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Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • In-Body Digital Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver) from Olympus is the latest edition to the Olympus PEN E-PL series of mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras. Included with this camera is the M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens.

A 16MP Live MOS sensor provides this camera with DSLR-like image quality and the TruePic VI image processor brings with it fast response time and accurate colors and contrast. Its mirrorless design allows for a compact body and a large line of compatible interchangeable lenses offers the flexibility to capture any type of shot you can imagine.

With an ISO range up to 25600 and In-body Image Stabilization, low-light photography is delivered with saturated colors and little noise. Sequential shooting of 8 frames per second and the Olympus F.A.S.T. Auto Focus system equal high speed performance and with the assistance of Face and Eye Detection, portraits and group shots are focused and exposed automatically to produce ideal shots.

Auto focus and shutter release can be controlled by touching the LCD screen. Set the focus on your subject by touching that spot on the LCD and the camera will hold that focus until you touch the LCD again to release the shutter. The LCD itself is a 3.0" Flip Portrait display that can be tilted up or down for creative composition or to control glare and reflection when shooting in bright sunlight.

The E-PL5 is capable of shooting Full 1080i HD video and can playback that HD video on an HDTV with a simple connection to its HDMI output. It also has a multi-purpose accessory port for connecting accessories, such as the included FL-LM1 flash unit.

Twelve in-camera art filters can add creative flourish to your images. Soft Focus, Grainy Film and Pin Hole, for example, are enhanced by filter variations, art effects, and bracketing. This creative palette can be used in all shooting modes including while filming HD movies. iAuto is also a part of the package and it's there for you when you want the camera to recognize what it is seeing and automatically take the best photo possible. Also featured is Olympus' Dust Reduction System which keeps the camera's sensor clean by vibrating a Supersonic Wave Filter every time the camera is turned on.

Along with compact form, interchangeable lenses are an important advantage to mirrorless photography and Olympus provides a wide array of Micro Four Thirds lenses to fit the E-PL5, including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R which is bundled with this camera. This 3X zoom lens, designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds mounts, has an overall length of just 1.9" (48mm). Comprising 8 elements in 7 groups, the lens has 7 aperture blades that create natural background blur. This is a versatile lens, covering a wide-angle to moderate telephoto focal length of 14-42mm (35mm equivalent: 28-84mm).

