- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- 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
- Announced October 2013
- Replaced the Olympus E-P3
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-P5 overview
Olympus E-P5 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally announced on October of 2013. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus launched this camera in an effort to upgrade the earlier Olympus E-P3 (Read Full Comparison)
The E-P5 stands at #51 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all-around #286 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.
Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus E-P5 family
The Olympus E-P5 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all past and current models along with important specs.
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E-P5 vs E-PL816MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
E-P5 vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-P5 vs E-PL716MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-P5 vs E-PL616MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-P5 vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-P5 vs E-PM216MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
E-P5 vs E-PL516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
E-P5 vs E-PM112MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-P5 vs E-PL312MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-P5 vs E-P312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-P5 vs E-PL212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-P5 vs E-PL1s12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-P5 vs E-PL112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-P5 vs E-P212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-P5 vs E-P112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Olympus E-P5 Gallery
You can check the E-P5 from different angles in the gallery here.
Olympus E-P5 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-P5 based on features which are typically seen as important in a camera.
Olympus E-P5 Sensor info
The sensor dimension in the Olympus E-P5 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the E-P5's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The E-P5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-P5 dimensions
Olympus E-P5 weighs around 0.93 pounds (420 grams / 14.82 oz) and features external measurements of 122mm x 69mm x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 grams so the Olympus E-P5 is heavier when compared to its rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a picture of the Olympus E-P5 with a soft drink so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the E-P5.
Olympus E-P5 Lens info
The E-P5 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to pick from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the E-P5.
Olympus E-P5 Connectivity
The E-P5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy photos and at times change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Olympus E-P5 Video info
The highest video resolution in the Olympus E-P5 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone port so you have little control over your audio. It is probably best to look at a different model in case you require good audio in your video clips.
Olympus E-P5 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Olympus E-P5 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Olympus E-P5 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-P5 has a 3 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly so you will be able to adjust focus points as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The View Finder specs regarding Olympus E-P5 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Olympus E-P5 Shutter info
Olympus E-P5 is able to shoot continuously at 9.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Olympus E-P5 Flash and Hot shoe info
Olympus E-P5 includes both inbuilt flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/320s.
Olympus E-P5 Autofocus info
Olympus E-P5 includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be useful for people photography.
The AF system has 35 focus points to select from. Olympus E-P5 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Olympus E-P5 has got manual focus when required during low light conditions or you require more precise focus control.
Olympus E-P5 Battery life
The battery power for the Olympus E-P5 is fashioned to last for 330 shots according to the CIPA requirements which is similar to its rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has got the highest (650) battery life within this class of cameras.
Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the strongest battery life:
E-P5 vs NX mini650 yesnono
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Olympus E-P5 for specific categories of photography
The following chart displays a summation of the Olympus E-P5 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Olympus E-P5 as a Portrait photography camera
The Olympus E-P5 gets a points tally of 71 which is very good, and means the camera is a fine choice to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-P5 Street photography advice
Getting a fantastic score of 78, the Olympus E-P5 is a brilliant pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus E-P5 Sports photography factors
A very good sports photography points tally of 68 means the Olympus E-P5 is a very decent option for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have great tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus E-P5 Travel photography factors
Weight is super crucial in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus E-P5 gets a very good 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to take on your trips.
Olympus E-P5 as a Landscape photography camera
If you find yourself looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-P5 at it's impressive rating of 79 as a landscape camera is a awesome option compared to its competitors.
Vlogging with Olympus E-P5
A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Olympus E-P5 is not very good for vlogging as it gets a low score of 33.
Olympus E-P5 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the E-P5, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The diagram just below gives you an overview of the E-P5 versus it's top rated rivals listed previously.
These are various other cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.