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...
Olympus PEN PL5: DSLR-like quality with price and lightness of compact cameras
3 May 2013
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.
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PL5 is a compact intermediate mirrorless camera. It was launched in late 2012 along the E-PM2 Olympus PEN E-PM2 which shares the same internals less the traditional mode-dial and tilting display.
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 Manual Focus Assist, High level of customization
Cons: Poor color accuracy, Focus hunts in low light, Long black-out, Display not always Exposure-Priority, Low contrast LCD, Modal EC interface, ½s Video record delay, Uncomfortable strap eyelets, Flimsy battery and memory door
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...
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16.1-megapixel sensor as the Olympus OM-D. Amy Davies of our testing team investigates whether the similarities end there, or if this new PEN camera is in fact the best PEN camera on the market. Watch her Olympus E-PL5 review video to see how it fared.
Summary: During the fall of 2012, Olympus announced two new Micro Four Thirds PEN series cameras, the "Mini" E-PM2 and the "Lite" E-PL5. Spec-wise, both cameras are virtually identical -- both are advanced Micro Four Thirds camera systems that offer DSLR-quality imagery and video in the bodies of...
Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Built-In image stabilization works with all lenses available for the camera, Great image quality, Wireless capablilities are fun and useful, 3.0-inch Touch tilting LCD screen is e...
Cons: Advertised ISO 25600 is not useable in any capacity, Detachable flash is small and easy to forget, Tilting LCD screen does not swivel side to side
Summary: The Olympus E-PL5 is the successor to the E-PL3 and is targeted at enthusiasts and consumers that want more power than their point and shoot may give, but also want better image quality. Conversely, the E-PL5 was also designed with a unique crowd of shooters in mind.
Pros: Great image quality up to ISO 1600, Fast focusing, Excellent feel in the hands thanks in part to the large tilting LCD screen, Removeable/Interchangeable grips, Excellent battery life