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Olympus E-P5 16.1 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD- Body Only (Silver with Black Trim)
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- 16MP CMOS Four Thirds format sensor
- Twin control dials (front and rear) with '2x2' dual-mode option
- 1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync
- '5-axis' image stabilization with automatic panning detection ('S-IS Auto')
- ISO 'LOW' (100 equiv) - ISO 25,600
- Up to 9 fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
- Focus 'peaking' display
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||330 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||9 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1036800|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/320 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Dectection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.72 x 1.46 x 4.8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.93 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.8 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||8.4 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.7 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional RM-UC1|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Item Dimensions||1.46 x 4.8 x 2.72 in||4.9 x 1.5 x 2.8 in||4.6 x 1.5 x 2.7 in||1.5 x 4.37 x 2.52 in||1.69 x 4.8 x 3.5 in||1.34 x 4.33 x 2.52 in|
|Item Weight||0.93 lb||0.9 lb||0.8 lb||0.72 lb||0.94 lb||0.59 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 megapixels||20 megapixels||—||16 megapixels||16 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||Micro Four Thirds 4/3 - inch||micro_four_thirds||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p||1080p||1080i_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional)||electronic viewfinder||electronic||Electronic (optional)||LCD||Electronic (optional)|
Designed with a modern twist to the original PEN F, fans of the award-winner Olympus PEN family of cameras now have the PEN E-P5. The flagship PEN body that delivers that delivers a portable, premium quality experience. The E-P5 is packed with the latest innovations Olympus technology has to offer including 1/8000s Shutter Speed, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, "F.A.S.T" AF Speed, Built-In Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance ) capability, 2x2 dial control and more.
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Designed with a modern twist to the original PEN F, fans of the award-winning Olympus PEN family of cameras now have the PEN E-P5. The flagship PEN body that delivers a portable, premium quality experience. The E-P5 is packed with the latest innovations Olympus technology has to offer including 1/8000s Shutter Speed, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, "F.A.S.T" AF Speed, Built-In Wi-Fi capability*, 2x2 dial control and more.
Advanced Design for a New Generation
The Olympus PEN E-P5 carries on the essence of the design found in all Olympus PEN cameras and advances its appearance to a new level. Exacting attention was given to materials, form, texture and color. The body was designed to be seamless; no external fasteners can be seen on the sides, front or top of the body. Form and operability of dials, levers and buttons are positioned for optimal ease-of-use and comfort.
*Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
1/8000s Mechanical Shutter
The E-P5 is the world's first mirrorless** camera equipped with a 1/8000 sec. high-speed mechanical shutter which allows you to freeze action without blur. Use prime lenses at their maximum aperture allowing you to capture beautifully defocused background images even in very bright daylight.
**As of May 2013, Excluding the Electronic Shutter
Precise Flash Sync up to 1/320s
Syncing your flash with fast shutter speeds is typically tricky; the flash is just too fast! The E-P5's shutter can sync with the built-in flash at shutter speeds up to 1/320s. This maximum sync speed gives you greater flexibility choosing the correct exposure settings when shooting outdoors in bright of back-lit conditions where fill flash on your subject is desirable.
9fps Sequential Shooting
High-speed sequential shooting as fast as 9fps can be accomplished when using the Tracking AF (C-AF+Tr), which works in tandem with the Autofocus to follow your subject.
F.A.S.T AF - Touch Focus and Short Release Time Lag
The F.A.S.T (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus areas that are spread over the image area. Four different AF area sizes can be selected - the smallest of which makes pin-point AF accuracy possible on even the smallest of macro subjects. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35 areas are especially effective when you need to match the AF area pattern to your particular subject. And with a time lag of only 0.044 seconds*** instant photo opportunities will not get way from you even if you are photographing a subject moving at high speeds.
*** When pressing the shutter halfway with IS Off. Battery consumption will increase and the number of shots that can be taken reduced by about 60 shots (CIPA standard).
