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Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
85
Imaging
53
Features
76
Overall
62
Olympus PEN E-P5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Olympus E-P5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 420g - 122 x 69 x 37mm
  • Launched October 2013
  • Older Model is Olympus E-P3
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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Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Olympus E-P5 and Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are built by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-P5 (16MP) and the E-PL5 (16MP) is very comparable and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-P5 was announced 13 months after the E-PL5 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief view of how the E-P5 grades against the E-PL5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P5 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-P5 E-PL5 
IntroducedOctober 2013September 2012More modern by 13 months
Display resolution1037k460kCrisper display (+577k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-P5

 E-PL5 E-P5 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-P5 and Olympus E-PL5

 E-P5 E-PL5 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-P5 offers exterior dimensions of 122mm x 69mm x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") with a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL5 has proportions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-P5 and Olympus E-PL5 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the E-P5 against the E-PL5.

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the E-P5 and E-PL5 is 85 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to see the gap in sensor sizes merely by checking out a spec sheet. The pic underneath will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-P5 and E-PL5.

Clearly, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact MP so you should expect comparable quality of files but you should really factor the production date of the cameras into account. The younger E-P5 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Portrait photography information
Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography information
71
focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320 seconds)
decent megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW formats
71
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Street photography highlights
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography highlights
78
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than competition (420 grams)
85
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Sports photography information
Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography information
68
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
has no phase detect auto focus
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Travel photography factors
Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography factors
68
comes with touch to focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
more heavy than competition (420g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
75
supports touch focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
screen is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Landscape photography info
Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography info
79
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
33
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (420 grams)
78
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have external mic port
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Olympus E-P5 vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P5 and Olympus E-PL5
 Olympus PEN E-P5Olympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-P5 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2013-10-03 2012-09-17
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 35 35
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,037 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology 3:2 LCD capacitive touchscreen -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 9.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (ISO 100) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 - 1/64) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/320 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 420 grams (0.93 pounds) 325 grams (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 122 x 69 x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 72
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 12.3
DXO Low light rating 895 889
Other
Battery life 330 shots 360 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $389 $400