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Overview

The popularity of the Olympus E-P range is demonstrated with the launch of the E-P5 model, representing as the name suggests the fifth model in some four years since the launch of the original. It has been suggested that previous upgrades to the E-P range has merely seen bugs and flaws fixed, and whilst this may be a harsh criticism, it would appear Olympus are not prepared to take the flak with the latest E-P5.

 

 

Indeed, there are two major changes to the E-P5 that distinguishes it from the earlier models. These are a fundamental change to the controls and, some would say at last, a built-in Wi

-Fi capability. Not only has Olympus eradicated the flaws, but have boosted the E-P5 with improvements that marks a rather large leap from previous model.

Olympus E-P5

Care needs to be taken when deploying the flash – it pops out in a rather urgent fashion and could possibly make the camera pop right out of your hands

One of the most notable additions to the latest generation E-P5 is the 3-inch LCD tilting touch screen. Not only does it offer users better shooting angles, but the navigation system is also easier to master. It is certainly a more appealing feature to beginners who are not overly familiar with camera settings to learn with.

The E-P5 has always been a well-built camera, but the grip on the new model feels somewhat different due to the addition of the in-built wi-fi component stored in the grip handle. This is bound to attract some negative feedback, as previously one could change the grip component on the camera to something more comfortable, but the plastic grip Olympus has fitted is perfectly functional even if users would prefer the traditional design.

The new control dials on the camera – and the fact that they can be customized thanks to the lever switch – are however bound to find favour with frequent photographers. Nearly all the controls you want for a rapid change of settings are nestled within easy reach of your right thumb. Getting a feel for the camera soon becomes second nature.

Olympus E-P5

 

Programming the dials and the lever is not as difficult a task as one may imagine from previous experiences with the E-P touch screen controls. Having the flexibility to program frequently used settings is a tremendous bonus and greatly enhances the experience of using the camera over a long period of time.

The control change is quite an innovation. The small thumb roller and dial at the rear, often criticized on previous models for being too small and sensitive for proper use, have been removed. In their place are two substantial but not oversized dials located on the front and back. Both feature dual functionality, with a gear-like lever located at the back switching the functionality. Impressively, the lever is programmable, meaning you can adjust the settings to suit your requirements.

It has taken Olympus some time to incorporate the much desired Wi-Fi element and the wait has almost been worth it. The remote shooting facility via the Wi-Fi is limited to iAuto only which may frustrate those wishing to put in place a manual exposure setting prior to leaving the device. That said, the Wi-Fi is fast and reliable for the transfer of images to other devices.

 

Olympus E-P5

latest-generation has retained its retro design

 

A great appeal of the E-P range up to now has been the sleek, 1960s like classic design. Although for the most part the latest-generation has retained its retro design, the slight but visible changes to the design, in particular the grip and controls on the right hand side somehow make it look a lot less attractive, in fact a bit chunky. 

The built in flash does not help this look at all. Care needs to be taken when deploying it – it pops out in a rather urgent fashion and could possibly make the camera pop right out of your hands.  A lot of users argue that this built-in flash is an unnecessary inconvenience – the poor quality of it really doesn’t justify having to battle with getting it to pop up.

Olympus make another design error having seemingly come to the conclusion that all customers purchasing the E-P5 will have owned a previous Olympus model and thus are familiar with the menu navigation system on the touch screen display. Alas, the interface remains as awkward an experience to navigate and use as earlier models, even more so if you are more used to easy-to-use navigation systems like Windows, Android and Apple logic.

Olympus E-P5

A concern about Olympus adopting wi-fi connectivity was that they might do so at the expense of the image quality. This is becoming quite common, with the market seemingly moving towards a desire for connectivity rather than high quality pictures. Thankfully this is not the case here as the E-P5 offers good quality images as previous models.

 

Olympus E-P5

 

The rich assortment of filters allows one to take some truly amazing pictures in JPEG mode, whilst the RAW format delivers strong and vivid results. Users who mostly play with night photography the E-P5 is particularly appealing. With an exposure time that can be set to up to 30 minutes and a shutter speed that can be set up to 60 seconds no other camera offers the quality of image taken at night that this one does.

 

Who Is It For?

This camera is really aimed at those comfortable with the existing E-P range and looking to upgrade from a previous model. First time users are likely to be drawn to the camera due to the connectivity via Wi-Fi and touch screen features. They are unlikely to regret doing so in the long run, but in the short term they may be left a bit baffled by the complexity of getting it up and running.

Whilst when one is comfortable with the controls excellent pictures can be taken quickly, this camera is neither designed nor intended for grab, point and shoot style pictures. Professionals and enthusiastic amateur photographers will be delighted with the E-P5, but the rather more social user may find it slightly awkward.

 

Value For Money?

The basic price of the E-P5, currently around £860, does not cover the fact that you are likely to want or perhaps need add-ons such as a better functioning flash and the ever popular Olympus Viewfinder. If you are upgrading from a previous E-P model this isn’t an issue as the existing add-ons can be used, but for a newcomer to Olympus cameras the costs may prove to be prohibitive.

 

Final Thought

The Olympus E-P5 is a fantastic camera for those who have previous working knowledge of the E-P series and are looking to upgrade. Cameras hunters that are new to Olympus may find the complex menus frustrating, which together with the price is a little off-putting.

