Excerpt: 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. It also features a 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch Tilting Touch screen display (it tilts up 80-degrees and down 50-degrees), an in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization system, and...
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 most people’s needs, and it makes sharing your images electronically particularly simple.
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. As the leading model in the PEN series, it inherits impressive technologies, including 5-axis image-stabilization and Live-Bulb mode.
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, Excellent build quality
Cons: Poor color accuracy, Custom white-balance not perfect, Highly modal interface, Not always, Video recording delay at start and stop, Poorly placed tripod mount, Uncomfortable eyelets, Flimsy compartment door, Short battery life
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. In fact, it’s basically a smaller version of the company’s former top-shelf mirrorless camera: the OM-D E-M5 . Olympus definitely didn’t cut any corners while downsizing.
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. This, combined with a better touch screen and arguably the prettiest PEN body, make it a more attractive and more complete camera than the series has seen before.
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 lenses (including kit zooms), Very good, high resolution flip-out LCD, Useful touchscreen functions (e.g. touch focus) work nicely in conjunction with external controls, Hugely ...
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 dated, Pop-up flash prone to accidental release, '2x2' dial control lever easily jogged to the wrong position
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 Four Thirds Live MOS imager -- the new mirrorless model has quite a few new tricks up its sleeve.
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 Mysets, 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD, with 1.04M dots of resolution, Touch controls including touch focus and shutter for both stills and videos, Smooth, pleasing JPEGs with abo...
Cons: 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 Mysets, 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD, with 1.04M dots of resolution, Touch controls including touch focus and shutter for both stills and videos, Smooth, pleasing JPEGs with abo...
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. The camera offers a 16-million-pixel, four thirds sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, built-in Wi-Fi and many creative shooting modes and art filters.
Conclusion: We'd be tempted to recommend ditching the kit lens when purchasing this, especially if you already have, or intend to purchase, different optics at some point. As well as the standard 14-42mm kit package, the E-P5 is available as a kit with a 17mm pancake lens, which offers the equivalent of 34mm making it an ideal carry around lens for street work – that would be the one we'd go for.