Olympus E-P5 Review - The E-P5 is the manufacturer's first CSC of 2013. Find out if it's a worthy contender in the What Digital Camera Olympus E-P5 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Excellent finish; Fast AF; Design; Quality of results; Handling


  • Price compared to rivals; lack of EVF


Olympus E-P5 Review


Price as reviewed:


Olympus E-P5 review – Verdict

Olympus E-P5 Review -  front view

We love the beautiful premium finish and styling Olympus E-P5, while the overhauled controls make it a much more satisfying experience to shoot with over previous models. Then there’s the image quality – while it can’t quite compete for out-and-out detail with its APS-C rivals, results are still impressive and shouldn’t disappoint.

That said, the body-only price is currently about £100 more than that of the OM-D (not to mention rivals like the Fujifilm X-E1 and Sony NEX-7), which has the luxury of a built-in EVF. While you may not be that fussed about an EVF and prefer the slightly more compact proportions of the E-P5, that’s still a hefty premium to pay.

There’s no question that the E-P5 is a lovely camera and the best PEN model we’ve seen to date, but we’d plump for the OM-D and the money saved we put towards one of the wonderful Olympus primes available.

  1. 1. Olympus PEN E-P5 Review – Features
  2. 2. Olympus PEN E-P5 Review - Design
  3. 3. Olympus PEN E-P5 Review – Performance
  4. 4. Olympus PEN E-P5 Review – Image Quality
  5. 5. Olympus E-P5 review - Verdict
  6. 6. Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. First Look
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