January 31, 2014
I recently replaced my Cannon Rebel T3i to E-PL5 because a DSLR was too big for me to take everywhere. I got what I expected with the size. I fell in love again with the photography. It's really small. I can bring it without a big bag to anywhere. I bought it with 17mm f1.8 len. I like the quality of the photos.
The weakest points of the cam: - the JPEG photos are too red. Especially in low light. I turned off all the settings which makes the image too red but it didn't help. If you want to get back the same color you need to shot in raw and post-process the images.
-Display doesn't have too big resolution and one part of the display are not used. I really like the touch screen. However at a very sunny day you cannot make manual focus because it's not possible to see whether you are in focus.It would be desired to have at least same resolution as a newer smart phone.For example Samsung S3. You can buy an addition view finder. However If you want to use the screen display it doesn't help.
- Bracketing is not possible to use with self-timer. I hope this will be fixed soon in one of a wireframe update. I needed to by a remote shooter because of this. I love to make HDR photos and the bracketing feature would quick up the work. However I never shot HDR from my hand..
Despite of these weakness I would choose this cam again instead of any DSLR because of the compact size. This is my main priority small size with the possibility to make good quality photos. So, thanks Olympus to have this cam and hope all the weakness which can be fixed by a wireframe update (red colored images, bracketing vs self-timer) will happen soon.
January 29, 2014
I have own this camera for a year as an alternative to my Nikon SLR’s. Although not as quick as the SLR’s it is so very light and compact I seem to carry it around a lot. It takes great photos. Last week I had an accident and the camera fell from the kitchen counter to the porcelain tile floor. I thought I lost it but I picked it up and after playing around with it for a minute it worked fine. No dents – not ever a scratch. Amazing – this is one tough camera. I had the older 14-40mm lens (from my E-PL1 camera) and the Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (you have to buy this) attached to the camera – yes they both survived the crash. I also recommend the Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash – It is just the correct size for this small camera.
January 09, 2014
I have the EM-5 camera that I like very much. However, I need a second camera body that is lighter and smaller that I can take it with me on casual occasions. The EPL-5 is the perfect solution. It takes beautiful portrait pictures with the 45mm f1.8 lens. The lens and camera combination is perfect in size. The 14-42 lens is pretty small and takes very good quality pictures. Highly recommended.
December 31, 2013
It does above and beyond what I expected. I can't find one flaw. The pictures come out amazing. Great job Olympus, this is my first olympus camera and I will be sticking with them. This camera one up's the colour of my Canon Rebel
December 29, 2013
Rather than getting into the whole history of why I purchased this particular model I am going to stick to the particulars.
First: The camera is solidly built. It has heft without being too heavy, the buttons react with just the right resistance when pushed and when a lens is mounted there is no doubt that a connection has been made. I am of average height and the camera, with the grip added, feels very comfortable in my hands.
Secondly: Although I eventually changed some of the default settings to suit my desire for higher end results, the camera takes very good pictures right out of the box at the default settings (the good...).
Thirdly: To get the most out of this camera, the included full manual is required (the bad...) and, because the camera is almost infinitely adjustable, becoming familiar with the menu system is definitely a requirement (the ugly...).
Believe me when I state that, Olympus has provided a menu system that allows the user to do almost everything but, that flexibility comes at the cost of complexity. I am no novice to digital cameras and, it took me a few frustrating days to get the hang of it.
Finally, as of yet, I have no regrets. The flexibility that the menu system allows was well worth the learning curve.
Oh, one final thing. I did have the opportunity to contact tech support via email (about navigating the menu system) and got a response the same day. Go Olympus!
December 25, 2013
I bought the PL-5 as a second camera as I already have on OMD E-M5. I am very pleasantly surprised at what a competent and high quality camera it is. The images and image balance are great.
My only suggestion is to add a view finder at a reasonable price.
December 24, 2013
I currently own a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot and a Canon T2i DSLR and wanted an in-between camera for the size and quality . Spent lots of time researching and testing before buying the PEN E-PL5. All I can say is that this is quickly becoming my primary camera. I'm getting exceptionally high quality shots in every shooting mode and environment. The features on the PEN E-PL5 are similar to my favorite features on the other two cameras. Learning curve was minimal. PDF manual is adequate but could use some improvements e.g. hard to use index makes it necessary to page through to find what you want. All in all this is a fine camera and I see myself using it often and with pleasure.
December 10, 2013
I just received this camera so I have not been able to utilize all of its features, i.e. have not started to wade through its extensive menu. But using auto and P setting --so far the AF response is very fast--sometimes too fast--kit lens needs to complete focus. Camera is smaller than my Sony Nex 6 but has solid feel--even more solid than the Nex 6 and smaller..Feels and looks like a P&S but it is a DSLR. The kit zoom is okay for now--it is tiny and makes the camera even more portable-- a plus. I like the Oly's zoom mechanics better than the Sony's kit lens--though I think the Sony 16-50 MM zoom is slightly superior in resolution, but Sony Nex 6 's AF is noticeably slower than EPL5. I have no other PEN lenses yet. Would like to get 40-150 ,MM Oly zoom, Panasonic 20 mm or 25 mm sub f/2.0 primes in the future. May give 5 stars after I learn to use more of the camera features.
October 14, 2013
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