Olympus PEN E-P5

Olympus PEN E-P5 is a 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor Compact System Camera with TruePic VI Image Processor. It features 3.0-inch Tilt Touchscreen LCD, Full HD 1080p Video Recording in MOV & AVI Formats, Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto, Fast AF with Touch Focus & Touch Shutter, 9 FPS Burst Shooting; 1/8000s Shutter, Built-In Flash with Wireless Capability, and offer an Optional VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder. The camera features (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.5″ / 12.2 x 6.9 x 3.8 cm and weight 13.33 oz / 378 g body only.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Review

Features & Design

Olympus PEN E-5 has an attractive design for photographers and equipped with advanced features including reliable performance. The camera construction is made of metal which makes it comfortable when held. At the front, the handle is quite comfortable in the hand as the predecessor E-P3. This camera uses a touch screen that can be tilted out and down from the camera body which helps you to focus and take pictures with the touch of a finger on the object.

screen and design of the Olympus PEN E-P5-(Credit: Olympus)

Besides having superb design and excellent handling, the Olympus PEN E-P5 also has intuitive control buttons that helps you easily and quickly change various camera settings mode. There are two control buttons on the front and back of the camera which can be used to modify or adjust certain parameters simultaneously. While in the menu system, you can use the four presets to switch quickly between aperture / shutter and white balance / ISO.

screen and control buttons-Olympus PEN E-P5 (Credit: Olympus)

You can express your photography skills by using the mode dial that can be used to select the shooting mode. In addition, there are 12 features art filter that can be used for the creativity of the photographer. As for the connectivity, the Olympus PEN E-P5 complete with micro HDMI and USB ports, including built-in WiFi. There is a hot-shoe that allows you to use the electronic viewfinder VF-4 or flash and additional accessories.

Performance & Image Quality

Olympus PEN E-P5 able to shoot continuously as many as 17 images in the RAW file format at a speed of 9.6fps, while the JPEG format you can shoot as many as 18 images with a speed of 9.5fps. While, for the same autofocus system as the OM-D will never disappoint you. Autofocus is very fast and accurate that you can control using the touch screen or the shutter button does not care about the situation you are photographing in low light and bright.

examples of photo-Olympus PEN E-P5 (Credit: * I'veBeenFramed * in Flickr)

examples of photo-Olympus PEN E-P5 (Credit: * I’veBeenFramed * in Flickr)

As for the image quality, the Olympus PEN E-P5 provide the best quality. In the default settings you will get impressive image with a good dynamic range, good color and punchy in JPEG file format. At ISO100-800 very clean photo of the noise, while at ISO1600 and higher, there is little visible noise in the image and at ISO3200 looks pretty much noise that reduces image. Advised you to use ISO100-800 if you want to get an image that is free from noise.

The video quality produced by PEN E-P5 only good enough, but moire can be a problem including some artifacts that appear in the image. Video recording is supported by a stereo microphone that helps you record audio in the video recording process. You can also add an external microphone to this camera. To record a video, you can use one of the PASM modes with a single choice, continuous, manual focus, or tracking AF.

Should I buy the camera?

By looking at the performance and the speed of a reliable and impressive image quality, the Olympus PEN E-P5 be a mirrorless camera that deserves to be a winner. Autofocus System is a fast and accurate make ready for use anytime and anywhere you are photographing. This camera is also ideal for photographers who like to express his photography skills on the streets.

With a price range $999.00 for the body only, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is very feasible for mirrorless enthusiast photographers. You will not be disappointed with the image quality and performance offered this camera.

Rating: ★★★★½


Image Sensor

Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds

Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 17.2 Megapixel, Effective: 16.1 Megapixel

Max Resolution 17.2MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3

Other Resolutions 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3, 640 x 480 @ 4:3

Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
+ Movies: AVI, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)

Bit Depth 12-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

+ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps

Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes

Audio Recording With Still Images & Video, Stereo

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points 35

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (1,037,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600

+ 60 – 1/8000 seconds in Manual Mode
+ 30 minutes in Bulb Mode

Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Auto, Bulb, Manual, My Settings, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Time, Underwater
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater

Burst Rate Up to 9 fps


Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No.
+ 22.97′ (7 m) ISO100
+ 32.81′ (10 m) ISO200

Max Sync Speed 1 / 320 sec

Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System TTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


In-Camera Image Editing Cross Process, Diorama, Dramatic Tone, Grainy Film, Key Line, Light Tone, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Pale & Light Color, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Sepia, Soft Focus, Star Filter, Watercolor, White Edge

Shutter Lag 0.044 Seconds

Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps

Self Timer
+ 2 sec, 12 sec
+ Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 sec intervals
+ Number of Shots: 1-10

Interval Recording Yes

Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes


Type 1x BLB-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 – 90%

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.5″ / 12.2 x 6.9 x 3.8 cm

Weight 13.33 oz / 378 g body only

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Samples Photos

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User Manual

Olympus PEN E-P5 User Manual (PDF)

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