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3.0 out of 5 stars Video is too noisy while focusing, November 15, 2012
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I had high hopes for this camera; not much so anymore. Stills are good, not as good as the OMD-EM5, but good for a camera this size. Video is too noisy while focusing. The same lens is a lot quieter on OMD. I think because the mics are well isolated or something in the OMD. In the EPL-5, you will hear the autofocus clicks and kicks using any lens including the 75mm 1.8, 14-42 kit lens, the 14-150mm. This is a shame for all this advancement and we still have such issues. Don't buy if you are planning to use it for indoor quiet video.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 1:53:12 PM PST
The only reason a still taken with the EM5 might be better is if it is a shot that is benefiting from the 5 axis stabilisation. If your EPL5 is not giving results in good conditions that are at least as good as the EM5 then you have a faulty unit.
If you are serious about video you would be using an external microphone. The internal mics are not going to give you great sound. Any focus noise (it's not good technique to focus while shooting) does not greatly detract from the quality of audio recorded with the internal mics. I can believe you don't have a great time shooting indoor video with this camera - but there are not many people who would be buying it for that purpose - I won't be doing it all with the camera. The outdoor video I have shot with has very impressive quality.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:30:04 AM PST
Brad Ford says:
When I purchase a camera of this type, it's for the stills. I think of the video as a bonus. Video in my opinion is quite good on this camera, but were it really shines is the stills!. I was looking for a carry around camera with interchangeable lenses and I think I've found it! I've have a Canon G10 and a Sony A33. I think the PL5 was easily replace both.
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