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The Good: Olympus PEN E-P5 does render excellent photos according to its class. Also, it has streamlined design of shooting. Plus it is also fast.
The Bad: Navigation dial/button is awkward annoyingly, and one wishes the flash to be tilted.
The Bottom Line: One great entry in Micro 4 Thirds universe, Olympus PEN E-P5 would make many folks happy, though it is also expensive, considering the fact it does not deliver best photo quality in its class.
Therefore, at 2 years since Olympus PEN E-P3, it appears as if it has taken a bit longer for debut of PEN E-P5. Though, after incorporating autofocus, system of image stabilization and sensor as in E-M5, E-P5 has gained touch screen that’s tiltable; video with 1080/30p; and other features.
One cold buy camera either body-only, otherwise as kit which includes lens 17mm f1.8 plus the electronic viewfinder. Latter configuration surely is expensive. When you buy body only, remember to not pair with cheap lens of 14-42mm.
The Quality Of Image:
E-P5 does deliver best quality of image compared to other Micro 4 Thirds camera, but still it isn’t good like the competitors APS-C.
One would not like to shoot with ISO 3200, even higher with E-P5. At ISO 1600, areas that are precisely sharp only look nice viewed at 100%, though the 13×19 prints do look just fine. The image processing of Olympus tends to have improved since O-MD E-M5, along with less crunchy look and less sharpening.
Camera clips somewhat more in highlights, and also there isn’t much recoverable detail within raw files in bright areas. There is a default preset of Natural color which pushes saturation somewhat more than necessary, though color accuracy does look good.
The video looks just fine for the vacation clips, though is not very great. There’re edge artifacts such as aliasing, haloing, moiré, and the video in low-light is mushy. There were some decoding issues when Windows Media Player was incorporated.
Performance Of The Olypmus PEN E-5:
E-P5 tends to be fast; this is faster than many dSLRs. After powering on, it focuses then shoots in about 0.8s and the time for focusing and shooting in any good conditions just runs 0.22s, rising to amazing 0.25s in less brightness. 2 sequential raw shots or JPEG clock at 0.23s that becomes 0.7s with the flash enabled. Simultaneous shooting of raw+JPEG appears fast as the JPEG shot alone, but there’s bit of processing overhead which might slow down the photo reviewing.
With card of 95MBps, it could sustain burst of JPEG at 9.6frames each second for around 18 frames just before it gets slow to 6.3fps. The raw bursts approximately at 10fps for sixteen shots and then drops down to around 3.7fps.
Camera incorporates same system of AF as OM-D E-M5 along with some enhanced performance optimization that’s with 4 Thirds lenses. For the still photos, autofocus system poised no problems though, for video, it was little disappointing.
Screen fares quite well in sunlight that’s direct and tilting also helps and in addition it is bright and it shows the contrast well. Even then, one would prefer tilting EVF.
Features And Design:
With more dense and solid build as well as increased traditional layout compared to its predecessor, EP-5 looks very streamlined for one to be shooting with.
On the top are control dial, assignable button of Fn and mode dial having automatic, manual and semimanual modes, plus the Photo Story and Art Filters introduced in XZ-10 by Olympus. On its back is one more adjustment dial and also 4-way navigation controls for the exposure compensation, drive mode, flash options and focus area. Beneath record button, 2-position lever can change dial operations that are dependent on the shooting mode.
Navigation button tends to be a big annoyance. It is a bit very small and ring is just too thin.Though E-P5 has touch screen, one doesn’t really operate camera using it. In the advanced modes one uses it for the touch shutter, touch focus or for initiating Wi-Fi. Also, in the iAuto mode one uses it for adjusting sliders.
Olympus does take interesting approach towards wireless connectivity and incorporates QR codes in order to get quick setup of Wi-Fi setup instead of NFC. When one brings up connection on camera, it does present one QR code which is captured with app OI.Share on one’s device, and app configures connection automatically.
The app permits one to use the device as ordinary remote control (self-timer, focus and shutter), for importing photos from camera, applying add stamps or Art Filters to any of the photos on device, and geotaging photos.
With good shooting design as well as solid build, very good quality of photo in any decent lighting, along with having fastest performance in its own class, there’s much in Olympus PEN E-P5. Even though Sony Alpha NEX-6’s photo quality might be better and is compact with the viewfinder built-in, though E-P5’s overall package does come pretty close.