Olympus E-PL5 short review at Camera Hoarders

"Everything I wrote on E-PM2 can be said for E-PL5 again. Sensor and image quality are superb, a real step forward from old Olympus 12MP sensor used in preceding models. Auto focus is amongst the fastest in mirrorless world and can compete with any similarly priced DSLR. The two main differences which might make E-PL5 more interesting than cheaper E-PM2 are the external mode dial and tilt-LCD. It is way easier composing shots and shooting video with tilt-screen and this might be the sole reason to spend extra $ 100 for E-PL5 compared to E-PM2."

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Olympus PEN E-PL5 review by Phil Hall at What Digital Camera: Impressive results from the Micro 4/3 sensor, fast single AF acquisition, decent metal finish, but continuous AF and AF Tracking still needs improving, also, the grip feels too plasticky.

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review sample images gallery

"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

Olympus releases new firmware for the pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, adds just a tiny little fix.

Olympus meager firmware update makes Homer sad.

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

Olympus E-PL5 review at Steves-Digicams: I bet its not written by Steve, and I bet the reviewer gets paid by the word (review conclusion word count: 1922 words), and why are there more ads on this site nowadays than AOL on steroids? (P.S they liked it)

E-PL5's advertised ISO 25600 is not usable in any capacity. No s*it Sherlock!

"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.

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Having a hard time choosing between the OLYMPUS E-PL5 and the SONY NEX-6? Just read what David Taylor Hughes has to say, he owns both of them:

"Though I love the look of the E-PL5 and it does take better looking pictures for my purposes, I have to say that in terms of use when I'm out shooting, I do prefer the NEX-6. It just works better for me. Recently there have been several days of bright sunshine, but very cold temperatures and the NEX-6 has proved much more comfortable to use. The Pen range as a whole is a stylish retro recreation that looks good and takes great pictures, with a superb lens range to go with it.

But the NEX-6 seems to me to be much more about what photographers find useful and comfortable (Well this . . . read more

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at DigitalCameraReview: Versatile for both amateur and seasoned photographers.

"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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at Ephotozine: It inherits most of the good stuff found in the E-M5 and comes at a much lower price.

Olympus E-PL5 front black with lens.

"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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at the Phoblographer: It is not perfect when it comes to body details and menus, but the image quality is near the top of the class.

Olympus E-PL5 front black with kit lens.

"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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at CameraLabs: In an all too crowded top segment, this camera is equipped to stay at the top.

Olympus Pen E-PL5 black, front, with lens

"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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at Pocket-Lint: Despite the size, this camera is a real heavyweight when it comes to features and image quality.

"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

Olympus E-PL5 review at gizmodo: Beautiful inside, disastrous on the outside.

"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."

Olympus E-PL5 gets the DXO Mark Treatment: Yes, it is a E-M5 at heart, minus some fluff, but with iso 100 added.

"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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at PCmac.com

Olympus E-PL5 front silver with kit lens

"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

Does the Olympus E-PL5 come with better image quality than the E-M5? Pekka Potka says no.

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

Olympus E-PL5 Review at the Photography Blog

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

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