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: 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
Summary: The PEN E-PL5 is a fourth-generation Micro Four Thirds mirror-less compact system camera and its maturity shows - in a good way. As the middle choice in a range of three PENs, in many ways it combines the best of the enthusiast PEN E-P3 and the entry-level PEN 'Mini' E-PM2 with a great balance...
Pros: 3 inch articulated touch-screen., Excellent 16 Megapixel image quality., 1080p30 movies with manual exposure., High degree of customisation., Built-in stabilisation., Access to large native lens catalogue.
Cons: IS not as good as some optical systems., AF hesitant in movie modes., 16:9 screen ill-suited to 4:3 stills., No WiFi or GPS accessories.
Excerpt: The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is the latest compact Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, sitting above the PEN Mini E-PM2, it features the 16 megapixel sensor from the top of the range Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Conclusion: The E-PL5 may at first seem like a small series of steady improvements rolled into the one camera and, in some respects, that's all it is. But the combination of these subtleties merges into one much greater whole than any E-PL model before it.
Pros: Great image quality as per OM-D E-M5, decent build quality, useful Art Filters, touchscreen, full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses
Cons: Flash is hotshoe-mounted only (not necessarily a problem), plastic grip looks a bit cheap, continuous autofocus still not quite there, ISO 200 minimum
Summary: The E-PL5 essentially offers the heart of the flagship OM-D model inside a much smaller, lighter and crucially cheaper body. If you can live without the OM-D's built-in electronic viewfinder, dust- and splash- proof body, 5-axis gyro image stabilisation system, and more hands-on interface, the E-PL5...
Pros: Tilting screen, OM-D sensor, Large lens range, The excellent screen, which is both tiltable and touch-sensitive, makes this a fantastically flexible option for shooting in all number of situations, quickly and easily.
Cons: Not an articulating screen, It's a shame that you can't do more with the Wireless LAN FlashAir cards, such as control the camera remotely, but hopefully this is something that can be worked on in the future.
Conclusion: Olympus erweist sich im Test als Geheimtipp für Fotografen, die eine handliche DSLM mit sehr guter Bildqualität suchen. Der etwas kleinere Micro-FourThirds-Sensor ermöglicht kompakte Body-Abmessungen und vergleichsweise kleine Objektive – eine gute Ausgangslage für eine Immer-Dabei-DSLM.
Pros: Sehr gute Bildqualität, Schneller Autofokus, Scharfes Klapp-Display
Cons: Altbackenes Menü mit vielen Abkürzungen, Kein interner Blitz