Olympus PEN E-PL5

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
naturenewbe
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What I think about this camera that hasn't been said already. This is a 2 year old camera that is a good way to get started into photograph. I came from using my old Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8 lens for many years. The D40 was a good camera but the size made me not want to stick with Nikon. Changing systems are costly but with the Olympus EPL5 at the priced used I think this is an affordable option for someone who is on a budget like me. The sensor is better than my D40 by a long shot. The only ...

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Septuagent2
 
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I like this camera because it produces good pictures with colours that suit me. In addition : 1.  It has a decent viewfinder (accessory) because even in gloomy England an LCD screen often becomes useless as soon as a bit of sunshine appears. 2.  The new 14 - 42 mm EZ lens has a neat automatic lens closure which obviates the need to find somewhere to put the previous removable but unattached lens cap. 3.  The camera is not a pocket camera, but it is not too heavy for old fingers and is easy to ...

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Intro: So after just over 1 year of use I think it is time to give my opinion on this cam, as it is still the top of the line of this series by Olympus (EPl-3, 2 & 1 being the other siblings). I'm just a beginning amateur trying to do his best when he takes a pic and I have always been fond of the technical aspects of cams, reviews about them etc. This probably will filter through in this review. I am much more a weatherhobbyist than a photographer, but I added photography in 2008 to document ...

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I had DSLR and they are great but i found myself not taking them out as much as my P/S.The P/S image quality just did not cut it to much photoshop to get the image how i wanted it. So it became a short list.I wanted a system i can grow in and Olympus has the flashes and lenses that i was interested in.Like the 60mm Macro for example (don't own it yet but will). That became one of the reason i went with the PL5, the flip down screen,good for low level insect shots. So i will give some pluses ...

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Love, the camera. Glad I did that PhD in engineering and taught at university, so I could have a chance of figuring out this camera. Resolution is not exceeded by practically any camera. Now, for the downsides, (a) Video is sort of an afterthought, and focus tends to hunt, it hunts especially badly when you are zooming, (b) In general, when you need this camera (in very low light), there may be a good chance that the focusing system will fail, as the contrast detection scheme doesn't work ...

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arammc
 
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upgraded from an epl-1. This camera is great. pros- (1) Fast focusing (2) great image quality (3) good in low light. (4) small and light. (5) Tilting screen Cons. (1) controls still kind of annoying  2 button presses to change shutter speed/ apeture? (2) sometime "touch to shoot" will take random shots when camera on strap bangs against ...

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j b cooper
 
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An excellent camera with the new sensor, fast AF, very good when used with the vf-2. Overall a very good camera

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Guy Parsons
 
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The new 16MP sensor is a nice upgrade from the old 12 MP sensor, not just for the resolution but for the extra dynamic range and better high ISO performance. The new features of being able to assign MySets to the Mode dial make life nice for me at last. Other additions such as ability to use the OIS in Panasonic lenses that have no switch, one press HDR bracketing for 3 up to 7 shots to combine later in post process and that swivel up/down rear screen make life nice. Compared to my E-PL1 it ...

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This is my second M4/3 camera; it replaces my E-PL1 as the go-to camera for lightweight travel. Originally, I saw the M4/3 format as a back-up for my D-SLR, but over the years I've found myself using my PEN more than my D700 for casual to semi-serious work. What impresses me the most about the E-PL5 is the huge jump it made in terms of ISO performance and focusing speed. There's still a gap between M4/3 and D-SLRs, but the differences are almost negligible for 80% of the stuff that I shoot, ...

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Love the camera. Have started learning it, and am several shoots into learning the ins and outs. As good as I hoped in quality, and am learning the menus and idiosynchrasies. Fine so far. Started to use the supplied little flip up accessory flash to drive a wireless flash. I hate on-camera flash, so I'm happy that this camera has wireless flash built in, just like my Nikon D7000. Did 2 event receptions with it and the 17mm f1.8 and loved it. It handled the color balance well and the ...

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