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Olympus PEN E-P5 review

Could this be the best Olympus camera to date?

Our Verdict

We have not been disappointed by image quality from this camera, it matches the OM-D E-M5 in terms of detail and vibrance. The E-P5 is also well suited to shooting a wide range subjects.

For

  • Fantastic screen
  • Lots of art filters
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 1/8000 sec shutter speed

Against

  • No built-in viewfinder
  • Limited remote shooting
  • Kit lens a little disappointing

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There's plenty of detail captured by the Olympus PEN E-P5 - look out for the fine detail of the hair in this shot. Colours are nice and vibrant, without displaying too much saturation.

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The standard kit lens offers an equivalent focal length of 28-84mm, making it a good walkaround lens.

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The Olympus PEN E-P5 uses the same sensor as the excellent Olympus OM-D, making it capable of resolving plenty of detail. This was taken with a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, which we've also found to be a fantastic performer.

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Because of its small size (compared with a DSLR), cameras like the Olympus PEN E-P5 are good for street photography. This was taken with a 12mm lens, which offers an equivalent focal length of 24mm, making it ideal for this kind of work.

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Micro Four Thirds cameras have the widest range of proprietary optics of all the compact system cameras. Panasonic lenses can also be used with Olympus cameras - this was shot using the Panasonic 7-14mm lens. Third party lenses are also available.

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The Olympus PEN E-P5's tilting screen is useful when you want to shoot from awkward angles. This was shot with the camera on the floor and the screen angled upwards to compose the shot.

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Colours straight from the Olympus PEN E-P5 are natural, without being overly saturated. You can experiment with different contrasts and saturations with different Picture modes, or create your own for complete control.

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Using lenses with a wide aperture, such as the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens, enables you to get creative with shallow depth of field effects.

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As well as a number of different art filters, you can also shoot with a simple monochrome setting for a more classic look.

Art filters

Olympus has become well known for its wide range of digital filters. The E-P5 includes 12 different filters, with most of these being customisable to bring that total up higher.

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Dramatic Tone - colour

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Pop Art

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Soft Focus

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Pale and Light Color

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Light Tone

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Grainy Film

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Pinhole - standard with frame

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Diorama - miniature

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Cross Process - standard

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Gentle Sepia

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Key Line

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Watercolor

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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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
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