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Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
87
Imaging
58
Features
61
Overall
59
Fujifilm X-A1 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Fujifilm X-A1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Fujifilm X Mount
  • 330g - 117 x 67 x 39mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Refreshed by Fujifilm X-A2
Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Introduced September 2012
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Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Fujifilm X-A1 versus Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Olympus. The image resolution of the Fujifilm X-A1 (16MP) and the E-PL5 (16MP) is fairly comparable but the Fujifilm X-A1 (APS-C) and E-PL5 (Four Thirds) use totally different sensor sizes.

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The Fujifilm X-A1 was manufactured 15 months later than the E-PL5 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the Fujifilm X-A1 matches up vs the E-PL5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X-A1 over the Olympus E-PL5

 Fujifilm X-A1 E-PL5 
IntroducedNovember 2013September 2012Fresher by 15 months
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Fujifilm X-A1

 E-PL5 Fujifilm X-A1 
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Fujifilm X-A1 and Olympus E-PL5

 Fujifilm X-A1 E-PL5 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Fujifilm X-A1 features external measurements of 117mm x 67mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5") along with a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs) and the Olympus E-PL5 has sizing of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

Check out the Fujifilm X-A1 versus Olympus E-PL5 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the Fujifilm X-A1 vs the E-PL5.

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X-A1 and E-PL5 is 87 and 88 respectively.

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizing just by going through a spec sheet. The visual underneath should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the Fujifilm X-A1 and E-PL5.

Clearly, the two cameras have got the exact same megapixels but not the same sensor sizing. The Fujifilm X-A1 offers the larger sensor which should make achieving shallower DOF easier. The newer Fujifilm X-A1 will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Fujifilm X-A1
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
74
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
71
focusing manually
decent MP (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm X-A1
Street photography with Olympus E-PL5
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
85
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
boasts focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Fujifilm X-A1
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
54
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X-A1 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-PL5 as a Travel photography camera
66
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Timelapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
75
boasts focus by touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X-A1 Landscape photography details
Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography details
69
has manual focus
change lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse function
74
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X-A1 Vlogging features
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging features
31
has face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no microphone support
78
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
no microphone socket
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Fujifilm X-A1 vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X-A1 and Olympus E-PL5
 Fujifilm X-A1Olympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Brand Name FujiFilm Olympus
Model Fujifilm X-A1 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-11-30 2012-09-17
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXR Processor II -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.6mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 368.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 4896 x 3264 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 49 35
Lens
Lens mounting type Fujifilm X Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 54 107
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO200m) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash modes Auto / Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Slow Synchro / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min. 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 330g (0.73 pounds) 325g (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 117 x 67 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 72
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 889
Other
Battery life 350 images 360 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-W126 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec.) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $329 $400