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...
Image: Although the dynamic range of the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is good, to recover the most highlight detail it is necessary to shoot raw files
When combined with careful exposure, I found the dynamic range of the E-PL5 to be good. In the past, four thirds sensors have been criticised for having a restricted dynamic range compared to the APS-C format. However, improvements in technology, combined with a sensible sensor resolution of 16.1 million pixels, means that the dynamic range of the E-PL5 is comparable to that of an APS-C sensor.
Generally, the evaluative metering tends to slightly underexpose, which helps to retain detail in highlights. Although this darkens shadow areas, it is possible to recover some detail without drastically increasing noise.