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Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview

Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview - We go hands-on with the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and Olympus OM-D E-M5, as well as show more Olympus photos from Photokina 2012.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Olympus OM-D E-M5
Price : £742
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Olympus Omd Em5 Vs Olympus Pen Epl5 (2)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Vs Olympus PEN E-PL5

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features the same 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor as the Olympus OM-D E-M5, although the body lacks the EVF, weather sealing, and 5-axis image stabilisation, instead features just 2-axis sensor-shift based image stabilisation. Another big difference is the price, with the E-PL5 available for nearly half the price of the E-M5.

Olympus Omd Em5 Vs Olympus Pen Epl5 (3)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Vs Olympus PEN E-PL5 - both cameras feature a tilting rear touch-screen, although the E-PL5 can be tilted to face forwards. A comparison of the specifications can be found at the end of the article.

Olympus Omd At Photokina (3)
Olympus O-MD E-M5 and 12-50mm lens cut in half.

Olympus Omd At Photokina (2)
Olympus O-MD E-M5 image stabilisation system.

Olympus Omd At Photokina (1)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Carl Zeiss lens.

Olympus Omd At Photokina (5)
Olympus suggest that the LS-100 audio recorder is an ideal companion for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for high quality audio to go with video recorded on the E-M5, although it makes the camera look quite small in comparison.

Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review.
Read our Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Hands-On Preview.

Comparison Table

Olympus OM-D E-M5Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
ManufacturerOlympusOlympus
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)46084608
Pixels (H)34563456
Sensor TypeLive MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / 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 Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution610k dots460,000 dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec
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
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity200 - 25600200 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution1.44million dotsNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting9fps8fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS3030
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium IonBLS-5 Li-ion
CIPA Rating330360
Box Contents
Box ContentsBody, 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 cardFlash, flash case, strap, basic manual (multi language), full manual on cd/dvd, camera, battery, battery charger, AV cable, USB cable, Warranty Card
Dimensions
Weight373g325g
Width121mm110.5mm
Height89.6mm63.7mm
Depth41.9mm38.2mm
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