Features & Controls Cont.

The top of the camera is much simpler than we saw on the E-M1, but still offers a great deal of control. To the far left you have the hot shoe, followed by the mode dial, shutter release Fn button and on/off switch. Above and below the shutter release you will find two command dials that are very easily accessed by the thumb and index finger. The small dots above the hot shoe in this photo are the Left and Right stereo microphones.


The back of the camera is also fairly simple. On top is a command dial that was seen above followed by the dedicated video record button. This button has been coupled by a unique lever. It allows you to switch between two sets of settings that are controlled by the command dials (indicated by the 1 and 2 markings). Under that you have the zoom button, Info button and Menu button, all which fall to the left or under the rubberized thumb grip. Next is the 4-way controller, allowing you to navigate the menu systems. It also provides shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, drive modes and AF target selection settings. At the bottom are the playback and delete buttons.


On the right side of the camera you will find the camera's input/output ports. On top is the HDMI output for connecting to any HDTV. On the bottom is a high speed USB port for transferring images to a computer or printer. A USB cable is included with the camera, however a HDMI cable is not.

The E-P5 stores its images on SD/SDHC/SDXC style memory cards. With the large file sizes, excellent burst capabilities and full 1080p HD video capture, you will want to use the fastest and possibly largest memory cards that you can get your hands on. We recommend using at least a class 10 card. The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 (95MB/s) 8GB memory card that was used to test the camera.

Powering the E-P5 is a 7.2V, 1220mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery is capable of providing up to 330 images on a single charge with the 5-axis image stabilization system turned on. While this is a good battery life, you will want to have a spare battery charged and on hand all the time. 330 shots will not last very long on a full day shooting trip.

As far as ILC's go, the camera's featuring the Micro Four-Thirds mount have the greatest selection of available lenses. There are also several available adapters that allow the use of Four-Thirds lenses as well, further increasing the number and quality of lenses available.

The built-in flash unit on the E-P5 has the capability to control wireless flash units. The Olympus flashes with the wireless capabilities are the FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R and FL-600R. All of these units can also be used as on-camera flashes by connecting them to the hot shoe.

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