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Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)

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  • Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
  • 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VITM image processing engine
  • Full HD Video 1080i
  • Includes the M.Zuiko Digital MSC ED II R 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens
  • Includes Manufacturer's Limited 1 Year US Warranty
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: with 14-42mm Lens
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • HD Compatible
  • Touch Sensitive Screen
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Product Details

Color: Black | Style: with 14-42mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.5 inches ; 11.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0096WDMGC
  • Item model number: V205041BU000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: with 14-42mm Lens

Product Description

The PEN E-PL5 is the perfect compact digital. Shoot images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VITM image processing engine. Technology like an AF Illuminator and an ISO with speeds that hit 25,600 capture crisp, clear shots in low light. Everything is fast on the PEN E-PL5 from the exceedingly responsive touch screen to 8 fps sequential shooting. Nourish your artistic side with Full HD Video 1080i and 12 Art Filters and Effects. The PEN E-PL5. All the professional features you need to take you to the next creative level. Includes the M.Zuiko Digital MSC ED II R 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens.

From the Manufacturer


ZOOM VERSATILITY FOR EVERY OCCASION.

You love being creative. But you also demand superior image quality and uncompromising performance. The PEN E-PL5 is perfect. Shoot images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VI™ image processing engine. Technology like an AF Illuminator and an ISO with speeds that hit 25,600 capture crisp, clear shots in low light. Everything is fast on the PEN E-PL5 from the exceedingly responsive touch screen to 8 fps sequential shooting. Nourish your artistic side with Full HD Video 1080i and 12 Art Filters and Effects. The PEN E-PL5. All the professional features you need to take you to the next creative level.

BLAZING SPEED
BLAZING SPEED

Immediate Response ONE-Touch Shutter and Control
The E-PL5's Touchscreen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch even if the subject is not in the center. Touch Screen display makes it easy to choose AF points, capture a picture, change camera settings, release the shutter or navigate controls, simply by touching the screen.

The E-PL5’s Touchscreen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch even if the subject is not in the center. Touch Screen display makes it easy to choose AF points, capture a picture, change camera settings, release the shutter or navigate the Live Guide controls, simply by touching the screen.

8fps Sequential Shooting
With the E-PL5 you can take up to eight photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.

FAST AF with Face And Eye Detect
The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY
PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY

16MP Live MOS Image Sensor
Featuring the 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor of the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus Micro Four Thirds flagship, the PEN E-PL5, is optimized to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.

TruePic VI Image Processor
TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.

Proven Dust Reduction System
Olympus’ Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even if you change lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it doesn’t interfere with the picture imaging at any time.

In-Body Image Stabilization
Say goodbye to blurry images. 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!

12 Art Filters and 7 Art Filter Effects
CREATIVE FREEDOM

12 Art Filters and 7 Art Filter Effects
Twelve in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies. [Interact with Art Filter Video] [Watch Video: Art Filters] The Twelve in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Key Line, Dramatic Tone, and NEW Watercolor) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Also, the E-PL5 now features the Monochrome Art Filter Effect, where the Picture Tone effect can change the color from normal monotone to sepia, blue, purple, and green.

Full 1080I HD Movie with Art Filter Movie and Effects
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either .MOV or .AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button. Shoot movies with Art Filters, and new to the E-PL5, change your Art Filter while shooting your movie and see the transition right on the LCD, without missing a beat.

4x Digital Touch Zoom in Movie
One-touch 4x digital converter for movie. You can zoom easily with the touch LCD.

CREATIVE FREEDOM
CREATIVE FREEDOM

AF Illuminator
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.

ISO 25,600
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25,600.

Bundled Flash
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 maximum portability.

NEW Flip Self Portrait 3" LCD screen
EASE OF USE

NEW Flip Self Portrait 3" LCD screen
The E-PL5 features a flip touch screen that rotates 170 degrees and allows you to take a self portraits. The E-PL5 is designed to optimize the touch screen LCD and was introduced to operate the MENU display with a new simple operation instead of a mode dial. The E-PL5’s Touchscreen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch, also choose what you want to focus on by touch, even if the subject is not in the center.

Live Guide
The E-PL5’s 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, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc. Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.

iAuto
A convenient, fully automated feature that detects the scene and applies the best of six situations just by aiming the camera toward the subject. Backlight adjustment are automatically applied for Portrait and Landscape modes. iAuto is also available for shooting videos

In-Camera slideshow with Background Music
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun 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.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

And, all three are good cameras with excellent image quality.
Linda
I take a lot of indoor pictures of my family and with 12mm and 45mm, there is no need to flash most of the times + images are great.
R. Rana
There is lots of other things you can do with this camera, so play around with the settings and find what you like best.
nick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 31, 2013
Style Name: with 14-42mm LensColor Name: Black
I don't even know where to begin. I bought this camera to replace my Canon EOS 40D. Don't get me wrong, I loved that camera, but lugging it around got to be a pain in the neck. It was a heavy camera and with a Tamron 18-270mm attached to it, it was even heavier and clunkier. It was time to pare down. There were a lot of favorable on line reviews on the Olympus E-PL5, the Olympus OM-D E5, and the Sony NEX 6. And, all three are good cameras with excellent image quality. What won me over about the E-PL5 was its price and an excellent selection of lenses to choose from.

