1st Look at the Olympus PEN E-P5 Video
Hello to all, and happy Wednesday! I have had the new Olympus PEN E-P5 in hand for only one week and am just now starting to use it in my daily routine. I expect a full review soon but for now I have a video showing the new features such as focus peaking and focus assist. I have been getting asked “Which one should I buy between the E-M5 and E-P5” – Well, I answer that question in the video with what I would do if buying new and if I owned the E-M5! But damn, this is a sexy little beast.
Take a look at the video for the E-P5 below!
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Many of you know I have a soft spot for the Olympus PEN series and this guy is SOLID and seems to offer almost everything we crave in a mirror less camera.
- Great Sensor? CHECK
- Fast AF? CHECK
- Image Stabilization? CHECK!
- Superb Lenses? CHECK!
- Great style and design/Usability? CHECK!
- Built in EVF? NO! But a great External upgrade!
- Touch Screen, WiFi, 1/8000th Shutter? CHECK!
- Tiltable HUGE and CLEAR LCD? CHECK!
Shot with the Olympus E-P5 and 17 1.8 at 1.8
The E-P5 uses the same exact 16MP sensor as the OM-D and it is a fantastic sensor. The IQ will be about the same, especially if shooting in RAW. What is different is the look, feel and heft. The E-P5 has a very solid heft to it, more so than any previous PEN camera. The LCD is beautiful, the AF is blazing and the image stabilization is INCREDIBLE just as with the E-M5.
The new VF-4 is HUGE but a pleasure to use, the best Olympus EVF to date which makes the old VF-2 look dated. NOTE: This EVF will NOT work on the Leica M 240, only the VF-2 or the Leica EVF-2 will work.
The shutter sound is NICE and crisp and feels great. I like the shutter sound better than the OM-D E-M5 and this is also shown in the video below. The E-P5 has a shutter capable of 1/8000th second for those that like to shoot their fast lenses wide open in the daytime. The OM-D has a 1/4000th second shutter.
Shot at f/2
The new E-P5 also has WiFi capability but loses the weather sealing.
Overall, the best PEN yet without question but is it worth the cost today with so much competition in APS-C land? Find out in my full review which is coming soon! One thing is for sure though and that is the fact that the OM-D E-M5 was able to hang with the APS-C crowd and was and is highly capable. So many get hung up on sensor size and yes, full frame is GORGEOUS and can do things no smaller sensor can but the sensor in the E-P5 and E-M5 is superb and can provide gorgeous results, especially with the fantastic lenses available for this system from fisheye to extreme tele.
17mm at f/3.5
The best bang for the buck when buying this new E-P5 is to go for the full kit that consists of the fabulous 17 1.8 lens and the VF-4 EVF at $1449. Hard to find in stock but you can find this set at the dealers below:
To see my OM-D E-M5 review, click HERE