Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5

  • Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5
82
Based on 30 scores, 47 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    8
  • Good:
    18
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Great image quality with 16.1 megapixel sensor, Fast, accurate autofocus, Flipup 3inch LCD allows for self portraits, 8 fps maximum burst mode, Easy to operate controls with goodlooking metal accents and buttons, More than 30 lenses to choose from in the
  • Fast autofocusing system, Takes very good photos, Tilting screen for angled shots or selfportraits, Special effects and filters allow you to take fun pictures
  • Impressive results from the Micro Four Thirds sensor, fast single AF acquisition, decent metal finish

Cons:

  • Requires an adapter for external mic (that uses up the accessory port), No builtin flash (separate flash included in the box), Not comfortable for larger hands, No builtin WiFi (relies instead on Toshiba FlashAir card)
  • Requires playing around to learn features and settings, Lens is a bit big on what is otherwise a compact camera, Higher price tag when there's a comparable Olympus camera with similar features

Expert reviews and ratings

By Good Gear Guide on -

Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use. It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters and focusing, making the E-PL5 a better offering than the E-PL3 that it...

By The Imaging Resource on -

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By Photoxels on -

An express review of the Olympus PEN E-PL5 review was just published at Neocamera. This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras at features a high-speed CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels and capable...

By reviewed.com on 81

Although we had some issues with the camera's ergonomics and menu system, the E-PL5 nevertheless impressed us on its technical merits. There's just enough power here for point-and-shoot users who want to stretch their legs a bit, though more advanced...

By Macworld on 80

The Olympus E-PL5 is a camera you should hold in your hands before making a buying decision. If it passes your personal ergonomics test, then the performance is sure to please. Excellent image quality combined with fast autofocusing and an impressive 8...

By Digital Trends on 70

Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot,...

By What Digital Camera on 89

At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from...

By Digital Photography School on -

There’s one thing that Olympus has mostly got right: stylish camera designs, with clearly labelled functions and layout. However it seems like decades have been spent as the company has fumbled around with its viewfinder menu layout … and the PL5 is...

By T3 Magazine on 80

Offering the power of a DSLR within the dimensions of a near pocket compact, the maker's latest retro-styled compact system camera arrives in the Olympus E-PL5, also known as the 'Pen Lite'. It's the direct successor to last summer's Olympus E-PL3 , as...

By DigitalVersus on 80

With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus is almost replacing the E-P3 as much as the E-PL3. It's a mirrorless camera that takes very good-quality pictures and offers high-end performances. This latest addition to the Pen family is therefore well positioned to succeed...

By InsideHW on -

Olympus E-PL5 Street photographer Like all Olympus Pen models up to now, E-PL5 has that retro spirit reflected in the right angles, curved edges and simple black finish, with no extraordinary details (except for the silver logo surface). Even if you...

By Steves Digicams on -

Continuing the Olympus Digital PEN series, the E-PL5 is another great addition to this ever growing line of compact, interchangeable lens cameras. As a mid-range model, the E-PL5 packs in a 16-Megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor, TruePic VI processor,...

By ePHOTOzine on 90

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3 . The camera doesn't feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this...

By DigitalCameraReview on 90

The Olympus E-PL5 has a lot going for it: great image quality, quick controls, a lightweight body, a large screen, fast focusing, and does it all at a pretty great price tag. The camera will be one that both beginners and enthusiasts will be able to...

By Amateur Photographer on 83

Like the Olympus Pen E-PM2, I was impressed with the Pen E-PL5. The camera is well built, straightforward to use and full of features for enthusiast photographers, particularly those who want a pocketable system camera for documentary or travel...

By PC Advisor on 80

Successor to the E-PL3 we reviewed this time last year, the E-PL5 has skipped a number to become the fourth generation interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds system compact from Olympus (the same technology the Panasonic G5 uses). Also known as the ‘Pen...

By DPexpert on -

REVIEW—OLYMPUS PEN E-PL5 compact system camera] by terry on 23 November 2012 Price: $750 with 14-42mm lens The good gets better THE LOW-DOWN: This 16 megapixel camera uses the same sensor as the OMD E-M5, which means good low light, low noise...

By Pocket-lint on 90

Olympus has hit the nail on the head with this one. The E-PL5 delivers exceptional image quality at a reasonable price point, but also delivers in its build, features and performance stakes too. Our moans are very few and far between. The E-PL5 is a...

By PC Mag on 80

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 delivers the performance of the top-end Olympus OM-D E-M5 in a smaller package and at a fraction of the...

By CNET Australia on 83

Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or...