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Olympus Pen E-PL5 Compact System Camera - Silver (16.1 MP, M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens Kit) 3 inch LCD

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  • New 16.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, first seen in the flagship OM-D E-M5, for high resolution and excellent low-light performance.
  • Tiltable 3.0" LCD incl. a capacitive touchscreen panel with fast response
  • Powerful TruePic VI image processor for faster recovery time and excellent image quality
  • FAST AF autofocus system plus 3D tracking for improved moving object tracking
  • 12 creative Art Filters in HD Movie and still modes incl. new Water Colour, combinable with Art Filter Effects incl. new Monochrome

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Colour Name: Silver | Style Name: 14-42mm Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.8 x 6.4 cm ; 327 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Item model number: V205041SE000
  • ASIN: B009C737KC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,917 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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The Olympus E-PL5: New generation PEN 'Lite' gets a heavy boost from technology incorporated in range topping OM-D camera

Cool, compact PEN design
Cool, compact PEN design
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By incorporating the Live MOS sensor from its award winning OM-D camera in the new PEN Lite, or E-PL5, Olympus has once again raised the bar when it comes to the performance expected of a compact system camera. As if this wasn't enough, the new 16.1 megapixel sensor has been paired with another new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. This ensures that the E-PL5 can claim to deliver a lightning fast auto focus comparable to that of Olympus' more expensive flagship model.

Featuring a stunning compact design with an all-metal finish and interchangeable removable grip, the true beauty with the PEN Lite E-PL5 however is that it remains as easy to use as in its previous iterations. There's a tilting touch sensitive back screen for one, allowing for intuitive operation, with key functions literally falling at your fingertips.

Another big advantage over competing compact system cameras remains the PEN Lite's built-in image stabilisation, which means that whatever lens is attached, you're protected from the possible blurring effects of camera shake.

Further streamlining the image sharing process is a direct wireless link to social media and smartphone connectivity, whilst no fewer than 12 digital effects in the shape of Olympus' innovative Art Filters ensure that there are fewer barriers than ever to creating stunning imagery in-camera.

Inspired by the head turning original PEN series designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, which sold over 17 million units worldwide, and aimed at fans of fuss free photography, the diminutive E-PL5 furthers the PEN ethos of offering super image quality and unlimited creative freedom with no associated hassle.

High sensitivity of ISO 25600
High sensitivity of ISO 25600
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Cool, compact PEN design with the added power of OM-D

While the cool design of the E-PL5 delivers the eye-catching finish that camera connoisseurs expect, it is all systems go in terms of speed and delivery of images.

The PEN Lite E-PL5 comes equipped with FAST AF, powered by the latest generation TruePic VI image processor as found in the lightning quick OM-D E-M5, thereby boosting auto focus performance to the level of that expected of a semi professional camera. This has also prompted a boost in resolution to 16.1 megapixels in order to guarantee exceptional stills, as well as Full HD movies, with great results even in low light, as light sensitivity now reaches all the way to ISO25600.

What's more, 3D tracking has allowed for improved moving object tracking, while a Live Bulb/Live Time feature can update the Live View image on the rear panel monitor at pre-set intervals during long exposures.

Tilting, touch sensitive LCD
Tilting, touch sensitive LCD
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Tilting, touch sensitive LCD for a fresh perspective and dynamic compositions

Speaking of rear panel monitors, the E-PL5's 3-inch, high 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen can not only be tilted to easier allow for otherwise awkward low or high angle shooting when it comes to both stills and video, it can also be flipped around to face the photographer to allow for easier self portraiture. This is a greater degree of creative flexibility than has been provided on a PEN camera to date.

Tilt monitor with self-portrait function
Tilt monitor with self-portrait function
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Social networking made easier via FlashAir™ compatibility

Ever wanted to link your camera with your smartphone? Now you can. Another major plus on the latest generation PEN Lite is FlashAir™ compatibility, and the free app that allows users to upload pictures to their favourite social network via the familiar interface on their smartphone. There are free iOS and Android software downloads for editing and sharing images via social networks with the aid of your smartphone and/or computer.

Live Guide to test the effect of changes before taking a shot

In order to achieve results like the professionals, and with the minimum of effort, the E-PL5 like the E-PL3, E-PL2 and E-PL1 before it once again features the handholding benefits of Olympus' trademark Live Guide. This allows photographers to watch in real time the results of changing functions and settings, such as exposure time and aperture, before even taking a shot.

