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Model Name: Olympus PEN E-PL5 
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Successor: Olympus E-PL7
E-PL5 vs E-PL7
Model Number: E-PL5
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $599.99
Street Price: $361.05
Date Available: 2012-10-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 15.8 oz (448 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5 in.
(111 x 64 x 38 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony
Effective Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.75 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 72
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 12.3
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 889
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG, 12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 8.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30p (20 or 17Mbps))
1280x720 (30p (13 or 10Mbps))
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG); Linear PCM 16-bit, 48kHz stereo audio
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R MSC M.Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84mm
Focal Length (actual): 14 - 42mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 37.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 2x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: High-speed Contrast-detect AF: 35-area multiple AF; All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target (normal), Single target (small)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Viewfinder Type: Optional VF-2, VF-3 or VF-4 electronic viewfinders
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,800 dots (153,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 14.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Maximum ISO (native): 25600
Minimum ISO (native): 200
ISO Settings: AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunny, Shadow, Cloudy, Incandescent, , Fluorescent, Underwater, Flash, Custom (2), Kelvin
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D Still (using H-FT012 3D lens only); Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Water Color); Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key); Multiple Exposure (2 frames)
Self Timer: 2, 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
High Resolution Composite: No
Built-in Flash: No
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64), Off
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Bundled FL-LM1 flash has GN of 7m (ISO 100) or 10m (ISO 200)
Max Flash Sync: 1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: 12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG); Linear PCM 16-bit, 48kHz stereo audio
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional Remote Cable RM-UC1
Connections (extended): Micro HDMI (Type-D), combined AV/USB/Remote connector, Accessory Port 2
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.56
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.56
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.55
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 8.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 15
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 8.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 16
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 8.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 14
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.22 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.100 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.33 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.064 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF shutter lag, wide-area AF mode = 0.255s
Startup Time: 0.7 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 0.6 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power: 4.7 seconds
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 360 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):  
Battery Life, Video:  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BLS-5
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary BLS-5 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
Included Software: Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Notes & Features: In-body image stabilization, FAST AF system, tilting touchscreen LCD, 8 fps burst mode, physical mode dial, UHS-I compliant, FlashAir compatible. Available in silver, black or white.

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