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Olympus PEN EP5 with 14-42mm, 16mp, Tiltable Touch 3.0" LCD, WIFI (Silver)

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Olympus E-P5 PEN Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
- Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (1220mAh)
Olympus BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
Olympus LC-46 Lens Cap for Select M.Zuiko Lenses
Olympus 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
Olympus USB Cable
Olympus Shoulder Strap
Olympus Viewer 3 CD-ROM
Olympus Malaysia 1 Year Warranty

Product Features

 Olympus PEN EP5 with 14-42mm, 16mp, Tiltable Touch 3.0" LCD, WIFI  (Silver)


It’s the newly released Olympus E-P5 PEN. A 16.1MP Micro Four Thirds retro-styled pocket shooter capable of 9FPS. But will it raise your heartbeat to 100BPM? Let’s find out.

Specifically this is a review of the E-P5 kit, which includes the all metal, brand new M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens and also newly released 2,360k-dot LCD resolution VF-4 electronic viewfinder that would make even the most hardened of optical viewfinder holdouts — that’s me — just a little tight in the pants. I’m going to tackle this in three parts. Primarily this is a review of the E-P5, but as we also have the new VF-4 and 17mm f/1.8, we’ll touch on those first.

The VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder

The EVF is great. That is all.

Well OK there’s a little more. It may in fact the best I’ve been witness to. It is good, damn good. It’s snappy and the image is remarkably crisp. Quicker again when you adjust the E-P5 to reign in the image processing allowing for an even more accelerated frame rate. Handy if you’re shooting fast subjects or get annoyed (or sick) with a the low frame rate commonly found in electronic viewfinders. The VF-4 allows tilting to 90° — a little redundant on the E-P5 with its rear articulating LCD — and includes a diopter adjustment and positive lock to keep it in the hot shoe.

My only criticism is that the tilting EVF is kept in check only by a resistance clip that has a tendency to pop loose with the camera slung over your shoulder, bouncing as you walk.

The New 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Lens

Like the VF-4, the lens too is wonderful. Effectively a 35mm lens, it is the tops. Contrasty but requiring a slight step down to f/2.2 to begin seeing true sharpness, I was chuffed to bits that this lens able to match the quality of the E-P5 itself.

White balance shift and just a teasing of vignetting applied in the corners. Also used the brush to slightly bump the shadows on the right side.

Heck, it even has a distance scale for zone focusing during street photography or that family garden party your grandmother begs you to take pictures at every year. The lens switches into manual focus as the ever popular pump action focus ring pulls back to reveal the distance scale.

Olympus calls this the “Snapshot Focus Mode”, which combined with the distance scale is perfect for when the kids hit sugar overload and no amount of autofocus can track them (though I must say the E-P5 does a damn good job of trying, more on that later).

The dampening of the focus ring actually improves when it is slipped into manual mode. Becoming a shade firmer to swing and stopping hard at both ends. For a focus-by-wire lens it really is quite nice.

I tried shooting situations where this lens would flare. And it did. Subtle enough for anyone looking to fake UFOs swamp gas or weather balloons photos but nothing to write angry letters to Mr. Olympus over.

Yes it flared, just a little and to be fair I was shooting directly into the sun.

The light falloff is rather hard to notice and what is apparent disappears in post. For $499 by itself, it’s a heck of a lens. It’s easy to see why the 17mm is one of the more expensive of Olympus’ available MFT lenses.

Oh and it’ll focus pretty close to, a tight 9.84″ to be precise. Perfect for that food blog.

The only knock being a slight wobble in the focus ring, which only becomes noticeable when or if you ever use manual focus. It’s such a non-issue that it’s barely worth mentioning, except that it proves how little there is wrong with this lens.

The E-P5 PEN

To pick one word to describe the E-P5′s body itself, it would have to be ‘impressive’. It just feels rugged, strong and like it could take a few smacks off the kitchen table. The front and rear 2×2 dials have perfect resistance and the rear buttons, including the Custom Lever are just bang on. The button spacing too is very well done, everything is within a single thumb’s reach save for the flash popup trigger.

