Olympus E-PL5 Quick Review

Olympus E-PL5 Quick Review

Nov 25
Olympus E-PL5 Quick Review

 By Scott Gietler and Kelli Dickinson

We are really excited about the Olympus E-PL5.

It has an amazing sensor, the same as the OM-D E-M5, takes great photos, and works great in the Olympus housing.

Reasons to get the E-PL5:

  • Awesome image quality, great lens selection, great high ISO performance (see image tests below)
  • Performed as well as the OM-D (8-9fps) in our high-speed shooting tests
  • Olympus E-PL5 underwater housing is a great value
  • E-PL5 Camera is at a great price
Reasons to get the Olympus OM-D E-M5:
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Better image stabilization for stills/video
  • 2 control dials vs none on the E-PL5, better grip
  • 2 programmable function buttons vs 1 on the E-PL5


Comparing the E-PL5, OM-D, and the original E-PL1

Olympus PEN image tests, taken at 14mm, F5.6, 1/250th, ISO 200

Olympus E-PL5 review image quality test

Olympus E-PL5, 100% crop


Olympus E-PL5 OM-D E-M5 review comparison

Olympus OM-D E-M5, 100% crop

Olympus PEN image tests

Olympus E-PL1 100% crop, resized to match E-Pl5 image

Olympus PEN high ISO tests, taken at 14mm, F8, 1/640th, ISO 3200

Olympus E-PL5 review high ISO test

Olympus E-PL5 ISO 3200, 100% crop

Olympus OM_D E-M5 high ISO review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 ISO 3200, 100% crop

Olympus E-PL1 high ISO image test

Olympus E-PL1 ISO 3200, 100% crop

Olympus PEN slow-shutter tests, testing the image stabilization, taken at 42mm, F8, 1/10th, ISO 200

Olympus E-PL5 image stabilization tests, IS tests

Olympus E-PL5, 1/10th at 42mm, cropped

Olympus OM-D E-M5 image stabilization tests

Olympus OM-D, 42mm at 1/10th. very sharp!

Olympus PEN image reviews

Olympus E-PL1 at 1/10th, 42mm

Image test conclusions:

The E-PL5 takes the same photos as the OM-D, it just has a different body. The OM-D clearly has better image stabilization. You can go wrong with either setup, either the E-PL5 + Olympus housing, or the higher end OM-D with a Nauticam housing.