Olympus PEN E-P5 review: Is it mightier than the rest?

By Kevin Carter - Monday, July 29, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Olympus PEN E-P5 sensor performance | Olympus PEN E-P5 versus competition | Conclusion
Olympus PEN E-P5 review: Is it mightier than the rest?

Following on from the enormous success of the OMD- E-M5, the firm has now upgraded its flagship PEN E-P model with a ‘5-axis’ stabilized 16-MPix MOS sensor. Read on to find out how well it performs in our labs.

Last year saw the introduction of the Olympus O-MD E-M5, with a nod to firm’s film-era cameras but packing an new 16-Mpix MOS type sensor on an advanced  '5-axis' stabilized platform, built-in EVF, weatherproofing, high speed AF and 9fps continuous shooting, it became a sensation practically overnight. The new $999 (body only) E-P5 looks to capitalize on that using the familiar PEN body shape instead and by adding a sprinkling of promising new features, including focus ‘peaking’,1/8000 sec top shutter speed (and 1/320 sec flash sync), built-in intervalometer and time lapse movie creation option, as well as Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to a smartphone or tablet.  Although the E-P5 lacks a viewfinder, it has a 1.04m dot 3-inch LCD touchscreen display with tilting mechanism, the firm also announced a new optional finder for it. Although an extra $279, the VF-4 has a new 2.36M dot LCD, proximity sensor and 1.48x (0.74 equivalent) magnification.

Olympus PEN E-P5 sensor performance

Olympus PEN E-P5 versus competition

Conclusion