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PEN Lite E-PL5

High-end SLR capability with compact camera portability.

Combining stylish form with high-functionality, the PEN Lite E-PL5 is designed for the camera user who wants to enjoy the picture quality, lens flexibility and high-performance of an SLR, in a small, lightweight and highly portable camera. Its key features include a 16-megapixel LiveMOS SLR-class image sensor, variable-angle capacitive touch-screen with "Touch AF Shutter" technology, super quick focusing, and optionable wireless connectivity that is tailored for social media use.

  • Single lens kit (14-42mm lens) $699
  • Double Zoom kit (14-42mm & 40-150mm) $899
  • Body only $599




SLR-class 16 Megapixel LiveMOS sensor with built-in IS

The high-performance 16 MP LiveMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor from the acclaimed OM-D series have been incorporated into this new camera for outstanding SLRlevel picture quality, superb colour reproduction, and excellent high ISO capability with low picture noise. The in-camera image stabiliser automatically shifts the sensor to compensate for camera-shake up to three shutter speeds, for all lenses.

Interactive 3-inch touch-screen that tilts

The new capacitive LCD touch-screen significantly enhances the photographic experience: “Touch-Shutter” technology captures snapshots at a tap of the screen, focusing where you touch. A special LiveGuide mode enables beginners to confidently make adjustments to key camera settings via intuitive touch-sensitive slider controls with the results shown live. Navigational and image zoom control in picture playback are touch-enabled and camera settings can be adjusted through the touch-interface of the new Super-Control Panel. The E-PL5’s 460,000 pixel LCD screen can be angled upwards up to 180 degrees for selfportraits, and downwards to 65 degrees for overhead shooting. Its 16:9 wide format is ideal for Full HD 1080/60i video recording.

Super fast autofocus and responsiveness

Olympus’ “FAST-AF” technology means faster-than-SLR focusing speeds so that important photographic moments are rarely missed. The FAST-AF system makes use of the speed of Olympus’ M.Zuiko MSC* designated lenses, high-speed focusing algorithms, and a very short shutter delay. The TruePic VI picture engine processes pictures and videos rapidly, meaning you can snap at will without having to wait on the camera. Sequential shooting is a speedy 8 frames per second at full resolution (3.5 fps in the focus tracking mode).

Mobile connectivity

For social media connectivity via smartphones and tablet devices, the E-PL5 fully supports the new (optional) FlashAir SD storage/wireless card that turns the camera into a wireless access point. Images captured to the card can be easily viewed on any smartphone, tablet or computer through a web browser. The new Olympus Image Share (O.I Share) smartphone app for iOS and Android makes picture browsing on smartphones and tablets, and picture transfer from the E-PL5 to Facebook and Twitter, simple and quick.


Product Type

Product type
Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System Camera
SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Flash Air compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2) *1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting. *2: Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Lens mount
17.3 x 13.0 mm

Image Pickup Unit

Product type
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Number of pixels
Number of effective pixels : Approx. 16.5 million pixels Total number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)

Recording (Still)

Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size
[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels [JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

Image Stabilisation System

Built-in (Imager shift image stabilizer*) * yaw/pitch
3 modes (S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Focal length setting

Live View

Live View
Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type Approx. 100% Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14) Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Highlight and shadow, Off Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.


Monitor type
3.0-inch tilting wide monitor* * Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type, Upward tilting angle: up to 170 degrees / Downward tilting angle: up to 65 degrees
Total no. of pixels
Approx.460k dots (16:9)
Brightness control
±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone select
Vivid / Natural


AF system
High-speed imager AF
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) * C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AF
Magnified frame AF
Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses*) Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable * old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF
Available / Available(Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority)
Focusing point
35-area multiple AF
Focusing point selection
All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
AF illuminator
Manual Focus Assist
Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)

Exposure Control (Still)

Metering system
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
iAuto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro** Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D* * Using 3D lens(H-FT012) only, still only
ISO sensitivity
AUTO ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn/Rec button)


Product type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable) Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)


Built-in flash
No. Special external flash is bundled.
Bundled flash
GN=10 (ISO200•m) * Attach it on the hot shoe and connect it to the accessory port 2.
Flash mode
Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL) - 1/64)
Synchronization speed
1/250sec. or less* * It depends on flash models or flash mode FL-LM1/2: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Other: 1/200 sec., Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R

Wireless flash control

Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control method
Triggered and controlled by bundled flash FL-LM1* * Available on FL-LM2/ FL-600R. (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Number of channel
4 channels
Group setting
4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash*) * Available on FL-LM1/2 / FL-600R


Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed
[Sequential shooting H mode*1] 8.0 fps (in case of "I.S. Off") [Sequential shooting L mode*2] 3.6 fps (in case of "I.S. Off" (in 3.5 seq. shooting L)) 3.0 fps (in case of "I.S. On" (in 3 seq. shooting L)) *1 Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot. *2 When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R (C-AF)
Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting
[RAW]Max. 27frames (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max.15 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H) [JPEG]Unlimited consecutive shooting (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max. 19 frames ( in 8 seq. shooting H) * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6.IIR * With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)


Exposure bracketing
2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable

Art Filter

Pop Art (I/II), Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color (I/II), Light Tone, Grainy Film (I/II), Pin Hole (I/II/III), Diorama, Cross Proscess (I/II), Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone (I/II), Key Line (I/II), WaterColor (I/II)
Variation / Effect

Recording (Movie)

Recording format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode
[MOV] Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V), 30p(29.97fps)Recording 20Mbps(Fine) / 17Mbps(Normal): Aspect 16:9 HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30p(29.97fps)Recording 13Mbps(Fine) / 10Mbps(Normal): Aspect 16:9 [AVI Motion JPEG] HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *, Aspect 16:9 SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *, Aspect 4:3 * Except for some of the Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time
[MOV] Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine) HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)16:9 [AVI] HD : Approx. 7min* / SD : Approx. 14min* * Except for some of the Art Filters
One-push Movie Digital Conveter
x 4 Available on Movie effect mode
IS for Movie
Built in (Electronic image stabilizer) / 2mode (M-IS1,M-IS2), off
AE Lock
File size
MOV Format : Max 4GB / Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB

Recording (Sound)

Recording format
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone function
Wind Noise Reduction*, Recording level adjustment, Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.) * Sound quality slightly different from normal recording.

White Balance

White Balance mode
Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
Preset white balance
Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB

Color Mode

Color Mode
sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Flters]

Multi Exposure

2 frames

Multi Aspect

Multi Aspect
4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

One push Tele-converter

One push Tele-converter

Wi-Fi Function

Image Share
Compatible with FlashAir SD Memory Card


Playback mode
Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF


34 languages selectable: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai


Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)


USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI connector
Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
Accessory attachment
Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
PC interface
USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface
HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)

Power Requirements

BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode
Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLS-5 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)


110.5 mm (W) x 63.7mm (H) x 38.2mm (D) [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]


Approx. 325g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card] Approx. 279g [body only]

Operating Environment

0 - 40°C (operation) / -20 - 60°C (storage)
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

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