Olympus E-P5 PEN Mirrorless Digital Camera Body (Silver)

Model #V204050SU000

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Olympus v204050su000 1
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Screen coverage 100%
Live view Yes
Display screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (1,037,000)


Operating/storage temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Battery 1x BLB-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack


Dimensions (wxhxd) 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.5" / 12.2 x 6.9 x 3.8 cm
Weight 13.33 oz / 378 g body only


Interval recording Yes
Shutter lag 0.044 Seconds
Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Continuous shooting Up to 9 fps
In-camera image editing Cross Process, Diorama, Dramatic Tone, Grainy Film, Key Line, Light Tone, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Pale & Light Color, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Sepia, Soft Focus, Star Filter, Watercolor, White Edge
Self timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 sec intervals
Number of Shots: 1-10
Wi-fi capable Yes


Memory card type SD
Max resolution 17.2MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3
Camera format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Sensor type / size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
Other resolutions 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3
640 x 480 @ 4:3
Image stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
Dust reduction system Yes
Bit depth 12-bit
File formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: AVI, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Pixels Actual: 17.2 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel

Focus control

Focus mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus points 35
Focus type Auto & Manual


External flash connection Hot Shoe
Flash compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Built-in flash Yes
Dedicated flash system TTL
Flash modes Auto
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Max sync speed 1 / 320 sec
Guide no. 22.97' (7 m) ISO100
32.81' (10 m) ISO200

Exposure control

Metering method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Auto, Bulb, Manual, My Settings, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Time, Underwater
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Iso sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
White balance modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
Shutter 60 - 1/8000 seconds in Manual Mode
30 minutes in Bulb Mode
Burst rate Up to 9 fps

Av recording

Aspect ratio 4:3, 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video clip length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio recording With Still Images & Video, Stereo
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
1 September 2013

We love the beautiful premium finish and styling Olympus E-P5, while the overhauled controls make it a much more satisfying experience to shoot with over previous models. Then there’s the image quality – while it can’t quite compete for out-and-out detail with its APS-C rivals, results are still...

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    Excellent finish; Fast AF; Design; Quality of results; Handling

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    Price compared to rivals; lack of EVF

Camera labs.32824899
1 July 2013

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the Flagship of the PEN range, replacing the E-P3 and, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original PEN F, strengtheningthe retro design that celebrates the company's 20th Century heritage. But underneath the PEN E-P5 is a very modern digital camera.

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    2x2 dial exposure control., 5-axis, 5EV built-in stabilisation., 1.03 million dot tilting LCD panel., Optional 2.36 million dot VF4 EVF., Focus peaking (albeit for still photos only)., Touch focus for movies., Intervalometer and time-lapse.

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    No panorama mode., 99 frame intervalometer limit., Not weather-sealed., Flash easy to accidentally pop-up., Focus peaking doesn't work for movies., Quite pricey at time of launch.

Dp review.32823956
3 October 2013

The E-P5 is the most substantial reworking of the original PEN model, and it's the most impressive yet. It produces the same excellent image quality as the E-M5 and has a proper two-dial control system.

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    Beautifully-styled and built, with lots of external controls, Excellent JPEG output: warm, saturated colours without being excessive, Classic twin-dial user interface, Useful and easy to use Wi-Fi, Reliable metering and white balance, Extremely fast, accurate and near-silent autofocus with MSC...

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    Unusually prone to blurred/shaken images at certain shutter speeds (around 1/160sec), Movie quality rather disappointing, Camera configuration dauntingly complex, Lenses with snap manual focus ring don't engage manual focus assist tools, Multi-screen Live View interface is beginning to look very...

Pc magazine.32817846
20 June 2013

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is an extremely impressive mirrorless camera, but we prefer its sibling, the Olympus OM-D EM-5.

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    Compact. In-body stabilization. Fast autofocus. Shoots at 9.7 frames per second. Large native lens library. Articulating rear LCD. Touch input support. Built-in flash. Hot shoe and accessory port. Easy Wi-Fi setup. 1080p video recording. 1/8,000 shutter with 1/320 sync.

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    Stabilization system is audible. EVF is not built-in. Lacks a standard mic input. Focus peaking and magnification could be better implemented. Wi-Fi could use more features.

Steve s digicams.32814386
22 October 2013

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the PEN F, Olympus launched the PEN E-P5. The new flagship in the company's growing series of Micro Four-Thirds cameras (as of 5/2013), the E-P5 boasts the world's first 1/8000th of a second shutter speed in the Compact System Camera class.

