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Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite camera


  • an Olympus PEN compact camera with interchangeable lenses which is part of the brilliant and versatile Micro Four Thirds system
  • introduced in late 2012 along with the cheaper, smaller, E-PM2 Mini, it is an upgrade of the Olympus E-PL3 and uses the same sensor and thus offers the same fantastic image quality as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and Olympus E-P5 PEN (EP5/EP-5)
  • a very nice compact camera for travel, social photography and street photography
  • user interface is not great for enthusiasts wanting to take control of the camera fully themselves – this is particularly the case with the E-PM2 while the E-PL5 has the additional function button and drive mode dial, but at least both have the nice Super Control Panel which allows functions to be accessible via the touch screen


  • 16mp 4:3 sensor
  • in-camera sensor-based image stabiliser although not quite as good as the 5-axis IS in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera
  • no built-in EVF but optional EVF via hot shoe
  • new Olympus ART filters eg. “watercolour”
  • ART filter can be changed DURING movies and the change will be introduced gradually
  • touch screen now allows smaller AF regions than is possible in the E-M5
  • the same super fast AF as with the E-M5
  • remote TTL flash capable
  • flash sync 1/250th sec when used with the latest flashes (eg. Olympus FL600R)
  • burst rate 8fps without continuous AF or IS, or 3.5fps with AF
  • reasonably good 20Mbps 1080i HD video (supported by the IS) with stereo mics and a new Movie Teleconverter capability
  • support for Toshiba’s FlashAir WiFi-capable flash cards and an Android or iOS app will allow sharing of photos via smartphone
  • timed long exposures of up to 60secs – very few cameras have this feature which is nice for photographing stars
  • new Lens IS priority option which allows you to automatically disable the sensor-based IS if a Panasonic lens with OIS is being used
  • optional front grip for the E-PL5 is a nice touch


photo/olympusepl5.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/20 13:56 by gary1