Olympus PEN E-P5 review

Olympus PEN E-P5 review

Olympus PEN E-P5 Review: the new 16-megapixel Olympus E-P5 offers a sleek retro body design, built-in Wi-Fi and the same sensor as the OM-D. But how does it perform? Find out in our E-P5 video review.

Olympus E-P5 Review

The Olympus PEN E-P5, the manufacturer’s latest flagship PEN camera, offers a slew of advanced features, such as Wi-Fi and a 1/8000sec shutter speed. It also incorporates the same 16 million pixel sensor and TruePic VI image sensor as the Olympus OM-D.

This should mean that it’s capable of the same impressive image quality.But is it? Amy Davies takes a look at what the new PEN camera has to offer in her Olympus PEN E-P5 review video.


Olympus PEN E-P5 Review Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Amy Davies and this is the Olympus PEN E-P5, which sits at the top of Olympus’ PEN line, replacing 2011’s E-P3. It uses the same well respected sensor as found in the 16 million-pixel Olympus OM-D.

Outwardly, the body of the PEN has quite a few similarities to the camera it replaces, such as the same basic shape and this grip here. However, there have been a few notable differences which offer an improvement on the basic operation of the camera.

Firstly, the 1 million dot 3-inch touchscreen at the rear of the camera is now a tilting device, which can be pointed upwards or downwards to help when shooting from awkward angles. Despite its tilting function, it still sits remarkably flush against the body of the E-P5 for an overall sleek finish.

Secondly, this small switch found around the movie record button is a useful way to quickly access different settings. Place the switch into the “1” position and the front and rear dials control aperture or shutter speed (depending on the mode you’re in) and exposure compensation. Switch to the “2” position and the dials control white balance and sensitivity.

As with its predecessor, a mode dial can be found on the top of the camera for quickly switching between the various modes the camera has to offer, including fully automatic, semi-automatic and fully manual. A new addition here is PhotoStory mode, which allows you to create a montage of images in camera.

If you’ve used a PEN or OM-D camera before you’ll be familiar with the quick menu which can be accessed via a tap of the OK button on the back of the camera. Here you’ll find access to the most commonly used settings, such as art filters and image ratio.

All of the cameras in the current PEN range have a touchscreen, which is extremely useful for setting the autofocus point, or for firing off the shutter. Unlike the touchscreens found on Panasonic cameras however, this one can’t be used for menu operation, instead relying on button navigation.

Speedy operation was one of the claims made by Olympus for the new PEN, and with extremely quick start up times and fast processing, we’ve been impressed when using the camera. Autofocus times are also extremely quick, being almost instantaneous in good light, and only dropping slightly in lower light conditions.

As is now becoming commonplace, the E-P5 features inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity. A new Olympus app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets allows remote control of the camera and for images to be transferred across to your device for uploading to social networking sites.

Unfortunately, remote control of the camera is only available for fully automatic mode, so you can’t use the advanced settings. Perhaps this is something Olympus will consider changing for a firmware or app update in the future.

Unlike the OM-D, the E-P5 doesn’t have an inbuilt viewfinder, but this hotshoe and the port below means you can add an optional external device. The VF-4, which is an electronic viewfinder, was launched at the same time as the E-P5 and offers a very clear and bright view.

With that excellent OM-D sensor, a fast processor and some interesting changes brought with the body of the E-P5, we had high hopes for this camera. Luckily, we have not been disappointed by the images it outputs.

Pictures are bright and punchy, while the sensor is capable of resolving plenty of detail. Low light performance is also good. Overall, we think this is one of the best compact system cameras on the market, and certainly the best PEN to date.

For my full review of the Olympus PEN E-P5, along with plenty of sample images, visit TechRadar.com. Read the rest of the review for more information on the E-P5. See this month’s issue for my full review of the Olympus PEN E-P5.

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