As the new top of the range PEN, the E-P5 has a good balance of features, best build of any PEN models to date and the best performing MFT sensor currently available. However, models such as the Nikon D7100, which adopts a new sensor, and, to a lesser extent, the Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A, with their older sensors,all out-perform the E-P5 in low light. With the market moving towards smaller, highly portable cameras featuring APS-C format sensors, Olympus needs to constantly reassert the advantages of the MFT format.
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Overall, the E-P5 looks like it should offer much of what has made the E-M5 so popular in an even smaller, more portable form factor. Most importantly, you get the same image quality and superb 5-axis in-body image stabilization system (with a year's refinements too). It's certainly a much better camera than the E-P3 or either of the cheaper PENs, and one of the nicest mirrorless models we've yet seen. Of course it's entering a very competitive marketplace, up against hugely capable models such as the Sony NEX-6 and Fujifilm X-E1. We're very much looking forward to getting our hands on a shootable production model to see how it measures up.
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