And I struggled to find anything bad to say about it, except for maybe the lagging experienced when quickly adjusting an exposure value via the a control dial. Spinning a dial very quickly will just not register any adjustment to your settings — frustrating when in the thick of it and you need to get from f/1.8 to f/8 as soon as possible. Just like the human statue below, slow and steady will win every time.

1/8000s at f/1.8

Aside from that, everything is brilliant. The rear thumb grip has just enough of an angle and traction to function as it should. Even the touchscreen which one might expect to suffer from little lag itself, had worked its way so well into my routine when reviewing, that I found myself swiping the back of my Nikon’s more than once after a week of shooting primarily with the E-P5.

On the topic of battery life, I tried to give the E-P5 a tough test for one battery: four days of hiking, camping and capturing family memories. It passed. I even gambled by leaving the charger at home on this excursion and it wasn’t until the early evening of day four — on the way home — that it finally gave up.

It had shot almost 400 frames and 45 minutes of video, and was accidentally left on more than I’d care to admit. However I will admit that I was impressed as I’d changed my Nikon’s battery twice already.

But let’s rewind to the day I removed this Micro Four Thirds gem from its box.


On a slightly more positive note, the noise levels at higher ISOs qualify in the “I can deal with this” category. It’s nothing to write home about but it could easily be worse and still manageable. With an available ISO 25600, detail at distance is maintained up to ISO 3200. Only beyond that will you begin to see any detail loss worth moaning about. We all know that with MFT comes a trade off. Smaller sensor, smaller package but lower quality of the images when compared to a two times larger full frame sensor. The majority of users who will clamor for this will be very happy with the results at those high ISO levels. Oh and fear not, grabbing focus in the dark is made pretty easy when coupled with the big aperture of the 17mm lens.

100% crop of the above image. ISO3200 f/1.8

Sticking with grabbing focus for a second. I shoot a lot of sports, and I love a good tracking autofocus as much as the next guy. It is something I can live without though. I did with the X100 and X-Pro 1 when they first arrived on the scene and I made out just fine. Sure they can do continuous AF, but that isn’t locking onto a subject and maintaining that lock like a dog to his bone.

The E-P5 is the dog and the bone is your subject. It does not let go. Watching that green square dance around the screen makes me smile. My Nikon’s do this too, but it’s not as fun. Not as fluid and most importantly, not as accurate. Precise isn’t a strong enough word to describe how well the E-P5 will hold focus on your requested target. It’s borderline creepy. What does this camera know that I don’t? What can it see that I can’t?

On top of that it will lock focus AND still shoot at 9 frames a second. Doing so with an optional 44ms shutter lag I might add. No slouch when compared to a D4′s 43ms lag time.

It was at this point where my love affair with the E-P5 really began in earnest. Like I said, I love sports and I love action. Though I try to be considerate with my shutter finger, when the s**t hits the fan sometimes you just have to press the trigger and hold on for the ride. As I said, I do enjoy thinking photos through. Instead of just blasting away Willy-nilly it’s time well spent when you take a moment to sit back and watch, digest and compose your photos.

Which is why I love the E-P5 and the VF-4′s waist level abilities. No, really. There’s lots of ways to teach yourself to slow… down… and compose… better… pictures. And one neat way to slow down and think about every photo you take is using a waist level finder. And if you’ve never used one before you might discover that you like it a lot more than you would have thought it.

And that is one of the most beautiful things about the E-P5. It is designed to please everyone and makes little sacrifice in doing so. People who are new to photography, never before holding a camera and people who have shot professionally for years but now want something small and versatile to use sporadically without needing to re-learn how to use it each time, all stand to be quite happy with the E-P5.

It is highly customizable, Olympus’ 2 x 2 Dial Control with Custom Lever assures of it. Unfortunately Olympus hasn’t done anyone any favors with the deplorable menu interface because it will take some digging on occasion to change settings. The tool tips revealed when hitting the info button help clarify some of the more ambiguous menu options. But things like having two sections for WIFI setup, separated by several pages of options, is just wrong. So wrong, it kind of makes you chuckle.

