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Olympus Launch PEN E-P5 Mirrorless Camera

Olympus has launched a new PEN mirrorless camera that's an update to the E-P3, the PEN E-P5.

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Olympus PEN E-P5
Olympus has launched a successor to the PEN E-P3 camera, the E-P5, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous PEN F film camera. Also launched is a new VF-4 electronic viewfinder accessory with a 2.36 million dot resolution, and black versions of three Micro Four Thirds lenses; the 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and the 75mm f/1.8.

Take a look at our Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview.

Olympus has given the E-P5 the same 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor found in its OM-D camera. In tests, this sensor has outperformed the APS-C variety found in some DSLR cameras and Olympus cherry-picked some of their very best optical technology to take maximum advantage.

The E-P5 is the first compact system camera with a mechanical shutter capable of operating at 1/8000th of a second. This gets the very best out of super-bright, high-speed system lenses. You can freeze fast-moving objects such as insects in flight or – with an 1:1.8 aperture – create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions.

Another speed-based Olympus trademark is FAST AF, which on the E-P5 offers macro fans the option of using a very small AF point to pick out part of a subject they have already framed, for example a single pollen in the centre of a flower. Thanks to minimal shutter lag, the E-P5 increases the chances of capturing the shot just as they want it.

You can use your Apple or Android smartphone to operate the camera remotely, including the autofocus and shutter release. You can synchronise the smartphone and camera screens so that you effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone – and control the PEN by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera.
PEN E P5 Silver Back 2

Olympus PEN E-P5 Key Features:

  • Unique, full-metal retro design with no visible screws in normal use
  • The best-ever image quality achieved by a PEN
  • First-ever 1/8000th second mechanical shutter speed in the compact system camera category
  • Built-in WiFi with smartphone interactivity
  • FAST AF with Super Spot AF and Touch Shutter AF
  • 2x2 Dial Control customizable manual system
  • 5-axis IS with IS Auto
  • Photo Story and 12 Art Filters
  • Focus Peaking on MF Assist
  • 9fps sequential shooting
  • Built in flash
The Pen E-P5 is set to be released in June 2013, with the following pricing, and a real-wood grip will be an option at the time of ordering:
  • Olympus PEN E-P5 Body Only £899 / €999
  • Olympus PEN E-P5 with 14-42mm Kit lens £999 / €1099
  • Olympus PEN E-P5 Ultimate Kit with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 £1349 / €1449
For more information, visit the Olympus website.
Olympus has published a number of Olympus PEN E-P5 Sample Photos.

Olympus PEN E-P5 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1037k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
  • Spot
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting9fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)400shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBody, 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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Photographs taken using the Olympus PEN E-P5

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StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
10 May 2013 6:45AM
I see no mention of flash, or price of the new VF. However, the wifi feature sounds interesting, maybe.

joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 10:45AM

Quote:I see no mention of flash, or price of the new VF. However, the wifi feature sounds interesting, maybe.


I've updated, to include that it has a built in flash, and we've gone into detail on the VF-4 in our hands-on preview:
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
10 May 2013 5:36PM
The kit price including the new EVF and 17mm looks well worth it.

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