"Despite its small size, the E-PM2 has plenty to offer. At the top of the list is very good JPEG image quality, and though it's unlikely to be a key feature for the camera's target audience, RAW shooting is available. The now-standard (and lest we forget - Olympus-originated) Art Filters are on hand too, and they're a lot of fun to play with. For those just learning to use an advanced camera and eager to tweak settings, Olympus' Live Guide mode is available at the press of a button. And of course, advanced photographers can find manual exposure modes in the camera menu.
If you're interested in the E-PM2, for an extra $100 (~£100, going by street price in the UK), you could spring for the tilting LCD, external mode dial and removable front grip of the E-PL5. Photographers with larger hands may also find the ergonomics of the E-PL5 a better fit than the decidedly 'Mini' E-PM2, but there's not much in it."
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. . . . read more
"The E-PM2 is a nice little camera for snapshooters making their first foray into interchangeable-lens photography. However, it won't encourage them to develop their photographic skills and understanding because it is simply too difficult to access and adjust most of the key camera settings (particularly lens aperture and shutter speed settings). For this reason, it's also ill-suited to photo enthusiasts.
User interface design has long been an issue with Olympus cameras that really needs to be addressed - and we aren't the . . . read more
"I sent the camera off to Life Pixel to do the conversion. Basically they remove the filter inside the camera that blocks infrared light and replace it with an IR filter. After the conversion the camera only sees infrared light, and you can capture IR images without filters in front of the lens. The camera’s meter works as usual and you don’t need the long exposures required for traditional IR filters.
I had them install the “Enhanced Color” IR filter. The enhanced color filter accentuates the difference between colors in . . . read more
"At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. While it probably doesn't beat APS-C rivals, it's much closer, making the difference negligible and less of a deal-breaker. Add to that a host of subtle improvements over the E-PL3 and the E-PL5 is now one of the most competent CSCs at this price-point. There's still room for improvement however - the grip needs to be refined, while the . . . read more
This is it: "Unstable exposure, while using lenses that cannot communicate with cameras (such as OM or body cap lenses), has been improved." Let's hope E-M5 owners eagerly awaiting the next 'stuffed with goodies' firmware update promised to be delivered soon, will get a bit more than this. . . . read more
"Continuing the Olympus Digital PEN series, the E-PL5 is another great addition to this ever growing line of compact, interchangeable lens cameras. As a mid-range model, the E-PL5 packs in a 16-Megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor, TruePic VI processor, Sensor Shift image stabilization, incredibly fast AF system and a load of creative features and filters to keep this camera well rounded.
But the NEX-6 seems to me to be much more about what photographers find useful and comfortable (Well this . . . read more
"The Olympus E-PL5 has a lot going for it: great image quality, quick controls, a lightweight body, a large screen, fast focusing, and does it all at a pretty great price tag. The camera will be one that both beginners and enthusiasts will be able to pick up and shoot with little issues from the very start. Olympus has made the ergonomics extremely versatile by making it a point-and-shoot camera style body with a large LCD screen that mimics the feel of a TLR experience. This screen will also be of great use to people shooting video. The overall compact package makes it a great choice for vacations or an every day camera. . . . read more
"The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn't feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn't auto-stitch the photos. The Live Time feature inherited from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is an excellent feature.
The camera's image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the . . . read more
"The Olympus EPL5 is a really excellent camera and the company got a lot right in its creation. The excellent image quality combined with its awesome autofocusing abilities and the beautiful LCD screen make this a real winner in my book. However, the menus are still a bit too thick for my liking, as is the camera. The EPL5 is significantly thicker than previous pen cameras, and doesn’t even fit in my premium pen case. Also, I really wish that the LCD screen were a higher resolution.
Many people will like this though: the camera has excellent battery life. With that said, it also has a brand new battery: in fact, it is larger than the OMD EM5′s. And that is very weird." . . . read more
"The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before and, with the addition of Canon's EOS M it promises to become even more crowded. By giving the E-PL5, and presumably any upcoming PEN models, the same sensor as the Flagship OM-D E-M5, adding features that improve usability, like the touch screen, and expanding the choice of lenses and accessories Olympus is doing exactly what it needs to, to maintain its position as a leader in the CSC . . . read more
Maybe this is the last chapter in Olympus saga of trying to make 4/3 lenses work properly 100% in micro 4/3 bodies, such as the E-M5 and the E-PL5. While the autofocus module is expected, the enclosed stabilizer is pretty baffling, but after trying to decipher the Google translated text we understand it has something to do with the built-in stabilizer unit of m4/3 bodies not being able to cope well with 4/3 lenses.
