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

(based on 60 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Fast shutter speed (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Great resolution (20)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Complicated controls (8)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (25)
  • Travel (21)
  • Family photos (20)
  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Weddings (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56)

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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Awesome Camera When it Works

I an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I...Read complete review

I an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I decided to give the Olympus PL5 a try, because I was looking for a small but powerful camera, and I was intriqued by the pro level lenses. I used the camera for 2 months without any problems, and issuing non stop recommendations to people. And then the shutter started sticking/not working at all on a trip. Olympus waranteed it, no problems and no questions asked. I get the camera back within the 3 weeks that they promised and it works great during test shots. I take it into the backcountry, and it stops working again. This time the buttons and user interface are going abit haywire, and occaisionally working with serious lag, occaisionally not working at all. I notice the battery is also low, even though I charged it overnight before the trip. At home, I realize the battery won't charge, either through the charger or the via USB power. I'm currently waiting on a replacement battery from Olympus. Their warranty service has been great. When the camera works, it delivers exactly what I hoped for, medium end SLR quality from a tiny lightweight cheaper package. However, in a decade of Canon use I never once had to call customer service, maybe I was lucky. I haven't found a lot of other complaints online, so take this as you will. I might just have a lemon.

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2.0

great camera but poorly made

By stephanie

from new York

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

I loved this camera until the buttons came off. I usually take good care of my stuff so when the shutter button fell off, I thought maybe I just got unlucky with a faulty camera. I exchanged it at b&h with the same model and of course the mode dial fell off of the new camera. Soon after, the shutter button also fell off the new camera. this is supposed to be a decent camera for its price but it's been disappointing so far.

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5.0

So far, "Dummy" proof!

By Dogface

from Windham, ME

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Product Photos

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

I'm sorry, but you won't get an expert opinion of the many characteristics of the E-PL5 from me. I purchased this camera because it was a recommendation on a youtube video by a person using it to create models with the Autodesk 123D Catch software, which is what I will be using it for. The first thing I noticed, however, is that I can use this camera for anything that I've ever needed to do. To me, a camera is for acurately capturing images of the people in my life. So far, this camera has been infallable in that purpose. I love it. I will point out that it will be taking me some time to work my way through the capabilities of this camera. There is a quick start booklet that comes with it, but to learn anything requires working through the online manual. Of course, if you are well versed in the capabilities of modern digital cameras, you will take to it quickly, in my opinion.

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4.0

Great when you need a smaller camera

By Elsa

from Austin, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

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

    I purchased this camera after significant research, and I wanted a camera that is smaller than my Nikon DSLR. This camera is perfect to bring to the park, or in your purse when you don't have enough room for a DSLR camera.

    I love the design of the camera, the vintage look makes it seem like an accessory as well as a great camera. I do receive plenty of compliments of the looks of the camera.

    I have now experimented a lot with the camera, and in the beginning I was nervous because the pictures became oversaturated. The oversaturated colors worried me, and I was wondering if there was something wrong with the camera. However, after some time getting used to the different modes on the camera, the pictures are no longer oversaturated, and I am happy I kept the camera.

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    4.0

    good and easy to sues.

    By chitwane

    from minden,lA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

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

    easy to use and carry around.

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    4.0

    Great alternative to a DSLR

    By Just Pat

    from Chantilly, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Retro Look
    • Variety Of Lenses To Use

    Cons

    • Controls A Little Clunky
    • No Electronic View Finder

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Well Lit Subjects
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I decided to sell my Nikon D7000 to go with a lighter, smaller but still full-featured camera setup. I have 2 young kids so we're already carrying stuff wherever we go and I didn't want the hassle of lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses. The Olympus PEN EPL-5 is a great micro four thirds system camera for the price point. The reason I ended up going with the Olympus was the combination of price and variety of compatible lenses available to use.

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    3.0

    amateur photographer

    By Anonymous4

    from Ithaca, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 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 (Silver):

      Excellent image quality with fast autofocus. The downer is a confusing, confounding, and frustrating menu system that after hours of work, I have not come close to mastering. You must purchase the electronic viewfinder, because the LCD viewfinder is impossible to use under direct sunlight.

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      2.0

      Awesome Camera When it Works

      By TylerG

      from Oakhust, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Broken Shutter
      • Faulty Battery

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Snapshots
      • 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 an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I decided to give the Olympus PL5 a try, because I was looking for a small but powerful camera, and I was intriqued by the pro level lenses. I used the camera for 2 months without any problems, and issuing non stop recommendations to people. And then the shutter started sticking/not working at all on a trip. Olympus waranteed it, no problems and no questions asked. I get the camera back within the 3 weeks that they promised and it works great during test shots. I take it into the backcountry, and it stops working again. This time the buttons and user interface are going abit haywire, and occaisionally working with serious lag, occaisionally not working at all. I notice the battery is also low, even though I charged it overnight before the trip. At home, I realize the battery won't charge, either through the charger or the via USB power. I'm currently waiting on a replacement battery from Olympus. Their warranty service has been great. When the camera works, it delivers exactly what I hoped for, medium end SLR quality from a tiny lightweight cheaper package. However, in a decade of Canon use I never once had to call customer service, maybe I was lucky. I haven't found a lot of other complaints online, so take this as you will. I might just have a lemon.

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      5.0

      Very good little camera

      By Beikokunotora

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lcd Can Be Rotated
      • Lightweight
      • Low Light Sensitivity
      • Noise Algo Best In Class
      • Picture quality

      Cons

      • Body Needs Bigger Grip
      • Body Too Small
      • Does Not Include Evf
      • Kit Lens Is Plastic
      • Menu System A Bit Complex

      Best Uses

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

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

      Serious amateur photo guy looking for a compact camera to replace my ailing Powershot. Looked at all micro 4/3s and soon was down to Panasonic and Olympus due to the lens selection. Wanted to keep the cost of the body down so overlooked some really nice LUMIX and PEN-P5 as the sensor and controllers looked similar in features.

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      5.0

      Excellent interchangeable lens camera

      By Doctor J

      from NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      very good lightweight camera. use included handgrip if you have medium or larger handsmany settings allow artistic effects to be done by beginnersslightly slow autofocus in low light or fast moving subject

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      5.0

      A perfect balance

      By Chuck

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Articulating Display
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • In Camera Stabilization
      • Manual Selection Knob
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Kit Lens Is Ok
      • Menu Is Hard To Navigate

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      I researched cameras for a long time. I chose the E-PL5 based on the specs and the experience of friends and family. I have switched from Sony NEX to Olympus based on the lens available. The articulating display and the manual selection knob helped me choose this over the E-PM2. The build quality is phenomenal. I added an Oly 17mm f1.8 lens and it is awesome. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Great little camera for candids.

      By DanT

      from NE US

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

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

      Great little camera for candids. Wish it had easier to use manual controls. It produces very high quality images for such a small package.

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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

          Fun, lightweight and takes great picture

          By Al

          from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I wish the camera was a little larger as my sausage like fingers can sometimes mess things up.
            works great with the articulated screen and closeup lens for photographing coins and stamps.

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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

                Verified Buyer

                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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