Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, White - Bundle - with 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Carry Case, 6' HDMI Cable, Cleaning Kit for Optics & Camera

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About Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Digital Camera body is the latest edition to the Olympus PEN E-PL series of mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras.

A 16MP Live MOS sensor provides this camera with DSLR-like image quality and the TruePic VI image processor brings with it fast response time and accurate colors and contrasts. Its mirrorless design allows for a compact body and a large line of compatible interchangeable lenses offers the flexibility to capture any type of shot you can imagine.

With an ISO range up to 25600 and In-body Image Stabilization, low-light photography is delivered with saturated colors and little noise. Sequential shooting of 8 frames per second and the Olympus F.A.S.T. Auto Focus system equal high speed performance and with the assistance of Face and Eye Detection, portraits and group shots are focused and exposed automatically to produce ideal shots every time.

Auto focus and shutter release can be controlled by touching the LCD screen. Set the focus on your subject by touching that spot on the LCD and the camera will hold that focus until you touch the LCD again to release the shutter. The LCD itself is a 3.0" Flip Portrait display that can be titled up or down for creative composition or to control glare and reflection when shooting in bright sunlight.

The E-PL5 is capable of shooting Full 1080i HD video and can playback that HD video on an HDTV with a simple connection to its HDMI output. It also has a multi-purpose accessory port for connecting accessories including the FL-LM1 flash unit which included with this camera.

Twelve in-camera art filters can add creative flourish to your images. Soft Focus, Grainy Film and Pin Hole, for example, are enhanced by filter variations, art effects and bracketing. This creative palette can be used in all shooting modes including while filming HD movies. iAuto is also a part of the package and it's there for you when you want the camera to recognize what it is seeing and automatically take the best photo possible. Also featured is Olympus' Dust Reduction System which keeps the camera's sensor clean by vibrating a Supersonic Wave Filter every time the camera is turned on.

Along with compact form, interchangeable lenses are an important advantage to mirrorless photography and Olympus provides a wide array of lenses to fit the E-PL5, this version is body only, no lens is included.

Olympus E-PL5 Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor: The 16MP Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 25600 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible
  • Improved Color Reproduction: The TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN series, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots
  • Fast, Accurate Auto Focus: The F.A.S.T. (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at high speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over the sensor, which makes it possible for accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame
  • 3.0" Flip Portrait LCD: This bright, high-resolution screen tilts up and down (from 80 degrees up to 45 degrees) to capture shots from a variety of angles
  • Immediate Response Touch Autofocus and Shutter: Control focus and shutter release with just a touch on the LCD screen. Improved sensitivity reacts immediately to touch so shutter release is instantaneous
  • In-Body Image Stabilization: Olympus' in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light
  • Full 1080i HD Video: Shoot up to 29 minutes of Full 1080i HD video at 60fps with stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just one touch
  • 8 FPS Sequential Shooting: With the E-PL5 you can take up to eight photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that one perfect shot amidst a flurry of activity
  • Increased ISO Sensitivity: Capture low light photos with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25600
  • Fast Response: The E-PL5 offers fast shutter response time ranging from 60 - 1/40000 seconds. The TruePic VI Image processor allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots
  • Face Detection with Eye Detect: The face detection AF employs an Eye Detect AF that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye
  • In-Camera Advanced Arts Filters: Twelve In-camera Art Filters (including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama) are enhanced by filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as when filming HD movies
  • 3D Still Shooting: Add a different dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective
  • iAuto and 23 Scene Select: iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL5 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking
  • In-Camera Slideshow with Sound: In-camera slide-shows are easy to create. The E-PL5's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks and much more
  • Memory Cards and Wireless Transfer: No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card. The E-PL5 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards
  • Updated Screen Design and Live Guide: The Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects
  • AF Illuminator: The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light, up to almost 10ft
  • Attachable Flash Included: This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for greater portability. The FL-LM1 flash is included
  • Expandable System: A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PL5 to support all different types of photography needs
  • Accessory Port: A port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPAL, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 viewfinder is part of this camera's design
  • Easy Photo and Video Playback On Your HDTV: Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PL5 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus on the HDTV. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience
  • Multiple Exposure Shooting: The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image
  • Additional Aspect Ratios: The E-PL5 lets you select one of five aspect ratios (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors
  • Proven Dust Reduction System: Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, removing dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time

Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format
Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
16 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size
MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Dust Reduction System
Noise Reduction
Memory Card Type
Image Stabilization
Video Recording
Audio Recording
With Video, Stereo
Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Viewfinder Type
LCD Display
Display Screen
3.0" Rear Screen Tilting LCD
Live View
Burst Rate
Up to 8 fps at 16 MP
Guide No.
10' (3.05 m) ISO200
Dedicated Flash System
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe
Continuous Shooting
Up to 8 fps
Wi-Fi Capable
With Optional Transmitter: Yes
Dimensions (D x L)
W: 7.9 x L: 5.5 x D: 4.0
Mfr #
V205040WU000 A

Olympus E-PL5 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Image quality


from Tustin, CA

I decided to try my first olympus micro 4/3rds camera. I own a couple of Panasonic ones but I couldn't resist trying out the same sensor as the one the OMD EM5 has. I am very happy with the image quality. I think the Olympus cameras have better metering and white balance, in addition to the newer sensor, you are getting a great image.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nice improvements over the previous m43s


from san francisco, ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

The e-pl5 is a solid camera, has the ability to capture excellent images. Compared directly with a friends omd, using the same lens and settings, the results were very close, you really have to blow up the image, and you'll notice slightly better jpg processing in the omd. For everyday shooting the lack of view finder rarely impedes, I can imagine where it could be a problem if you're mainly shooting fast action sports. I primarily pair the e-pl5 with the panny leica 25mm f1.4 lens, and it performs just as good as my t4i /w the canon 50 f1.4, and I prefer it over my canon 28 f1.8 Iso performance is good, you can shoot useable photos at iso 3200, without being overly noisy. dont expect much from the flash, it's there only for emergencies. My only wish is if the body added another dial, to make it easier to control aperature and shutter speed, but it useable with only one dial. If the camera was stolen, I'd buy another, it's that good. pair it with the panasonic 14 f2 pancake, and you have an rig that'll fit in your pocket

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