Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)
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The PEN E-PL5 is the perfect compact digital. Shoot images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VITM image processing en
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Included Components||—||1 U (Including Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50,Lens (SELP1650), AC Adaptor AC-UB10, Shoulder Strap, Micro USB Cable,Lens Cap,Power Cord, Eyepiece cup - 1 U each)||1 U (Including Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50,Lens (SELP1650) (SEL55210), AC Adaptor AC-UB10, Shoulder Strap, Micro USB Cable,Lens Cap,Power Cord, Eyepiece cup - 1 U each)||Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, AC Adaptor AC-UUE12, Shoulder Strap, Micro USB Cable, Accy Shoe Cap, Body Cap, Power Cord, Eyepiece Cup|
|ISO Range||—||Auto / 100 - 51200||Auto / 100 - 25600||—|
|Item Dimensions (Length * Breadth * Height)||11.1 x 3.81 x 6.4 Centimetres||4.5 x 12 x 6.7 Centimetres||4.5 x 12 x 6.7 Centimetres||11 x 3.61 x 6.3 Centimetres|
|Item Weight||327 grams||344 grams||344 grams||281 grams|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 seconds||1/160||1/160||1/4000 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||24.3||24.3||24.3 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||mos||CMOS||CMOS||cmos|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||—|
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What I like about E-PL5:
- Very compact with 45mm lens even more so with 14mm prime. Fits in coat pocket, perfect for street photography.
- Super fast focus, when I show people they are amazed, especially DSLR owners
- great bokeh
- high ISO I have taken street shots at night at 25,600 ISO and they are very usable.
- very solid build, shutter mechanism just feels right, clean look in silver.
- attached flash is secure and low profile so I leave it on all the time, good for fill light
- Get the hand strap like in my picture, believe me that way is quicker to shoot, easy to walk about without camera swinging into things
and comfortable. Ditch the neck strap. You can tighten the rubber/foam loop around your wrist and camera can't fall off. Maybe a Full Frame DSLR would be too heavy for this method, but the E-PL5 is light.
- face detection works great
- can show hilight/blacks over/under exposure colored areas in LCD before shot
- lots of bracketing modes and 1/3 EV steps
- has a specialized HDR-bracketing function of 7 frames at +- 2EV which is astounding. A 12EV range!!
- RAW files have info embedded, bring into LightRoom and already corrected almost like the jpeg. So why shoot jpeg at all. I don't.
- Very good dynamic range of RAW files.
- Full manual mode and manual focusing lens for studio work.
- 45mm has very high resolve power. Sharping in post can't add details that aren't captured in first place.
- Obviously I am a advocate for prime lens. Also one less thing to fiddle with. A zoom makes you lazy and you give up aperture and sharpness.
My goal was to get into the micro four thirds system cheaply and put the savings into prime lens.
See a model portrait I took with this setup. I think this is a DSLR killer.
The first time I got my hands on it after unpacking it, it did feel small in my hands but it had a solid feel to it. I read a few reviews where people complained about how tiny the controls were but I was able to adapt to the layout and buttons just fine.
I don't know why Olympus put the power switch right next to the shutter. Until I got used to it, I did accidentally power off the camera a few times while taking a picture. What I like about the power button itself it that the top is illuminated when the camera is powered on.
There were a number of complaints from other reviewers about the menus. I didn't find them all that bad but they do take getting used to. The most useful piece of advice I came across was on another Amazon.com review of this camera that recommended enabling the Super Control Panel. For some reason Olympus doesn't use this as a default on either the E-PL5 or the OM-D E5. The Super Control Panel displays all your key settings such as ISO, white balance, auto focus, metering, etc. on the LCD screen. Since the LCD is touch-sensitive, you just tap the setting you want to change and then turn the dial to the desired settings.
Enabling the Super Control Panel requires the Custom Menu to be enabled, which Olympus doesn't do by default. To enable to Custom Menu: click the camera's Menu button and select Setup Menu (indicated by the wrench icon) > Menu Display > Custom menu display (indicated by the gears icon) > Yes. Now the custom menu is enabled. To enable the Super Control Panel, return to the camera's main menu and select Custom Menu > Utility > Control Settings > P/A/S/M > Live SCP.
OK, so what's it like to shoot with this? F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! The image quality is stunning. It was on par with, if not better than my 40D. The image stabilization doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the one on the OM-D E5 does, but I have no complaints at all about it. It's perfectly fine.
The touch screen is wonderful. You have the option of shutting it off altogether, set it to-touch-to-focus only, or set it to-touch-to-focus + take the picture (no need to use the shutter). The latter option is great if you're trying to photograph pets or kids.
I bought the 14-42mm kit lens with it. It's an OK lens in that it gives me nice crisp images. But I miss the 18-270mm focal length that my old Tamron lens had. Olympus has a 14-150mm that I'm keeping an eye on and will probably purchase in the future. Along with the 14-42mm I also bought the Panasonic f/1.7.
I could care less about the video capability so I can't comment on that. I bought the camera to take still photos, not video.
The EPL-5 does not come with a pop-up flash. The flash is separate and you have to attach it to the camera if you absolutely need to use one. The flash comes bundled with the camera. There is no optical viewfinder on this camera, either. But, if you want to use one you can purchase one separately for about $160. It attaches to the same hotshoe that the flash attaches to. This can put you at a disadvantage if you want to use the flash at the same time.
The ability to swivel the LCD out so you can shoot from different angles is a super option! I'm shooting a lot from waist level and getting some nice results with it.
One word of caution: the camera is light. If you're shooting landscapes and it's windy, I suggest using a sturdy tripod with this camera to hold it steady. Because of how light it is, the wind will buffet it around considerably if you're shooting handheld.
The manual that came with the package is a basics only manual but you can get a PDF version of the full manual from the Olympus web site. I was able to download it to my iPhone so I can reference it any time.
I'm happy with my purchase and having a lighter load to carry with me.
Once it came down to under $400, I grabbed it.
Now, it's under $350
So there's no excuse!
I love it!
It's my first non-Canon camera.
I have been with Canon since film, and thought I would try the new micro 4/3 cameras.
I love it!
We use this now when we go to park, beach, outings, it is perfect!
I will save up for better lens, spend the money on the lenses!
Got the white one
Makes me look different than everyone else shooting in the garden/parks.
easy focus, almost instant
love the touch screen, can focus, shoot, adjust from that
I know, fancy dancy stuffs, who needs them?
I didn't think I would like it, but I do!
I will do side-by-side tests/comparisons with my good Canon one day, and will post, or update, this review.
I like that it's so small.
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