Lets review compact mirrorless camera Olympus PEN E-PL5, equipped with 4/3″ Live MOS sensor with 16.1 MP effective resolution, TruePic VI graphical processor and Micro Four Thirds mount for interchangeable lenses; sensor and processor are the same, as used in top-level Olympus OM-D 5 camera. It makes photos with 4608 x 3456 pixels maximal resolution and saves them in JPEG, RAW ( with 12 bits per channel precision and lossless compression ), RAW+JPEG and MPO formats; supported video recording modes are Full HD 1920 x 1080 30p, HD 1280 x 720 30p and VGA 640 x 480 30 with saving in MOV ( with MPEG‑4 AVC/H.264 image encoding ) and AVI ( Motion JPEG ) formats and Wave РСМ 16 bits and 48 kHz stereo sound recording via built in microphones or external one. ISO sensitivity levels are in 200 – 25600 range; color spaces are sRGB and AdobeRGB. Camera has no built in flash and viewfinder, there is ability to attach external ones, its 3″ touch LCD screen can be tilted and has 460 K dots resolution.
Olympus PEN E-PL5 supports automatic and manual focus, exposure and diaphragm settings and can be used for astronomical photos making. It saves photos and videos on SD, SDHC and SDXC ( UHS-I ) flash memory cards; supports FlashAir, Eye-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections for remote data transfers and control. It has following connectors : USB 2.0 port for communication with computer and Li-ion battery charging; combined USB/AV output; HDMI Micro Type D; Hot Shoe and Accessory Port 2. One charge of battery is enough for 360 photos; camera sizes are 110.5 ( width ) x 63.7 ( height ) x 38.2 ( depth ) mm and mass is 279 g ( only camera without lens, battery and memory card ); operating conditions are temperatures in 0 – 40 degrees on Celsius range, relative air humidity levels in 30 – 90 % range.
Frontal handle can be unscrewed, camera is supplied in 3 color variants : black, white and silver, its body is made from metal. Package contains : Olympus PEN E-PL5 camera itself, USB cable, Li-ion battery BLS-5, recharger BCS-5, external flash FL-LM1, AV cable, CD-ROM disk with OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software, shoulder strap, warranty card and user’s guide; there are also kits with included lenses. Camera is great, giving photos and videos quality on level of professional mirrored camera Olympus OM-D 5 with improved hand grip and battery use effectiveness; from its minuses only high price can be noted, for which APS-C sensored Sony, Canon and Fujifilm compact cameras can be bought; in this case there is need to look what is better : professional technologies of OM-D 5 in compact body or APS-C sensor.