The first time I got my hands on it after unpacking it, it did feel small in my hands but it had a solid feel to it. I read a few reviews where people complained about how tiny the controls were but I was able to adapt to the layout and buttons just fine.

I don't know why Olympus put the power switch right next to the shutter. Until I got used to it, I did accidentally power off the camera a few times while taking a picture. What I like about the power button itself it that the top is illuminated when the camera is powered on.

There were a number of complaints from other reviewers about the menus. I didn't find them all that bad but they do take getting used to. The most useful piece of advice I came across was on another Amazon.com review of this camera that recommended enabling the Super Control Panel. For some reason Olympus doesn't use this as a default on either the E-PL5 or the OM-D E5. The Super Control Panel displays all your key settings such as ISO, white balance, auto focus, metering, etc. on the LCD screen. Since the LCD is touch-sensitive, you just tap the setting you want to change and then turn the dial to the desired settings.
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216 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Brock on November 10, 2012
Style Name: with 14-42mm LensColor Name: Black
I am a professional photographer (weddings, family portraits, commercial, modeling, graduation, etc) who recently sold every piece of my Nikon gear for the OMD EM-5. Best decision I ever made! No more back focus issues and I have never seen a camera shoot sharper. Image quality of the EM-5 has blown away my expectations. Enter the EPL-5... So far this camera has proven to be a smaller version of the EM-5. The image quality is just as stunning and the autofocus is still beyond amazing! So everyone is aware and if you are wondering if these cameras can compete with the big boys, I have shot weddings in very very dark locations and I have shot portraits in every type of landscape and condition. Professional quality in a small package that will change the way you shoot and really make you think more artistically like we did when we used film. I am an olympus fan for life and I never thought I would say this but the micro 4 3 technology has changed the way I work!
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By stealthbear on November 11, 2012
Style Name: with 14-42mm LensColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
Note: This is my first "serious" camera, I am upgrading from a 6 year old point and shoot camera that is worse than what smartphones are capable of now. I have been following the rumor mill and researching the bleeding edge of all compact cameras for the past 6 months, I had no desire to buy an older camera and would probably be considered an early adopter when it comes to all electronics.

Just got the E-PL5 yesterday, ordered it as soon as it was available on Amazon for the "normal" price not the marked up price it was at initially, along with the kit 14-42mm lens, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens and the Olympus FL-300R External Flash. These are my early first impressions.

Pros:
- Excellent shooting menu system once you enable the "Super Control Panel" from within the settings. It is mentioned how to use it in the manual but not how to enable it, with some help from Google I was able to enable it. Enabling the Super Control Panel allows you to overlay ALL of your shooting settings while in a shooting mode with the press of the "OK" button, you can then select and edit any of these settings.

- Customizable software. Can disable, enable and reassign almost every button and function.

- Very well built camera body, feels solid in the hand. The tilt screen and the hinges are very well constructed. I also like the feel of the shutter button and the fact that it is separate from the on/off button.

- Combination of this camera, the included hot shoe flash and the external FL-300R flash (sold separately) provides a very inexpensive multi flash solution that is extremely simple to use.

- Good selection of compatible lenses. The combination of this camera body and the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Martin on January 11, 2013
Style Name: with 14-42mm LensColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
I must say that this camera is amazing. I have been using a Nikon D7000 before this but I decided to reduce weight and went with the E-PL5, and I am not missing the D7000 at all. I used to find myself ditching the big chunky D7000 in most situations and always carrying around a pocketable point and shoot, unless I was going somewhere with breathtaking scenery. So this camera will actually replace two previous cameras I own (D7000 and my small point and shoot).

From what I have seen, this camera shoots images with very comparable quality to mid range DSLRs such as the one I had. The size and features of this thing are right on. The touch screen auto focus is a great feature. The camera does a really great job in low light settings. You can shoot with ISOs up to 3200 and still come out with very decent looking photographs. One thing I must point out though, if you are going to shoot in JPEG, make sure to switch to the Large FINE Quality JPEG setting when you get the camera. I don't know why on earth Olympus did this, but the default setting is Large NORMAL Quality JPEG.

I have used the 14-42mm II and 40-150mm R lenses with this camera and they are very good and sharp lenses, but the camera really excels with the amazing prime line up of lenses that Olympus and Panasonic offers. The image quality with these prime lenses are just amazing coming out of such a small body. I also have the 15mm Body Cap lens which is fun to use and makes the camera completely pocketable (which I will use for backpacking trips where I need to shave down on weight). Although this lens is a little soft around the edges, the image quality that it produced was surprisingly much better then I expected (similar quality to mid-to-high range point and shoots).
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