Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship

Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship
Olympus PEN E-P5, a 16megapixels Wi-Fi enabled PEN flagship

The new Olympus PEN E-P5 is almost similar to the OM-D / E-M5 minus the EVF but with higher shutter speed (1/8000s) and built in WiFi. At the core of the camera are the same technologies found in the E-M5: the same 16-megapixel CMOS sensor (ISO range is 100-25600), 5-axis image stabilization system. E-P5 features a tiltable 1.04-million-dot touchscreen, fast contrast detect auto focus with Touch AF functionality and a new Super Spot AF feature, a Focus Peaking option for manual focusing enthusiasts, a 9fps continuous shooting mode and  2x2 Dial Control system encased in an all-metal body reminiscent of the 50-year-old PEN F half-frame film camera. 

Olympus Press Release:

London, 10 May 10 2013 – If you asked an optical engineer, a design expert and a professional photographer to imagine their ideal take anywhere system camera, they would describe a device like the new Olympus PEN E-P5.

With its all-metal casing and all but invisible screws, the new PEN flagship is beautifully crafted. The retro design alone singles it out as a future classic but the technology inside is setting new standards too.

The 1/8000th second shutter speed is a world first for the compact system camera class and a 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor emulates Olympus’ award-winning OM-D camera. This ensures the image quality of the new camera does justice to PEN’s proud heritage. Olympus also prides itself on PEN portability and usability.

The lightweight E-P5 delivers with built-in WiFi, FAST AF and easy-access manual controls via lovingly styled metal thumbwheels, front and back. Even the sensor is individually hand tuned on each and every camera.

The body is available for £899.99 from the end of June 2013, or with a choice of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Kits start at £999.99 for the 14-42mm lens and £1349.99 for the ultimate kit with a 17mm f1.8  prime lens and new VF-4 high resolution viewfinder.

Power meets pocket
Olympus’ PEN design team has won praise from industry experts and consumers alike for creating a series of contemporary cameras with a retro twist. But to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous PEN F, they wanted a more distinctively retro concept. The answer came in the shape of the PEN F itself, which started a revolution at its launch. Instead of spending a year’s wages on a clunky camera, 1960s consumers could get a portable PEN F with interchangeable lenses for no more than they earned in a month. 50 years on, the E-P5 looks to honour the PEN F tradition with the same sloping lines, elegant Olympus lettering and ‘step-down’ front profile. The excellent build is another reminder of the original cult classic. With the screws visible only on the base of the camera, the quality of the craftsmanship is apparent from both ends of the lens. To round off the individual look, an optional, real-wood ergonomic grip can be fitted in one of three styles.

Style meets substance
For demanding photographers, no collector’s item is worth collecting unless the quality of the technology lives up to the looks. Which is why Olympus has given the E-P5 the same 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor found in its OM-D camera. In tests, this sensor has outperformed the APS-C variety found in some DSLR cameras and Olympus cherry-picked some of their very best optical technology to take maximum advantage. The E-P5 is the first compact system camera with a mechanical shutter capable of operating at 1/8000th of a second. This gets the very best out of super-bright, high-speed system lenses. You can freeze fast-moving objects such as insects in flight or – with an 1:1.8 aperture – create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions.

Another speed-based Olympus trademark is FAST AF, which on the E-P5 offers macro fans the option of using a very small AF point to pick out part of a subject they have already framed, for example a single pollen in the centre of a flower. Thanks to minimal shutter lag, the E-P5 increases the chances of capturing the shot just as they want it.

Smart camera meets smartphone
If you tell a friend your new E-P5 has built-in WiFi, they’ll likely assume that makes it easier to upload pictures to the Web via your smartphone. But on the E-P5, WiFi means more than that. You can use your Apple or Android smartphone to operate the camera remotely, including the autofocus and shutter release. You can synchronise the smartphone and camera screens so that you effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone – and control the PEN by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera. This is extremely useful for picking your spot with FAST AF, for self-portraits and for remotely shooting subjects like wildlife that are easily startled if you get too close. You can countdown to shutter release on the phone itself, grant friends’ devices access to selected images and – with new Olympus Image Share 2.0 software – use your smartphone to embed GPS information in your shots.

Comfort meets control
Fans of hands-on photography will appreciate one E-P5 innovation in particular: the 2x2 Dial Control system comprising two dials and a switch, mounted in easy reach on the back and top of the camera. When shooting manually, the switch on the back can quickly be moved to one of two positions. In the first position, moving the dial on the front of the camera adjusts aperture while the dial on the back affects exposure time. With the second setting, the dials change the ISO value and white balance respectively. Alternatively, you can use the switch on the back of the camera to assign other functions.

The new PEN boasts other top-notch features far too long to list here. Among the highlights are 5-axis IS, 9fps sequential shooting and a tiltable VF-4 electronic viewfinder. With its 2.360.000 dot display, the VF-4 makes framing easier and more accurate. It automatically switches mode when it detects your eye.