16MP Live MOS Sensor
The 16MP Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor enables ISO 25600 shooting for clear, detailed low-light images, and also allows for Full HD movie recording.
Improved Color Reproduction
The TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN series, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and color gradation. The dynamic range has been increased, enabling finer expression of gradations between dark and bright areas with a broader range of intensity. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.
Fast, Accurate Auto Focus
The F.A.S.T. (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at high speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over the sensor, which makes it possible for accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting moving subjects. Options within 35-point multi-area AF: All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small). AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily. Magnified frame AF: Selectable from over 800 AF points. Magnification: x5, x7, x10 (Default), and x14 are selectable
3.0" Flip Portrait LCD Touchscreen
This bright, high-resolution screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio tilts up (to 170°) and down (to 65°) to capture shots from a variety of angles. Flip the monitor up for self-portrait shooting. The Anti-Finger Print coating reduces smudges. You have access to Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, and Touch scene mode selection. Brightness and color temperature control: ±7 levels. Color tone options include Vivid and Natural. Information display (playback): Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, and OFF
Immediate Response Touch Autofocus and Shutter
Control focus and shutter release with just a touch on the LCD screen. Improved sensitivity reacts immediately to touch so shutter release is instantaneous.
Live View
The Live View feature provides approximately 100% field of view. Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), Highlight and shadow, and Off are available.
In-Body Image Stabilization
Olympus' in-body image stabilization makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lenses via an adapter), from wide-angle to telephoto, for clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation--even in low light. Available manual focal length setting lets you input the following focal lengths: 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000.
Full 1080i HD Video
Shoot up to 29 minutes (MOV) or 14 minutes (AVI) of Full 1920x1080i HD video at 60 or 30fps with stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats, at 20Mbps (Fine) or 17Mbps (Normal). Aspect ratio: 16:9. Also record 1280x720 at 13Mbps (Fine) or 10Mbps (Normal). A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just one touch. The Movie Teleconverter function magnifies up to 4x with minimal image degradation
8fps Sequential Shooting
With the E-PL5 you can take up to eight photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that one perfect shot amidst a flurry of activity. Other continuous shooting speeds available (L mode): 3.6, 3fps. Maximum number of frames: 27 in L mode at 3fps and 15 in H mode at 8fps for RAW; unlimited in L mode at 3fps and up to 19 in H mode at 8fps for JPEG
Increased ISO Sensitivity
Capture more low light photos with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25600.
Fast Response
The E-PL5 offers fast shutter response time ranging from 60 - 1/40000 seconds. The TruePic VI Image processor allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots.
Face Detection with Eye Detect
The face detection AF employs an Eye Detect AF that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.
In-Camera Advanced Arts Filters
Twelve in-camera Art Filters, including Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Key Line and Dramatic Tone, are enhanced by filter variations, art effects, and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as when filming HD movies. A Water Color effect is also available, as is a Monochrome effect and Variations. With the fade effect in 1080i Full HD Movie mode, you can transition from one art filter to another without stopping the video. Art Filter bracketing: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, and Art Filters selectable.
3D Still Shooting
Add a different dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file for easy display on 3D compatible televisions or laptops.
iAuto and 23 Scene Select
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL5 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro, Panorama, and Documents. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus' conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses: Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., and Macro Conv.
Picture Mode
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters. Gradation: Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Filters].
In-Camera Slideshow with Sound
In-camera slide-shows are easy to create. The E-PL5's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add musical soundtracks, and much more. Not only are there 4 background music tracks included in the camera, but you can also download additional music from OLYMPUS' website.
Updated Screen Design and Live Guide
The Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation and tone.
AF Illuminator
The addition of this bright LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light, up to almost 10' (3.05 m).
Attachable Flash Included
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for greater portability. The FL-LM1 TTL flash is included, with a guide number (GN) of 7' (2.1 m) at ISO100 and 10' (3.05 m) at ISO200. Flash modes include Auto, manual, fill-in, off, red-eye reduction, second-curtain sync, slow sync, and slow sync / red-eye reduction. Flash sync speed: 1/250 sec max; varies by flash model and mode: FL-LM1/2: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Other: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec. Flash exposure compensation: Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Bulb Shooting
Decide on the exposure time you want by previewing the effect on the LCD monitor. During bulb shooting, the image is updated at regular intervals, e.g., every 0.5 sec. The shutter opens by fully pressing the release button and closes by fully pressing it once more--and can stay open for up to 30 minutes for extremely long exposures.
Expandable System
A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PL5 to support all different types of photography needs
Accessory Port
A port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPAL, MAL-1 Macro Light, SEMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 and VF-3 viewfinders is part of this camera's design. Compatible external flashes: FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Professional Audio Sound Capture
Take videos with uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio. Microphone has Wind Noise Reduction, and audio dubbing is possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
Easy Photo and Video Playback On Your HDTV
Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PL5 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus on the HDTV. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.
Multiple Exposure Shooting
The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Two images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. Benefit from Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture (RAW). Exposure bracketing: 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable. Bracketing for HDR post process: 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable--HDR picture cannot be created using this function.
Exposure Compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable. White balance compensation: ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis, except for Custom WB.
Additional Aspect Ratios
The E-PL5 lets you select one of five aspect ratios (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.
Proven Dust Reduction System
Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, removing dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time.
ePortrait Mode
Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject's complexion either before image capture or during post-production.
Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology
You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PL5's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before you shoot or during post-capture touch-up.
Live View Magnification
For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in up to 14x on the central part of the image by turning the focus ring.
Mode Dial
Features My Sets, which enables customization of program modes, such as Aperture Priority, Manual and Scene Select Modes, to suit your shooting preferences. You can record up to 4 settings.
Image Rotation in Playback
When you shoot a portrait, the image is automatically rotated in playback
Included Detachable Grip
Change the feel of the camera to best suit your needs or preferences
In-Camera RAW Data Editing
Selects various settings for RAW data editing--which affords you greater creative control than JPEG editing--and previews images before applying changes. Editing function: RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording. You can even change your image from color to black-and-white. RAW development is based on the settings of the camera (including Art Filter). Detail edit is acceptable (Preview, Memory of 2 setting, re-development).
Self-Timer
The customizable self-timer programs the shutter release to go off at designated intervals. Choose from the presets of 12 or 2 sec, or the custom settings of 1-30 sec in 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec intervals. You can also choose a number of shots from 1-10
Print Function
Print reservation (DPOF) and Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Image Share and FlashAir for Easy Wireless Uploads
There's no need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card. The E-PL5 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards. With the OLYMPUS Image Share application, compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones and the Toshiba FlashAir SDHC memory card, it's quick and easy to upload photos to your favorite social networking sites. You can set up the FlashAir via the integrated smartphone connection capability for a Wi-Fi connection between your camera and smartphone. Image Share simplifies the task of uploading images to a smartphone: Just select them from thumbnails, apply Art Filters on the smartphone, and share. You can also share images with friends and family by issuing a one-time password to connect several smartphones simultaneously to the camera. Try the Olympus Smartphone app PENPic or the iPhone app.
Included 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II Lens
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II is bundled with this camera. This 3X zoom lens is compact, measuring just 1.9" (48mm). Comprising 8 elements--including 3 aspherical glass elements--in 7 groups, the lens has 7 aperture blades that create natural background blur. Covering a wide-angle to a moderate telephoto focal length of 14-42mm (35mm equivalent: 28-84mm), this versatile lens is suitable for everyday photography. Its MSC (Movie & Still-Compatible) mechanism employs fast, virtually silent autofocusing that won't be picked up by your microphone during audio recording.
Languages
34 languages selectable: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai.
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 17.2 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Digital
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 35
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 sec
30 - 1 min in Bulb Mode
Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 8 fps at 16 MP for up to 15 frames
Flash
Built-in Flash None
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 8 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec, 30 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x BLS-5  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5" / 11.1 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
Weight 11.46 oz / 325 g
Kit Lens
Focal Length 28 - 84 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 14 - 42 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Filter Thread 37 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.2 x 1.9" (55.88 x 48.26 mm)
Weight 4.0 oz (113 g)
Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver)
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver)
  • BLS-5 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • FL-LM1 Flash for E-PM1/E-PL3 Cameras
  • MCG-4 Standard Removable Grip
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2/ib Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    OlympusE-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver)
     
