Olympus Pen E-PL5: Qualities of the OM-D E-M5

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Camera Review
Introduction | Olympus Pen E-PL5 sensor performance | Olympus Pen E-PL5 versus competition | Conclusion

With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus updates its range of micro 4:3 compact hybrids with redesigned ergonomics, upgraded electronics, and especially with the integration of the same 16Mpix LiveMos sensor found in the OM-D E-M5. Will it show the same advances in image quality as the flagship camera of its line? Our tests provide the answer.

Announced at the same time as the E-PM2, with which it shares the same design and ergonomics, the Pen E-PL5 aims to be the worthy successor to the E-PL3, the flagship of Olympus’s mid-range micro 4:3 cameras.

With this new version, Olympus offers a nice upgrade. The compact hybrid’s new swivel touchscreen, although of only average resolution (460,000 points), gives it a real boost in autonomy. Along with speeds ranging from 200 to 25,600 ISO, the camera offers HDR mode, rapid burst shooting at 8 i/s, and 1080p video recording. A TruePic IV processor manages fast 35-point autofocus as well as 3D subject tracking.

 Among the features of this “conservative” upgrade, we particularly note the use of the OM-D E-M5’s 16Mpix LiveMos sensor. During our tests, that high-end Olympic camera’s sensor achieved scores that approach those of its APS-C rivals, such as the Sony NEX cameras.

Olympus Pen E-PL5 sensor performance

Olympus Pen E-PL5 versus competition

Conclusion