• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
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Predecessor:    
Successor:   Olympus E-M5 II
E-M5 vs E-M5 II
General
Model Number: E-PL2 E-M5
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: Compact System Camera Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No No
Retail Price: $599.99 $1299.99
Street Price:   $799.00
Date Available: 2011-01-15 2012-04-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 16.8 oz (476 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
23.0 oz (652 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.5 x 2.9 x 1.7 in.
(115 x 73 x 42 mm)
4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7 in.
(122 x 89 x 43 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic Sony
Effective Megapixels: 12.3 16.1
Sensor Format: 4/3 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm) 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.29 microns 3.75 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No No
DxO Sensor Score: 55 71
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 21.4 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 10.2 12.3
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 573 826
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4032 x 3042 (12.3 MP, 4:3),
3200 x 2400 (7.7 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1280 x 960 (1.2 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
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 (EXIF 2.2), RAW (.ORF) JPEG, MPO, 12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 3.0 8.9
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280x720 (30)
640x480 (30)
1920x1080 (60i)
1280x720 (60p/​30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with stereo sound), AVI (Motion JPEG)
Composite Video Out: Yes Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Lens: M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Digital ED
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84mm 24 - 100mm
Focal Length (actual): 14 - 42mm 12 - 50mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x 4.20x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/22 f/3.5 - 22 (wide) / f/6.3 - 22 (tele)
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
35 cm to Infinity
13.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:   20 - 50 cm
7.9 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: n/a 52.0mm
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No No
Digital Zoom: No Yes
Digital Zoom Values: n/a Up to 2x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: 11-point contrast detection w/ tracking High-speed Contrast-detect AF: 35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
Auto Focus Assist Light? No Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No / LCD EVF / OLED
Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF EVF; 1.44M-dot, 1.15x magnification, 18mm eyepoint, -4 to +2 diopter, eye sensor
Focus Peaking: No No
EVF Resolution: n/a 1,440,000 dots
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):   0.58x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):   1.15x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,000 dots 614,000 dots (205,000 px)
Touchscreen: No Yes
Articulating Screen: No Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No No
Selfie Screen: No No
Max Playback Zoom: 14.0x  
Top Deck Display: No No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):   25600
Minimum ISO (native):   200
ISO Settings: Auto (200 - 6400), 200 - 6400 (1/3, 1 EV steps) AUTO: ISO Low (100) - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO Low (100) - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Shutter Speed Range: 1/4000 - 60 sec 1/4000 - 60 sec
Bulb Mode: Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 324-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot (with Highlight/Shadow mode) 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 Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: 22 Scene Modes; 6 Art Filters (can be combined) Scene select AE (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), Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds 2, 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):    
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes No
Flash Modes: TTL-Auto, Auto, Manual, Off Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1 (FULL) - 1/64)
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 7.0 m / 23.0 ft. 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens aperture Bundled FL-LM2 GN = 7m/ISO 100
Max Flash Sync: 1/160 1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:    
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:   UHS-I
Other Memory:    
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: Yes Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (.ORF) 12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with stereo sound), AVI (Motion JPEG)
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No No
NFC: No No
Bluetooth: No No
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No No
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: Yes Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional Cable Release Optional Remote cable RM-UC1
Connections (extended): Accessory Port II, Multi Connector (USB/AV), Mini HDMI (Type C), Cable Release Micro HDMI (Type-D), combined AV/USB connector, Accessory Port 2
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.03 0.52
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 1.01 0.51
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited 20
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):   0.56
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 3.0 8.9
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 14 17
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):   9.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):   16
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):   9.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):   15
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.43 seconds 0.28 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):    
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.248 seconds 0.102 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.62 seconds 0.44 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.068 seconds 0.056 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes): 11-area full AF lag: 0.461 Full Autofocus, Multi-area AF mode lag = 0.175 second
Startup Time: 1.3 seconds 1.1 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 0.8 seconds 0.7 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power: 2.7 seconds 4.3 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 280 shots 360 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):    
Battery Life, Video:    
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BLS-5 Proprietary BLN-1
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: Proprietary BLS-5 Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary BLN-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
Software
Included Software: OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Changes from E-PL1: Updated body, bundled with new 14-42mm MSC lens, Live Guide II, 6 Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy, Pin, Diorama, Dramatic Tone, 3" 460K-dot LCD, Support for SDXC cards, Top Shutter Speed now 1/4000s, Top ISO now 6400, Face Detection with new Eye Detect, 22 Scene Modes, Accessory Port 2, BLS-5 Battery. Available in black, white, silver and red. 3" tilting OLED monitor with Touchscreen panel, Hi-res EVF, 5-axis image stabilization, 9 fps burst, Full HD video.