    4.5

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (19)
    • Fast shutter speed (16)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Great resolution (15)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (9)
    • Complicated controls (6)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (19)
    • Travel (18)
    • Family photos (16)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Well Done, Olympus

    My EPL-5 and I have been on so many adventures. Beautiful pictures have been captured. I am constantly amazed at what comes out of this tiny camera system. The colors are beautiful,...Read complete review

    My EPL-5 and I have been on so many adventures. Beautiful pictures have been captured. I am constantly amazed at what comes out of this tiny camera system. The colors are beautiful, the images are sharp. Over the last few months, this camera has taken incredible amounts of abuse. I never meant to abuse my camera in the ways that I have, it doesn't deserve it. All of the abuse my camera has taken have occurred in slot canyons in Utah. Once, it fell 6 feet to the ground (luckily landing in sand) and sustained no damage. Another time, the camera got knocked into a river and laid there for several seconds. I immediately took the battery out and placed it in a bag of rice for several hours. And by some MIRACLE, it still worked. Not without a few glitches though. The only way I can turn on and off my camera is to take the battery in and out. Inconvenient? Yes. But who cares, it works when it shouldn't work! And then while hiking in another slot canyon, I took a tumble and my tripod and camera slammed into the rock bottom of the river and yet again, my camera got wet. And yet again, it still works.So Olympus makes an incredibly durable camera. I'm not saying that you should dunk it in the water. You should try to avoid that. But this is a quality camera. The images are truly amazing and the camera is durable. I can't get over how small this system is! I actually like not having a viewfinder, I find that I prefer using a screen to set up my shots. Bracketing is an awesome feature and this camera is quick. The only thing that I don't like is not having an extra dial for shutter speeds and exposure and the menu is a bit cumbersome to navigate. Also, I would like an ISO of less than 200. Well done, Olympus. If you're looking for a great landscape lens to pair with this camera, I highly recommend the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye. It's incredibly sharp.

