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Olympus PEN E-PL5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 479 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the price and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the flash, and some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PL5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the image quality and size are on the whole positive. The performance and portability also get good opinions, whereas reviews about the exposure and low light performance are different.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the price and image quality are generally positive. The portability and performance also get good reviews, but the exposure and viewfinder get negative views. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, performance, portability, image quality, price

viewfinder, exposure

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the screen and performance. The portability and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, portability, performance, screen

67% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2020

Expert review by (t3.com)

Olympus E-PL5 review

 

The Olympus E-PL5 is a 'Lite' version of the range topping Olympus OM-D

Sophisticated design ; Tilting touch-screen ; Anti shake built into camera

Small backplate buttons ; Plasticky kit lens ; Lacks convincing grip

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

 

The Olympus E-PL5, otherwise known as the "PEN Lite", is the fourth iteration of the E-PL series. It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride since this Micro Four Thirds series' conception: we've had moments of brilliance such as the retro design; but...

Great image quality as per OM-D E-M5, decent build quality, useful Art Filters, touchscreen, full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses

Flash is hotshoe-mounted only (not necessarily a problem), plastic grip looks a bit cheap, continuous autofocus still not quite there, ISO 200 minimum

The E-PL5 may at first seem like a small series of steady improvements rolled into the one camera and, in some respects, that's all it is. But the combination of these subtleties merges into one much greater whole than any E-PL model before it.

Nov, 2012

TECHRADAR 2013 - RECOMMENDED!

Expert review by : Amy Davies (techradar.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review

 

We try out the new Olympus PEN E-PL5

Tilting screen ; OM-D sensor ; Large lens range

Not an articulating screen

Olympus has refreshed its PEN lineup of compact system cameras, with two new introductions to sit in the middle and at the bottom of the lineup.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Derrick Story (techadvisor.co.uk)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

 

Unfortunately, the compact body doesn't have enough room for a built-in flash. Olympus ships a separate unit in the kit that slides into the accessory shoe on the top of the camera. This is a change that Olympus made in the previous model, the E-PL3,...

The Olympus E-PL5 is a camera you should hold in your hands before making a buying decision. If it passes your personal ergonomics test, then the performance is sure to please. Excellent image quality combined with fast autofocusing and an impressive 8...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techadvisor.co.uk)

Olympus E-PL5 review

 

Successor to the E-PL3 we reviewed this time last year, the E-PL5 has skipped a number to become the fourth generation interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds system compact from Olympus (the same technology the Panasonic G5 uses). Also known as the...

We enjoyed the ability to fire the shutter with a satisfying clunk by tapping where your subject appears on screen. Plus with Art Filter effects that are fun and effective, and warm, bold colours delivered almost on default, apart from a few niggles...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 review

 

At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

Olympus E-PL5 review

 

Including this CSC, Olympus has had four generations to refine its act. Looks and handles great if you ignore teeny, fiddly backplate buttons

Starter option with sophisticated design, tilting touchscreen LCD screen aids visibility and makes for intuitive use, dedicated video record button falls readily under the thumb, image stabilisation built into camera body rather than lens

Small backplate buttons, but criticism otherwise similar to that of its E-PL3 predecessor, namely we miss the integral flash and handgrip of the E-PL2, and bemoan the plastic-y clip-on flash, plastic-y clip on grip and plastic-y kit lens provided in lieu

We enjoyed the ability to fire the shutter with a satisfying clunk by tapping where your subject appears on screen. Plus with Art Filter effects that are fun and effective, and warm, bold colours delivered almost on default, apart from a few niggles...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Sample Photos

 

We go hands on with the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and post sample photos from the Micro Four Thirds camera.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 camera (preview)

 

Olympus beefs up its PEN Lite interchangeable lens camera, adds Wi-Fi hotspot support via Toshiba FlashAir cards

Focusing ; Screen ; In-camera filters

Won't know until we test it

Olympus has given the new version of the PEN Lite a handgrip to make it a little more comfortable to use. It has also improved the screen and the in-camera filters and focusing, making the E-PL5 a better offering than the E-PL3 that it replaces.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Enid Burns (digitaltrends.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 Review

 

For users upgrading from a simple point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is a very good camera to transition to.

Both cameras performed well and gave us crisp, focused photos. We were finding it difficult to justify the $100 to spring for the E-PL5 over the E-PM2. But then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot,...

Feb, 2013

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