Olympus Pen E-P5 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, 16.1MP, 3.0" Display, Built-in Wi-Fi, TruePic VI Image Processor, White


About Olympus E-P5

The Olympus E-P5 is the new flagship model in Olympus's groundbreaking lineup of mirrorless compact digital cameras and is filled with upgrades and highly anticipated new features. As with all other Olympus MILCs, the E-P5 is based on the Micro Four Thirds lens mount and the Four Thirds format sensor. The Olympus Pen E-P5 shares the same 16MP sensor as the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which was introduced to rave reviews last year and its designed has been tweaked to more closely reflect design elements from the original film Olympus Pen F, which was sold through the '60s and early '70s.

But the Olympus Pen E-P5's headline features go well beyond cosmetic changes. These include a significant performance boost that Olympus claims puts the E-P5 on par with many enthusiast-level DSLRs, new dials and controls, the first Pen with built-in Wi-Fi and smart phone/tablet remote operation and a bevvy of cool creative functions. I had an opportunity to briefly handle a pre-production version of the camera. Let's take a closer look at this little camera and see if it is poised to make a big impression.

The E-P5 is the largest of the Pen line, but is still smaller than a DSLR and would certainly not be considered hefty. It's a small camera, considering its extensive features and abilities. It has an all-metal construction with a solid feel, with a well-contoured, built-in hand grip that makes the camera easy to hold. Actually, "solid" is a good word to use here, as the entire camera exterior (except for the bottom plate) is a solid mold, with no exterior screws.

New to the E-P5 is a pair of control wheels, one of which is operated by the thumb and the other placed within reach of the forefinger. Both of these controls can be modified to control, say, aperture and shutter speed respectively, or ISO and EV, through menu changes. This is true for many of the other buttons on the camera body. Overall, controls are well organized and easily marked.

Olympus E-P5 Features

  • Design: Original PEN F design with modern flare
  • Design: A touch of new styling to the fourth generation PEN
  • Design: Seamless build
  • Design: Built-In Flash with Wireless Capability
  • Design: Accessory Port
  • Incredible Speed: 1/8000s Mechanical Shutter
  • Incredible Speed: Precise Flash Sync with 1/320s and built-in flash
  • Incredible Speed: 9fps Sequential Shooting
  • Incredible Speed: FAST AF - Touch Focus and Shutter Release
  • Incredible Speed: Remote Shutter Release via Smartphone
  • Incredible Speed: FAST AF with Small Target AF
  • Optimal Image Quality: 5 Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto
  • Optimal Image Quality: 16MP Live MOS
  • Optimal Image Quality: TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi: QR Code Connection
  • Built-In Wi-Fi: GPS Capability
  • Creative Functionality: Photo Story
  • Creative Functionality: Art Filters and Variations
  • Creative Functionality: RAW Development with Art Filter Bracketing
  • Ultimate Control: Self -Timer with Audio Countdown
  • Ultimate Control: 2 x 2 Dial Control with custom lever
  • Ultimate Control: Focus Peaking
  • Ultimate Control: Interval Shooting with Time Lapse Video
  • Ultimate Control: Live Bulb with Histogram

