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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

We try out the new Olympus PEN E-PL5

Our Verdict

For

  • Tilting screen
  • OM-D sensor
  • Large lens range

Against

  • Not an articulating screen

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, 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 200 the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (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 Lite E-PL5 review

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

ISO 6400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

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

Raw

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

ISO 6400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

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

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPEN
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.8x, 3.8x (Lens 1) - 3.8x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Self-timer, Noise Reduction, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV, Motion JPEG (AVI), AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)279 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
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 with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBLS-5
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Height63.7 mm
Width110.5 mm
Depth38.2 mm
Autofocus Points800
Focal Length40 mm to 150 mm (Lens 1) - 14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsPCM, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, X-sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-PL5
Product NamePEN E-PL5 Digital SLR Camera
Product LinePEN
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV205042BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Best-in-class image quality

  • FAST AF + Touch operation
  • Tiltable LCD display
  • Superb image quality
Battery Life360 Shot
Package Contents
  • PEN E-PL5 Digital SLR Camera
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R
  • Flash FL-LM1
  • BLS-5 Battery
  • BCS-5 Battery Charger
  • Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC-2)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker