Olympus PEN E-P5 – Advanced Performance in a Classic Design!

Olympus PEN E-P5

Product Summary

  • Model name: Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Release Date: May 10, 2013
  • Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
  • Format : Four-thirds
  • Availability: May 2015
  • Price: $999.99
  • Color: Black, Silver or White
  • Purchase options: Adorama

Key Features

  • 16MP Four Thirds sensor
  • Twin control dials (front and rear)
  • 1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync
  • ‘5-axis’ image stabilization with automatic panning detection (‘S-IS Auto’)
  • ISO ‘LOW’ (100 equiv) – ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
  • Focus ‘peaking’ display
  • Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation
  • 1.04m dot 3″ LCD touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting (iAuto only) and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
  • Optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder: 2.36M dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv), eye sensor

Press Release

THE ONLY THING RETRO ABOUT IT IS THE WAY IT LOOKS: NEW OLYMPUS FLAGSHIP PEN E-P5® TAKES COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS TO A NEW LEVEL

Olympus PEN E-P5- Front

Advanced Performance in a Classic Design: 1/8000th of a Second Shutter, Built-in Wi-Fi, Custom Control, Creative Functions, Optional VF-4 Viewfinder and More

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 10, 2013 – Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus® PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.

The new flagship in the Olympus PEN series exudes detailed craftsmanship, from a seamless design to an all-metal casing that houses many of the same award-winning technologies found inside Olympus’s premier Micro Four Thirds® camera, the OM-D E-M5®: 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor, FAST AF, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and more.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the first Compact System Camera with a mechanical shutter that can achieve a speed of 1/8000th of a second to freeze fast-moving subjects like insects in flight or to create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions. The built-in flash, with an improved, faster 1/320th of a second synch speed, makes it easier to take backlit shots during the daytime. Never miss an instant photo opportunity with features like quick start-up, new short release time lag AF mode, which reduces the time between shots to 0.044 seconds, and nine-frame-per-second sequential shooting.

A world class autofocus system, also found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, powers the E-P5’s new Super Spot AF, accurately bringing into focus even extremely small subjects. Simply select an area on your subject where pin-point accurate AF is required and the E-P5 can auto-focus on that area – offering even more precision than phase-difference autofocus systems. New Focus Peaking dramatically improves the usability of manual focus lenses by bringing shots into focus by emphasizing the contours of the point of focus in white or black.

The camera’s in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism, which has been further evolved since its introduction in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, is now compact enough to fit in the E-P5’s svelte body. The system corrects various kinds of camera shaking, whether shooting still photos or recording movies and the new IS-AUTO mode automatically detects the camera’s movements and provides optimal control of correction when panning regardless of direction or camera orientation. Correction-checking on the Live View screen makes it possible to check the image stabilization effects on the Live View screen that was previously difficult with in-body image stabilization systems. The user can press the shutter button halfway to check the image stabilization effects on the display and then decide upon the composition. The image remains on the display for two seconds after the shutter button is released, making it possible to stabilize the autofocus point and set framing. Multi-motion IS used in combination with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism produces excellent correction performance, especially during movie recording.

Hands-on photographers will appreciate the intuitive 2×2 Dial Control system which is in easy reach on the back and top of the camera. When shooting manually, a lever on the back can be quickly moved to one of two positions. In the first position, moving the dial at the front of the camera adjusts the aperture while the back dial affects exposure time. In the second position, the dials change the ISO value and white balance. Alternatively, you can use the lever on the back of the camera to assign a range of other functions.

The E-P5 is the first Olympus camera to include built-in Wi-Fi. Setup is simple and involves quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD with your Smart device to synch it with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. Olympus’ free smartphone app, Olympus Image Share 2.0*, synchronizes your smartphone’s and E-P5’s screens so you can effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone and control it by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera. This is extremely useful for self-portraits and for remotely shooting subjects like wildlife that are easily startled if you get too close. You can count down to shutter release on the phone itself, grant friends’ devices access to selected images, and even use your smartphone to embed GPS information in your shots.

