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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

We try out the new Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Locking onto a subject with the Olympus PEN E-PL5 is quick and easy, and also proving accurate in the majority of cases.

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Colour reproduction from the E-PL5 is accurate, without being overly bright and punchy.

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Thanks to the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5's large sensor, you can achieve pleasing shallow depth of field effects.

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Colour rendition in Natural setting is good, with colours accurate and bright, without being overly punchy.

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There are several shooting options you can choose from - for instance, you could use Vivid when shooting an autumnal scene to really make colours pop.

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A wide variety of lenses are now available for Micro Four Thirds cameras, including those made for Panasonic cameras, since they share the format. This was shot with an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens.

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Another example of the lens range available for these type of cameras, this was shot with an ultra wide angle Panasonic 7-14mm lens.

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Lots of detail is captured by the Olympus PEN E-PL5's sensor - which is the same as that found in the critically acclaimed Olympus OM-D.

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Images shot with art filters can be shot in raw format, meaning you can remove the filter using Olympus's own software - or, if you prefer, you can swap the filter for a different one.

Art filters

Olympus is well known for its love affair with the digital filter. The new PENs have a wide range of different options, some of which are shown below. One handy feature of the PEN is that you can Art Bracket, meaning the several versions of the same shot can be taken, each with a different filter effect applied.

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Pop Art

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Soft Focus

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Pale and Light Colour

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Light Tone

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Grainy Film

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Pin Hole

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Diorama (Miniature)

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Cross Process

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Gentle Sepia

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Dramatic Tone

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Key Line

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Watercolour

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
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