Olympus PEN PL5: DSLR-like quality with price and lightness of compact cameras
12 February 2014
Excerpt: The video goes over the camera features, and provides beginners with some useful tips, showcasing the camera's arty filters that let you create masterpieces without reverting back to photoshop. Stick till the end, there's also a link for a competition that can make you win this camera. The video is in Arabic, but you can turn subtitles on (press CC on the YouTube window).
Summary: The Olympus E-Pl5 boasts of a large number of features in a very compact body. It has the same sensor and image processor as the more expensive OM-D E-M5 and dishes out some rather amazing images. It is easy to use for the most part, but feels a little cramped. Yet, if you're looking for a mirrorless camera, you should consider this as your companion. Wondering why? Read on.
Pros: Very fast AF, even in Touch mode, Very good image quality, Very fast burst mode of 8 frames per second
Cons: Frustrating menu system, The back of the camera feels extremely cramped.
Conclusion: We've been very pleased with the image quality and overall speedy performance of the Olympus PEN compact system camera line over the past couple of years, and the E-PL5 stands out as a significant evolution on almost every front. First off, the Olympus E-PL5 inherits the exceptional 16-megapixel sensor from the groundbreaking OM-D E-M5, one of our all-time favorite cameras we've ever reviewed.
Pros: Excellent image quality (especially for the price!), with good color and dynamic range, thanks to the 16-megapixel sensor borrowed from the acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5, Great high ISO performance for its class, Extremely compact and lightweight design, with well-thought-out ergonomics and control layout, Overall speedy performance, including start-up, AF, shutter lag and shot-to-shot times, demonstrating marked improvements over the E-PL3, Able to focus in very low li...
Cons: Excellent image quality (especially for the price!), with good color and dynamic range, thanks to the 16-megapixel sensor borrowed from the acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5, Great high ISO performance for its class, Extremely compact and lightweight design, with well-thought-out ergonomics and control layout, Overall speedy performance, including start-up, AF, shutter lag and shot-to-shot times, demonstrating marked improvements over the E-PL3, Able to focus in very low li...
Summary: 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. The E-PL5 champions image quality among Four-Thirds digital cameras, reducing the gap with those using a larger APS-C sensors. It manages this while staying quite compact and still allowing for an optional EVF and a plenty of external controls.
Pros: Very low image noise, Reliable metering, Good white-balance, Quick shot-to-shot speed, Fast contrast-detect AF, Short shutter-lag, Generally responsive, Effective built-in stabilization, Excellent automatic, High level of customization
Cons: Poor color accuracy, Focus hunts in low light, Long black-out, Display not always, Low contrast LCD, Modal EC interface, ½s Video record delay, Uncomfortable strap eyelets, Flimsy battery and memory door
Summary: At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. While it probably doesn't beat APS-C rivals, it's much closer, making the difference negligible and less of a deal-breaker.
Summary: The whole idea behind MILCs is to provide photo-enthusiasts with a viable alternative to their heavy and bulky DSLR cameras. Although it’s considerably lighter and more compact as compared to DSLR cameras, the problem with these cameras (especially with Micro 4/3 cameras) is that its sensor is much smaller than the ones found in larger snappers.