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Olympus PEN E-PL5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 479 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the flash. Many are critical about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PL5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and size. The performance and portability are also appreciated, but opinions about the exposure and low light performance are mixed.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviews about the price and image quality are generally positive. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Views are divided on the reliability, while there are some negative comments about the exposure and viewfinder.

usability, performance, portability, image quality, price

viewfinder, exposure

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Views about the screen and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, portability, performance, screen

67% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Enid Burns (digitaltrends.com)

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 camera to transition to.

Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot,...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

 

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.

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.

There's no Wi-Fi support, which is becoming more common in both point-and-shoot and compact interchangeable lens cameras. Olympus recommends that you use a Toshiba FlashAir card to add wireless support, and is offering one for free via mail-in rebate...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus E-PL5 gets a grip

 

While there are some other enhancements to the camera, a grip may be the most notable.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 Hands-on Preview

 

Olympus was one of the instigators of the mirrorless uprising, having formulated the Micro Four Thirds standard with Panasonic. At first it looked like Olympus might be overshadowed by Panasonic's technical prowess but a combination of its...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Dec, 2012

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Olympus E-PL5 Review

 

The Olympus E-PL5 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a new mid-range compact system camera. Featuring the same 16-megapixel “Live MOS” sensor and TruePic VI image processor as the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M5, the EPL5 offers the world's fastest...

The E-PL5 essentially offers the heart of the flagship OM-D model inside a much smaller, lighter and crucially cheaper body. If you can live without the OM-D's built-in electronic viewfinder, dust- and splash- proof body, 5-axis gyro image...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus E-PL5 Review

 

The Olympus E-PL5 packs serious photographic power into a small package -- thanks in large part to the 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor it borrows from the company's acclaimed OM-D E-M5. The image quality produced by a compact system camera at this price...

Excellent image quality with good color and dynamic range; Great high ISO performance for its class; Extremely speedy performer, with fast and accurate autofocus on stationary subjects; Lightweight, compact and ergonomic design; Touchscreen LCD that...

Confusing and frustrating menu system takes hours to master; AF isn't optimal for taking fast-motion action shots; LCD viewfinding suffers under direct sunlight; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included)

We've been very pleased with the image quality and overall speedy performance of the Olympus PEN compact system camera line over the past couple of years, and the E-PL5 stands out as a significant evolution on almost every front.

May, 2013

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Olympus E-Pl5 Review

 

The Olympus E-Pl5 boasts of a large number of features in a very compact body. It has the same sensor and image processor as the more expensive OM-D E-M5 and dishes out some rather amazing images. It is easy to use for the most part, but feels a little...

Very fast AF, even in Touch mode, Very good image quality, Very fast burst mode of 8 frames per second

Frustrating menu system, The back of the camera feels extremely cramped

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Brendan Nystedt (reviewed.com)

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...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : jmeyer (digitalcameraworld.com)

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...

Dec, 2012

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