Features & Controls

The Olympus Pen E-P5 features the popular Micro Four-Thirds mount system that allows for the use of any Micro Four-Thirds lens, no matter what brand.

Capturing light data is a 16-Megapixel 4/3 Live MOS imaging sensor and TruePic Vi imaging processor. This fantastic combination works very well to reduce image noise, reproduce accurate and vivid colors and provide amazing burst shooting rates. The processor is also in charge of all of the iAuto shooting functions as well as controlling the new 5-axis image stabilization system.

A feature that used to be found only on Olympus video cameras (and the new OM-D E-M1), the E-P5's 5-axis image stabilization system compensates for vertical and horizontal shifts as well as pitch, roll and yaw. This means which ever way the camera moves, it is ready to compensate. Since this system is built into the E-P5's body, it works with all lenses, even if they need an adapter. This also helps to keep the cost of the lenses down.

Included with our test kit is the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens. Made of full metal construction, this compact lens has a 35mm equivalent of 34mm. Around the lens is a focus ring, which turns easily and smoothly when the camera is set to manual focus. This lens greatly improves the camera's low-light capabilities, allowing you to shoot in low-light settings that you would have never thought possible with an ILC.

With a GN14 at ISO 200, this new and improved pop-up flash unit has plenty of power for a built-in unit. Olympus has increased its sync speed to 1/320 of a second, making daytime flash shooting easier. They have also added commander and manual adjustment options for total control, even for wireless flash setups.

For a more powerful on-camera flash unit or another accessory, like the VF-4 electronic viewfinder or external microphone add-on, the hot shoe and accessory port allows for powerful additions to the camera. The port gives the accessory access to the processor and camera settings.

One option for composing and viewing your images is with the 3.0-inch, 1037k dot, tilting touch LCD screen. The incredibly high res. screen provides excellent detail and color reproduction, while the 7 levels of brightness and tilting ability allow you to easily view the screen in any conditions. The electrostatic capacitance touch capabilities allow for plenty of recording and playback controls and gestures to make operation even easier.

If you prefer a viewfinder, Olympus offers several, both optical and electronic. Our kit included the VF-4 electronic viewfinder which displays everything that you would see on the LCD, but with the shooting comfort and style of a dSLR. You will not believe the clarity and detail that is provided by this 2.36-million dot screen, similar to the one found on the E-M1. The EVF has a full 100% frame coverage and diopter adjustment of -4 ~ +2m-1.

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