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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PM2 front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
63
Overall
57

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Key Specs

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
Olympus E-PM2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 64 x 34mm
  • Revealed May 2013
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PM1
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are sold by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the E-PM2 (16MP) is relatively comparable and they possess the exact same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was launched 8 months prior to the E-PM2 so they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the E-PL5 matches up versus the E-PM2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-PM2

 E-PL5 E-PM2 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PM2 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-PM2 E-PL5 
RevealedMay 2013September 2012Fresher by 8 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PM2

 E-PL5 E-PM2 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kEqual screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera, you have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL5 features physical measurements 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-PM2 has dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the E-PL5 vs the E-PM2.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL5 and E-PM2 is 88 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing merely by going through specs. The visual underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL5 and E-PM2.

All in all, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of photos though you need to take the age of the cameras into account. The older E-PL5 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-PM2 as a Portrait photography camera
71
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
71
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL5
Street photography with Olympus E-PM2
85
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
includes focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
79
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
offers focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography information
Olympus E-PM2 Sports photography information
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography info
Olympus E-PM2 Travel photography info
75
includes focus by touch
decent MP (16MP)
selfie friendly screen
lack of Timelapse mode
66
offers focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus E-PM2 Landscape photography highlights
74
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PM2 Vlogging factors
78
selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
36
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone jack
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PM2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PM2
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Olympus PEN E-PM2
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PM2
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-17 2013-05-21
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
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 200 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 35 35
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
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 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)
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250s 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 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 325g (0.72 lb) 269g (0.59 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 110 x 64 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 72
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 12.2
DXO Low light rating 889 932
Other
Battery life 360 photographs 360 photographs
Style of battery 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 $448