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Category: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Price: £755.00

Olympus PEN E-P5 Vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Comparison - Olympus PEN E-P5 Vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Overview Comparison

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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specifications

Olympus PEN E P5 Vs Olympus OM D E M5 (4)

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.

Olympus PEN E-P5 vs OM-D E-M5 Features

Olympus PEN E P5 Vs Olympus OM D E M5 (2)


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)
N/A Focus peaking
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)

 

Olympus PEN E-P5 vs OM-D E-M5 Handling:

Olympus PEN E P5 Vs Olympus OM D E M5 (3)

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.

Olympus PEN E P5 Vs Olympus OM D E M5 (5)

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.

Olympus PEN E P5 Vs Olympus OM D E M5 (1)

Olympus PEN E-P5 vs OM-D E-M5 Performance

We expect the performance of the E-P5 to be very similar if not identical to the OM-D E-M5, although there could have been further improvements to image quality implemented, and we will be testing the E-P5 fully when it is available. Where there could be advantages in image quality are due to the additional versatility provided by the faster shutter speed and lower ISO setting, allowing a wider aperture setting for a shallower depth of focus in bright conditions.

Olympus PEN E-P5 vs OM-D E-M5 Verdict

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is now one of the highest specification Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras available. The major differences between the two cameras, the internal electronic viewfinder, weather sealing and optional battery grip, on the OM-D E-M5 suiting the outdoor photographer more, while the small size of the Olympus PEN E-P5 would suit those looking to travel light without a compromise in image quality between the two.

For more information have a look at our:
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Full Review

Comparison Table

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus PEN E-P5
ManufacturerOlympusOlympus
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.1Mp (Megapixels)16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 46084608
Pixels (H) 34563456
Sensor Type Live MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor Size Micro / Four ThirdsMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width) 17.3mm17.3mm
Sensor Size (height) 13mm13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in3in
Screen resolution 610k dots1037k dots
Touch Screen YesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
  • Spot
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest 60sec60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 200 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp +/-3+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution 1.44million dotsNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 9fps9fps
Video
Movie mode YesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 3030p
Stereo Sound YesYes
Optical Zoom with Video YesYes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation YesYes
Interface
HDMI YesYes
USB USB 2USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium IonLithium Ion
CIPA Rating 330400
Box Contents
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 cardBody, 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
Dimensions
Weight 373g378g
Width 121mm122.3mm
Height 89.6mm68.9mm
Depth 41.9mm37.2mm
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Comments

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014204 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 5:51 PM

I like it, maybe if I wanted a second body, maybe.Smile

Denny

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214388 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 2:39 AM

I like it too Smile

spdavies
spdavies  3
16 May 2013 - 3:05 AM

Is there a mistake on the weight? Indicates the PEN is heavier than the EM5, even, I assume, not including the external viewfinder, which would add more weight yet.
(Of course, I'm American, so maybe don't understand those metric "grams"...).
Kind of puts the lie to the comment that the E-P5 will appeal to those wanting to "travel light".

spdavies
spdavies  3
16 May 2013 - 3:09 AM

Me again - with the added viewfinder, the EP-5 is also considerably more expensive than the EM5 and is also larger, judging from the photos.
Except for the minor internal upgrades, I don't see the appeal....

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