop sensor dSLR output I've seen, so my results are far better.
The E-PL5 is built like a little tank and even the kit lens feels smooth like it's much more expensive than it is. When you push the shutter button you hear a solid and smooth action going on inside that is reminiscent of FAR more expensive German cameras.
This model is worth FAR more than the $599 to me in what I do. It's a steal, top quality, and very versatile for customizing every button and dial by digging down into the menu system. You can shoot P, A, S, or M. Or you can just put it on i-AUTO and let it do everything. It has a pretty extensive "Scene" mode (SCN) that I'm going to dabble with this weekend when I do a family portrait session for a realtor I work with regularly. I'm betting that will be excellent as well.
The only negative is that the E-PL5 is so small that it doesn't look like a camera that a "professional" would use. It looks like a sturdy almost-pocket-sized point & shoot instead of a big hunk of "pro" gear. Sticking a big Guide Number 140 flash in the hot shoe would look absurd so I'd probably put it on an arm attachment instead. That image might bother some shooters but I don't care at all because this is the ultimate camera for my needs. It saved me a ton of money, cut my post editing time by 60%, and that's while it doubled the quality of my real estate work immediately.
If there was a rating of 10, I'd use it!
August 03, 2013
After a TON of research I chose the E-PL5. My criteria limited the options – I wanted a single use compact camera for dive vacations. It had to be small, take exceptional pictures and have interchangeable lenses. No other camera on the market does a very good job covering all of those bases. While I have yet to dive with the camera the land pictures I’ve taken have come out great – there are plenty of lenses to choose from too. I considered the OM-D but the size was a concern. I plan to dump my Nikon DSLR and purchase the OM-D due to my experience with the PL5. I wish the camera came with a view finder – shooting in bright sun is a problem – if you’re not concerned with the size I would recommend going for the OM-D since the price is the same after you purchase the add on view finder for $250. Many reviews point out the documentation for this camera sucks – I found this to be true – there are many references to pages that don’t exist. I would have never expected to purchase an Olympus prior to my research but my criteria dictated the decision without regard to brand preferences. Bottom line – this is an exceptional camera with tons of options in a sexy form factor that takes great pictures.
July 28, 2013
Very good camera
I own both the Epl1 and the Epl5. The 1 is better to hold and feels better in the hand due to the bigger grip and metal body. I wish the 5 had the 1 body and pop-up flash. That said, the 5 is a blast to use. I love the touchscreen focus and shoot via finger tap. The focus speed has to be seen to be believed. Picture quality is superb with the Pany 20mm or Oly 45mm. Color rendition is great. I use the electronic viewfinder so I tend to use the 1 inside at family events where I may need the pop up flash with a Gerry Fong puffer diffuser as I get better results. Outside I use the 5 due to the faster speeds available and way quicker focus and shoot times. I bought this on sale from Olympus for $499 with a case, very small tripod and 4 gb card. Overall I think this is one great camera to own!
July 19, 2013
I have used Olympus cameras starting with the E-510, E-3 and E-PL1 and own several lenses. The E-PL5 is a game changer. It has the best image quality of all the Olympus cameras I own. The dynamic range, focusing speed, resolution are all excellent; the size and weight are just perfect, I took me a while before I could fully transition from the "full size" E-3 to the pen series, but today this is the camera I use for all my photography.
July 10, 2013
Decided to break away from Nikon and Canon and try the Olympus PenE-PL5 with the kit lens and the 75 to 300 zoom lens.
Was on a boat trip in Northern British Columbia where we were swarmed by bald eagles. Main trouble was panning quickly enough to catch the birds at particular moments of flight with the zoom lens. Very quick to focus and shoot multiple frames.Light weight.Rather small buttons for large male fingers.Sharp and always good exposure in automatic.Will just have to keep practising on those swooping birds and using the touch screen to click.Very satisfied.
June 23, 2013
I am a novice when it comes to cameras, digital or otherwise. All of the other reviews, seemed to be speaking French, at least for a novice, like me. So I decided it would be a good idea for me to write a review from the "novice" perspective.
First of all, there is a website, http://www.digicamguides.com/learn/digital-camera-terms.html, that helped me to understand, more clearly, the camera terms that I was running into. With that "under my belt" I was able to move on. Let's face it, if you know what is being said, but don't clearly understand, it is guesswork.
With that said, to the camera. I have had it for a month, and, so far, I love it! I am learning so much. It will do exactly what I want it to do, all by itself, in the iAUTO mode. I enjoy immensely, taking pictures of landscapes, so I am especially fond of it's panoramic feature, in the SCN mode. I am just beginning, but this camera seems to have all of the features that I will ever need. One more thing, I love the ability to change lenses. Obviously, it makes the ,camera more versatile. If I should "run into something" I wish to do in the future, I have no concerns, at least not yet!
June 05, 2013
Wow, something special.
Picked up this little beauty over the weekend and have had a chance to work with it. (FYI, I typically shoot Nikon D600, D3200. Formerly shot OM-1 and OM-2 with film.)
This is mostly a replacement for a Canon point and shoot (SX260) that has developed dust motes on the sensor and isn't user cleanable. This should not be a problem with the E-PL5 using a dedicated sensor brush.
So far it has exceeded my expectations. The image quality is very good (14-42 lens) in RAW, and the touchscreen makes it easy to operate. There really is nothing I am missing in comparison with the Nikon, except for the viewfinder, but the articulating screen makes up for it.
The size is small enough to easily carry (although I wish it would fit in a pocket). I'm looking forward to attaching some of my old Olympus equipment (Zuiko lenses and bellows). I have an adapter for my older Nikon equipment that will let me reach out an effective focal length of 600 mm (f 5.6). I'll need to worry about the connection but it manual focuses and auto exposes nicely using the aperture setting.
And of course it feels much like my old OM-1 and OM-2 which were something special. I have been very pleased with the E-PL5 to date. Small, great image quality and a bargain.
June 04, 2013
Excellent Stills. Ok Movies.
As a stills camera, this camera is fantastic. As for video, I don't know why Olympus refuses to include 24p or a greater-than 20Mbps bit-rate on the E-PL5, OM-D, or even the upcoming E-P5.
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