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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
Portability
86
Imaging
54
Features
81
Overall
64

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 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
  • Introduced September 2012
Olympus E-PL7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL6
  • Renewed by Olympus E-PL8
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Olympus E-PL5 versus Olympus E-PL7, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are created by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the E-PL7 (16MP) is very similar and both cameras provide the same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was announced 23 months prior to the E-PL7 making them a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the E-PL5 matches up against the E-PL7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-PL7

 E-PL5 E-PL7 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-PL7 E-PL5 
IntroducedSeptember 2014September 2012More modern by 23 months
Display resolution1037k460kSharper display (+577k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL7

 E-PL5 E-PL7 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry around your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL5 has outer dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") having a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Olympus E-PL7 has specifications of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") with a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the E-PL5 vs the E-PL7.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL5 and E-PL7 is 88 and 86 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes merely by going over a spec sheet. The picture underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL5 and E-PL7.

Clearly, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the identical MP and you can expect similar quality of images but you have to consider the age of the products into consideration. The more aged E-PL5 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL7
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
72
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
85
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
84
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
provides focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL7
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect AF
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography info
Olympus E-PL7 Travel photography info
75
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse mode
85
provides focus by touch
megapixel count good (16MP)
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL5
Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL7
74
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
missing Time Lapse mode
80
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging advice
Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging advice
78
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
missing external mic port
78
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lack of external mic support
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL7
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Olympus PEN E-PL7
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PL7
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-09-17 2014-09-01
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic VII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 35 81
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325g (0.72 lb) 357g (0.79 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 72
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 12.4
DXO Low light score 889 873
Other
Battery life 360 shots 350 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 BLS-50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $400 $499