Olympus E-PL5 Review – The PEN Lite Scores Well Again!

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ePhotozine posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, the camera that sits squarely in the middle of the PEN series, but inherits the same sensor and image processor (and other features) from the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus flagship M43 camera that is a strong contender for 2012 camera of the year.

Here’s ePhotozine’s Verdict on the Olympus E-PL5:  The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t auto-stitch the photos. The Live Time feature inherited from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is an excellent feature.

The camera’s image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus color. Noise performance is the best it’s ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO 6400.

With the current offer on the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, where you can get a free FlashAir Wi-Fi card, the camera is very good value for money. The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is the more serious brother to the E-PM2, and with the ever increasing number of lenses available for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 should be high on your list if you’re looking for a mirrorless camera.

ePhotozine Awarded the Olympus E-PL5 4.5 out of 5 Stars and their “Highly Recommended” status, stating that the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is an excellent update to the E-PL3 and one of the best mirrorless cameras available.  (Read full review on ePhotozine – video above is a panning shot taken with the E-PL5)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Pros

16 megapixel sensor from E-M5
Excellent image quality
Screen tilts forwards
ISO noise performance
2 year warranty
HDR Bracketing
Live Bulb/Live Time feature
Kit lens performs well
In-body Image Stabilisation
Art Filters massively upgraded
8fps continuous shooting

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Cons

Lacks panoramic mode
HDR doesn’t auto merge, software provided doesn’t merge

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Pros

16 megapixel sensor from E-M5
Excellent image quality
Screen tilts forwards
ISO noise performance
2 year warranty
HDR Bracketing
Live Bulb/Live Time feature
Kit lens performs well
In-body Image Stabilisation
Art Filters massively upgraded
8fps continuous shooting

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Cons

Lacks panoramic mode
HDR doesn’t auto merge, software provided doesn’t merge
Advanced menus can seem daunting initially

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