Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 : Hands On Review Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Comments & Questions ( write your own! ) Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Reviews
28 March 2013
Excerpt: Olympus, along with Panasonic, helped to create the Micro Four Thirds standard and now they’ve attempted to perfect it with their new model that improves both on the predecessors and other cameras in their lineup—it even includes the same 16 megapixel sensor as their flagship model, the OM-D E-M5.
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.
Excerpt: 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.
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 between size, ease of use and control.
It offers improvements in resolution, image quality, handling and new features over the earlier PEN E-PL3.
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.
Conclusion: This is a company that continues to produce cameras that appeal to a wide variety of consumers. And by marrying the best technologies from the Olympus OM-D with the stylish bodies of the PEN series, Olympus has a potential big seller on its hands here.
Excerpt: The Olympus E-PL5, otherwise known as the "PEN Lite", is the fourth iteration of the E-PL series. It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride since this Micro Four Thirds series' conception: we've had moments of brilliance such as the retro design; but brilliance occasionally marred by apparent madness such as the removal of a built-in flash.
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 is a nice little camera and would be an excellent choice for photographers who want a small and light interchangeable-lens camera with superior overall performance. Olympus has a wide choice of excellent lenses to match it and, if you can't find precisely the lens you want, there's a good chance it will be available from Panasonic or one of the increasing number of third-party manufacturers that have begun to develop lenses for the system.
Pros: You want a smart-looking mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, raw file capture plus in-camera image stabilisation and effective dust reduction technology., You'd like Full HD video recording with stereophonic sound., You'd appreciate relatively fast autofocusing. Buy this camera if:, You want a smart-looking mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, raw file capture plus in-camera image stabilisation and effective dust reduction technology., You'd like ...
Cons: You require a built-in viewfinder and/or flash., You have large hands and/or limited dexterity.
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