Olympus Pen E-PL5

Estimated Street Price: $649 (body only)


Olympus’s PEN mirrorless camera lineup received a double update at Photokina: the new E-PM2 and E-PL5 (the M stands for “Mini,” the L for “Lite”). The E-PL5 updates the tilt-monitor E-PL3 (there was no E-PL4), improving image quality noticeably by replacing the E-PL3’s 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and processing engine with the 16.1-megapixel sensor and TruePic VI processing engine used in the flagship OM-D E-M5—a sensor that just received the highest score ever for a Micro Four Thirds sensor in the DxOMark.com sensor ratings. The new sensor and processing also extend the ISO range to 200-25,600. The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) imager AF combines with the touch-screen AF shutter to provide almost instantaneous focusing and shooting.

New Water Color and Monochrome effects join the 11 Art Filters from the E-PL3 to provide creative options, and you can preview the effects as you adjust them before capture. You can apply the Art Filters to both still images and videos, and transition from filter to filter while shooting.

There’s no built-in flash, but the camera comes with a bundled external flash unit. You even can fire compatible off-camera flash units wirelessly.

Like its predecessor, the E-PL5 can shoot both MOV and AVI video in 1080 and 720 HD at 30 fps, with stereo sound via a built-in microphone or an external mic.

Images and video are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (in-cluding UHS-I), and the camera is compatible with Flash Air and Eye-Fi media.

STANDOUT FEATURE: A tilting touch-screen monitor provides easy activation of the very fast AF.

1. The all-metal body features a removable grip.

2. The 3-inch touch-screen monitor tilts 170° up and 65° down for easy odd-angle shooting and video work.

3. The new 15mm ƒ/8.0 Body Cap Lens—just 9mm thick—makes the camera easily pocketable and doubles as a body cap.

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