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...
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.
Inheriting many of the features of the OM-D E-M5, including the same 16 Megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, fast sequential shooting and versatile auto bracketing in a more compact...
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.
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.
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 impressive and shouldn't disappoint.
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 best-looking CSCs available. Thankfully, though, it handles just as well.
Summary: With the compact camera market in decline and interchangeable devices coming out in droves, consumers eager to buy a camera they can grow with are truly spoiled for choice. Nearly every manufacturer has something decent, and the old idea of “pick it up and see if it’s comfy in your hands” doesn’t always give you the best result.
Pros: Excellent ergonomics and design, Build quality is pretty solid, Fantastic image quality, Great menu system, Art modes can be modified and bracketed, Built-in flash, Battery life lasted better than we expected, WiFi control works tremendously well for both remote shooting and image importing
Cons: Autofocus seems to be a little louder than it should be, Paint wears down quickly, Vari-angle LCD doesn't have a lot of movement
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. It's a top camera to consider if you want to have fun with photography.
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
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 customisation and improved continuous autofocus in order to see the E-P5 push to that next level.
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
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 improvements.
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