Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 8.75
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great image quality up to ISO 1600
    • Fast focusing
    • Excellent feel in the hands thanks in part to the large tilting LCD screen
    • Removeable/Interchangeable grips
    • Excellent battery life
  • Cons

    • No pop-up flash
    • High ISO pixel smudging

The Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 is the successor to the E-PL3 and offers more power than the standard point-and-shoot with better image quality. It has a 14.42mm kit lens and 4/3rds sized 16.1 MP LiveMOS sensor. At 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5-inches and weighing 11.46 ounces, DigitalCameraReview found the device to be small and lightweight with a removable grip, feeling comfortable in the hands but noted that the body feels plasticy. The lens collapses into itself for compact storage. Priced at $679.99 at the time of the review, DCR found the E-PL5 to be powerful yet straightforward and simple to use.

\"OlympusThe camera features an A/V/USB port and HDMI output. The device does not have a built in pop up flash, but one is included and can be attached. A major selling point for the camera is the 3-inch LED touchscreen, which can flip up, out, down and in nearly any vertical position, which DCR noted is optimal for users looking to shot video. The screen does not swivel, which helps it to stay in place. The touchscreen also has touch-to-shoot capabilities and a 460K resolution. DCR noted that despite the low resolution, the screen was visible enough in any lighting situation to compose and view images.

DCR found the E-PL5 to have excellent performance for autofocusing, responsiveness and image quality. The camera has an IOS range of 200 to 25,600 but DCR noted that the image quality begins to suffer past 6400. It also has 1080i HD video shooting capabilities. DCR found the power up time of the device to be slow at three seconds, but noted a good single shot-to-shot time of one second. The shutter lag was .1 seconds and the AF acquisition was .27 seconds. DCR noted excellent image quality and was impressed with the sensor based stabilization which produces high video quality. DCR had good results with battery life.

Overall, DCR found the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 to be a quality camera for both beginners and enthusiasts and noted the lightweight body, large screen, fast focusing, quick controls and great image quality are selling points of the device.


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