I finally got my mitts on a new PEN E-P5 and decided that even after only 24 hrs with it I need to talk to the world about this incredible camera!!
The design queues of the Olympus PEN E-P5 are in step with its predecessors in that they are reminiscent of the Olympus PEN line of film cameras from a time that is a bit before MY time. So you can say that yes, this camera is of a “retro” design, but only if you are old enough to know that it is retro As far as ergonomics are concerned the E-P5 has a small grip on the front side of the camera as well as a small pad for your thumb to rest on. I have I would say smallish hands and the camera fits me like a glove. Below are a couple of shots I took that show the new control wheel layout. Having that front control wheel is really something these PEN cameras needed!
The multitude of customization option for the buttons and wheels makes this camera feel like a Swiss Army knife. I am used to the customizability ( yes I made that word up) of the Olympus system so this is nothing new to me, but for someone buying into the PEN or Olympus system for the first time this may feel overwhelming. For you I wish to say, “don’t sweat it! Take your time and make the camera YOURS! Bend it to your will and way of shooting!” I mean, that IS why Olympus has made the cameras so easy to customize. The dual control wheels can be used to control several functions, and on my camera (when in aperture priority mode) it is set up as follows. The rear wheel is set to adjust exposure compensation and the front wheel controls aperture. Simple right? Now this is where Olympus make customizing fun! On the back of the camera there is a toggle lever that wraps around the dedicated video record button(see image below). When this toggle is flipped my control wheels now take on a second set of functions! My rear wheel is now used for white balance, and the front controls ISO. Cool huh? I can change those all around, but for ME this is what fits my way of shooting. For you it may be something completely different. And even better? I can make these customization unique for each shooting mode! One for aperture priority, one for shutter speed, one for manual, etc..
Sample photos shot with the E-P5
See more samples My PEN E-P5 Gallery.
I really don’t want to make you read any more than you have to so I will finish by saying that even though I am an Olympus Visionary, and am given gear to shoot with I can say in all honesty that this is the best mirrorless Olympus camera I have used to date. Especially when coupled with the new VF-4 electronic viewfinder! I won’t start talking about that here because if I did I wouldn’t shut up! I love it that much!
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