OPTIMAL IMAGE QUALITY
5-Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto
The PEN E-P5 is equipped with 5-Axis image stabilization system with IS-Auto. 5-Axis IS compensates for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems of the past have been unable to handle. While the new IS-Auto mode detects both vertical and horizontal panning and automatically deactivates image stabilization on the panning axis. IS-Auto will allow you to make spectacular panning photos of a speedy car.
5-Axis IS is built into the camera body to ensure effective stabilization with all lenses, its unique design makes it particularly effective when taking high-magnification telephoto shots, macro close-ups, and long exposures. In addition, it can be activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, so you can also use it to stabilize the viewfinder or LCD image and obtain a crisp, clear view of your subject that makes it easy to frame and compose your shots.
16MP Live MOS
Featuring the 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor of the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus Micro Four Thirds fourth generation PEN E-P5, 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 improved color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.
Get connected instantly. Touch the WiFi icon on the PEN E-P5's LCD to connect to your smartphone using the Olympus I.O Share SmartPhone app. Select images you want to share, add them to your share list, and quickly and easily send images with the touch of a single button.
Remote Shutter Release via Smartphone
Take control of your PEN E-P5, without even touching it! Using the Olympus I.O.Share smartphone app you can preview your composition, choose the AF point and release the shutter; perfect for tripod and self-portrait shooting.
QR Code Connection
Sync your PEN E-P5 to your smartphone in an instant. With the new "QR Code Connect" you take a shot of the QR code on the camera’s LCD monitor with your smartphone and your camera and smartphone are sync’d instantly using the OI.Share's private connection.
Geotags can be easily added to your photos by simply sending the high-precision GPS log data recorded by OI.Share to your camera. This function of the E-P5 allows you to use map functions on Olympus Viewer 3 or other applications supporting GPS log data.
You can easily create a combination of photos by selecting one of four themes. Each theme allows you to create a photo story of a certain flair with just a single touch. Choose Standard to capture three images in single layout to tell a story. Select "Speed" that allows continuous seamless shooting of 5 images and combines them into one image, Choose "Zoom-In/Zoom-Out" to captures two images at two different distances into one image, or select "Fun Frames" and create images that mimic Film style and Polaroids.
Art Filters and Variations
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 when shooting HD movies.
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-P5 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.
RAW Development with Art Filter Bracketing
If you can't make up your mind about choosing a filter, you can use the Art Filter Bracketing function to generate multiple pictures with Art Filters with a single shot and then view them as a slideshow. Art Filter Bracketing can be applied to recorded RAW format data by in-camera RAW processing.
Interval Shooting with Time Lapse Video
Interval shooting allows 1-99 shots, from 1 second to 24 hour time interval to easily shoot a series of pictures. he E-P5 also has a valuable feature that easily converts a series of pictures taken using interval shooting into a time-lapse movie (Max 10 seconds movie at 99 shots).
2 x 2 Dial Control with Custom Lever
2x2 dial control on the E-P5 gives you ultimate control with two dials and a function lever, allowing direct access to aperture/shutter speed,, exposure compensation, ISO settings, and white balance - directly by dial.
In addition, the Fn lever can be used to switch Movie button functions and focus modes.
Super Spot AF and Focus Peaking
Super Spot AF helps you to accurately bring even extremely small subjects into focus, allowing you to select an area even smaller than the AF point. With Small AF Target, you can set your focus even more precisely by reducing the size of the Spot AF target. The E-P5 also features Focus Peaking, which brings shots into focus manually such as when taking photos using OM or Four Thirds glass.
Live Bulb with Histogram
Now, when shooting in the "Live Bulb" mode, you can see the progression of exposure and the live Histogram shows you how exposure is distributed across all points of the image.
