The Olympus Pen E-P5 is a stylish modern-day take on an Olympus film camera from the 1960s, packed with new and improved features as well as a clever body design that enhances its handling, writes Tim Coleman. Read the Olympus Pen E-P5 review...
Olympus Pen E-P5 review – Our verdict
Image: I could get wide for this scene by using the 12mm f/2 lens. Its effective focal length is 24mm because of the four thirds system’s 2x crop factor. Detail is lovely and crisp
Compared to its competition, the Olympus Pen E-P5 is certainly stylish, if on the expensive side, being one of the best-looking CSCs available. Thankfully, though, it handles just as well. Those who like to take manual control of their camera are spoilt for choice, with twin dials and a touchscreen providing a comprehensive level of user control. The camera is speedy, too, with quick start-up, fast AF and shutter speeds, and excellent flash support. As for the images, I experienced few surprises having already reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Panasonic and Olympus now use a 16-million-pixel, four thirds sensor as standard. The four thirds system also has some fine glass now, and I am pleased with the images taken using the 45mm f/1.8 and 12mm f/2 lenses. Certainly in good light, detail is crisp, and even up to ISO 800 I am really pleased with my images. Like the OM-D, the E-P5 is one of the best CSC options available.
Olympus Pen E-P5 – Key features
The built-in pop-up flash is released manually using this catch. It has a class-leading flash sync speed of 1/320sec, while external flash units attached via the hotshoe enjoy a flash sync speed up to 1/250sec, which is again very impressive. The built-in flash has a guide number of 10m @ ISO 200 (GN 7m @ ISO 100).
As mentioned in the Build and handling section, this lever can change the function of the dials. As a default, the ‘1′ position is set for aperture/shutter speed, while the ‘2′ position changes the white balance/ISO.
The rear dial is placed close to the front dial, which makes the pair quick to operate together for changes to exposure, among other things.
Live-view magnification from 5x and up to 14x is possible using this button, which improves accuracy when using manual focus.
Located on the right of the underside of the camera, it is possible to open the battery/memory-card compartment without needing to remove the camera from most tripods.