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

A DxOMark Sensor score of 72 points is one of the best scores from a MFT camera, and in our rankings comes 61 just ahead of some recent APS-C models such as the Samsung NX210 and Canon EOS 100D /SL1 but just behind some of the best of the older APS-C models such as the Pentax K-r and K-x. With the Color Depth at 22.8 bits and a Dynamic range of 12.4 Evs, that’s a great performance against a sensor that’s around 65% larger by surface area. The one area where MFT sensors generally concede some capability to the best APS-C CMOS sensors is in their low-light performance, where the E-P5 achieves a low-ish score. That said, the E-P5 can still out-perform some APS-C models in that regard, such as the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, for example, which achieved a 681 ISO rating in our recent tests.