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    not stable enough for me

    i wanted e-pl5 as backup for Omd-5. i found that the stabilization did not work as good as the Omd-5, even with lenses that i already owned for micro 4/3....Read complete review

    i wanted e-pl5 as backup for Omd-5. i found that the stabilization did not work as good as the Omd-5, even with lenses that i already owned for micro 4/3. i did have a stabilized lens for a panasonic camera which worked just fine. B&H accepted the return package graciously. I am now using the panasonic Gx-1 which works great for me as lenses are stabilized and work with both the olympus and the panasonic. I bought the O.I.S. 45-150 4-5.6 with the Gx and am happy (same price as non stabilized olympus).The build of the olympus camera is great and the tilting mirror is useful.

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    2.0

    ok camera

    By kat

    from Astoria

    Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver):

    Camera is fine and takes good pictures but has a huge contra=> it doesn't comes with the viewfinder and to buy one costs about $200 so in reality the price is not such good deal i wish it had come with the viewfinder

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    5.0

    One tough little camera

    By JFG

    from Baton Rouge, LA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

      I have own this camera for a year as an alternative to my Nikon SLR's. Although not as quick as the SLR's it is so very light and compact I seem to carry it around a lot. It takes great photos. Last week I had an accident and the camera fell from the kitchen counter to the porcelain tile floor. I thought I lost it but I picked it up and after playing around with it for a minute it worked fine. No dents – not ever a scratch. Amazing – this is one tough camera. I had the older 14-40mm lens (from my E-PL1 camera) and the Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (you have to buy this) attached to the camera – yes they both survived the crash. I also recommend the Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash – It is just the correct size for this small camera.

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      4.0

      Great little camera

      By Brian Steele

      from St. George's, Grenada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

        First of all, this camera is small, and that's coming from someone who uses an Olympus E620, which is one of the smallest dSLRs available. Picture quality is great though, even with the kit lenses. Focus with the kit lens can be a little slow in low light conditions, but nowhere near as bad as what I experienced with the E520 and E620 cameras. The only thing missing that would make this perfect is a fully-articulated review screen.

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        4.0

        E-PL5 is fast, easy, reliable

        By Jersey Guy

        from Salem, Ma

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • No Built-in Flash

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

        There are very few, if any, complaints about this camera. It has the look and feel of an old SLR camera of yesteryear. I use mine for personal use and the photos are crisp, clear and alive with perfect color. Small enough so that the weight is not a problem, it's easy to hold, and all the features such as continuous shutter and video recording are first class. The ability to interchange lenses makes the camera infinitely more versatile than my old pocket-sized digital. I do find the attachable flash a bit of a pain, having gotten used to a smaller digital camera with built in flash. And one must remember to unlock the lens once you turn the camera on. But on the positive side, these features enhance the camera's overall professional look and feel. This item is one I would have no problem recommending to someone in the market for a new digital camera.

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        5.0

        Great camera for all skill levels

        By MGF in LA

        from Encino, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable View Screen
        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Variety Of Shooting Modes

        Cons

        • No Built-in Viewfinder
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

        Several months ago I bought a Nikon J3 to fill in between my point and shoot and my DSLR. I shot with it (or should I say tried to shoot with it) for one day. Worst camera I ever used - returned it the next day. After that I was somewhat reluctant to try the E-PL5 but took the risk - so very glad I did. This camera is outstanding. Ease of use, quality of photos, a variety of shooting modes to meet all skill levels of users make this the best all-around camera I have ever used. The kit I bought came with two standard quality lenses (Zuiko 14-42mm and 40-150mm) that cover just about everything I need. I find myself using this camera more and more often for all kinds of situations. Completely satisfied with it and recommend it.

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        4.0

        Very Capable Camera in a Small Package

        By Alaska John

        from Haines, AK

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

            This is a great micro 4/3 camera. It is very responsive. I was surprised by how quick it was on the shutter, even when all auto features are on. It is a little smaller than you may think. I will be purchasing the MCG-2 Large Detachable Grip to fit my large hands better. I upgraded from the E-pl2, and this is a natural progression from the older camera.

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Atlmom

            from Atlanta

            Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

            A friend who is very knowledgeable about cameras recommended this brand/model and I couldn't be happier. It's compact yet had all the same functionality as a high end DSLR camera. I love that there is no delay between pressing the button and taking the picture. And of course we get all our camera products from B&H. They're the best!