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But Olympus digicams have matured and so *ahem* have I. My Canon gear is getting heavier by the week. So I began looking at the various compact mirrorless systems, reading both professional and user reviews, and looking at sample images. While reviewers of the Oly cameras generally agree that the menus are complex, the number of options available in the menus and the ability to customize settings were certainly attractive. More than that, I liked the color rendering, clarity and dynamic range produced by the Oly micro four-thirds cameras.
So I bit. And I'm pretty glad I did.
What I like:
Outstanding image quality
Effective in-body 5-axis image stabilization
Excellent lenses in a great selection
Built in flash
Tilting LCD screen
Blazing fast autofocus
Dynamic range, especially shooting raw. LOTS of latitude for pushing shadows and recovering highlights, although those aren't really a problem.
Clean images through ISO 2000, with 3200 and 6400 actually quite usable
Very decent video (not using it much so can't comment in depth)
What needs improving:
Menus - settings are still unnecessarily complicated (but not as confusing as eight years ago)
Touch screen functionality a bit limited - pinch zoom would be nice in playback
LCD impossible to see in direct sunlight - had to buy pricey electronic viewfinder VF-4 for outdoor shooting
Not the easiest-to-handle shape
Needs chromatic aberration correction (though the lenses I have don't really cause much CA)
I'm happy with the PEN E-P5. So happy that, after 35 years as a Canon girl, I just may be ready to throw in the Canon towel.
I ALREADY HAVE AN EM5. SO WHY DID I PURCHASE THE EP5 KIT? I got into photography during the digital age, and like many photographers in their 30s, have become accustomed to composing with the screen. In contrast to many others, I upgraded from the EPL1 to the EM5 not for the built-in VF but for the IBIS and improved IQ. I went ahead and got the battery grip as well because I got a good package deal. I've done a lot of traveling over the past year. Although I use the landscape grip all the time, I hardly ever use the VF, except when in bright sunlight. Although I love my EM5, I've been frustrated with the certain aspects of the handling: the implementation of the bracketing function, the small size of the function buttons. I found that the placement of the control wheels made it uncomfortable to hold the camera without the landscape grip. Another consideration is that my needs have changed. Because of my new job, I won't be traveling that much over the next year or so, and plan on shooting primarily at family events, at restaurants and bars, and on the street. The ability to fit the EP5 with a compact lens in a small case--together with the fact that the EP5 has a built-in flash--also appealed to me. Finally, aside from the 12-35mm, which I use quite a bit, all the other lenses I use are quite small.
HANDLING: Because of the placement of the buttons and the shape of the front part of the grip (extends further toward the lens mount), I find the EP5 more comfortable to hold than the EM5 sans landscape grip. The EM5 with landscape grip is undeniably more comfortable when shooting with heavier lenses like the 12-35mm. I find the EP5 comfortable enough for short periods of time (which is all I need it for), especially since I tend to shoot with 2 hands. However, if I were shooting events in which I have to hold up the camera for extended periods of time (like weddings), the EM5 would be a better choice.
OPERATION: The 2x2 switch (which allows you to change the function of the control wheels) together with the ability to assign My Sets to the control dial makes a huge difference. If you set up the camera properly, I can see no reason why I'd ever need to dive into those Olympus menus. I use the 2x2 button to switch from exposure control to white balance / ISO. I've set up function 1 as HDR bracketing, which allows you to switch bracketing on and off with a push of the button (i.e., you don't have to hold on to the function button while shooting, as is the case with the EM5), and you can change bracketing settings just by holding down the button and toggling the rear control wheel. I.e., no need to dive into the menus. I've assigned focus peaking to the magnify button, flash to the right direction button, and bracketing / timer to the down direction button. Unfortunately, the button assignments carry across all four mysets. It's impossible to set a function button to do one thing in myset 1 and another thing in myset 2. But I guess that keeps it simpler, and it's not a problem for me.
