December 17, 2015 by Daniel
Good but could be better
There are a lot of things I really like about my E-PL5. The image quality is quite good. I can get usable small photos up to ISO 6400. If you're printing something larger than 4" x 6" you probably don't want to go past ISO 1600 unless you absolutely have to. I love the compact size. The lack of a viewfinder is a problem, but I got the VF-4 viewfinder, and that solves it. The only problem there is that you have to use the hotshoe, and then you can't put a flash or any other hotshoe accessory on. If you're buying a camera this serious, you really need a the OM-D E-M10 might be a better value. The E-M10 is a lot cheaper than buying a Pen camera and a viewfinder new. I got my camera and viewfinder used from Craigslist at prices even below the outlet prices, so be sure to check for that before buying from Olympus if you want the lowest possible price. The biggest con, though, is the lack of phase-detect autofocus. If you take photos of moving things like sports, kids, pets, etc., this camera will struggle to track them accurately. The only current Olympus model with PDAF is the OM-D E-M1, which is ridiculous. Hey Olympus: if you want to get new users adopting your system, you need entry-level cameras that don't let them down when they try to take action shots of their kids playing sports! Put PDAF in every model, especially since entry-level DSLRs and the Sony a6000 can do this for reasonable sums of cash.
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May 18, 2015 by Peggy
Thumbs up
I've had this (reconditioned) camera for over a year now and I've used it regularly since I bought it. The first thing to comment on is the fact that it is reconditioned. I haven't had any problems--it came to me looking brand new and working perfectly. A year on, it no longer looks new but it still works perfectly. The top dial (to change between shooting modes) did fall off but it looks like that is a common problem that is solved easily with super glue. As for the camera itself, it's not the top of the line Olympus m43 camera. It would benefit from an extra dial to adjust aperture/shutter speed and a viewfinder, but that's why you would pay more for one of the other options. It works very well, takes great pictures, and is smaller than its cousins. I keep it in my purse so I can take it almost everywhere with me.
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