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: The Olympus PEN E-P5 sure took some getting. Following a briefing by Olympus it was two months before I actually got my sticky fingers on one in the review-atorium. And even then I had to fight, persuade and jollify every Olympus contact I had. It seems every man, beast and journalist wanted a P5. So, what’s so special? I know it has nothing to do with photography and camera technology, but this little number sure pulls the heart strings in the retro stakes.
Summary: The E-P5 is the most substantial re-working 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: All the staffers who had a chance to try out the E-P5 loved it, and we were sad to see it leave our hands. It’s nicely designed, has a ton of features, and produces really nice images. The noise filter is a bit aggressive that results in less-than-sharp images, but this is easily fixable by adjusting the settings to your liking. The E-P5 is a camera that will do really well in any number of shooting situations, as long as you can handle the price tag.
Pros: Attractive retro design, Efficient and intuitive controls, Good performance, (Almost) infinitely customizable
Cons: Autofocus not as smart as we would have expected, Myriad features and customization options may be too confusing for some users, Noise filter aggressively removes detail from JPEG images
Excerpt: Do you like your camera tech with a splash of retro chic? Then you're probably already aware of the Olympus Pen range, of which the Olympus E-P5 is the fourth iteration of a digital compact camera series that began with 2009's E-P1, promising digital SLR quality in a more portable form.
Pros: Superb retro styling, Tilting touchscreen, Solid construction
Cons: Way too expensive, Blown highlights in strong sun
Summary: Like its predecessor, the PEN E-P5 will suit photographers who want a compact and versatile interchangeable-lens camera for general photography. It has the advantage of being able to use the many lenses and accessories designed for the Micro Four Thirds system and features the highest-resolution sensor and fastest and most powerful AF system and continuous shooting performance of any PEN camera.
Excerpt: Le Pen E-P5 est arrivé sur le marché deux ans après le Pen E-P3, un délai qui peu sembler un peu long. Mais cet appareil photo hybride (ou micro 4/3) d'Olympus propose un certain nombre d'évolutions. En plus d’embarquer le capteur, l’autofocus et le système de stabilisation de l’E-M5 , il gagne entre autres caractéristiques un écran tactile inclinable, un mode automatique au spectre d’analyse plus large et l’enregistrement vidéo 1080p à 30 images par seconde.
Pros: L'Olympus PEN E-P5 produit des photos d’une qualité assez correcte pour sa catégorie, tout en étant plutôt simple à utiliser. Qui plus est, il se montre très rapide
Cons: Les boutons et la molette de navigation sont peu pratiques et flash pas orientable.