The Olympus E-PL5 In Cuba – A Review

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Olympus E-PL5 Review: Conclusion

I prefer control over automatic, but at one point I mistakenly selected iAuto on the mode dial. In iAuto, the camera evaluates the scene and selects the best scene mode it thinks will deliver the best results. Not to worry, everything came out fine. In fact, everything I took with this camera came out, well – more than fine. Whether you want to control all aspects of exposure or leave it up to the camera so you can enjoy what’s going on around you, the E-PL5 is awesome. Saturated color, versatile controls, interchangeable premium lenses, option to shoot video, large display, lightning fast focusing, and image stabilization all in one small, easy-to-use camera – perfect for camera geek and point-and-shooter alike. Olympus lens quality paired with the great 16-megapixel CMOS sensor produce JPGs that look great right out of the camera. All of my photos shown here are JPEGs taken straight from the camera (originally 4608 x 3456); generally I sharpen and color correct in RAW, but for this review I only added my watermark and resized in post-processing.

The Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite kit comes with the camera body, battery, a 14-42mm lens and an electronic flash. Of note to previous PEN users looking to upgrade: the battery has changed, so you won’t be able to farm your old cameras for extra batteries. More photos from Cuba shot with the Olympus E-PL5 can be found in my member gallery.

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Megan Green is a fine artist and professional photographer specializing in automotive and live performance. A long-time New Yorker who loves to travel, she usually juggles no less than three cameras at a time, half of them toy cameras shooting film. More of her work can be found at, and select photographs from Cuba are for sale on

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  • John says:

    Still use the E-P1 and it takes stellar shots. Compared to my full size slr’s and really cannot notice much of a difference. Add the lumix 20mm 1.7 and you have a near perfect camera.

  • Craig Hunt says:

    Hi John:

    The link to the ISO 3200 Sample on this page is broken.


    The “Contact Us” link in the footer is missing the .com part of the link so it is a broken link too.

    I hope this helps.


    • Photo-John says:

      Thanks, Craig! I just fixed the ISO 3200 sample image link and I’m going to send a report to the IT folks about the broken contact link.

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