Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Wins TIPA Award as Years Best Entry Level Compact System Camera

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The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has just won a TIPA award in the Entry-Level Compact System Camera category. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges praised the E-PL5 for it’s in-body image stabilization, tiltable 3-inch touchscreen, 8fps burst mode, full range of manual controls, Full HD movie recording abilities and lightning quick autofocus system. The E-PL5’s predecessor, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, won the same category last year.

My 2 Cents

It’s hard to argue with the TIPA judges here.  The PEN Lite E-PL5 is one of the best entry level compacts around due in large part to the fact that it inherits the same sensor and image processor from Olympus’ flagship M43 camera, the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5.  Though it’s not quite as tricked out as the E-M5, the E-PL5 has inherited enough tech from it’s more expensive sibling to cause many to refer to it as the “OM-D Lite.”  This is an excellent entry level offering for those who don;t want to skimp on image quality, and at $549 USD (at the time of this posting), it comes in at about half the price of the OM-D. (See the full press release after the break – video review above courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera)

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Olympus Press Release:

Olympus PEN takes TIPA two years in a row.

Another PEN Lite, another TIPA award.
PEN E-PL5 wins best entry-level Compact System Camera. Again.

Hamburg, May 2013 – Spring means TIPA, and TIPA means another award for the Olympus PEN Lite. The fourth-generation PEN Lite – the E-PL5 – emulated its predecessor by winning the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) award in the category Entry-Level Compact System Camera (CSC). The TIPA jury praised the PEN Lite’s user-friendly design, speed and excellent image quality in low-light conditions. The PEN Lite was launched in autumn 2012.

According to the TIPA jury, “The 16-Megapixel, Micro Four Thirds format E-PL5 has built-in image stabilisation, a 3-inch articulating monitor (170°) with touch-screen controls, and features low- light capability with an upward range of ISO 25600. Able to deliver up to 8 frames per second capture, the E-PL5 offers a full range of user controls as well as 12 Art Filters and 7 Art Effects. Plus, it can record in the RAW format as well as Full HD 1080i video. The speedy AF system has 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, with selectable 3×3 focusing groups. Using a FlashAir memory card and the Olympus Image Share app enables easy sharing and transfer to a smartphone.”

The TIPA success vindicates Olympus’ decision to transfer the Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor from its OM-D Micro Four Thirds flagship to the ultra-compact PEN Lite ‘designer’ cameras. PEN Lite owners reap the benefit: the creativity, interchangeable lenses and blazing fast AF of an SLR camera – with simpler settings and none of the bulk. The latest PEN Lite continues with the precision, near-silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL
14-42mm* 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens that proved so effective in the first-gen model. The result? Best-in-class picture quality.

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