By simply moving an onscreen slider up or down and viewing the transformation to the image in real time, PEN Lite users are quickly able to master those little settings that make all the difference in terms of more professional looking shots – such as motion and background blur, colour intensity, lighting mood and brightness.

Live Guide can be accessed in Full HD movie, still and P/A/S/M modes. For those who prefer to take control, 'My set' settings are also assignable to any symbol on the mode dial on the PEN Lite E-PL5.

Creative magic guaranteed with 12 Art Filters
Creative magic guaranteed with 12 Art Filters
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Creative magic guaranteed with 12 Art Filters

The amount of Art Filters provided by the PEN Lite has been increased when compared to its predecessor. Eye catching effects can be applied to movies as well as stills, and these can be tested in real time on the LCD before being applied at the point the shot is captured. A further innovation this time around is the ability in HD Movie Mode to blend from one Art Filter effect to another, using the Art Fade function.

The 12 new Art Filters in HD movie and stills modes include the new Watercolour, which can be combined with the likes of the new Monochrome setting. Art Filter Bracketing is also offered, to enable different multiple effects to be applied to the same subject with one squeeze of the shutter release button. HDR Bracketing meanwhile allows for capturing one subject with five different exposures, so you'll never be stuck for creative choice.

Full HD 1080 video with stereo sound

The PEN Lite E-PL5 features 1080 Full HD stereo movie recording in the MOV format, with the options of watching footage back either on Full HD TV or your PC's monitor. Either way, the results will look great as, whether shooting video or 16.1 megapixel photos, the PEN Lite is designed to deliver a consistently high performance. Naturally the E-PL5 features HDMI output, so it can be hooked up directly to that HDTV.

Latest generation TruePic VI processor

The latest generation of PEN Lite benefits from the incorporation of the latest generation image processor, the TruePic VI engine. Needless to say this addition makes the camera all-round faster and more responsive, providing a faster recovery time and excellent picture quality. A case in point: up to eight frames per second (8fps) high speed sequential shooting is offered to users of the E-PL5.

High image quality free from camera shake, plus whisper quiet lens

As with its acclaimed predecessor, the E-PL5 comes with the sculpted and near silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens, providing a versatile equivalent of 28-84mm in 35mm film terms. This lens, one of 26 directly compatible Micro Four Thirds lenses available to E-PL5 users, has the advantage of not only providing faster focusing, but also preventing the audible whirr of the lens' mechanics that can otherwise ruin the audio track of your home movies. In addition, 27 Four Thirds lenses and more than 500 other lenses can be used with the E-PL5 with the aid of an adapter.

Additionally, with up to ISO25600 light sensitivity (up from the E-PL3's ISO12800) shooting in lower light conditions without flash in order to achieve more naturalistic results is eminently possible.

Another advantage of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds PEN system is that its lenses are lighter than rivals', as they don't require built in 'IS' of their own. What's more the supplied lens also features a swappable decorative ring, so you can match the lens to the body colour of the PEN camera you've chosen.

High capacity SDXC and Eye-Fi card compatible

The carry and shoot anywhere E-PL5 further takes the worry out of photography and offers almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities by providing compatibility with the new SDXC removable media card format.

This affords high storage capacities of up to a gargantuan 2TB to ensure photographers don't run out of space for those many thousands of photos and videos at an inopportune moment – thereby making the E-PL5 as 'future proof' as possible. Wireless transfer is also possible due to compatibility with (optional) Eye-Fi media cards.

Plenty of compatible accessories with which to expand your creative PEN universe

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is available in black, white or silver.

Optional extras include a super slim 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens. When your regular lens is detached the Body Cap allows photographers to shoot spontaneously and benefit from a built-in barrier against dust. If it's waterproofing you need for diving and snorkelling, the PEN Lite is uniquely compatible with the optional PT-EP10 housing that's watertight down to fully 45 metres. The housing will be available from the end of November 2012.

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is available in the following configurations:

  • E-PL5 Kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens
  • E-PL5 Double Zoom Kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R lenses

Box Contains

Olympus E-PL5 body (silver)
M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R lens (silver)
FL-LM1 flash
BLS-5 Li-ion battery
BCS-5 Li-ion battery charger
USB cable
AV cable
Shoulder strap
Instruction manual
Warranty card
MCG-4 Changeable Grip

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Style Name: 14-42mm KitColour Name: black
Hi All,

I bought this camera as a twin kit (14-42mm lens and 40-150mm lens)to replace my 5d and 24-105L lens after a malfunction on holiday. Basically when the canon malfunctioned I re-thought the sense of carrying 2kg of camera when away from home. I looked into various compact interchangeable systems and due size/price and availablity of lenses, coupled with in-built body stabilisation I went with this Olympus m4/3 system.

