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.
Excerpt: 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.
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.
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...
Cons: Camera may be too small for some, Labyrinthine menus that are confusing and frustrating can take hours to figure out, Autofocus isn't as fast and accurate as we'd like for shooting fast-motion action, Continuous shooting falls to a mediocre 3.5 frames per second when tracking AF is enabled, At ~4...
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.
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
Conclusion: Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot, and it became a “must have” feature.
Pros: Fast autofocusing system, Takes very good photos, Tilting screen for angled shots or self-portraits, Special effects and filters allow you to take fun pictures
Cons: Requires playing around to learn features and settings, Lens is a bit big on what is otherwise a compact camera, Higher price tag when there's a comparable Olympus camera with similar features