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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL6 front
Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Key Specs

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
  • Launched September 2012
Olympus E-PL6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Introduced August 2014
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL7
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Olympus E-PL5 versus Olympus E-PL6, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are produced by Olympus. The resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the E-PL6 (16MP) is very similar and they come with the exact same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was manufactured 22 months prior to the E-PL6 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise view of how the E-PL5 matches up versus the E-PL6 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-PL6

 E-PL5 E-PL6 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL6 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-PL6 E-PL5 
IntroducedAugust 2014September 2012Fresher by 22 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL6

 E-PL5 E-PL6 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution460k460kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL5 enjoys external dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Olympus E-PL6 has dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the E-PL5 and the E-PL6.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL5 and E-PL6 is 88 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing purely by going over specifications. The graphic underneath may offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL5 and E-PL6.

To sum up, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact megapixels and you should expect similar quality of images however you may want to consider the production date of the products into consideration. The older E-PL5 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography details
Olympus E-PL6 Portrait photography details
71
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW files
71
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Street photography features
Olympus E-PL6 Street photography features
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
offers touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
85
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides focus by touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL6
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-PL6 as a Travel photography camera
75
offers touch to focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse mode
85
provides focus by touch
MP count good (16 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography information
Olympus E-PL6 Landscape photography information
74
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
80
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PL6 Vlogging factors
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
missing external mic port
79
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have microphone port
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL6
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Olympus PEN E-PL6
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PL6
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-17 2014-08-01
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - TruePic VI
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 35 35
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 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 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 325 gr (0.72 pounds) 325 gr (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 pictures 360 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $400 $300