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  • New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

    I'm told an E-PL5 is on its way and should be receiving it on Thursday or Friday - so if you have any questions I might be able to answer once it arrives, just let me know!

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    Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

    Originally posted by Ian View Post
    I'm told an E-PL5 is on its way and should be receiving it on Thursday or Friday - so if you have any questions I might be able to answer once it arrives, just let me know!

    Ian
    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for flagging this. I am considering one of these, due to the non-materialisation of the E-P5, to replace my E-P1. I have a couple of questions on this. Mainly on the points which I don't like so much or do like a lot about my E-P1:
    • Screen visibility in bright light. Can one easily frame and compose on the screen in typical "sunny 16" conditions? Or should on budget (weight, size and price) on a VF-2 or VF-3. An E-PL5 with VF-2 is not much smaller, lighter and cheaper than an E-M5. I the screen doesn't work in bright light, a lot of the attraction is gone.
    • Usability: On my E-P1 I mostly use the thumb-wheel to change the settings. This is not present on the E-PL line. How easy is it to do radical changes to the shutter time (e.g. 1s to 1/500s) on the E-PL5? Does the touch screen help with such a task?
    • Build quality: How does it compare to the E-P1 (nice), E-PL1 (not so great in my view) and the previous generation E-P3 and E-PL3?
    • Shutter shock. I recently read a number of complaint about the E-PM1 having issues with shutter shock. Not sure whether this is well founded or just "BS". Do you think there is an issue with the E-PL5, say around 1/100s or there about.
    • How about a shoot out with the E-M5 (current king), E-P3 (previous king) for image quality. Adding an GX-1 and GH-3 to this might be worthwhile for some people, though I am not really considering a Lumix (I have an m.Zuiko 40-150 which would be without IS on a Lumix). There are rumours the E-PL5 is better tuned for noise/DR than the E-M5.


    I know I asked quite a few question and appreciate some of them involve a fair amount of work for a reasonable assessment. Please pick the ones which you feel easy about or you are most interested in. I appreciate a "part delivery".

    Thanks again
    Joachim
    enjoy

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    • #3
      Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

      No problem, Joachim, it well be my pleasure!

      Ian

      PS, the E-PL5 does have an adjustment wheel?
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      • #4
        Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

        Originally posted by Ian View Post
        PS, the E-PL5 does have an adjustment wheel?
        Ian, thanks for replying. Not sure whether this is a statement (wording) or a question to me (the question mark). The E-PL5 has the wheel (almost?) all Pens have, the one around the compass. Like the E-PL2 and E-PL3 it lacks the thumb wheel the E-P line features. On my E-P1 I don't like the compass wheel so much. I tend to press while scrolling and change e.g. white balance, ISO, else instead of the shutter

        I played with some other Pen in a shop and that felt better. So am wondering whether this:
        • Got improved in newer models
        • My E-P1 is broken
        • Normal sample variation

        I am looking forward to your E-PL5 opinion.
        enjoy

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        • #5
          Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

          As I believe it's good stills camera, I am currently interested in it's video capabilities.
          Is video stabilization acceptable? Are there any big rolling shutter issues? What is max recording time? Can I adjust audio levels manually?
          All in all, would it be not so bad camera to shoot some concert footage from audience?

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          • #6
            Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

            Originally posted by lotrmj View Post
            As I believe it's good stills camera, I am currently interested in it's video capabilities.
            Is video stabilization acceptable? Are there any big rolling shutter issues? What is max recording time? Can I adjust audio levels manually?
            All in all, would it be not so bad camera to shoot some concert footage from audience?
            The E-PL5 has the same image processor and Sony sensor as the E-M5, which we know has a minimised rolling shutter effect and I would be surprised if the E-PL5 (and E-PM2) would be different. But good questions!

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            • #7
              Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

              Sorry everyone - bit of a delay; looks like being next Tuesday now.

              Ian
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              • #8
                Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                Originally posted by Ian View Post
                Sorry everyone - bit of a delay; looks like being next Tuesday now.

                Ian
                That's OK, Ian, you can have the weekend off now!
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                • #9
                  Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                  Hi, Ian

                  Few questions

                  • Rumors are that E-PL5 and E-PM2 don't have AA filter. So, any direct resolution comparison with E-M5 will be appreciated. And in case E-PL5 proves to be a bit sharper with sharpest lens, some moire test as well.
                  • Any dynamic range at base ISO and high ISO comparison with E-M5. Recent Techradar E-PL5 tests showed unusually high DR at base ISO (close to Sony NEX-5R).
                  • Any IBIS comparison with E-P3 and/or E-PL3/PM1. E-PL5 IBIS probably won't match E-M5 but E-P3 IBIS IMO works well. And people are usually unhappy about E-PL3/PM1 IBIS. BTW, 1/100-1/160s exposure time range is difficult for E-M5 as well, same shutter shock issue, especially with light lenses.
                  • Stabilized live view after shutter half-press, like on E-M5. It's probably not there but I'd like to confirm.
                  • Smaller focus area than on E-M5. How well does it work and how precise/easy touch screen allows to select it comparing to E-M5/E-P3? E-PL5 touch screen is much smaller in 4:3 ratio.
                  • Video stabilization is unacceptable on last year's Pens. It's digital (software), and video was wobbling. Only E-M5 was good because its mechanical IBIS worked during video shooting. How is it now?


                  I hope my questions don't add much trouble. Thanks in advance!

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                    More ideas for tests are welcome

                    Ian
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                    • #11
                      Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                      Ian,

                      On the web site: http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/c...eatures_l.html

                      It says:

                      Attachable flash
                      Keep things bright with this add-on flash, included with your PEN, which also detaches to make sure things stay light as well.

                      But this is not listed in the Box Contents

                      Does it come with the same flash as the OM-D or is this an error

                      If you happen to have an HDMI cable that fits the EPL-5, can you see if there is a live view stream from that as well as the one from the USB socket.
                      If there is, is it a higher quality

                      Thank you.
                      Graham

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                        No problem, Graham - I will check these things for you. But I am pretty sure that both new pens come with a removable flash, although not necessarily the same as an E-M5 one. Off the top of my head the E-M5 removable flash is slightly larger than the Pen version so there may be a difference in power in favour of the E-M5, but I am not absolutely sure.

                        Ian
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                        • #13
                          Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                          The E-M5/Panny 7-14 combo seems to suffer from severe purple ghosting with light sources in the image circle. I'm curious if the E-PL5 suffers from the same, given that it uses the same sensor as the E-M5.
                          Best regards, Ad.

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                            Originally posted by Graham View Post
                            If you happen to have an HDMI cable that fits the EPL-5, can you see if there is a live view stream from that as well as the one from the USB socket.
                            If there is, is it a higher quality

                            Thank you.
                            This is something I've wondered about the E-M5, as I don't recall seeing any information on the spec sheet or in the user manual--does it provide any output from the HDMI port when making videos (or from live view) or is the port strictly for playing back video recorded to an SD card?

                            - Hal -
                            A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
                            Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Pen Lite E-PL5 review sample on its way

                              Originally posted by hschnee View Post
                              This is something I've wondered about the E-M5, as I don't recall seeing any information on the spec sheet or in the user manual--does it provide any output from the HDMI port when making videos (or from live view) or is the port strictly for playing back video recorded to an SD card?

                              - Hal -
                              I will verify this when I get home as we have an HDMI cable on the TV there (actually it goes into an HDMI switcher and then in to a HDMI input on the AV amp ).

                              Ian
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