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Olympus PEN E-P5
8.5 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-P5

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Overall 8

Olympus Pen E-P5

14 November 2014
  • Excerpt: The Olympus Pen E-P5 is a modern take on a classic design from the 80s and comes filled to the brim with new and improved features, but will its lack of a viewfinder hold it back from the rest of the round-up? See what we made of it in the video above.
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Overall 10

Hands-On Review: Olympus PEN E-P5

Digitalcamera HQ
18 May 2014
  • Summary: With a large sensor, a wide range of manual settings and a full set of features, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is the DCHQ pick for Best Mirrorless Camera for 2013.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
22 October 2013
  • Summary: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the PEN F, Olympus launched the PEN E-P5. The new flagship in the company's growing series of Micro Four-Thirds cameras (as of 5/2013), the E-P5 boasts the world's first 1/8000th of a second shutter speed in the Compact System Camera class.
  • Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Overall outstanding image quality in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Full 1080p HD video is excellent quality, Great image quality, 5-axis Image Stabilization is great for both still images and v...
  • Cons: Classic rangefinder styling is not the most comfortable, Pop-up flash is not near as powerful as external units, One of the higher priced ILCs
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Camera Test: Olympus Pen E-P5

Pop Photo
30 September 2013
  • Summary: Olympus’ Pen E-P5 is a well-thought-out, elegant little camera with enough imaging and performance prowess to satisfy a huge number of shooters. It might not deliver the most resolution you can get from an ILC, but it certainly delivers sufficient resolution to make prints large enough to satisfy...
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
20 September 2013
  • Summary: The E-P5 is the most substantial reworking of the original PEN model, and it's the most impressive yet. It produces the same excellent image quality as the E-M5 and has a proper two-dial control system.
  • Pros: Beautifully-styled and built, with lots of external controls, Excellent JPEG output: warm, saturated colours without being excessive, Classic twin-dial user interface, Useful and easy to use Wi-Fi, Reliable metering and white balance, Extremely fast, accurate and near-silent autofocus with MSC le...
  • Cons: Unusually prone to blurred/shaken images at certain shutter speeds (around 1/160sec), Movie quality rather disappointing, Camera configuration dauntingly complex, Lenses with snap manual focus ring don't engage manual focus assist tools, Multi-screen Live View interface is beginning to look very ...
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Expert Review

17 September 2013
  • Summary: Olympus PEN E-P5 Review: the new 16-megapixel Olympus E-P5 offers a sleek retro body design, built-in Wi-Fi and the same sensor as the OM-D. But how does it perform? Find out in our E-P5 video review.
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Overall 8

Olympus PEN E-P5

13 September 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus PEN E-P5 mirrorless camera offers an advanced feature-set in a compact metal body. It has a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor with 2X crop-factor, capable of ISO 100 - 25600, 9 FPS continuous drive and 1080p HD video capture.
  • Pros: Very low image noise, Excellent retention of fine details, Good metering system, Reliable Automatic White-Balance, Superb built-in image stabilization, Class-leading shutter-lag and black-out, Fast contrast-detect AF, Very good shot-to-shot and drive speed, Very responsive, Extremely configurable...
  • Cons: Poor color accuracy, Custom white-balance not perfect, Highly modal interface, Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram, Video recording delay at start and stop, Poorly placed tripod mount, Uncomfortable eyelets, Flimsy compartment door, Short battery life
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Overall 8

Review: Olympus PEN EP-5

12 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Like a lot of other cameras Olympus is churning out these days, the E-P5 looks straight out of the ’60s. Of course, that’s all a retro-facade. Despite its nostalgia-tinged design, this Micro Four-Thirds shooter is the newest and fastest addition to Olympus’ PEN lineup of cameras.
  • Pros: Super fast autofocus and shooting speeds. Excellent in-body stabilization system. Extensive bracketing modes. Bright, fast kit lens. Compact but still sturdy and comfortable. Good controls for both novices and advanced photographers.
  • Cons: Limited Wi-Fi features. Expensive for a mirrorless camera. Some on-screen touch icons are pretty small. Video options aren’t as advanced as similarly priced cameras.
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Overall 9

Olympus E-P5

Imaging Resource
28 August 2013
  • Conclusion: Don't let the PEN moniker fool you. The Olympus E-P5 not only outshines its PEN predecessor, the E-P3, but also in many ways outpaces its older, acclaimed cousin, the OM-D E-M5. Though the E-P5 and E-M5 boast a lot of the same advanced photographic capabilities -- thanks to their shared 16-megapixel...
  • Pros: Attractive retro design that evokes PEN film cameras of the 1960s, Solid metal construction, with lots of physical controls including a 2x2 control dial that gives you direct access to a number of key settings, Buttons and dials provide incredible amount of customization, courtesy of Olympus Myse...
  • Cons: Heavier than many other compact mirrorless system cameras, No built-in viewfinder, though the VF-4 EVF is available in a kit or for separate purchase, JPEGs not as sharp at lower ISOs at default settings as E-M5 (however, sharpening can be adjusted), Menu navigation confusing and quirky, with a h...
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20 August 2013
  • Excerpt: The Olympus PEN E-P5 is a high-speed and technically very modern compact system camera with a retro Sixties design. The camera’s top shutter speed of 1/8000sec is one of the shortest for a compact system model, while the 5-axis image-stabilisation system is unique in this category.
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