The Olympus E-PL5 comes from a long line of DSLR and entry-level DSLR cameras that employ the technology, artistic filters and accessory ports necessary to turn any photographic opportunity into a unique experience.
The E-PL5 has HD movie capabilities and allows you to connect the camera directly to your HDTV with an HDMI cable to share all of your movie creations with your family and friends. This DSLR camera has a continuous image-shooting speed of 3.6 frames per second with autofocus (up to 8 without AF tracking). When shooting a film, the E-PL5 shoots at 30 frames per second. It is fully compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses, and is partially compatible with similarly mounted lenses (but autofocus will not operate).
The E-PL5 entry-level DSLR is ideal for preserving those perfect family moments. If you have interest in shooting more creative projects, the DSLR camera has several artistic filters for you to choose from, enhancing your video to create dynamic content. If you regularly use your DSLR camera to shoot HD video, we recommend using a SDHC or SDXC media card, which are both compatible with the E-PL5, to store your large files.
Whatever you're doing and wherever you're doing it, this Olympus DSLR camera has more than 20 scene-select modes for you to choose from so you get the best shot every time. You can choose from portrait, panorama, sunset, sports, night, children and more. With its iAuto technology, the E-PL5 DSLR camera automatically recognizes the appropriate scene (portrait, landscape, macro, sport and night) for every occasion. And you can even switch between filters in the middle of a recording, an unprecedented feature.
The ePortrait Mode is a wow feature that automatically smoothes and illuminates the faces in your portraits. The camera will also automatically save two images on your memory card when in this mode – the unaltered portrait and one with the ePortrait modifications.
Children, pets and life in general never stand still, so this DSLR camera employs Live View technology with autofocus tracking and in-body image stabilization. See a shot from the sidelines, press the shutter halfway down and snap – the DSLR camera captures the image, and it's in focus. The autofocus tracking system hones in and locks on your subject, automatically adjusting the focus and brightness levels.
The Olympus E-PL5 is smaller and lighter than many entry-level DSLR cameras on the market today. Due to its small size, and lack of build-in viewfinder, the overall design is underwhelming and looks like what you would imagine an entry-level camera to look like. The front of the camera is plain, and the back of the camera features the basic selection buttons. However, the touchscreen swivel display makes up for them with pinache. The built-in, automatic flash is usually located in the center of a DSLR camera. Olympus placed this DSLR's flash on the right side of the camera.
On the product's homepage, there are up to six tabs for you to access, including Overview, Features, Accessories, Support and Reviews. We appreciate that the Support tab is front and center, easy to see and easy to access. The Olympus E-PL5 camera has several help and support options, including telephone, email and live chat support, an excellent instruction manual and a model-specific FAQs section.
The Olympus E-PL5 has a great list of features a score of scene-select modes that will help entry-level users tap into their creative cores get the artistic juices flowing. While we thought the size of the camera feels a bit amateur, other entry-level photographers may prefer its small size because it can easily fit in your purse or backpack. Lastly, the new swivel touchscreen allows you to take a decent photo from new angles, including self-portraits.
This entry-level DSLR camera has a dedicated FAQs section and user manual that are excellent resources.
The design of the Olympus E-PL5 is a tad underwhelming.
This DSLR camera provides a long list of photographic and HD features that will help you capture and preserve your favorite memories.