Olympus Pen-EPL5 and Pen E-PM2 mirrorless cameras

Olympus Pen E-PL5
The Olympus Pen E-PL5

Olympus updates its two amateur mirrorless cameras, the Pen E-PL3 and E-PM1 are now replaced today as the Photokina 2012 opens today, by the Pen E-PL5 and Pen E-PM2 with enhancements warmly welcome starting with the new 16-megapixel sensor LiveMOS the same as the OM-D E-M5 managed by the TruePic IV processor responsible for the reactivity of these two cameras offering a new Fast AF with 35 AF points and 3D subject tracking. Their burst mode frame rate reaches a comfortable 8fps. Their design is slightly changed while still being among the most “vintage” lokking cameras. The Olympus Pen E-PL5 gets a touch screen. Both cameras screens are 180° tiltable.
Like the netire Olympus Micro 4:3 range, we find the Olympus CCD-shift image stabilization built-in, artiostic filters that you can bracket and a new HDR mode.


Olympus Pen E-PL5
The Olympus Pen E-PL5


Wi-Fi: compatibility with Toshiba FlashAir technology

If both Pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 are not Wi-Fi, however, they are compatible with the new Wi-Fi memorycard launched by Toshiba, the SD format FlashAir cards as well as with the Eye-Fi cards. Moreover, Olympus sent me an email tis week-end to let me know a last-minute decision : both cameras will come with an 8 GB FlashAir card offered. I don’t know if this deal is worldwide or only for Europe. Olympus has developed an application that allows you to transfer photos and videos from the Pen cameras to a smartphone or tablet and then share them on social networks, by email, etc …

olympus Pen e-PL5
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has no built-in lash. The same mistake again !

Price and availability Olympus Pen E-PL5 and Pen E-PM2

The new Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 will be  available in kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 IIR lens in November 2012 at a price of € 699 for the Pen E- PL5 and € 599 for the Pen E-PM2. They will both be available in black, silver and white. The Pen E-PL5 has an interchangeable handgrip. Long active in underwater photography, Olympus will sell by the end of the year the PT-EP10, 45m deep  underwater case for the PEN E-PL5.

Olympus Pen E-PM2
The Olympus Pen E-PM2 will be available in red


Olympus Pen E-PL5 and S-PM2: Key Features


Model name E-PL5 E-PM2
Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD Memory Card*1  (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Flash Air compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )
  *1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory. 
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Product type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels / Aspect ratio Number of effective pixels : Approx. 16.1 million pixels
Total number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File format RAW (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 size RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Type Built-in (Imager shift image stabilizer*3)
*3: yaw/pitch
Mode 3 modes (S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Focal length setting Available
Available manual focal length setting Input 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 
Stabilization performance maximum 3 EV steps*4
  *4: Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Shutter speed range 2 – 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb and Time is selected.)
Live view Approx. 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), Highlight and shadow
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
Monitor type 3.0-inch tilting wide monitor*8
  *8: Approx.460k dots (16:9), Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type 
3.0-inch wide monitor*8
  *8: Approx. 460k dots(16:9), Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type 
Touch control Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, Touch stripe screen(picture mode control)
Tilting angle Upward tilting angle : up to 170 degrees
Downward tilting angle : up to 65 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone select Vivid / Natural
AF system High-speed imager AF
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)*9 / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) *9
  *9: C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AF Available
Magnified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points
Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses*10)
Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
  *10: old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF Available / Available
Eye Detection AF mode : Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing point / Focusing point selection mode 35-area multiple AF 
/ All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
AF illuminator Available
Manual focus assist    * Customize function Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
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 range EV 0 – 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode i 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*11,
*11: Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Scene select AE Portrait, 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 *
*Using 3D lens(H-FT012) only, still only
ISO sensitivity AUTO ISO 200 – 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO
200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
Shutter type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 – 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 intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto*13, Manual, super FP*13(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
  *13: Available on the external flash
Bundled flash*14 TTL flash,   GN=7(ISO100m) / GN=10 (ISO200m)
  *14: Bundled FL-LM1. Attach it on the hot shoe and connect it to the accessory port 2. Available on FL-LM1/2. 
Flash mode Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual1/1FULL)~1/64
Synchronization speed 1/250sec. or less*15
  *15: It depends on flash models or flash mode
FL-LM1/2: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Other: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control method Triggered and controlled by bundled flash FL-LM1*16     *16: Available on FL-LM2/ FL-600R.
(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
External Flash intensity type TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel 4 channels 
Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash*17)
  *17: Available on FL-LM1/2 / FL-600R
Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode]*18   8.0 fps * in case of “I.S. Off”
   *18: Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
[Sequential shooting L mode]
3.6 fps * in case of “I.S. Off” (in 3.5 seq. shooting L)
3.0 fps * in case of “I.S. On” (in 3 seq. shooting L)
   *19: When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmR f3.5-5.6 
Max. recordable pictures
on sequential shooting *
[RAW]   Max. 27frames (in 3 seq. shooting L),   Max.15 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG]   Unlimited consecutive shooting (in 3 seq. shooting L),   Max.
19 frames ( in 8 seq. shooting H)
  * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmR f3.5-5.6.
* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)
Exposure bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
bracketing for HDR postprocess 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.
*HDR picture can not be made by this function.
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 Proscess (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 Effect a. 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)
Recording format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode [MOV]
  Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V),   30(29.97fps)Recording
Fine) / 17MbpsNormal):  Aspect 16:9
  HD: 1280(H)x720(V),   30(29.97fps)Recording
Fine)/ 10MbpsNormal):  Aspect 16:9
[AVI Motion JPEG]
  HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *20,  Aspect 16:9
  SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *20,  Aspect 4:3 
          *20 : Except for some of the Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time [MOV]
  Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
  HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
  HD : Approx. 7min*21  /  SD : Approx. 14min*21
        *21 : Except for some of the Art Filters
Movie Function Movie Effect : One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade / One push tele-converter
Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie
Movie Effect : One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade
Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie
IS for Movie Built in (Electronic image stabilizer)
2mode (M-IS1,M-IS2), off,
AE Lock Available
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 ratio Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File size MOV Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Recording format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Microphone function Wind Noise Reduction,  Recording Volume
Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
White balance mode Auto 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 balance 7 preset WBs (3000K – 7500K)
– Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
Colour matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB
Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key     [except Art Flters]
Number of picture / Function 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Magnification x2
Playback mode Single-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 BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
 * Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie,   When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still)
1 BGM replaceable. Auto angle correction 
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Languages 34 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
My set 4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial. 4 settings recordable
Editing function RAW 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 editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
Detail edit acceptable.(Preview, Memory of 2 setting, re-development)
Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
USB/AV/Remote controller connector Dedicated multi-connector     [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed,  Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI connector Micro HDMI Type-D)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
Accessory Port 2 Dedicated multi-connector   [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
PC interface USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
Battery BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
Number of recordable pictures Approx. 360 shots    [IS ON, CIPA test standard]
 (with BLS-5 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Dimensions 110.5 mm (W) x 63.7mm (H) x 38.2mm (D)
     [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
109.8 mm (W) x 64.2mm (H) x 33.8mm (D)
     [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
Weight Approx. 325g  [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card]
Approx. 279g
  [body only]
Approx. 269g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card]
Approx. 223g
[body only]
Temperature 0 ~ +40 (operation) / -20 ~ +60 (storage)
Humidity 30 – 90% (operation) / 10 – 90% (storage)
Box contents Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, AV cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card, MCG-4(Changeable Grip) Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, AV cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card

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