Olympus E-PL5


The E-PL5 was the fourth generation of what is now the mid-line Pen series (sometimes referred to as Pen Lite by Olympus). 

  • Sensor: 16mp Sony CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop), sensor stabilization
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4608 x 3456 JPEG or 12-bit ORF maximum, 8 fps max 
  • Video:  1080i/60, 720P/30, 480P/30 AVCHD or Motion-JPEG, PCM stereo or Dolby Digital audio
  • Shutter: mechanical 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 8 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-12800, AUTO ISO (200-1600)
  • Focus: 35 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3", 460k dot tilting (170° up 65° down) touch screen OLED LCD, optional EVF via accessory slot
  • Flash: hot shoe, bundled FL-LM1 (7m GN) flash, 1/250 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync, four-level manual, wireless control
  • Remote: optional RM-UC1
  • Other Notable Features: powered accessory slot, no orientation sensor
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: BLS-5
  • Size: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5" (111 x 64 x 38mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 11.5 ounces (325g)
  • Colors: Black, Silver, White (replaceable hand grips can be other colors)
  • Price: US$650 body only, 700 with kit lens
  • Current firmware: version 1.6 (December 2018)
  • Announced: September 17, 2012

Note: Olympus appears to be moving towards the E-PL series replacing the original E-P cameras. The E-PL5 gets the optional grip from the E-P3, for example, and is gaining the touch screen, as well. Overall, the E-PL5 represents Olympus 2012 mid-range for their m4/3 cameras, allowing options like the external EVF to accessorize it higher over time, while still keeping it in the "small, slightly de-featured" category to distinguish it from the top end. The addition of the 16mp sensor brings the E-PL lineup to current standards, and is highly welcome. This is a competent, small camera, with a lot of customization available to the serious user.

Olympus Lenses for the camera

Panasonic Lenses for the camera

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