I was very surprised at how good the image quality is from this camera and the 2 kit lenses. Images are very sharp and the colour and contrast also very pleasing. I believe olympus have always been strong with their digital cameras here. The camera performs very well at the higher ISO levels. I have taken shots in dim conditions at ISO 3200 and with a little work in lightroom they have been very accepatable and for me could easily print to A4 size. If you really pixel peep, yes there is noise but for me at least it is on par with my previously owned Canon 7d, so its at aps-c levels.As a note the jpeg engine in this camera works very well. You can at times improve your images in raw, but it is not as often required on this camera as other brands I have used.

The autofocus in good light is exceptional (single shot autofocus). It focusses almost instantly. Continuous autofocus is quite good but this will never be hailed as a sports or birding camera. It can do well but it wont track very well. In lower light it is slightly less confident, but no more so than any dslr i have used (again single shot autofocus).

It can shoot up to 8fps (though metering and focus will only work at approx 3 fps).

The kit lenses are very good considering their price point, but they are not fast lenses. The 14-42 is f3.5-5.
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Many of the reviews of this camera are from the point of view of people who have gone from big hulking D-SLRs to the relatively compact mirrorless M3 cameras.

I thought I would write a review from the point of view of someone who has upgraded from a very good and convenient P&S (Olympus XZ-1) to an E-PL5. I really like the XZ-1; it takes nice sharp pictures in good light, has convenient 28-105mm focal length, has a great macro facilty, nice bright 3" screen and a capacity to shoot in RAW. But despite the f1.8 lens, it produced poor quality results in low light. In fact, my previous Canon IXUS P&S produced better results on Auto mode for indoor shots compared to the XZ-1.

So I wondered about upgrading to a higher quality compact P&S.
I started reading about the Sony RX100 cameras with much larger sensors, but these were very expensive. I held off but then I read a blog from an E-PL5 owner. I discovered the wealth of internet information on mirror less cameras. Then I realised that Amazon were selling the E-PL5 with kit 14-42mm lens (with a free 17mm f2.8 lens) for less than £350. This was less than the cost of the mk1 RX100. I was hooked.

I have used the camera for about 3 months now. Has the upgrade been worth it? Should I have bought a Sony RX100 Mk1 for the same money? The short answers are yes and no. The long winded answer is below.

1. Image quality.
Yes there is no doubt you can get better image quality from this camera than the XZ-1. For snapshots taken with Auto settings in good light, you won't be able to see much difference between the E-PL5 and a good P&S on the computer screen. But there are two key areas that mark out the E-PL5 from a P&S. The first is low light quality.
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Having seen some of my son in law's pictures, I'd become aware of the limitations of a supercompact fixed wide angle zoom lens point and shoot camera(apologies to my Lumix ZR 1 which has been a faithful and highly portable companion all over the world since purchase in Hong Kong 4 years ago) and wanted something with DSLR capability but portable. I read the magazine and online digital camera reviews and became very confused over DSLR, Bridge or compact system (whatever that was) reviews and so asked my son in law for his advice. He asked me what my budget was as he reckoned micro four thirds (a DSLR without the mirror - simples!) was what I wanted and it was down to Lumix G, Sony NEX or Olympus. He favoured Olympus as with the image stabilisation in the body and with a lens mount adapter you can go with virtually any lens you can find either new or on e Bay. He had just bought an old EOS zoom lens for his (over £1000 when new) on e bay for £10!
He had an E-PL1 and so biased a bit towards Olympus and recommended the OM-D if I had over £1500 to spare to set up with body and lenses etc - I didn't. But running a very close second to the OMD was the E-PL5 which I got for under £500 through Amazon, got the standard 14 - 42 kit lens included and also qualified for a free pancake lens (17 mm, f 2.8) from Olympus worth over £300. I've also got the 40 - 150 zoom through Amazon at an amazing price, and then screen protectors and case and still well under my £750 budget. Jury still out on whether to spend a further £150 on an electronic viewfinder.....
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