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The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus and is their premium level PEN camera, replacing the E-P3, and has a number of features from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, as well as improvements over the E-M5. Here we look at the main features of both to see how they differ.
Key Features Comparison Table:
|Olympus OM-D E-M5||Olympus PEN E-P5|
|16.1 megapixel sensor||16.1 megapixel sensor|
|5-axis image stabilisation (up to 5EV compensation)||5-axis image stabilisation (up to 5EV compensation)|
|3 inch OLED 610k dot tilting touch-screen||3 inch 1037k dot tilting touch-screen|
|9fps shooting, 4.2fps continuous shooting with AF||9fps, 5fps with continuous AF|
|1/4000s mechanical shutter||1/8000s mechanical shutter|
|1/180s x-sync external flash, 1/250s attached||1/250s x-sync external flash, 1/320s internal|
|Full HD, MPEG4 MOV, 720p MJPEG||Full HD, MPEG4 MOV, 720p MJPEG|
|Stereo mics, accessory port for microphone etc||Stereo mics, accessory port for microphone etc|
|ISO range 200-25600 (Lowest ISO200)||ISO range 100-25600 (extends to LOW 100)|
|2 axis electronic spirit level||2 axis electronic spirit level|
|2 Function buttons (dedicated)||1 dedicated function button|
|1.44 million dot EVF||Optional|
|N/A||Wi-Fi built in|
|External flash included (Guide 10, ISO200)||Built in pop-up flash (Guide 10, ISO200)|
|Weather sealed body, battery grip available||N/A|
|330 shot battery life||400 shot battery life|
|Weight: 373g||Weight: 378g|
|Size: 121 x 89.6 x 41.9mm||Size: 122 x 68.9 x 37.2mm|
|Body only: £839 (RRP £999)||Body only: €999 (£843 at current exchange rates)|
Both cameras have quite small front hand-grips as standard, with a large rubberised thumb grip on the rear. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has the option of a two part battery grip that adds much more grip, or alternatively both cameras can be fitted with a leather half-case, as this extra leather texture makes it easier to grip onto the cameras.
Battery life and energy efficiency has been improved, to allow the E-P5 to take up to 400 shots, compared to the 330 shots on the OM-D E-M5, which will be news to those who want better battery life from the camera.
Speed - AF speed has been improved on the Olympus PEN E-P5, and first impressions were good, although we will need to get the camera in to carry out our full speed tests.
The tilting 3inch touch screen has an improved resolution, but also a much thinner surround making the screen sit flush with the rear of the camera, giving the E-P5 a very neat looking rear profile. You can also see the difference in size between the two viewfinders, if you choose to go for the VF-4 electronic viewfinder, with the E-P5, it has a 2.36million dot resolution and a larger view with dioptre correction, as well as built in eye-detection sensor.
For more information have a look at our:
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Full Review
|Olympus OM-D E-M5||Olympus PEN E-P5|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor||Live MOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||Micro / Four Thirds||Micro / Four Thirds|
|Sensor Size (width)||17.3mm||17.3mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||13mm||13mm|
|Screen resolution||610k dots||1037k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec||1/8000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||200 - 25600||100 - 25600|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1.44million dots||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes||Yes|
|USB||USB 2||USB 2|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Body, Flash FL-LM2, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card||Body, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card|
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