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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

MPNs: EPL5DZKSIL and V205041BU000
5.0 from 1 review

Perfect entry into more 'professional' photography

I have always owned compact digital cameras, but the Olympus E-PL5 was my first entry into the "DSLR" world. On the recommendation of a friend, I looked at the Micro 4:3 format rather than full DSLR, as we would be travelling a lot and were not keen to lug around a lot of heavy and bulky equipment.

The camera takes fantastic photos, which look absolutely beautiful. It has a really fast burst mode which is great for action shots, or just trying to take the perfect picture of a group of kids that can't sit still for long to smile!

I bought a kit that came with 2 lenses - the 14-42mm, and the 40-150mm (double these measurements to come up with the DSLR equivalent). Of these, the 40-150mm lens is the standout - it takes stunning portrait photos and has a low minimum aperture for that nice blurry background.

There are a few modes on the camera, some of which are pure gimmicks (e.g. sepia tone etc). The modes I would recommend are "P" for full auto when you're not sure what type of shot you want, and "SCN" for a couple of their scenarios in particular (such as Portrait Mode, Sport Mode and Panorama Mode).

The PC software is OK, but I would recommend different Panorama stitching software such as Hugin for Mac OSX.

I've had the camera for a little over a year now, and it's still going strong. The directional controller on the back of the camera is a little fiddly sometimes (if you press on a particular angle it sort of accepts the input then reverses it again), but it's a minor issue
Fantastic photos - excellent clarity, colour etc

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PEN Lite E-PL5
Price (RRP)$699
Video QualityFull HD
Built-In FlashYes
Release dateOct 2012

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  • GTIN13: 4017386359109
  • GTIN12: 503321841760 and 503321842064
  • MPN: EPL5DZKSIL and V205041BU000

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