Olympus E-P5 Specifications

Display Mode
Normal, Histogram, Highlight and shadow, Level guide, Off
Monitor type
3.0-inch tilting monitor
Touch control
Shutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection
Tilting angle
Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees
Downward tilting angle: up to 50 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control
±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone select
Vivid / Natural
Movie Function
Movie Effect: One-shot echo / Multi-echo / Art fade, Art Filter Movie, Aperture-prioritized Movie, Shutter Speed-Prioritized Movie, Manually Shot Movie
AF system
High-speed imager AF
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
RAW picture editing
RAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter, ART-BKT)
2 programmable settings, preview capability.
Editing function
RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording
Reset & custom setting
My set: 4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.
USB/AV/Remote controller connector: Dedicated multi-connector (USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 compatible.)
HDMI connector: Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment: Hot shoe
Accessory Port 2: Dedicated multi-connector (for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.)
Wireless LAN: Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
PC interface: USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface: HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Playback mode
Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with sound including BGM, 2 selectable slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display
Wi-Fi Function
GPS info. Function: Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)
Wireless Shooting: Live View, Rec view, Wireless touch AF shutter, Power off
Image Share: File Type: JPEG, MOV (Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously. Marking function for image share)Easy Connection: QR code setting
Level Gauge
Detection: 2-axis
Aspect Ratio
4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Multi Exposure
Number of picture / Function: 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Interval Mode
Interval Time 1sec. - 24 Hours, Max 99 frames. Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key (except Art Filters)
Picture Mode
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Color matrix
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Preset white balance
7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K)
Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis
White balance mode
Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
Recording(Sound)Maximum Recording Time
Picture with Sound: 30sec.
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Microphone function
Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
Recording format
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
AE Lock
Exposure control (Movie)
P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter
Compression ratio
Motion-JPEG Format: 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File size (Movie)
MOV Format: Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format: Max 2GB
Time-lapse Movie
Available (AVI Motion JPEG 1280x720,10fps)
Image Stabilization for Movie
M-IS (Image sensor shift), Off
Photo story Type
Standard (I,II,III,IV / a, b, c, d, e / A, B, C, D) (Frame effect / Aspect & Window Pattern)
Frame Effect
White Frame
White Frame & White Edge Effect
Black Frame
White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
Aspect & Window Pattern
4:3, 2 frames
4:3, 3 frames
1:1. 2 frames
1:1, 3 frames
Movie Recording format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode
Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V), 30p(29.97 fps)Recording 20Mbps (Fine) / 17Mbps (Normal): Aspect 16:9
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30p (29.97fps)Recording
13Mbps(Fine) / 10Mbps(Normal): Aspect 16:9
[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps, Aspect 4:3
Movie Maximum Recording Time
Full HD: Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD: Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
HD: Approx. 7min / SD: Approx. 14min
Art Effect
a. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
Mode (Variation / Effect)
Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( - / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( - / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e) (II/ b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
Bracketing for HDR Post-process
3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
Max. recordable pictures
[RAW] Max. 20 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L), Max.15 frames (in 9 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG] Max. 70 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L), Max. 19 frames ( in 9 seq. shooting H)
ISO bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
Exposure bracketing
2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)
Wireless Flash Control Channel
4 channels
Wireless Flash Control Group No.
4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a built-in flash)
Sequential shooting maximum speed
[Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps in case of "I.S. Off"
Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
[Sequential shooting L mode]
4.5 fps in case of "I.S. Off" (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
5.0 fps in case of "I.S. Off" (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.
Control method
Triggered and controlled by built-in flash (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
External Flash intensity type
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Wireless Flash Control
(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R) Compatible external flash
Flash intensity control
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Synchronization speed
1/320 sec. Built-in Flash
1/250 sec. External Flash
Shutter speed
1/8000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Flash intensity control method
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, Super FP (FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
Built-in flash
TTL Flash, GN=7 (ISO100 m) / GN=10(ISO200 m)
Flash mode
Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 (FULL)-1/64)
Exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Shutter type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
ISO sensitivity
AUTO ISO: LOW(approx. 100) - 25600 (customizable, Defalut:LOW-1600)
Manual ISO: LOW(approx.100), 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Peakin Function
Available on Fn button or Manual Focus
Type: White edge, Black edge
AF illuminator
Manual focus assist
Live View image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Metering system
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control (TTL Image sensor metering)
Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE
S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF
Available / Available
Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing point / Point selection mode
35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
Magnified frame AF
Selectable from over 800 AF points
Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
Super Spot AF: Selectable from center of enlarge view(0.02% - 0.16% in view image)
Enlarged view focus point check by magnify button
Shutter speed range
60 - 1/8000 sec. (Not available when Bulb or Time is selected.)
Live View
Approx. 100% field of view
Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview
Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces)
Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14)
Full-time AF
Focal length setting
Available manual focal length setting
Input focal length: 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
IS for Live View image
Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
Image Stabilization System Mode
4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Image Stabilization System Type
Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis image stabilization)
File format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size
[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size (Still)
RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MBSet2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 10
Recording: Recording format (Still)
DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible)
Screen size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Number of pixels / Aspect ratio
Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.1 million pixels
Total number of pixels: Approx. 17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)
4.81x2.71x1.46" / 12.21x6.88x3.70 cm
Approx. 420 g / 14.81 oz (CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card)
Approx. 378 g / 13.33 oz [body only]
Mfr #

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from Kerrville  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love this camera only wish it had a built in viewfinder. Screen is awesome and iq is fabulous.


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Colin W  Can I use any Panasonic micro 4/3 lens on this camera with 100% compatibility and use of all functions? Any other manufacturers also? Sigma?
ZAK B  Yep, anything in micro 4/3 mount from any manufacturer will work fine.

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