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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 271 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and lens. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the flash, while many are critical about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus PEN E-PL5 Review

 

For users upgrading from a simple point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is a very good model to transition to. Out of the box, the E-PL5 takes great photos. It does take time, however, to learn some of the...

Fast autofocusing system ; Takes very good photos ; Tilting screen for angled shots or self-portraits ; Special effects and filters allow you to take fun pictures

Requires playing around to learn features and settings ; Lens is a bit big on what is otherwise a compact camera ; Higher price tag when there's a comparable Olympus camera with similar features

For users upgrading from a simple point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is a very good camera to transition to.

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Olympus PEN E-PL5 Review

 

Olympus has gotten just about everything right with the new E-PL5 ILC camera. Its 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI provide excellent image quality and performance. Adding the best lens collection for an ILC and an accessory for just about...

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Built-In image stabilization works with all lenses available for the camera ; Great image quality ; Wireless capablilities are fun...

Advertised ISO 25600 is not useable in any capacity ; Detachable flash is small and easy to forget ; Tilting LCD screen does not swivel side to side

Olympus has gotten just about everything right with the new E-PL5 ILC camera. Its 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI provide excellent image quality and performance. Adding the best lens collection for an ILC and an accessory for just about...

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

 

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 ($699.99 direct with lens) is the mid-level entry in the company's line of compact Micro Four Thirds cameras. It's a bit bigger than the PEN E-PM2, but doesn't quite have the advanced control layout found in the PEN E-P3 ....

Tilting rear display. Optional EVF available. Removable front grip. In-camera art filters. Sharp kit lens. Good high ISO performance. Fast shot-to-shot and focus times

No built-in flash

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 delivers the performance of the top-end Olympus OM-D E-M5 in a smaller package and at a fraction of the price.

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

Olympus has infused its mid-range PEN with OM-D DNA to positive results.

Although we had some issues with the camera's ergonomics and menu system, the E-PL5 nevertheless impressed us on its technical merits. There's just enough power here for point-and-shoot users who want to stretch their legs a bit, though more advanced...

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Olympus E-PL5 review

 

The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16.1-megapixel sensor as the Olympus OM-D. Amy Davies of our testing team investigates whether the similarities end there, or if this new PEN camera is in fact the best PEN camera on the market. Watch her Olympus...

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Review

 

The Olympus E-PL5 is the successor to the E-PL3 and is targeted at enthusiasts and consumers that want more power than their point and shoot may give, but also want better image quality. Conversely, the E-PL5 was also designed with a unique crowd of...

Great image quality up to ISO 1600 ; Fast focusing ; Excellent feel in the hands thanks in part to the large tilting LCD screen ; Removeable/Interchangeable grips ; Excellent battery life

No pop-up flash ; High ISO pixel smudging

The Olympus E-PL5 has a lot going for it: great image quality, quick controls, a lightweight body, a large screen, fast focusing, and does it all at a pretty great price tag. The camera will be one that both beginners and enthusiasts will be able to...

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

The Olympus PEN E-PL5 is a mid-range mirror-less compact system camera (CSC) with a 16 Megapixel sensor and a 3in articulated touch screen. Like all Olympus CSCs, the PEN E-PL5 employs the Micro Four Thirds standard and this model sits in the middle of...

3 inch articulated touch-screen ; Excellent 16 Megapixel image quality ; 1080p30 movies with manual exposure ; High degree of customisation ; Built-in stabilisation ; Access to large native lens catalogue

IS not as good as some optical systems ; AF hesitant in movie modes ; 16:9 screen ill-suited to 4:3 stills ; No WiFi or GPS accessories

The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before and, with the addition of Canon's EOS M it promises to become even more crowded. By giving the E-PL5, and presumably any upcoming PEN models, the same sensor as the...

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Olympus Pen E-PL5

 

The Olympus E-PL5 has a great list of features a score of scene-select modes that will help entry-level users tap into their creative cores get the artistic juices flowing. While we thought the size of the camera feels a bit amateur, other entry-level...

This entry-level DSLR camera has a dedicated FAQs section and user manual that are excellent resources

The design of the Olympus E-PL5 is a tad underwhelming

This DSLR camera provides a long list of photographic and HD features that will help you capture and preserve your favorite memories.

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Olympus PEN LITE E-PL5 Review

 

There's one thing that Olympus has mostly got right: stylish camera designs, with clearly labelled functions and layout.

However it seems like decades have been spent as the company has fumbled around with its viewfinder menu layout … and the PL5 is no exception. It is absolutely ghastly, confused and tricky to follow.

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

just purchased this camera in Japan and used it at a world cup freestyle skiing event first day with no test and received some very good photos … should get better after I play with it a bit more … would recommend it … PDD

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Chip Type:Live MOS
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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