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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Olympus Pen E-PL5 review


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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.

  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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