Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Ilse Jurriën : September 24th 2012 - 19:20 CET
Photokina 2012 - Olympus PEN E-PL5 system camera : It took only a few months for Olympus to integrate its newly developed Live MOS sensor into its PEN series cameras, the impressive Live MOS sensor was firstly seen in the award-winning Micro Four Thirds Olympus O-MD. The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 combines best-in-class image quality with the stand-out styling that has made the PEN camera series a must-have for fans of iconic product design. The new sensor teams up with another Olympus O-MD component - the TruePic VI image processor - to power Fast AF, which makes the autofocus on the new PEN E-PL5 comparable to the lightning-quick O-MD E-M5. Like every PEN camera, the new Olympus E-PL5 is unusually easy to use - owners will love the tiltable, touch-sensitive monitor.
16.1 Megapixel Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 joins the PEN pantheon of masterpiece cameras. But while the cool design is 100% PEN, the technology inside is 100% high-end O-MD. The large Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor do much more than provide the power for FAST AF. They generate exceptional, 16.1-Megapixel stills and Full HD movies, even in low light. In fact, sensitivity of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 runs as high as ISO 25.600. When you’re recording a Full HD movie, Olympus technology makes it easy to react quickly and get the ideal shot. Users of the Olympus E-PL5 can magnify a subject up to 4x as you record with no loss of that radiant 1080 High Definition resolution.
Tiltable LCD display on the Olympus E-PL5
The tiltable, touch-sensitive 3-inch LCD on the Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite gives its owner the flexibility to get creative in all sorts of new ways. Of course it helps with overhead movies and shooting very low down, and if you flip the PEN Lite E-PL5 around it’s also ideal for self-portraits. The Olympus E-PL5 camera has in-body IS that ensures blur-free recording with any lens and a direct wireless link to social media for sharing images via smartphone. FlashAir compatibility and a free app lets users upload images to their favourite social network via the familiar interface on their smartphone.
Art Filters on the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
You can get creative with 12 Art Filters and Art effects that apply to movies and stills, and test the effect in real time on the LCD before you capture your shot. This works in the same way as Olympus’ trademark Live Guide that lets you test the effect of changes to key settings like exposure time and aperture. What’s more, in HD Movie Mode you can blend from one Art Filter to another using Art Fade.
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 accessories
For just €80, you can enjoy the added protection and flexibility of a super-slim 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens. When your regular lens is detached, the Body Cap lets you shoot spontaneously and provides a built-in barrier against dust. If it’s waterproofing you need for diving and snorkelling, the Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite is compatible with the optional PT-EP10 housing that’s watertight down to fully 45 metres. The housing will be available from the end of November 2012.
Olympus PEN E-PL5 price & availability
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is available from late October with a precision, near-silent M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 IIR lens. The Olympus PEN Lite comes in the colors black, silver and white and carries a suggested retail price of €700. Availability of colors and optional PEN accessories may differ from country to country. Check the Olympus PEN website in your region for more details.
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 review
As soon as we receive a Olympus E-PL5 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Olympus PEN E-PL5 review. In the mean time take a look at the Olympus PEN E-PL5 test pictures, also read our Olympus PEN Lite review.