Nate “Blunty” Burr pits the brand new Olympus flagship camera, the PEN E-P5 in a shot for shot, clip for clip, side by side shoot-out comparison to find out how far ahead the new EP5 has strode past the camera it replaces, the PEN EP-3.
The new PEN E-P5 is loaded up with the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5 – a 16mp chip vs the 12mp chip found in the E-P3, and Blunty’s comparison is a testament to just how far mirrorless technology has progressed in the last couple of years. Not only does the E-P5 provide better image quality and higher dynamic range, it also boasts Olympus’ breakthrough 5 axis in body image stabilization and a host of other upgrades over it’s predecessor.
My 2 Cents
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is an impressive camera to say the least, and is a worthy successor to the OM-D E-M5 as Olympus’ flagship camera – although it’s reign might be short lived as a successor to the OM-D is expected later this year. When compared to it’s predecessor, the PEN E-P3, the E-P5 wins hands down. The E-P3 was a great camera when it came out. Heck, it still is a great little camera and at $369 USD, it may be a good fit for someone who’s just getting into interchangeable lens systems and is on a budget (Personally though, if I were looking for a great entry level mirrorless system at a bargain price, I would opt for a Panasonic Lumix GX1 vs an E-P3. Otherwise, I would go for a PEN Lite E-PL5). Those looking to pull the trigger for a top tier camera will find a better comparison between the PEN E-P5 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-E1 (which is only $799 Body Only at the time of this posting) or Panasonic Lumix GH3.