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Olympus PEN E-P5 review

Could this be the best Olympus camera to date?

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus PEN E-P5 review, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Olympus PEN E-P5 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

JPEG

Olympus PEN E P5 review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 100, score: 26 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 26 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 12800, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 25600, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 100, score: 26 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 200, score: 26 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 800, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 1600, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 3200, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 12800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E P5 review

ISO 25600, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPEN
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameOlympus
DurabilityDust Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC, Motion JPEG (AVI)
Weight (Approximate)378 g
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution17.2 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBLN-1
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Eye-Fi Card
Height68.9 mm
Width122.3 mm
Depth37.2 mm
Autofocus Points35
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsPCM, WAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-P5
Product NamePEN E-P5 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV204050BU000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing InformationPowerful. Pocketable. PEN. A classic design with a modern flair.

Designed with a modern twist to the original PEN® F, fans of the award-winning Olympus PEN family of cameras now have the PEN E-P5. The flagship PEN body that delivers a portable, premium quality experience. The E-P5 is packed with the latest innovations Olympus technology has to offer including 1/8000s Shutter Speed, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, "F.A.S.T" AF Speed, Built-In Wi-Fi capability*, 2x2 dial control and more.
Battery Life330 Shot
Display Resolution1037000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone, Wireless Flash Control