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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P2 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Olympus E-P2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Released April 2010
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-P1
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Launched September 2012
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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are built by Olympus. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the E-P2 (12MP) and E-PL5 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The E-P2 was unveiled 3 years earlier than the E-PL5 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summary of how the E-P2 matches up against the E-PL5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P2 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-P2 E-PL5 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-P2

 E-PL5 E-P2 
LaunchedSeptember 2012April 2010More recent by 29 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL5

 E-P2 E-PL5 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus E-P2 comes with outer measurements of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 355 grams (0.78 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).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the E-P2 versus the E-PL5.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the E-P2 and E-PL5 is 86 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by looking through a spec sheet. The visual underneath may provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-P2 and E-PL5.

Clearly, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Olympus E-PL5 to render greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots far more aggressively. The older E-P2 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Portrait photography advice
Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography advice
60
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Street photography factors
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography factors
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
85
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-P2
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (300 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-P2
Travel photography with Olympus E-PL5
43
doesn't have Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (300 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
75
includes touch focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Landscape photography details
Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography details
60
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (300 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
74
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic port
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL5
 Olympus PEN E-P2Olympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-P2 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-04-22 2012-09-17
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic V -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 35
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AEB
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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 355g (0.78 pounds) 325g (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 56 72
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 12.3
DXO Low light rating 505 889
Other
Battery life 300 shots 360 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $799 $400