This in itself raises more questions, since it is well known that many 3rd party lenses, even really old ones, work quite well as stabilized in Olympus m4/3 cameras. In any case, Olympus spokespeople have time and again repeated the company's commitment to solve the 4/3-m4/3 lens compatibility issue, and this patent seems like a step in that direction. Perhaps it is time to snag up some excellent 4/3 glass, while it still can be found at bargain prices :) . . . read more
"The Olympus PEN E-PM2 shows very good image quality with clean results up to ISO 800. Noise becomes barely noticeable at ISO 1600 with little adverse effect. ISO 3200 makes noise clearly visible but details remain quite sharp and moderately large prints are completely usable. Only by ISO 6400 that we start seeing softness and fine details be eaten away. At this point it would be best to limit to medium-sized prints. ISO 12800 is more restrictive but remains usable for . . . read more
"It comes as no surprise that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 scores virtually identically to Olympus’ top-of-the-line OM-D E-M5 since they share the same sensor (as does the midrange Olympus PEN E-PL5). The E-PM2 actually comes in at one point higher than the E-M5 on the Overall Score, though that difference is negligible. The two cameras essentially have the same performance in color depth and dynamic range, and the E-PM2 scores less than 1/4 stop better in low-light ISO. . . . read more
"Image quality is a leap forward for Micro Four Thirds at this price point, which is a huge selling point. Add a decent build, fast autofocus system and, of course, wide selection of Micro Four Thirds lenses and there's not much to dislike.
Our limited moans are that the plastic front grip looks cheap, there's no built-in flash and that continuous autofocus still . . . read more
"The optional 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens hinders the PL5's usability. The lens barrel must be manually unlocked from its closed position, severely slowing down the shooting experience. Then, it remains extended at every focal length. It's unsightly, and it's hard to intuitively know if your lens is zoomed in or out."
"The camera's image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus colour. Noise performance is the best it's ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO6400." . . . read more
"With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus updates its range of micro 4:3 compact hybrids with redesigned ergonomics, upgraded electronics, and especially with the integration of the same 16Mpix LiveMos sensor found in the OM-D E-M5. Will it show the same advances in image quality as the flagship camera of its line? Our tests provide the answer." . . . read more
"The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 isn't the best Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy—that's the weather-sealed Olympus OM-D E-M5—but it's the best one you'll get for under $1,000. It's fast to focus and rattles off shots at an impressive speed, it's kit lens is quite sharp, and it has a tilting rear display with touch input support. It doesn't have a whiz-bang feature like the Wi-Fi connectivity that is built into the Samsung NX1000. Even though the E-PL5 outshines other cameras with the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, it doesn't quite equal our current Editors' Choice in the more broad entry-level . . . read more
Ever since the disclosure of the fact that the E-PL5 comes without an anti-aliasing filter, speculation about the superiority or not of its image quality has going on around the interwebs at an increasing pace. Now Pekka Potka attempts to put an end to the speculation, by going over the output from the two cameras with a big loupe in hand:
"Olympus (like others) has been developing their anti-moiré algorithms all the time to make ever thinner low-pass filters possible. That´s good for image sharpness. Already OM-D has a relatively thin low-pass filter and the importance of . . . read more
This may not by the top of the line Olympus camera on the market, but it offers top of the line image quality. This review comes with an asterisk however, for reasons unknown to us the reviewer chose to shoot a great lot of the sample pictures at some detail squashing apertures, all the way up to a fizzying f16 (!). Excerpt:
"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PL5 . . . read more
"In 2012, we've studied a landscape that has changed considerably from previous years. Point and shoot options are fewer and further between, but exciting new low-cost options such as the GoPro and interchangable lens mirrorless cameras like the Olympus PEN now provide alternate options for the shooter who is not interested in traveling with a bulky SLR system. . . . read more
Both cameras to be available from late October. Stuff common with the E-M5 include the 16 mpixel sensor itself and the 'Truepic V' image processor.
Olympus (US) Press Release . . . read more
Olympus has just released firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 as well as for the veteran E-5. The updates improves compatibility with SDXC cards of 48GB capacity and higher, and wireless flash control using RC capable Olympus flashes has been enhanced for the E-PM1 and E-PL3. . . . read more
So, what have we got nyah: First, a series of full sized jpegs, straight out of a final firmware version E-M5, at What Digital Camera. As almost always. these kind of tech mega sites do a really crappy work when it comes to photography. In any case, a trained (heh) pixel peeper can always draw his/hers own conclusion.
Our next tidbit comes from Pekka Potka, a Finnish photographer that has proven to be an invaluable source of good E-M5 (and not . . . read more
As a m43 camera that can easily match the current crop of aps-c equipped rivals, there's no doubt the E-M5 easily trumps the Pen E-P3, considering the fact that the latter sports the outdated 12 mpixels sensor. The pixel peeper mill has as usual picked up on this, and most erroneously agree that the difference between the two cameras is about one stop. However, that's stuff that comes from the rear of a bull, just put the 6400 file from thre E-P3 next to the 24.800 one from the E-M5 and you can clearly see that . . . read more
"When the screen is tilted, the camera rests on the left hand which holds the lens, and the right hands operates. It’s both better and worse than using an EVF: as I don’t have to bring the camera to my eye when shooting it’s less conspicuous on the street and easier in the composition, but when focusing manual lenses or shooting in the strongest light the EVF is better. Visibility is actually quite good in midday light, and versatility in . . . read more