For the full list of features, please visit the Olympus home page. The E-P5 will be available from the end of June 2013.
The body is available for £899.99 from the end of June 2013, or with a choice of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Kits start at £999.99 for the 14-42mm lens and £1349.99 for the ultimate kit with a 17mm f1.8  prime lens and new VF-4 high resolution viewfinder, which includes the option to fit a distinctive real-wood grip at the time of ordering. Of course, the E-P5 is compatible with the whole Micro Four Thirds range, which now extends to black versions of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8, 45mm 1:1.8 and 75mm 1:1.8 lenses.

Selected outstanding features:

  • Unique, full-metal retro design with no visible screws in normal use
  • The best-ever image quality achieved by a PEN
  • First-ever 1/8000th second mechanical shutter speed in the compact system camera category
  • Built-in WiFi with smartphone interactivity
  • FAST AF with Super Spot AF and Touch Shutter AF
  • 2x2 Dial Control customizable manual system
  • 5-axis IS with IS Auto
  • Photo Story and 12 Art Filters
  • Focus Peaking on MF Assist
  • 9fps sequential shooting

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus-europa.com for the latest specifications.

For feature descriptions, please see the online appendix: http://www.olympus-europa.com/corporate/rmt/media/corporate_1/press_release_content/Appendix_EU.pdf

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Company Olympus Olympus Olympus
Model PEN E-P5 OM-D / E-M5 PEN E-PL5
Front View Olympus OM-D / E-M5 front view
Release Date 05/2013 02/2012 09/2012
Initial Price $1000 $1000 $700
DXO Color Depth 22.8bits 22.8bits
DXO Dynamic Range 12.3Ev 12.3Ev
DXO Low Light Performance 826 ISO 889 ISO
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
Sensor Dust Removal Supersonic Wave Filter Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor) Supersonic Wave Filter
Stabilization details Sensor shift Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis image stabilization) -> yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling. Effective compensation range maximum 5 EV steps Yes, Sensor shift
ISO Sensitivity Auto
ISO 200 - 25000 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual
ISO LOW - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
ISO 200 - 25600 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Image Processor Type TruePic VI TruePic VI TruePic VI image processor
Memory Card Type SDXC SDHC
Metering Mode TTL open aperture light metering 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
ESP light metering
Spot metering
Centre weighted metering
Highlight
Shadow
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering),
Center weighted average metering,
Spot metering,
Spot metering with highlight control,
Spot metering with shadow control
TTL open aperture light metering 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
ESP light metering
Spot metering
Centre weighted metering
Highlight
Shadow
Metering range 0.0 - 20.0 EV 0.0 - 20.0 EV
Shooting Modes Programme automatic
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Manual
Bulb
Time
i-Auto
Art Filter
Photo Story
My Mode
Scene Modes (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait , Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D, Wide converter, Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide )
i Auto,
P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed),
A: Aperture priority AE,
S: Shutter priority AE,
M: Manual, Bulb,
Time, Scene select AE,
Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro*
* Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Programme automatic
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Manual
Bulb
Time
i-Auto
Scene Modes (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D*, Wide converter Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide, * Only for stills and with usage of 3D lens (H-FT012) )
Art Filter (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone, Gentle Sepia, Key Line, Water colour)
My Mode (4 settings storable)
Multi-Exposure ( Max. number of frames, 2 frames (shooting), 3 frames (editing), Auto gain control, Live View Frame assistance )
Exposure Compensation Braketing Exposure bracketing 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps ) 7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps ) HDR bracketing 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 2 / 3 EV steps ) 7 frames ( +/- 2 EV steps ) Note: HDR picture can not be made by this function. ISO bracketing 3 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps ) 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3 EV steps ) 7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps ), ISO bracketing 3 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Shutter Type Computerised focal-plane shutter Computerized focal-plane shutter Computerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Shutter speed range 1/8000 - 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps) Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes) Time Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes) Shutter speed 1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.) Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.) 1/4000 - 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps) Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Drive Modes SIngle
Continuous
Moview
Timer
Time Laps
Single, Continuous Single-frame shooting,
Sequential shooting, Speed (H) Approx. 8fps
Speed (L) (IS off) , 3.5fps
Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Details Speed (H)
Approx. 9fps
Speed (L)
5.0fps (IS off), 4.5fps (IS on)
Max. number of frames
18 frames (RAW)
Up to card capacity (JPG / Large Normal mode)

