Olympus PEN E-P5 Review
PEN E-P5 compared to other Olympus models
Olympus now has four Micro Four Thirds models that share the same sensor and image processor, but vary widely in features: E-PM2, E-PL5, E-P5 and OM-D E-M5. Here we take a look at how the E-P5 compares to the neighbouring models in the range, and to its predecessor the E-P3.
|The Olympus PEN E-P5, between the PEN E-PL5 (left) and OM-D E-M5 (right).|
The E-P5 sits between the PEN E-PL5 and the OM-D E-M5 in Olympus's range and, on paper, offers similar core imaging specs. Here's a quick summary of some of the key differences between these models:
|IS system||• 2-axis||• 5-axis||• 5-axis|
|Built-in flash||• No||• Yes||• No|
|Built-in EVF||• No||• No||• Yes|
|Weathersealing||• No||• No||• Yes|
|No. of control dials||• 1||• 2||• 2|
|Shutter speed range||• 60 - 1/4000 sec||• 60-1/8000 sec||• 60-1/4000 sec|
|ISO range||• 200-25600||• LOW, 200-25600||• 200-25600|
|Continuous shooting||• 8 fps||• 9 fps||• 9 fps|
|Screen type||• 460K dot LCD, 3", 16:9||• 1.04m dot LCD, 3", 3:2||• 610K dot OLED, 3", 3:2|
|Screen articulation||• 60° down, 170° up||• 50° down, 80° up||• 80° down, 80° up|
|Size|| • 111 x 64 x 38 mm
(4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5″)
| • 122 x 69 x 37 mm
(4.8 x 2.7 x 1.5″)
| • 122 x 89 x 43 mm
(4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7″)
|Weight||• 325g (11.5 oz)||• 420g (14.8 oz)||• 425g (15.0oz)|
Size and design compared to Olympus OM-D E-M5
|The E-P5 is almost exactly the same width as the E-M5, but the latter's SLR-style EVF 'hump' makes it rather taller.|
|The cameras both have similar numbers of external controls, although what they do is subtly different - the E-M5's 4-way controller moves the active AF point by default, rather than activating specific functions. Both cameras have a tilting rear screen but, while it has a built-in EVF, the E-M5 lacks a pop-up flash. A key difference, of course, is that the E-M5 is weathersealed (just as long as you pair it with lenses like its 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 kit zoom and the 60mm 1:2.8 Macro, which are sealed to match).|
|From the top you can see that the E-M5's viewfinder makes it thicker front-to-back. The E-P5's collapsible 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 kit zoom is also much more compact than than the 12-50mm powerzoom shown here on the E-M5.|
|If you add the VF-4 viewfinder to the E-P5, it adds extra bulk compared to the E-M5's integrated EVF. Then again, if you add-on the E-M5's external flash unit, it ends up slightly larger again. Your pay your money and take your choice...|
Size and design compared to the Olympus PEN E-P3
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