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conclusion:We like it

88 July 18th 2013 5:31 pm

Olympus is no stranger to the mirrorless market and their latest PEN features the same sensor and autofocus as the E-M5 in a smaller package, but it's going to cost you. The E-M5 wowed critics with its image quality, so it's no surprise the E-P5 does the same, with CNET saying it "delivers the best image quality I've seen from a Micro Four Thirds camera." Naturally, the E-P5 is also fast, with TechRadar calling it "speedy." Even though the E-P5 is smaller than its sibling, DigitalCameraInfo didn't find its size a problem, saying "the E-P5's dual control dials are positioned more naturally than they were on the OM-D." Ultimately, Olympus has a real standout with the E-P5 and you won't be disappointed in it at all. It's just going to cost a pretty penny, but at least you'll know it was worth it.

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Critic reviews

8.5
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    8.0
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    8.0
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    8.3
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    8.0
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8.5
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    9.0
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    7.0
  • Battery life
    7.0
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    10
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    9.0
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9.0
PC Mag Jun 20, 2013

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is an extremely impressive mirrorless camera, but we prefer its sibling, the Olympus OM-D EM-5.

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8.0
CNET Jun 28, 2013

An excellent entry in the Micro Four Thirds universe, the Olympus PEN E-P5 should please a lot of folks, but it's also expensive given that it doesn't deliver best-in-class photo quality.

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8.0
Wired Sep 12, 2013

...it’s one of those rare cameras that fits the needs of beginners and advanced photographers alike. Still, videographers may want to find a model with more frame-rate options.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Jun 25, 2013

We love the E-P5, but can't wholeheartedly recommend it. This is undoubtedly a camera capable of producing great images, but it doesn't do enough to move out of the shadow of its older sibling.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 19, 2013

Big price equates to big things: the E-P5 is one of the best compact system cameras we've yet tested. But it's not quite perfection.

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8.0
CNET AU Jul 16, 2013

This impressive Pen camera from Olympus comes with built-in Wi-Fi, an appealing design and generally snappy performance to satisfy photographers who crave speed.

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10
TechRadar Jul 12, 2013

The E-P5 is one of the most fun cameras we've used recently, but that doesn't stop it from also being one of the most impressively performing.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Jul 9, 2013

There's no question that the E-P5 is a lovely camera and the best PEN model we've seen to date, but we'd plump for the OM-D and the money saved we put towards one of the wonderful Olympus primes available.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 19, 2013

There's little to disappoint with the PEN E-P5, both with design and performance of the camera on the whole. It’s a little too pricey for us to recommend right now, but it’s a good camera all the same.

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8.0
T3 Aug 1, 2013

Despite being a compact system camera the E-P5 is not a pocket camera, either. But then, when it looks this good - and provided you can justify the outlay - why would you want to do anything other than attach the provided shoulder strap and show it off?

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8.0
Digital Versus Aug 12, 2013

We're already fans of the OM-D EM-5 and the Olympus Pen E-P5 is another great camera. It's speedy responsiveness, great picture quality and wide range of functions make it a versatile camera that's pleasant to use.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 10, 2013

The E-P5 was up to the task, offering up sharp captures with accurate exposure and white balance both inside and out. And the autofocus performance was phenomenal -- certainly on par with last year's E-M5, which we'd hardly have expected the company to beat with just one additional year of R&D.

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Digital Photography Review May 10, 2013

The E-P5 maintains the same basic design at the E-P3, which means it's a solid, attractive-looking camera whose design pays homage to the PEN F 35mm half-frame SLR from the 1960s. Indeed this connection is emphasized more than ever, with the resurrection of that camera's 'Olympus PEN' logotype.

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Gizmodo May 10, 2013

Olympus' new flagship Pen-series camera is aimed at replicating that success in a package that's maybe slightly less intimidating—or at least easier to carry around. The new Olympus Pen E-P5 is slimmer and smaller than the OM-D, but retains much of bigger camera's hands-on functionality.

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PC Mag May 10, 2013

The E-P5 can shoot at up to 9 frames per second with locked focus, or at 5 frames per second with tracking enabled. Focus peaking is available as a manual focus aid, and the minimum shutter speed of 1/8,000-second makes it possible to shoot at wide apertures on bright days.

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Pocket-Lint May 10, 2013

The E-P5 is distinctive and stylish. It's a nudge forward for the E-P-series, and looks as though it's pushing into the OM-D's territory. But this is fairly specialist kit based on its build quality alone - it's hovering around in the mid-level DSLR spectrum both in terms of features and price too.

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Mashable May 10, 2013

The autofocus system is based on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, which can focus even on extremely small subjects. Also borrowed from the E-M5: five-axis image stabilization, which will correct for your shaky hands whether your shooting stills or video.

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CNET AU May 10, 2013

Retro is the flavour of the month in camera circles at the moment, with this brand new interchangeable lens camera (ILC) from Olympus sporting a premium look and feel reminiscent of models from the '70s.

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CNET Asia May 10, 2013

Olympus has finally launched the Pen E-P5, the long-awaited update to the company's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The EP-5 sports a number of improvements over the EP-3, including a higher 16.1-megapixel sensor, a fast 1/8,000 shutter speed and built-in Wi-Fi.

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TrustedReviews May 10, 2013

Although we weren’t given a great amount of time to fully put the Olympus Pen E-P5 through its paces, we were able to get an early impression of the model’s new FAST AF focusing system.

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TechRadar May 10, 2013

Inside the Olympus PEN E-P5 is the same 16 million pixel sensor and TruePic VI image sensor as in the Olympus OM-D, which should mean it is capable of the same impressive image quality. The design is very much inspired by the original analogue PEN.

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ePHOTOzine May 10, 2013

Features of EP-5 mirror that of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but without the weather sealing or built in electronic viewfinder. With the same 16.1 megapixel sensor and Venus engine as the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the E-P5 also features extended ISO, from ISO100 to ISO25600 ... and 9fps continuous shooting.

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9.0
ericlwoods ericlwoods

A great step up from my much loved E-PL5. Notes on the upgrade: -Having not experienced 5 axis image stabilization in the wild I previously underplayed it’s significance. For example it has noticeably improved the performance of my 40-150mm zoom. This second hand lens wonder can now be used in...

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