Olympus PEN E-P5 Full Hardware Review Plus WiFi Demo with iPhone

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The Olympus PEN E-P5 is about to be launched, and Nate “Blunty” Burr is back to put it through it’s paces, Blunty style.  In this video (above), Blunty gives an excellent overview of the E-P5 Hardware as well as taking it’s new WiFi and App system out for a spin.

The PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ classic PEN F SLR camera.

The PEN E-P5 boasts in impressive array of specs…

  • Inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5.
  • Also shares an updated version of the OM-D’s breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) system that delivers rock solid stability in both photo and video
  • Improved autofocus.
  • Max shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second (a world’s first for compact system cameras) which Olympus claim will allow photographers to capture fast-moving subjects (e.g. flying insects) or to shoot with large apertures in bright environments (i.e. for shallow depth of field shots even during the day)
  • A speedy in startup time of 0.5 seconds
  • 9fps continuous shooting
  • Shot-to-shot time of just 0.044 seconds
  • A new Focus Peaking system
  • A new Dial Control system that allows users to determine the function of the dials on the front and back of the camera
  • A 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilting touchscreen that swings upwards at 80 degrees or downwards at 50 degrees
  • WiFi connectivity that can be used with Olympus Image Share 2.0 app to pair your camera with your mobile device. Once paired, your device can be used as an external display, remote, or GPS unit for your camera
  • A built-in collage maker called Photo Story
  • 1080/30p HD video recording
  • Time-lapse video mode
  • 12 creative Art Filters

My 2 Cents

Although it’s not weather sealed and it lacks a built in EVF, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is, for all intents and purposes, the next generation of the OM-D E-M5 – and it takes the OM-D’s place as Olympus’ new flagship model.  I’ll reserver final judgement until the full production model is released, but it looks as if Olympus have another winner on their hands and I expect the E-P5 will be popular among pro and enthusiast photographers alike.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 comes in black, silver and white and sells for $999 USD (Body Only), or you can get it in black or silver for $1,449 USD with the 17mm f/1.8 lens (which is excellent) and VF-4 Viewfinder.

Buy the Olympus PEN E-P5 with 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Viewfinder or Olympus PEN E-P5 (Body Only) on Amazon Here


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