Photo Story mode enables you to capture a scene from multiple viewpoints and then combine them into a single image to create unique collages inside the camera. New “Photo Story+” adds a rich variety of stamps and “Signature” for adding a handwritten or original image signature on top of the image through the Oi.Share app. Other creative features include new interval shooting that sets a time interval between 1 second to 24 hours, as well as how many shots the camera will capture in a series (1 to 99) during that time to create images that show the growth of a plant, the drifting of clouds, moving crowds or a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Time Lapse Movie converts the series of pictures taken using interval shooting into a movie inside the camera. The 12 available Art Filters on the E-P5 lend even more creativity to time-lapse movies as well as still images. Live Bulb mode has been improved by automatically reducing the monitor’s brightness to prevent glare and to display a histogram and the elapsed time of an exposure to more easily shoot stars, light painting and fireworks.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is equipped with a bright and viewable 1.04 million dot high-definition tilt-type touch panel LCD that can be adjusted to face upwards at an 80-degree angle and downwards at a 50-degree angle. For photographers who prefer composing their shots using an eyepiece, the new optional high-definition VF-4 viewfinder, provides an impressive 1.48X magnification, a 2.36 million dot LCD, eye detect to turn it on at the right time, and intuitive functionality that enable real-time viewing of shooting conditions.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is compatible with the whole Micro Four Thirds range on quality lenses, which now extends to newly introduced black versions of the M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL 17mm f1.8, 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 lenses.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus PEN E-P5 will be available in May 2013 in the following configurations.
Estimated Street Price:

  • $999.99 Body only, available in Black, Silver or White
  • $1449.99 (Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder lens)

