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Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (White)


Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (White)


The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shoots images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VI image processing engine. Technology like an AF Illuminator and an ISO with speeds that hit 25,600 capture crisp, clear shots in low light. Everything is fast on the PEN E-PL5, from the exceedingly responsive touch screen to 8 fps sequential shooting. Nourish your artistic side with full HD 1080i video and 12 art filters (including monochrome) and effects. Take full control of your settings with features such as “My Set,” and a customizable self timer. Edit RAW images right in the camera. Includes the M.Zuiko Digital MSC ED II R 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens.

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  1. 81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow!, March 31, 2013
    By 
    Linda (Pennsylvania) –

    I don’t even know where to begin. I bought this camera to replace my Canon EOS 40D. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that camera, but lugging it around got to be a pain in the neck. It was a heavy camera and with a Tamron 18-270mm attached to it, it was even heavier and clunkier. It was time to pare down. There were a lot of favorable on line reviews on the Olympus E-PL5, the Olympus OM-D E5, and the Sony NEX 6. And, all three are good cameras with excellent image quality. What won me over about the E-PL5 was its price and an excellent selection of lenses to choose from.

    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.

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  2. 211 of 225 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    OMD EM-5 just a little smaller!, November 10, 2012
    By 
    Brock

    I am a professional photographer (weddings, family portraits, commercial, modeling, graduation, etc) who recently sold every piece of my Nikon gear for the OMD EM-5. Best decision I ever made! No more back focus issues and I have never seen a camera shoot sharper. Image quality of the EM-5 has blown away my expectations. Enter the EPL-5… So far this camera has proven to be a smaller version of the EM-5. The image quality is just as stunning and the autofocus is still beyond amazing! So everyone is aware and if you are wondering if these cameras can compete with the big boys, I have shot weddings in very very dark locations and I have shot portraits in every type of landscape and condition. Professional quality in a small package that will change the way you shoot and really make you think more artistically like we did when we used film. I am an olympus fan for life and I never thought I would say this but the micro 4 3 technology has changed the way I work!

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  3. 76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    New To Photography, November 11, 2012
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    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    Note: This is my first “serious” camera, I am upgrading from a 6 year old point and shoot camera that is worse than what smartphones are capable of now. I have been following the rumor mill and researching the bleeding edge of all compact cameras for the past 6 months, I had no desire to buy an older camera and would probably be considered an early adopter when it comes to all electronics.

    Just got the E-PL5 yesterday, ordered it as soon as it was available on Amazon for the “normal” price not the marked up price it was at initially, along with the kit 14-42mm lens, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens and the Olympus FL-300R External Flash. These are my early first impressions.

    Pros:
    - Excellent shooting menu system once you enable the “Super Control Panel” from within the settings. It is mentioned how to use it in the manual but not how to enable it, with some help from Google I was able to enable it. Enabling the Super Control Panel allows you to overlay ALL of your shooting settings while in a shooting mode with the press of the “OK” button, you can then select and edit any of these settings.

    - Customizable software. Can disable, enable and reassign almost every button and function.

    - Very well built camera body, feels solid in the hand. The tilt screen and the hinges are very well constructed. I also like the feel of the shutter button and the fact that it is separate from the on/off button.

    - Combination of this camera, the included hot shoe flash and the external FL-300R flash (sold separately) provides a very inexpensive multi flash solution that is extremely simple to use.

    - Good selection of compatible lenses. The combination of this camera body and the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens was a major selling point for me. Shooting feels instant, pictures, even in low light, are very sharp.

    - The touch screen is very responsive, touch to focus, touch to focus/shoot modes work great.

    Cons:
    - The kit 14-42mm lens all-around performance is terrible when compared to the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (sold separately). I realize the 45mm is a lot of additional money, but I would not recommend buying this camera if all you plan to use is the kit lens.

    - This one is obvious, no built in flash. The included hot shoe flash works fine, but the overall package would be a lot more streamlined if the flash was built into the camera.

    - The touch screen is smaller than I was expecting. When shooting 4:3 the black space on the 16:9 screen is still used to display your shooting settings, but the overall size of the screen is still very small.

    - Included charger and charge cable is very large. For a package that has a main selling point of portability the size of these included accessories makes no sense. A simple flip out plug wall charger without a cable required would be great.

    Conclusion: Love this camera, exceeded my expectations in every aspect.

    Update 2012-11-23: Bought this camera from Amazon on 2012-11-01 for $699, it is now already $599! That is very annoying… why such a sudden significant price drop!?

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