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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Announced November 2010
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-PL1
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL2
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
  • Announced September 2012
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are designed by Olympus. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and E-PL5 (16MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL1s was brought out 22 months prior to the E-PL5 making them a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the E-PL1s scores versus the E-PL5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-PL1s E-PL5 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-PL1s

 E-PL5 E-PL1s 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012November 2010Newer by 22 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Olympus E-PL5

 E-PL1s E-PL5 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL1s provides external dimensions of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") with a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Olympus E-PL5 has measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the E-PL1s and the E-PL5.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL1s and E-PL5 is 86 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions only by reading through specifications. The picture underneath will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL1s and E-PL5.

To sum up, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should expect to see the Olympus E-PL5 to give extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged E-PL1s is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography highlights
Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography highlights
60
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
71
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Street photography advice
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography advice
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
85
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
boasts focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
low battery life (290 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Travel photography information
Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography information
52
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
low battery life (290 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
75
boasts focus via touch
MP count decent (16MP)
selfie friendly display
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-PL5 as a Landscape photography camera
55
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
low battery life (290 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse recording
74
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PL1s
Vlogging with Olympus E-PL5
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focusing
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone support
78
selfie friendly display
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have external mic jack
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Olympus E-PL5
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sOlympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1s Olympus PEN E-PL5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2010-11-16 2012-09-17
Body design 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 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 35
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.00 m 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash settings 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
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334 grams (0.74 lb) 325 grams (0.72 lb)
Physical dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 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 290 photographs 360 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $599 $400