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Olympus PEN E-P5
8.8 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-P5

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Overall 10
9.6

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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Overall 9
9.0

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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Overall 9
9.0
Design 10
9.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Olympus E-P5 Review

What Digital Camera
9 July 2013
  • Summary: We love the beautiful premium finish and styling Olympus E-P5, while the overhauled controls make it a much more satisfying experience to shoot with over previous models. Then there’s the image quality – while it can’t quite compete for out-and-out detail with its APS-C rivals, results are still...
  • Pros: Excellent finish; Fast AF; Design; Quality of results; Handling
  • Cons: Price compared to rivals; lack of EVF
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Overall 9
8.6

Olympus PEN E-P5

Camera Labs
1 July 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the Flagship of the PEN range, replacing the E-P3 and, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original PEN F, strengthening the retro design that celebrates the company's 20th Century heritage. But underneath the PEN E-P5 is a very modern digital camera.
  • Pros: 2x2 dial exposure control., 5-axis, 5EV built-in stabilisation., 1.03 million dot tilting LCD panel., Optional 2.36 million dot VF4 EVF., Focus peaking (albeit for still photos only)., Touch focus for movies., Intervalometer and time-lapse.
  • Cons: No panorama mode., 99 frame intervalometer limit., Not weather-sealed., Flash easy to accidentally pop-up., Focus peaking doesn't work for movies., Quite pricey at time of launch.
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Overall 9
9.0

Olympus PEN E-P5

PC Magazine
21 June 2013
  • Conclusion: The Olympus PEN E-P5 is an extremely impressive mirrorless camera, but we prefer its sibling, the Olympus OM-D EM-5.
  • Pros: Compact. In-body stabilization. Fast autofocus. Shoots at 9.7 frames per second. Large native lens library. Articulating rear LCD. Touch input support. Built-in flash. Hot shoe and accessory port. Easy Wi-Fi setup. 1080p video recording. 1/8,000 shutter with 1/320 sync.
  • Cons: Stabilization system is audible. EVF is not built-in. Lacks a standard mic input. Focus peaking and magnification could be better implemented. Wi-Fi could use more features.
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Overall 9
8.6
Features 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0
Autofocus 8
8.0

Olympus Pen E-P5 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: Image: I could get wide for this scene by using the 12mm f/2 lens. Its effective focal length is 24mm because of the four thirds system's 2x crop factor. Detail is lovely and crisp Compared to its competition, the Olympus Pen E-P5 is certainly stylish, if on the expensive side, being one of the...
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Overall 9
9.0

If you want a camera that can make photography fun, this is it

Good Gear Guide.au
31 August 2013
  • Summary: The retro styling of the Olympus PEN E-P5 cloaks what is essentially a technical powerhouse when it comes to cameras. We love the image quality and ease of use of this camera, and its Wi-Fi feature is so far the best we've used for transferring photos to a smartphone.
  • Pros: Great image quality, Good ease of use, Fast performance
  • Cons: The menu system is a little too helpful and its tips end up obscuring other menu items, Frame rate for Art filters still isn't smooth
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Overall 9
9.0

Olympus Pen E-P5 review

Pocket Lint
19 July 2013
  • Conclusion: Big price equates to big things: the E-P5 is one of the best compact system cameras we've yet tested. But it's not quite perfection. Most of our criticism is small, but Wi-Fi is glitchy on some smart devices and doesn't offer as many options or as much control as we'd like, while we'd like more...
  • Pros: Super-fast autofocus, responsive touchscreen, 2x2 dial control works well, premium design is a step above previous Pen models, great image quality matches up to OM-D E-M5, 1/8000th sec maximum mechanical shutter speed
  • Cons: Image stabilisation system emits a hum, continuous autofocus not up to a DSLR standard, pricey, flash release often pressed by accident, Wi-Fi QR code app flawed, 2x2 dial not customisable, focus peaking ought to offer more colours, would like AF/MF switch
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Overall 9
9.0

Olympus PEN E-P5 Review

ePHOTOzine
17 July 2013
  • Excerpt: such as 5-axis IS, 9fps continuous shooting, 16.1 megapixel sensor, as well as several other improvements that would make it appealing even to people who already own an E-M5, including Low ISO100, 1/8000s shutter speed, high resolution 3inch screen, built in Wi-Fi, a pop-up flash, and other...
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Excellent colour reproduction, 2 year warranty, ISO100, High shutter speed, Excellent 5-axis IS, Dual axis electronic level, Focus peaking, Wi-Fi connectivity, IS works with enlarged manual focus view, Built in flash, Gorgeous tilting screen, Stunning VF-4 viewfinder
  • Cons: Lacks built in HDR / Panoramic creation, Menu systems could do with a redesign, Price
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Overall 10
10

Olympus PEN E-P5 review

TechRadar UK
12 July 2013
  • Summary: Could this be the best Olympus camera to date?
  • Pros: Fantastic screen, Lots of art filters, Built-in Wi-Fi, 1/8000 sec shutter speed, There's so much to like about the E-P5 it's hard to distill it down to one paragraph. Olympus has thrown everything it's got at its latest PEN camera to make it without doubt its best compact system camera yet, and c...
  • Cons: No built-in viewfinder, Limited remote shooting, Kit lens a little disappointing, If we had to nitpick, we're a little baffled by the menu system on Olympus cameras at times. This could be streamlined, or made more obvious, as some settings can be hard to find without first consulting the manual....
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