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            5.0

            I would buy this again.

            By Marla

            from NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                I love this camera. I would not consider any DSLR ever again after using it. The kit lens is ok, but not the best. I also use with an old Leica M Summilux 35mm f 1.4 which I bought an adapter for and old Canon FD lenses.
                Photos are beautiful. Manual focusing is simple and exposures are perfect. I also purchased the Oly 17mm f 1.8 which I really don't want to be without. The auto focus is amazing - accurate and super fast. The menu is a little hard to get used to, and the settings straight out of the box leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully any questions you might have can be answered by a quick Google search. Nice in-camera editing options which include creation of HDR images.

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                5.0

                The Incredibly Fantastic, E-PL5!

                By Kitsap2

                from Seattle, Wa

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                  Just upgraded from a, Panasonic Lumix G2, and I find the, Olympus E-PL5, to be just what I was looking for. I owned the G2 for three years, and it's a great camera, too, but with the latest sensor in the Olympus OM-D, also available in the E-PL5, it was an easy decision for me to make the upgrade.

                  Some of the things I really liked about the G2 were the electronic viewfinder, touch screen, and swivel ability. But, I was now looking for a smaller camera, with the feature set that I liked about the G2. The E-PL5 fits the bill to a, "T"! There are always a trade off, or two, but with the purchase of the, VF4, I still have the use of an electronic viewfinder, and one of the best at that! The tilt screen on the E-PL5 does not match the ability of the swivel screen on the G2 but, it does a great job of doing 80 percent (one of those small trade-offs) of what the swivel could do.

                  I am just amazed at how small the E-PL5 is. I can fit the E-PL5, four lenses, the included flash attachment, the VF4, and other accessories in such a small shoulder bag/case, and it's absolutely a pleasure to carry around, hardly weighs anything. And, though I haven't been out and about with it yet (just been a week since I received it), I've done some indoor test shots with it, and I am really happy with the results. And, I've seen what the Olympus sensor is capable of from photography websites that I visit.

                  I'm so happy I made the decision to purchase the Olympus E-PL5, and especial from the good folks at, BHPhoto!

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                  5.0

                  Good camera

                  By Knoxville

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                    If you are looking for a m4/3 camera, you can't go wrong with this camera, especially considering all the panasonic and olympus lenses out there for this body.

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                    4.0

                    Loving it

                    By Jeremy Verinsky

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Activities
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                      I am really enjoying having this camera as a walk-around family photo camera. My wife (and I) got tired of lugging along my big dSLR and a couple of lenses on vacation or family outings. This camera is small and light-weight. If I want a spare lens, it easily fits in a pocket. The image quality I get out of this camera is fantastic.

                      On the down-side, I didn't care for the touch screen, as I found the camera would take pictures while I was carrying it by the strap, just from bumping against my body. I turned off the touch functions and haven't had this issue since.

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                      5.0

                      The system camera you'll have with you

                      By DirkKS

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver):

                        I just took a vacation with my extended family; two of my relatives are serious amateurs who are very proud of their Canon 5D systems.

                        Their 5D's stayed in their rooms because they were too heavy and the zooms too bulky. My E-PL5, 14-42, 40-140, and small camera bag scarely weighed more than their body alone, and it came with me everywhere.

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                        4.0

                        Compact with Advanced Features

                        By Tamster

                        from Allentown, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Only One Attachment Port

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                        Compact with all the features of the "BIG" cameras. Tilt screen and zoom lenses are terrific. Unfortunately, the flash and the optional viewfinder use the same port and cannot be used at the same time.

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                        5.0

                        Four Thirds Winner

                        By petie

                        from S.. Windsor, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver):

                          Best Micro 4/3's picture quality, fast focus and good build quality.

