Despite the fact that it is "last year's model" (older than that) so it seems that it stands up very well in the competition anyway. As with so many other so dust sucked network of information before purchase. This camera seems best in its price range and in addition there are many lenses to choose from, some more expensive than others.
The choice was between E-PM2, E-PL5 and E-M5. They all have the same sensor as the big brother OM-D, but E-PM2 has no PASM dial and no viewfinder (not that it needed any steering wheel once you learned to shoot full manual), E-PL5 has PASM dial but also lacks a viewfinder - E-M5 has both. The viewfinder may be necessary when it is very sunny outside reflected in the screen so that you do not see what you're shooting.
Note, Note, Note Sometimes there are deals with this camera plus two zoom lenses. Package price is usually really good. Lenses costs 1500 SEK piece if you buy them loose. Together they cover both lenses into 14 mm to 150 mm, or 28 mm - 300 mm in 35 mm format. From widefield to telephoto.
The camera comes first into its own when you enabled "Super Control Panel". There are several guides out there on the net how to activate this. Olympus will apparently be notorious for its complicated menu, but when the SCP is enabled, then only the push of a button ("OK") to access all settings.
Regarding the material of the camera so it was important that there was a plastic camera. Nowadays it is not so common with metal anymore, so this was another positive arguments. But when you look more closely, it is a particular mixture of materials, but a large portion is at least in metal.
Have now had the Olympus E-PL5 in my possession for almost three months. Unfortunately, it has not been used so much because of other things, but I dare to still give me an assessment of this camera.
I have previously used all kinds of digital cameras from basic to more advanced SLR also the compact cameras of different varieties. My last camera was a Nikon D7000. A camera that unfortunately had a few too many problems, and that also was too heavy to "always want to remain."
Before I hit on an Olympus and this particular model (E-PL5) so I emptied the internet on reviews and anything else that could give me a clue as to which way I should go when I had to choose my new camera. At first I was into high-end compact cameras such as the Sony RX100, Canon GX1 (or if the named G1X not to be confused with the Panasonic camera), Nikon P7100 and similar cameras. One thing however, they had all in common: They were locked into the game as the built-in optics gave. Moreover, they all had a very small sensor. There were of course exceptions, such as the RX100 from Sony a larger sensor.
Then there was the m43 systems. There were both Pansonic and Olympus pioneered with their cameras. Panasonic I had had earlier in a superzoom compact, or whatever it's called, in the from of an FZ38. I had pretty much nothing about the camera more than it took good pictures ... was very plasticky ... and had small sensor. Great shots and great shots by the way, when the light was weaker so you are forced to run up the ISO, and then it was no good and nice camera anymore. Additionally, the menus right cluttered. Something that, unfortunately, is the Achilles heel of the E-PL5 with. More on this later.
I had for some time gottat me with reviews and magazines on Olympus m43 (Micro Four Thirds) range. Yes, actually I would probably become a bit småfrälst of their compact system camera in this segment. This cost, however, a whole lot more (OM-D, yeah ...) and as I understood it then shared this camera sensor with just the smaller E-PL5 and E-PM2, which is a little brother to the E-PL5.
Finally, I had narrowed down the choices I could think of doing to these two cameras. I finally went on E-PL5 was probably a quirk of fate. I was really long and weighed between these two. E-PM2 is something smaller, but with the absence of PASM dial and the vari-angle display as E-PL5. Finally, I felt that since I previously also had a Sony NEX-5 and then lacked a physical steering wheel, so my choice would have to be WITH steering wheel this time. Also, I had liked the display that went to angle in Sonyn. Therefore, we chose to end the larger (as well as "kvalitativare" and in my opinion "abler") camera. It is part of the metal where the little brother is all plastic and feels like a toy to me.
So - what about when the E-PL5? Very nice! Firstly, all sharp optics under test. Of course, more or less. But it seems not to have been no direct bad openings for mr43 system. Both Olympus and Pansonic (and others) makes all manner of nice optics for the system.
I bought the camera kit with 14-42R-zoom. It performs actually really good to be a kitzoom. The range will do fine, but for those who want to get closer to their objects, may either use shanks `s pony (feet) or get a lens with more telephoto. When I bought the camera in the kit, so igick even a free telephoto zoom that goes from 40-150 mm. Then cropfactorn (the factor you expect compared to how big the sensor on a 35mm "small format" is) 1.5, so we arrive then at 80-300 mm. It is really working even if it does not work for sheet metal birds at long distances. However, the resolution of the camera is good, so you can still get great shots by cropping the image, and thus get "closer" to the man photographed. Both of these openings is right plastiga be said. Hence even easier. It does not worry me that is afraid of my equipment, but for those who wear-and-throw much with their gadgets then you should probably look the other way. Olympus has also PRO openings for m43 system, like other manufacturers have.