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Specifications

Product Type
Product typeMicro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
MemorySD Memory Card*1  (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Screen size17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds Mount
Image Pickup
Product type4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels / Aspect ratioNumber of effective pixels : Approx. 16.1 million pixelsTotal number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixelsAspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)
Dust reductionSupersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)
Recording(Still)
Recording formatDCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File formatRAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels
File sizeRAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MBSet1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MBSet2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MBSet3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MBSet4(SN): 10
Image Stabilization System
TypeBuilt-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)   *yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/roll
Mode4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
IS for Live View imageAvailable (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
Focal length settingAvailable
Available manual focal length settingInput focal length : 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Shutter speed range60 – 1/8000 sec. (Not available when Bulb or Time is selected.)
Live View
Live ViewApprox. 100% field of view,Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces),Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14),
Display ModeNormal, Histogram, Highlight and shadow, Level guide, Off
Monitor
Monitor type3.0-inch tilting monitor**Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance type touch panel
Touch controlShutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection
Tilting angleUpward tilting angle : up to 80 degreesDownward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone selectVivid / Natural
発色設定Vivid / Natural
Focusing
AF systemHigh-speed imager AF
Focus modeSingle AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) **C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AFAvailable
Magnified frame AFSelectable from over 800 AF pointsMagnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectableSuper Spot AF: Selectable from center of enlarge view(0.02% – 0.16% in view image)Enlarged view focus point check by magnify button**: Available with old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AFAvailable / AvailableEye Detection AF mode : Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing point / Focusing point selection mode35-area multiple AF
/ All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
Peaking functionAvaliable on Fn button or Manual FocusType : White edge, Black edge
AF illuminatorAvailable
Manual focus assist    * Customize functionLive View image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Exposure Control(Still)
Metering system(TTL Image sensor metering)Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering rangeEV 0 – 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure modei Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE,S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select  AE, Art Filter,Underwater wide / macro* , My Set*Selectable from menu as a function on Fn/Rec button*My set can be set to mode dial function
Scene select AEPortrait, 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 *
ISO sensitivityAUTO ISO : LOW(approx. 100) ‐25600 (customizable, Defalut:LOW-1600)Manual ISO : LOW(approx.100), 200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lockLocks at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn/Rec button)
Shutter
Shutter typeComputerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/8000 – 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)Bulb/Time: default setting 8min.  (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Flash
Flash intensity control methodTTL Auto, Auto*13, Manual, Super FP*13(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)*13: Available on the external flash
Built-in flashTTL Flash, GN=7 (ISO100・m) / GN=10(ISO200・m)
Flash modeFlash 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)
Synchronization speed1/320 sec. Built-in Flash*1/250 sec. External Flash**Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity controlUp to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flashFL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Wireless Flash Control
Compatible external flashFL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control methodTriggered and controlled by built-in flash(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
External Flash intensity typeTTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel4 channels
Group No.4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a built-in flash*)
Drive
Sequential shooting maximum speed[Sequential shooting H mode]*   9.0 fps * in case of “I.S. Off”*Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.[Sequential shooting L mode]*4.5 fps  in case of “I.S. Off” (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)5.0 fps* in case of “I.S. Off” (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.
Max. recordable pictureson sequential shooting *[RAW]  Max. 20 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L),   Max.15 frames (in 9 seq. shooting H)[JPEG]  Max. 70 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L),   Max. 19 frames ( in 9 seq. shooting H)* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I R95/W90 EXCERIA
Self-timerOperation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)
Bracketing
Exposure bracketing2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.
ISO bracketing3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketingi-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.
bracketing for HDR postprocess3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.*This function does not execute HDR processing.*HDR function can be programmed to the Fn-button.
Art Filter
Mode (Variation / Effect)Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( – / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( – / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( – / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( – / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e)  (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
Art Effecta. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
PHOTO STORY
Type  (Frame effect / Aspect & WindowStandard (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ /  a,b,c,d,e / A,B,C,D )
Pattarn)Fun Frame (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ /-/-)
Frame Effecta.  White Frame
b.  White Frame & White Edge Effect
c.  Black Frame
d.  White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
Aspect &Window PatternA.   4:3, 2 frames
B.    4:3, 3 frames
C.   1:1. 2 frames
D.    1:1, 3 frames
Movie
Recording formatMOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode[MOV]
  Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V),   30p(29.97fps)Recording20Mbps(Fine) / 17Mbps(Normal) :  Aspect 16:9
  HD: 1280(H)x720(V),   30p(29.97fps)Recording13Mbps(Fine) / 10Mbps(Normal) :  Aspect 16:9
[AVI Motion JPEG]
  HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *  Aspect 16:9
  SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *,  Aspect 4:3
          *Excluding some Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time[MOV]
  Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
  HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
[AVI]
  HD : Approx. 7min*  /  SD : Approx. 14min*
        *Excluding some Art Filters
Movie FunctionMovie Effect : One-shot echo / Multi-echo / Art fadeArt Filter Movie, Aperture-prioritized Movie, Shutter Speed-Prioritized Movie, Manually Shot Movie
One-push Movie Digital Conveter×4*  Avairable on Movie effect mode
TimeLapse MovieAvailable (AVI Motion JPEG  1280×720 ,10fps)
Image Stabilization for MovieM-IS (Image sensor shift), Off
AE LockAvailable
Exposure control (Movie)P: Program AE,   A: Aperture priority AE,   S: Shutter speed priority AE,   M: Manual,   Art Filter* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.
Compression ratioMotion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File sizeMOV Format : Max 4GBMotion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Recording(Sound)
Recording formatWave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone/SpeakerStereo/Mono
Microphone functionWind Noise Reduction,  Recording VolumeAudio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
Maximum Recording TimePicture with Sound: 30sec.Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
White Balance
White balance modeAuto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White balance compensation±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis   * Except for Custom WB
Preset white balance7 preset WBs (3000K – 7500K)- Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
Colour Mode
Colour matrixsRGB, Adobe RGB
色空間sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Modei-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
GradationAuto, Normal, High Key, Low Key     [except Art Filters]
Interval Mode
Intereval ModeInterval Time 1sec. – 24 Hours,  Max 99 frames.Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Multi Exposure
Number of picture / Function2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Multi Aspect
Aspect Ratio4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Level Gauge
Detection2-axis
One push Tele-converter
Magnificationx2
Wi-Fi Function
GPS info. FunctionAvailable (by using Smartphone GPS data)
Wireless ShootingLive View, Rec view, Wireless touch AF shutter*, Power off*Self-Timer setting.*Camera function is fixed on i-Auto.
Image ShareFile Type: JPEG, MOVConnect to up to 4 devices simultaneously.  Marking function for image share.
Easy ConnectionQR code setting
Playback
Playback modeSingle-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x – 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with sound including BGM, 2 selectable slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display
Information displayHistogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Menu
Languages34 languages selectable :- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting
My set4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.
Image Editing
Editing functionRAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280×960, 640×480, 320×240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording
RAW picture editingRAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter, ART-BKT).2 programmable settings, preview capability.
Print
Print functionPrint reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output
USB/AV/Remote controller connectorDedicated multi-connector     [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed,  Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 compatible.]
HDMI connectorMicro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachmentHot shoe
Accessory Port 2Dedicated multi-connector   [for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
Wireless LANBuilt-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
PC interfaceUSB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interfaceHDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)
Power Requirements
BatteryBLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep modeAvailable (1/3/5 min. off)
Number of recordable picturesApprox. 330 shots    [IS ON, CIPA test standard](with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions122.3mm(W)×68.9mm(H)×37.2mm(D)[CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
WeightApprox. 420g  [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card]Approx. 378g  [body only]
Operating Environment
Temperature0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)
Humidity30 – 90% (operation) / 10 – 90% (storage)
Box contents
Body, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card

 

Purchase options

Available at Adorama (BlackSilver or White)