[Engadget] Olympus PEN E-P5 sports impressive specs and classic good looks, we go hands-on (video)~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 10, 2013 at 01:00PM

Olympus PEN EP5 sports impressive specs and classic good looks, we go handson video

Last spring, we trekked two hours north of Vancouver to the bustling ski town of Whistler. Olympus, we were told, would be making a very significant announcement, and we needed to make our way to British Columbia to check it out. The product sample we walked away with, the OM-D E-M5, was indeed worth the trip — we quickly recognized the potential, and later dubbed the mirrorless shooter the “company’s best camera yet.” Its image quality, unique five-axis image stabilization and shockingly fast autofocus represented just some of the device’s most impressive features — we were smitten. So, when Olympus reached out with a similar teaser last month, we didn’t hesitate to make the same journey yet again to spend a day with this year’s MFT master.

It’s the PEN E-P5, and you probably knew it was coming. Details and even a few product shots leaked to the web last week, revealing a gorgeous, classic design, and some pretty impressive specifications, many of which have made their way from the E-M5. There’s a 16-megapixel sensor with five-axis stabilization, 1080/30p video, a 1.04M-dot 3-inch touchscreen that tilts up and down, a 1/8000-second maximum shutter speed (enabling more shallow depth of field in sunlight), an ISO range of 100-25,600, a 0.5-second start-up time and OM-D-like autofocus speeds that let the camera adjust for a subject quickly regardless of the lighting conditions. It’s plenty impressive on paper, but how did it hold up during our test? Read on to find out.

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