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
Olympus PEN EPL5
Olympus PEN EPL5

With a DxOMark Score of 72, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 takes the lead among micro 4:3 compact hybrids and places 43rd in the overall DxOMark rankings, outpacing the OMD-EM5 by one point. That the Pen E-PL5 has come so close to the scores of the camera of reference for micro 4:3 hybrids simply illustrates the kind of progress Olympus has achieved with its Pen line. 

The Olympus Pen E-PL5’s 16Mpix LiveMos sensor delivers a color depth of 22.8 bits, identical to the gradation measured for the OM-D E-M5.

The E-PL5’s dynamic range measured 12.3EV at its highest point — that is, at its lowest sensitivity (200 ISO). The Olympus offers the best dynamic range among all compact hybrids, and places 40th in the overall DxOMark rankings for this category.

At 889 ISO, the Pen E-PL5 achieves a very good low-light sensitivity score despite its sensor size (smaller than APS-C sensors). It achieves a better result than the OM-D E-M5 (measured at 828 ISO). It supplants the Sony SLT-A55 with its 16Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor, and goes head-to-head with the Canon EOS 60D.