E-PL5 - eight things I don't like about you.....

Started Jan 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: E-PL5 - eight things I don't like about you.....
In reply to Guy Parsons, Jan 18, 2013

Guy Parsons wrote:

Out of box fiddles and handling brought up some E-PL5 issues that of course I need to learn to live with.....

♦ Silver body - seems like a cheap spray job, just has that cheap look to it. But that's me.

♦ Mode dial - twists a little too easily, I like the very firm E-PL1 action.

perhaps a sample variation. my mode dial has firm detent action; not quit as crisp as my e-pl1, but far far better than vague the LX3 dial.  no way to move it  accidentally on my copy.

♦ Screen - yes should be 4:3 or at least 3:2, but then I do need to get used to trying to always shoot in 16:9 as that is how all the screens in the house are shaped. At least the RAWs are there at 4:3 so situation is safe for any prints.

I'm not too upset with the screen.  when it is in shooting mode, I only use it for framing; the small size in 4:3 aspect is offset by its high resolution and the fact that the symbology is placed outside the frame.  in any magnified view (eg focus assist, playback) where display size counts it uses the whole screen.

♦ Buttons - oh hell, a whole new layout to learn to get used to. At least the red movie start button is somewhere less bumpable by me, but it's assigned to something else anyway (now set to 2x tele toggle, hey, that's nice and handy for casual shots).

♦ Menu on screen - bright white background, what the heck were they thinking? The upside is that I can now get around in the dark by shining my menu screen ahead of me.

I like the new placement and the 'feel' is fine enough for me (compared with the e-pl1).

♦ Flash - I do hate that silly add-on flash, put it back in the body, Olympus.

♦ Battery/card door - flops about, needs a little spring to keep it open when fumbling. Better though that it now swings a different direction so is easier to get the card out.

It has a nice 'over center' feature that keeps it out of the way when changing the battery or card.

♦ Charger - this one orange for charging, goes out when finished, oh pain, why not keep it red/blue like the old one?

So now with E-PL1/E-P3/E-PL5 in the house to compare I do see the E-PL5 as nicer in some ways but not so nice as above. The Mode Dial MySets are what sold it to me. Of the three cameras the E-P3 is definitely the nicest to use. After a few years of E-PL1 I will obviously need retraining to suit the E-PL5 so my opinions will probably get better from now on.

Regards.... Guy

So far my favorite surprise feature is using the touch screen with the SCP.. just touch the SCP item to select it and spin the control wheel to pick the setting; and since the camera remembers your last SCP selection to change the setting is as simple as pressing ok and spinning the wheel.  Nice.

The use of touch in playback is also  a nice feature.. tap the image brings up the first level magnified view and an up down slider for touch zoom views.

Lastly I have fitted my e-pl5 with a=n MCG-2 grip.  this large grip gives the  e-pl5 about the same secure feel that my e-pl1 has.  $18 US.

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