Built around the same 16.1-million-pixel sensor as the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the diminutive Pen E-PL5 should offer excellent image quality. Richard Sibley tests this latest system camera. Read the Olympus Pen E-PL5 review...

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The competition

Image: Sony NEX-5R

Both the Sony NEX-5R and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 are in the same price range as the Olympus Pen E-PL5, and all three cameras have 16-million-pixel resolution and touchscreens.
The Sony NEX-5R has the advantage of a larger APS-C-sized sensor. This is a sensor we have seen in numerous other cameras, where it performs extremely well. The NEX-5R also has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.


Image: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

However, the compact system camera market is extremely competitive at the moment, and the NEX-5R and GX1 aren’t the only competition. Enthusiast photographers will be sure to find the 16.3-million-pixel Fujifilm X-E1 very appealing, particularly if the image quality matches the excellent Fujifilm X-Pro1 (see AP 8 December issue).


  1. 1. Olympus Pen E-PL5 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Graduation function
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. White balance and colour
  10. 10. Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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