I bought a little later also a premium optics from the M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 which I intended to use as a portrait loophole. Opportunities to shoot portraits just held off and I decided to sell off the loophole, which I did the other day. A nice loophole for those who like shallow depth of field and fine quality. However, limited use area to the minimum distance to the nearest object that turned out to be too long for my taste. But the loophole is recommended for portraits and for those who want a "normal" with a little more telephoto (can not be called normal, but now I do it). When we land at 90mm - that is a nice portrait loophole.
The camera itself then? It is stable, as Dr. Alban were expressed themselves. In terms of material is a mixture of materials, from metal to plastics. But nothing on the camera feels cheap. Someone might think that the LCD feels a little rickety - but no! It is stable as heck. Moreover, even tilting toward the photographer when he stands in front of the camera. Perfect for taking self-portraits.
The controls on the camera's .... like that. So, let me explain. Olympus menu system is no picnic. It feels cluttered and overly complicated at times, with key features hidden in menus. It was by reading online that example, I was helped to produce a "super menu" where you can get instant access to the most that can be set. Think of a button to bring up all the selections on the screen. This function was hidden. Insanity! But once you become accustomed to the look, so it feels better. But quite intuitive, there has probably never felt ... sorry. Even today, a lot of custom features and configurations that I have not even approached me when I think technology will take from me what is most important: The subject and to come out and take pictures, which I unfortunately been a bit poor - but then it has not depended on the menus without the other.
The camera produces great pictures in JPEG, though I prefer the benefits to shoot in raw form. Might think that the Olympus RAW format files is slightly heavier to work with than those in, for example, Nikon's SLR. Do not know why, but it feels like. I drive anyway a Macbook Pro mid-2012 with 16gb memory and there is a slight delay in loading. Sometimes I get lazy and run in JPEG but I think the dynamic range and the ability to do anything with the picture later shrinks somewhat unbelievable. Should you, for example, try to lighten up a picture that was taken in JPEG, so it occurs very quickly strapping in color transitions (like a blue sky that becomes lighter). As JPEG I shoot only if I 1. Feeling lazy. 2nd Know that images may be good directly as they are right there and then the third I want to skimp on my hard drive. Or so I just forgot to switch to raw form. An alternative is otherwise running the JPEG + raw form. It's the. =)
The images are sharp. Yep, it will be. We'll have to keep an eye on himself as a photographer - and knowing what limitations both in the camera and in himself. Something that might be better than the built-in image stabilization which otherwise provides the advantage that it is stabilizing in all optics to put on, are distinct openings with stabilizing a la Panasonic. The E-PL5 looks also not stabilization when plates. When you run the video, you see the work, however. The OM-D so you can see the stabilization work, I read. It feels safer sometimes. Instead, there is stabilization when you press when the shutter button. I think it works okay. Have not tried on any large distances at high zoom settings. However, I have heard that the feature is "a little so-so" compared to other cameras. But it does its job. Better than nothing and good that the stabilization is available with all the optics to put on.
Films do it with. Max 1080P, unfortunately not in 60b / s, which would have been nice. Think it is the standard 30b / s instead. The video works right okay. The continuous focus'm working on a little choppy at times, and with some optics (which kitgluggen) so you can hear the focus to work. It was quieter when I put it on and filmed with the fixed 45mm f1.8 grade.
Then there are a lot of effects that can be added both on film and in pictures. I stay away these although I sometimes tempted to run in JPEG with the "Dramatic colors." It will be a delicious effect, but as I said ... you can not continue working on the image with the qualitative results ... unfortunately. But the same effect can be the one who wants to learn to get out with image manipulation program instead.
I recommend a purchase of this camera - really. Something I lack to take up that part with, is a seeker. Especially when I need to stabilize the camera sometimes. When I miss my SLR that I can safely lean against the skull and look through. These are, however, available as an accessory. Speaking of accessories, the Olympus very good at developing them. Everything from Macro Lamps to .... yes ... you can check out their pages. There had also been very nice if the camera was weather sealed. But who wants the protection'll probably buy a camera in the OM series instead.
Hope that this little mini review been helpful before your purchase. Give it please thumbs up if so. =) I must add that you have to look around and read other reviews, but watch out for JUST read reviews from major photo pages / papers. There is so much other good blogs etc. where this camera is reviewed and used. It is celebrated around I think.
Now I only hope that I get a little more time and energy for my photography, so I can meet the spring with my wonderful E-PL5 at the ready.
Good luck with your purchase! =)
+ Easy and smooth!
+ Quick access to advanced options with the Olympus "super menu".
+ Many fine lens to m4/3-standarden.
+ Very good image quality even at high ISO speeds. Fully comparable with my old Nikon D5100.
+ Grim IQ!
+ Tilt screen with touch focus. Much easier than you think. Very responsive.
+ Sturdy construction and solid in the hand despite its size.
- The screen is unfortunately in widescreen and not quite as high resolution as it should be in the price range.
- The scroll wheel / mode dial on the back is very easy to access. Wish it was a little sluggish.
- Kitobjektivet has a strange lock design that makes you have to dial the zoom ring, then it will work. A little uneasy.
Very good image quality, good depth of field and small and easy to carry with you.
Have Panasonic pancake lens 20mm/F1.7 to. Perfect.