The Olympus E-PL5 In Cuba – A Review

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The Olympus E-PL5 is part of the Olympus Pen line of compact, interchangeable lens “mirrorless” cameras. The Pen cameras give photographers nearly the same image quality and performance as a DSLR in a compact camera body. The E-PL5 is extra exciting because it shares the same 16-megapixel sensor as the critically acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 introduced at the beginning of 2012 – but in a smaller, lighter body that’s currently selling for about US $550 – half the cost of the OM-D. The OM-D was the darling of camera and tech journalists in 2012 and being able to get comparable performance in a smaller, lighter camera that’s so affordable is very, very cool.

Olympus E-PL5 Pen Camera - Front & Back

Olympus sent me an E-PL5 as soon as they were available so I could do a hands-on video intro. One of my favorite things about the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras is how travel-friendly they are. When I found out our friend Megan Green, a professional photographer who uses Olympus digital SLRs, was scheduled to travel to Cuba for a photo workshop, I knew she had to do the review. When you see the pictures she took with the E-PL5, I think you’ll agree I did the right thing.

 Review Intro |  Video |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

Olympus E-PL5 Pen Intro Video:

Price: $699 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens

    Olympus E-PL5 Pen Camera Pros

    • Retains small, lightweight convenience of Pen system cameras
    • 3-inch flip-up LCD display
    • Great photos straight out of the camera
    • 8 frames-per-second high-speed burst
    • Same excellent 16-megapixel sensor as the Olympus OM-D E-M5
    • RAW and JPG capability
    • Easy-to-use touch screen that focuses as well as trips the shutter
    • Customizable Art Filters

    Olympus E-PL5 Pen Camera Cons

    • Annoying lag time when powering up and changing modes
    • No pop-up flash (but comes with a small hot shoe flash)


 Review Intro |  Video |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

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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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