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

By Kevin Carter - Monday July 29 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Olympus PEN E-P5 sensor performance | Olympus PEN E-P5 versus competition | Conclusion

Olympus PEN E-P5 Versus Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3:


Against the top of the range $1,299 (body only) Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, the E-P5 achieves practically identical scores for each use case, it strongly suggests that the two models share the same sensor unit, albeit with the Olympus showing some slight improvement (less 1/3 stop) in low-light performance. 

Olympus PEN E-P5 Versus Olympus PEN EP3:


Even with an increase in pixel count (up from 12.3-Mpix to 16.1-Mpix) the E-P5 shows a substantial increase in imaging performance against the firm’s older PEN E-P3 model. At base ISO, the new sensor shows an improvement of +1.3 stop in color depth, a healthy +0.7 stop gain in low light and impressive +2.3 stops wider dynamic range.

Olympus PEN E-P5 Versus Olympus PEN E-PL5 Versus Olympus OM-D E-M5:


If you’ve been following our reviews of the PEN E-PL5 and OM-D E-M5 you’ll know that the two appear to share the same sensor and from the results of the E-P5 it appears Olympus is using the same unit again, albeit with some slight optimization of low-light performance.While the sensor is a proven performer, it is perhaps slightly disappointing that the firm hasn’t chosen the flagship PEN to showcase something new.