But in fairness, the Olympus E-P5 does not disappoint when it comes to image quality and the addition of a tilting LCD screen together with built-in wi-fi are welcome features that will appeal to modern photographers. There are however other CSC´s on the market such as the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and Sony NEX-3N that are capable of delivering the same image quality of the E-P5 but for a far more attractive price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

The popularity of the Olympus E-P range is demonstrated with the launch of the E-P5 model, representing as the name suggests the fifth model in some four years since the launch of the original. It has been suggested that previous upgrades to the E-P range has merely seen bugs and flaws fixed, and whilst this may be a harsh criticism, it would appear Olympus are not prepared to take the flak with the latest E-P5.

 

 

Indeed, there are two major changes to the E-P5 that distinguishes it from the earlier models. These are a fundamental change to the controls and, some would say at last, a built-in Wi

-Fi capability. Not only has Olympus eradicated the flaws, but have boosted the E-P5 with improvements that marks a rather large leap from previous model.

Olympus E-P5

Care needs to be taken when deploying the flash – it pops out in a rather urgent fashion and could possibly make the camera pop right out of your hands

One of the most notable additions to the latest generation E-P5 is the 3-inch LCD tilting touch screen. Not only does it offer users better shooting angles, but the navigation system is also easier to master. It is certainly a more appealing feature to beginners who are not overly familiar with camera settings to learn with.

The E-P5 has always been a well-built camera, but the grip on the new model feels somewhat different due to the addition of the in-built wi-fi component stored in the grip handle. This is bound to attract some negative feedback, as previously one could change the grip component on the camera to something more comfortable, but the plastic grip Olympus has fitted is perfectly functional even if users would prefer the traditional design.

The new control dials on the camera – and the fact that they can be customized thanks to the lever switch – are however bound to find favour with frequent photographers. Nearly all the controls you want for a rapid change of settings are nestled within easy reach of your right thumb. Getting a feel for the camera soon becomes second nature.

Olympus E-P5

 

Programming the dials and the lever is not as difficult a task as one may imagine from previous experiences with the E-P touch screen controls. Having the flexibility to program frequently used settings is a tremendous bonus and greatly enhances the experience of using the camera over a long period of time.

The control change is quite an innovation. The small thumb roller and dial at the rear, often criticized on previous models for being too small and sensitive for proper use, have been removed. In their place are two substantial but not oversized dials located on the front and back. Both feature dual functionality, with a gear-like lever located at the back switching the functionality. Impressively, the lever is programmable, meaning you can adjust the settings to suit your requirements.

It has taken Olympus some time to incorporate the much desired Wi-Fi element and the wait has almost been worth it. The remote shooting facility via the Wi-Fi is limited to iAuto only which may frustrate those wishing to put in place a manual exposure setting prior to leaving the device. That said, the Wi-Fi is fast and reliable for the transfer of images to other devices.

 

Olympus E-P5

latest-generation has retained its retro design

 

A great appeal of the E-P range up to now has been the sleek, 1960s like classic design. Although for the most part the latest-generation has retained its retro design, the slight but visible changes to the design, in particular the grip and controls on the right hand side somehow make it look a lot less attractive, in fact a bit chunky. 

The built in flash does not help this look at all. Care needs to be taken when deploying it – it pops out in a rather urgent fashion and could possibly make the camera pop right out of your hands.  A lot of users argue that this built-in flash is an unnecessary inconvenience – the poor quality of it really doesn’t justify having to battle with getting it to pop up.

Olympus make another design error having seemingly come to the conclusion that all customers purchasing the E-P5 will have owned a previous Olympus model and thus are familiar with the menu navigation system on the touch screen display. Alas, the interface remains as awkward an experience to navigate and use as earlier models, even more so if you are more used to easy-to-use navigation systems like Windows, Android and Apple logic.

Olympus E-P5

A concern about Olympus adopting wi-fi connectivity was that they might do so at the expense of the image quality. This is becoming quite common, with the market seemingly moving towards a desire for connectivity rather than high quality pictures. Thankfully this is not the case here as the E-P5 offers good quality images as previous models.

 

Olympus E-P5

 

The rich assortment of filters allows one to take some truly amazing pictures in JPEG mode, whilst the RAW format delivers strong and vivid results. Users who mostly play with night photography the E-P5 is particularly appealing. With an exposure time that can be set to up to 30 minutes and a shutter speed that can be set up to 60 seconds no other camera offers the quality of image taken at night that this one does.

 

Who Is It For?

This camera is really aimed at those comfortable with the existing E-P range and looking to upgrade from a previous model. First time users are likely to be drawn to the camera due to the connectivity via Wi-Fi and touch screen features. They are unlikely to regret doing so in the long run, but in the short term they may be left a bit baffled by the complexity of getting it up and running.

Whilst when one is comfortable with the controls excellent pictures can be taken quickly, this camera is neither designed nor intended for grab, point and shoot style pictures. Professionals and enthusiastic amateur photographers will be delighted with the E-P5, but the rather more social user may find it slightly awkward.

 

Value For Money?

The basic price of the E-P5, currently around £860, does not cover the fact that you are likely to want or perhaps need add-ons such as a better functioning flash and the ever popular Olympus Viewfinder. If you are upgrading from a previous E-P model this isn’t an issue as the existing add-ons can be used, but for a newcomer to Olympus cameras the costs may prove to be prohibitive.

 

Final Thought

The Olympus E-P5 is a fantastic camera for those who have previous working knowledge of the E-P series and are looking to upgrade. Cameras hunters that are new to Olympus may find the complex menus frustrating, which together with the price is a little off-putting.

But in fairness, the Olympus E-P5 does not disappoint when it comes to image quality and the addition of a tilting LCD screen together with built-in wi-fi are welcome features that will appeal to modern photographers. There are however other CSC´s on the market such as the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and Sony NEX-3N that are capable of delivering the same image quality of the E-P5 but for a far more attractive price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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