Great little camera if you don't mind the multifunction control dial
2 weeks ago
Summary: This compact M4/3 camera is capable of producing outstanding photos - as good as any shot by the Olympus OM-D series of cameras. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that the handling is not ideal for me. The control dial (with integrated buttons) on the back of the E-PL5 combines several controls in one input mechanism. Setting aperture and exposure compensation can be tricky, and I found myself often accidentally pressing the wrong part of the controller.
Best Value for the money in micro four thirds system
Michael S. Klusek, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Bought this in September. I did a lot of research (engineer by training) and this camera had the best combination of image quality, very good lens selection, and features for the money. I knew the tradeoffs going in. I would definitely like another top dial for EV adjustment. Using the dial wheel on back is not efficient. If I paid double for the body I could have gone for the OMD-M10. So if you have the money go that route.
Summary: I loved the camera's IQ, which is in line with its big brother the PEN E-P5. That said, the controls and buttons are too plasticy, and inadvertently get budged while shooting. I found the size of the body to be just perfect as a carry around camera when coupled with a pancake lens, like the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Mark II or the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. It only sports the 3-axis IBIS, same as in the older PEN E-P3.
Excerpt: What I think about this camera that hasn't been said already. This is a 2 year old camera that is a good way to get started into photograph. I came from using my old Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8 lens for many years. The D40 was a good camera but the size made me not want to stick with Nikon. Changing systems are costly but with the Olympus EPL5 at the priced used I think this is an affordable option for someone who is on a budget like me.
Excellent camera. It is especially enjoyable with fast prime ...
Mandelblat Julius, Amazon
16 August 2014
Summary: Excellent camera. It is especially enjoyable with fast prime lens (I used it with both kit lens and Panasonic 20mm 1.8). It has some cumbersome menu interface with advanced features hidden deep inside, but after reading some recommendations (you can find it in user manual, but using the WEB definitely shortens the learning curve). E.g.
Excerpt: I decided to sell my Nikon D7000 to go with a lighter, smaller but still full-featured camera setup. I have 2 young kids so we're already carrying stuff wherever we go and I didn't want the hassle of lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses. The Olympus PEN EPL-5 is a great micro four thirds system camera for the price point. The reason I ended up going with the Olympus was the combination of price and variety of compatible lenses available to use.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Retro Look, Variety Of Lenses To Use
Cons: Controls A Little Clunky, No Electronic View Finder
Summary: After years of using point and shoot cameras I finally decided to upgrade to something a little more serious. I read a lot of reviews before buying this camera and I would have to say they were all spot on, this is a great little camera. Being so small really helps on the hiking trips I take and with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses you have lots of ways to be creative.
Summary: My husband ordered this over Olympus' sale. I have Panasonic G5 and a Canon FF, so my review will be comparison to my G5. When I hold it for the first time, I was surprised how solid if felt. Despite the size of point and shoot, it has very good metallic feeling. The battery charges up fairly quickly in couple hours. The grip that you'll attach to the body, is barely enough to have firm grip, like better than nothing kind of thing.
Summary: I have often thought of calling this thing Golf, because it does so many things, but it is hard to remember exactly how to change this setting, that setting, etc. I have spent a lot of time poring over the digital manual on my iPad while I am standing in the freezing cold wanting to do something that I know the camera can do, but the non-intuitive menu (and buttons) make it difficult to figure out. The rotating LCD screen is TOTALLY cool.