Excerpt: I an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I decided to give the Olympus PL5 a try, because I was looking for a small but powerful camera, and I was intriqued by the pro level lenses. I used the camera for 2 months without any problems, and issuing non stop recommendations to people.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Camera is fine and takes good pictures but has a huge contra=> it doesn't comes with the viewfinder and to buy one costs about $200 so in reality the price is not such good deal i wish it had come with the viewfinder
Summary: Pros: Touchscreen interface. Tons of customization options. Great lens selection. Decent image quality. Cons: Build quality is sub-par. Subjective, but the camera is quite ugly. Image quality is a bit disappointing (it's good, but not as good as reviews lead you to believe). LCD is horrible. Slow start-up.
Excellent camera, poor body design and warranty process.
10 April 2013
Summary: For the first year I had this camera, it was spectacular. Great pictures, full-featured, and easy to stow for light-pack trips. Unfortunately, the shutter button *fell off* about a month ago, and is now MIA. The camera can now only take pictures via the touch screen, which is awkward at best for most situations.
Summary: The olympus E-PL5 that I ordered showed a black camera grip pad however the camera has no grip pad at all contrary to the camera shown in all illustrations. The camera is good quality as I have been a user of the Olympus 4/3 cameras since they first hit the market owning the EP2 and the OMD 5. I am fed up with what you see is not what you get when it comes to Amazon and they have just lost a customer.