Interval shooting
Interval: 1s - 24h
Max. number of frames: 99

maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps
[Sequential shooting L mode] 3.5 fps / 4.2fps  
in case of "I.S. OFF". Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting [RAW] Max. 17 frames (in seq. shooting L),
Max. 11 frames (in seq. shooting H) [JPEG] Up to full extent of data strage capacity (in seq. shooting L),
Max. 17 frames ( in seq. shooting H)
27 frames (RAW)
19 frames (JPG / Large Normal mode)
Self Timer 2 / 12 sec 12 sec., 2 sec. 2s / 12s
Focusing Type Contrast detect Contrast detect
AF Modes Manual focus
Single AF
Continuous AF
Single AF + MF
AF Tracking
Super Spot AF
Full-time AF Available Maginified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable Face detection AF
Eye detection AF Available
Available Eye Detection AF mode : OFF
Nearer-eye priority
Right-eye priority
Left-eye priority
Manual focus
Single AF
Continuous AF
Single AF + MF
AF Tracking
Touch target
Face Detection extension (Eye Detect AF: Off, Left side priority, Near side priority, Right side priority)
AF Working Range
AF System Points 35 points 35 points 35 points
AF Assist Beam Yes Yes Yes
AE Lock Yes (Fn1/Rec button) AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button) Yes
AF Fine Adjustment
Closest Focusing Distance
Depth of Field Preview
Flash Hotshoe Yes Yes Yes
Built in Flash Yes No Yes
Guide Number 10 (ISO 200) 10 (ISO 200)
Flash Modes AUTO
Manual
Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation
Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
Fill-in
Off
Auto, Redeye
Fill-in
Flash Off
Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain)
Slow sync.(1st curtain)
Slow sync.(2nd curtain)
Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
AUTO
Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation
Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
Fill-in
Off
Flash Xsync 1/320s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode), External Flash Control X-sync speed 1/250s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode) 1/250sec. or less* (using the bundled flash) 1/250s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode)
External Flash Wireless Sync Yes, Number of channels
4 channels
Compatible external flash
FL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R
Control method
Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Group setting
4 groups
Yes, 4 channels, 4 groups
Control method: Triggered and controlled by bundled flash
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage ~100.0%
Viewfinder Eyepoint 18.0mm
Viewfinder Magnification ~0.9%
Rear Screen Details 7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2) Tiltable LCD - Touch Panel<br> Touch Control fucntions<br> AF area enlargement<br> AF area selection<br> Enlargement<br> Enlargement playback<br> Frame forward/backward<br> Live Guide<br> Scene Modes<br> Shooting mode<br> Shutter release<br> Super Control Panel<br> Wifi connection 3.0-inch tilting OLED monitor Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type Touch control Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement<br> Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel Tilting angle Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees 7.6cm / 3.0'' (16:9) Tiltable LCD - Touch Panel
Resolution 1037000 dots 610000 dots 460000 dots
Live View Autofocus Contrast detection system
Live View Frame Rate
Live View Metering
Liveview Details Yes Yes Yes
Image Sizes RAW
4608 x 3456 compressed / 17MB / frame
Fine
4608 x 3456 (compression: 1/4) / 7.5MB / frame
Normal
4608 x 3456 (compression: 1/8) / 3.5MB / frame
Normal
2560 x 1920 (compression: 1/8) 1.1MB / frame
Normal
1024 x 768 (compression: 1/8) / 0.3MB / frame
[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

File sizes
RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB

RAW
4608 x 3456 compressed / 17MB / frame

JPG
4608 x 3456 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 7.5MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 3.5MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3MB / frame

Still Image Format RAW 12bit
RAW & JPEG parallel recording
JPEG

Aspect ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
MPO (3D)
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still) RAW 12bit
RAW & JPEG
JPEG
MPO (3D)

EXIF 2.2
PIM III
DCF

Movie HD Movie quality
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 20Mbps (MOV)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 17Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 13Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 10Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)

Movie quality
640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)

Time laps
1280 x 720 / 10fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)
Full HD:
1920(H)x1080(V), 59.94i Recording *3
20Mbps(Fine) *4 / 17Mbps(Normal) *4 : Aspect 16:9

HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 59.94i Recording *3,
13Mbps(Fine) *4 / 10Mbps(Normal) *4 : Aspect 16:9

*3 : Sensor output 30fps
*4 : bitrate

[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 4:3
*4 : Except for some of the Art Filters

Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 20Mbps (MOV)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 17Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 13Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 10Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®)

Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®) 29min (17Mbps) 14min (SD) / 7min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG®)*

Movie Length 29min (17Mbps)
14min (SD) / 7min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG®)
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Fine) / Approx. 22min(Normal)
HD : Approx. 29min(Fine) / Approx. 29min(Normal)
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
[AVI]
HD : Approx. 7min*21 / SD : Approx. 14min*21
*21 : Except for some of the Art Filters

4GB (AVCHD)
2GB (Motion-JPEG)

Movie Format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264),
AVI(Motion JPEG)
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG) with audio MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
AVI(Motion JPEG)
Power Source BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery BLN-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life Approx. 400images (50% with Live View) Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card) Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard]
Width 122mm 122mm 110mm
Height 69mm 89mm 64mm
Depth 37mm 43mm 38mm
Weight 420g (including battery and memory card), 378g (body only) 425 g 325g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card] Approx. 279g [body only]
Weather Sealing Details Dust-Proof & Splash- Proof Construction No
Body Materials All-metal body Magnesium alloy Metal
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