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    iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Overall outstanding image quality in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Full 1080p HD video is excellent quality, Great image quality, 5-axis Image Stabilization is great for both still images and...

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    Classic rangefinder styling is not the most comfortable, Pop-up flash is not near as powerful as external units, One of the higher priced ILCs

12 September 2013

Like a lot of other cameras Olympus is churning out these days, the E-P5 looks straight out of the ’60s. Of course, that’s all a retro-facade. Despite its nostalgia-tinged design, this Micro Four-Thirds shooter is the newest and fastest addition to Olympus’ PEN lineup of cameras.

  • +

    Super fast autofocus and shooting speeds. Excellent in-body stabilization system. Extensive bracketing modes. Bright, fast kit lens. Compact but still sturdy and comfortable. Good controls for both novices and advanced photographers.

  • -

    Limited Wi-Fi features. Expensive for a mirrorless camera. Some on-screen touch icons are pretty small. Video options aren’t as advanced as similarly priced cameras.

31 August 2013

All the staffers who had a chance to try out the E-P5 loved it, and we were sad to see it leave our hands. It’s nicely designed, has a ton of features, and produces really nice images.

Digitalcamera hq.32832301
18 May 2014

With a large sensor, a wide range of manual settings and a full set of features, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is the DCHQ pick for Best Mirrorless Camera for 2013.

Review neocamera com.33034317
13 September 2013

The Olympus PEN E-P5 mirrorless camera offers an advanced feature-set in a compact metal body. It has a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor with 2X crop-factor, capable of ISO 100 - 25600, 9 FPS continuous drive and 1080p HD video capture.

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    Very low image noise, Excellent retention of fine details, Good metering system, Reliable Automatic White-Balance, Superb built-in image stabilization, Class-leading shutter-lag and black-out, Fast contrast-detect AF, Very good shot-to-shot and drive speed, Very responsive, Extremely configurable,...

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    Poor color accuracy, Custom white-balance not perfect, Highly modal interface, Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram, Video recording delay at start and stop, Poorly placed tripod mount, Uncomfortable eyelets, Flimsy compartment door, Short battery life

Imaging resource.34355410
28 August 2013

Don't let the PEN moniker fool you. The Olympus E-P5 not only outshines its PEN predecessor, the E-P3, but also in many ways outpaces its older, acclaimed cousin, the OM-D E-M5. Though the E-P5 and E-M5 boast a lot of the same advanced photographic capabilities -- thanks to their shared 16-megapixel...

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    Attractive retro design that evokes PEN film cameras of the 1960s, Solid metal construction, with lots of physical controls including a 2x2 control dial that gives you direct access to a number of key settings, Buttons and dials provide incredible amount of customization, courtesy of Olympus Mysets,...

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    Heavier than many other compact mirrorless system cameras, No built-in viewfinder, though the VF-4 EVF is available in a kit or for separate purchase, JPEGs not as sharp at lower ISOs at default settings as E-M5 (however, sharpening can be adjusted), Menu navigation confusing and quirky, with a high...

User Reviews
25 October 2015

Great camera for both a novice and for an experienced user. Fast and a good size. The 12-40 Pro lens used with it makes a good combination, although a bit bulky.

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    Right size, good features

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    12-40 pro lens is a bit bulky.

7 January 2016

Love it! High quality build and excellent photos. Menus are extensive but once you learn, they're fine. Perfect size for travel. If you don't need a viewfinder, its great. If you need a viewfinder, get the OMD-EM5II. I have both and highly recommend both.

Olympusamerica com.32833372
23 November 2015

You won't find much advanced compact cameras with swivel screens and no viewfinders. This camera will probably be the last, considering the Pen F seems to be it's successor. I think company's are missing a hole in the enthusiast photographer target audience and this camera came very close to filling...

11 August 2015

A very elegant camera for travel photography. This certainly delivers sufficient resolution that would satisfy most of the amateur street photography enthusiast like me.

Dp review.33575663
4 weeks ago

Having owned the E-PL5 for a while now with the 14-42mm and 40-150mm I felt that it was time to step up a little. I recently bought the VF-4 for my E-PL5 for a very good price (debundled) and I liked that a lot already.

Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • 3.0" Tilt Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video in MOV & AVI Formats
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 5 Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto
  • Fast AF with Touch Focus & Touch Shutter
  • 9 FPS Burst Shooting; 1/8000s Shutter
  • Built-In Flash with Wireless Capability
  • Optional VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder
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In The Box
  • Olympus PEN E-P5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Silver)
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (1220mAh)
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 3 CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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