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                          5.0

                          Well Done, Olympus

                          By ienjoyhiking

                          from Salt Lake City, UT

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                            My EPL-5 and I have been on so many adventures. Beautiful pictures have been captured. I am constantly amazed at what comes out of this tiny camera system. The colors are beautiful, the images are sharp. Over the last few months, this camera has taken incredible amounts of abuse. I never meant to abuse my camera in the ways that I have, it doesn't deserve it. All of the abuse my camera has taken have occurred in slot canyons in Utah. Once, it fell 6 feet to the ground (luckily landing in sand) and sustained no damage. Another time, the camera got knocked into a river and laid there for several seconds. I immediately took the battery out and placed it in a bag of rice for several hours. And by some MIRACLE, it still worked. Not without a few glitches though. The only way I can turn on and off my camera is to take the battery in and out. Inconvenient? Yes. But who cares, it works when it shouldn't work! And then while hiking in another slot canyon, I took a tumble and my tripod and camera slammed into the rock bottom of the river and yet again, my camera got wet. And yet again, it still works.So Olympus makes an incredibly durable camera. I'm not saying that you should dunk it in the water. You should try to avoid that. But this is a quality camera. The images are truly amazing and the camera is durable. I can't get over how small this system is! I actually like not having a viewfinder, I find that I prefer using a screen to set up my shots. Bracketing is an awesome feature and this camera is quick. The only thing that I don't like is not having an extra dial for shutter speeds and exposure and the menu is a bit cumbersome to navigate. Also, I would like an ISO of less than 200. Well done, Olympus. If you're looking for a great landscape lens to pair with this camera, I highly recommend the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye. It's incredibly sharp.

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                            5.0

                            I would buy this product again and again

                            By sshmus

                            from Sunny Isles, FL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                              Great camera for any ocasion

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                              4.0

                              Great Stills. Ok Video.

                              By Clearly

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Good Price Performance

                              Cons

                              • Weak Video Codec

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                                Great stills. Good build quality. Flip screen is handy. Would prefer more physical controls (but they know that) — manufacturers reserve those for their more expensive models.As for video, the codec is mediocre (no 24p, wimpy 20Mbps bit-rate). It's passable, but will pose a real pain if you try to get into movie making. Don't think you will? I didn't either. But film is such a powerful medium today and the tools are becoming so inexpensive, that you too may soon find yourself wanting to try your hand at it (just like you found yourself one day going for an interchangeable lens camera). Then you'll wonder why Olympus hampers such powerful hardware with such comparably weak video options.Amazingly, it's not just the E-PL5 that offers lackluster video options, the same goes for the rest of the Olympus line including the OM-D (and even the up-coming E-P5!) Don't hold your breath for a firmware update either. Olympus customer care told me they have no plans to improve video performance via firmware.But to reiterate, superb *photo* camera for the price. I just wish Olympus didn't have to be dragged kicking and screaming into unleashing the video performance their hardware could support.

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                                5.0

                                Just what I wanted

                                By Happy Eyeball

                                from New York

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                                  I've been photographing for decades, everything from 8x10 to Leica Ms. I wanted a small camera in keeping with classic rangefinder aesthetic, without breaking the bank. After lots of research I settled on the E-PL5 and I'm very happy with it.

                                  The optional viewfinder makes all the difference. Without it, it would be just another consumer camera. With it I can carry a small and light camera with VF framing without having to go DSLR.

                                  It's very small, pretty comfy and very fast. Even with the kit zoom, it's got very good contrast and resolution, especially from RAW files. I don't use all the effects, I just keep it simple.

                                  Highly recommended!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Camera

                                  By Morgan the Traveler

                                  from Troy, TX

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                                    I bought this camera to use while traveling, so far I have only been playing with the camera to figure out how it works. I might be a little biased because I am pro Olympus...

                                    I got this camera on sale a few weeks ago and so far I love the Olympus E-PL5. The camera has a lot of art filters, which are kind of fun to play with. The camera body feels sturdy and I love how it looks. The lens does have some plastic parts, but takes good pictures. A big plus in my book is that the LCD screen folds all the way up, which is great for making self videos. One thing I would recommend is changing the settings to cool for inside shooting.

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                                    4.0

                                    A small but very capable tool!!!

                                    By fvanzela

                                    from Sertãozinho-SP, Brazil

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about E-PL5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                                      This is the second body to my OMD EM5 and my wife`s camera when I`m out. Very small and easy to use, coming from an EM5 user, of course.

                                      The image quality is on par with the EM5, but the stabilization is not in the same league, I would say 1 to 2 stops far. It is not equivalent to the Lumix Mega OS, for example, staying a tiny behind.

                                      Overall it is a great camera, specially for those looking for a light and small camera with DSLR capabilities.

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