One problem with the EM5 is that you have to dive into the menus to change my sets (no way of doing it on the control dial, as with the GH cameras), and it's easy to forget what functions you've assigned. With the EP5, I was able to assign mysets to the control menu in a logical manner that's easy to remember. For instance, when the camera is in A mode, myset 1 is enabled. The settings are S-AF+MF, max auto-ISO 800. Perfect for landscapes or non-moving subjects, when I can afford to have a lower shutter speed and want to keep the ISO down. In contrast, when in S priority, myset 2 is enabled. C-AF, max auto-ISO at 6400. Again, these settings make sense in shutter priority, so they're easy to remember.
I intend to make use of the other two my sets, but haven't yet. All in all, this is wonderful. I can now instantly get the optimal settings for all my common shooting needs just by switching from A to S priority, without diving into menus.
BUILD QUALITY: buttons feel better than the OMD, and the camera in general feels very solid. Although smaller than the OMD, it weighs about the same as the EM5 without the grip. In fact, I remember reading that the EP5 is slightly heavier, although the difference is not readily apparent.
The hot shoe is better implemented in the EP5. One problem with the EM5 is that in order to use the hot shoe, you had to take off two separate protective covers, and the bottom one (silver colored in the silver OMD) is fiddly and difficult to remove. As a result, I found it impractical to attach a flash quickly in the field. If I anticipated needing fill in flash, I would attach it in advance, which made the camera bulkier. With the EP5, the flash is built in. And if you want to use the hotshoe (e.g., to attach the VF4), there's only one piece to remove. It's made of rubber and comes off easily. I can remove the hotshoe cover and attach the VF4 cover in just seconds, without needing to put the camera down on a bench or table.
Although some people might not use the built-in flash at all, I find it useful both for fill-flash (especially outdoors) and to trigger another flash. And sometimes, there are occasions where there's simply not enough available light to shoot without flash. Although you obviously need an off camera flash for optimal IQ, there are occasions when flash is required to "get the picture," and for casual shooting purposes, the results are acceptable.
VF4: As I mentioned above, I rarely used the internal VF in the EM5. Partly because I had become accustomed to shooting without a VF, but also because I found it uncomfortable to look through grainy electronic VFs. In contrast, the VF4 is amazing and does not feel like an EVF. The image is huge, clearer, and not at all grainy. My eyes don't get tired using the VF4. And, as I mentioned earlier, it locks into place securely and can be taken on and off very quickly. One annoying thing is that Olympus did not see fit to include a pouch for either the VF4. In contrast, the external flash that came with the EM5 did include a little pouch. Not a huge deal, but should have been included.
I haven't shot enough to come to a definitive conclusion, but from everything I've read, the IQ should be similar to the EM5. The good news is that according to one article I read, you don't sacrifice much dynamic range at all by using ISO 100 on the EP5, although the EM5 as a whole has slightly more dynamic range than the EP5 across most ISO values. However, the difference seems pretty negligible. See [...] (google the tech radar review).
17mm LENS AND CONCLUSION: When I purchased the kit, my original intention was to sell off the 17mm lens to get the overall price down to $1,000 (a new 17mm lens goes for $499). However, I love the fast autofocus speed of the 17mm, and decided that the pictures were sharp enough for my purposes. Although I found the 20mm slightly shaper in the corners, that's not an issue for me, since I plan on using the lens mainly for human subjects rather than landscapes. I just sold the 20mm lens yesterday on Craigslist for $300. Although not quite as compact as the 20mm lens, it's compact enough to fit in my leather case (pictured above) while attached to the EP5. And even with the 20mm lens, the EP5 will not fit in jeans pocket, and would be uncomfortable even if it did, due to the weight. One further advantage of the 17mm is the snap to MF feature: if you pull the manual focus back (into the lens), the camera will automatically switch to MF mode. I.e., without having to change any settings on the camera itself. The snap to MF mode also works great in conjunction with FP! The only issue I had is that the infinity mark on the camera is slightly off. On my lens, if I want it to focus to infinity, I turn the MF ring so that it's slightly shy of the infinity mark. But in practice, this is not an issue once you're aware of it, especially if you use focus peaking.