While the menu interface is a bit confusing, you are not going to spend a lot of time in there anyway. They’ve done a fantastic job of pushing any of the most used settings onto the “Live Control” slider which will pop out instantly with a quick press of the OK button. Without moving your thumb you can then navigate the menu up or down while adjusting settings with the left or right toggle. For example you swiftly go from Single AF to Continuous AF (with tracking) in two ticks.

The Live Control slider function is far more fluid than much lauded Q button that Fuji placed in an obviously daft location: underneath your right thumb. The very thumb you’ll be holding and bracing the camera with while you’re shooting. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve picked up my X-Pro 1 and launched the Q menu accidentally before even putting the camera to my face, I’d have $28 now. Furthermore, the Olympus Live Control menudoes not block my view through the lens when it appears. It slides in. I make a change. I take a picture. It couldn’t be easier.

Better still, all of that mess disappears if I choose. And all that remains are exposure settings, allowing for a nice large, clean and clear viewfinder. What is not to love.

As a settings tweaking junkie I absolutely loved the ability to change what seemed like every little adjustment on the camera to match my style. It was nice to be able to change the front and rear dials to multiple options but most important was setting them the same as my Nikon’s with aperture and shutter speed front and rear respectively, spinning in the same direction. Add to that there’s a Custom Lever to swap the dials and buttons to another set of options and the control granted without digging through the onscreen menu is highly convenient.

Minor Gripes

To be clear, these are minor gripes. Very minor gripes.

I hate to say this, but even with my average sized hands I wanted more size to this camera. The weight of this camera sits in the Goldilocks zone, just right. But its dimensions left me — well mostly my right pinky and ring finger — grasping for air every time I’d grab the E-P5. It’s going to be a common complaint until the eBay hand grips make their appearance from China. When they do however, this may become one of the more comfortable cameras I’ve held.

Too small for my hands but fits perfectly in the tight center console in my car.

Yes it is kind of silly to nitpick a purposefully small camera for its small size but my hands are not giganticsauraus hands yet they feel strained holding this camera for too long. As I was only really holding the camera with my index and middle fingers, it was actually a bit of a trick to spin the front dial with my index finger while essentially only holding the camera with my thumb and middle finger. A grip of any sort will fix this.

The lack of a PC sync port will prove very, very annoying for a few but most won’t even notice it’s missing. The unfortunate side of it, is those who do find it troublesome are so bothered by it that they just won’t make the purchase. Trigger an off camera flash when you have the EVF mounted? You can’t.

Olympus has a pretty neat App available for both Android and Apple. I tested it on the iPhone and it was good. It does live stream the camera’s view (great for remote work) but simple things, like using your phone as a cable release to operate the camera in bulb mode were absent from the application. Making a connection from the camera to the phone took some doing, despite the fact it should be a very simple process with the QR code linking method employed here. I’d all but gave up on it till I was in a situation where I had nothing else to do but tinker with it for an hour. After 45 minutes it finally connected.

Scrap the flash and fill the void with a built in viewfinder and I think they’ll sell a few more of these. Though the flash does a good job, it could be done without and most would gladly take the built in EVF over the hot shoe version.

Oddly I found myself doing something I do not often do: shooting video. Then I found myself being something I kind of expected: disappointed. The video looks OK. Really, it’s a five out of ten. With an eye to the EVF with the Olympus’ 5-axis Image Stabilization doing its thing, my videos had me fooled into thinking I’d become the next Martin Scorsese. But back home on the big screen of my iMac the reality of it was that the sensor was not truly intended for making anything but family memories.


An admission is due here. When I first checked into the E-P5 I didn’t think I’d like it at all, much less love it as much as I do now. I’m not entirely shocked that it has grown on me as quick as it has, Olympus is doing some great work here. Aesthetically they have done an amazing job of continuing to model the 2013 PEN after their 35mm film shooters of old, and that suits me just fine. And while yes it could use a hand grip, it’s manageable and on the very edge of fitting into coat pockets without bursting any stitches. A big tick in the box for a camera meant to usurp your clunky DSLR from time to time.

Yes the video quality stinks. The WiFi function could be improved and the body itself can be a little too nimble at times. But in the end, does it matter? I wouldn’t buy this camera to make professional video and in the long term use I’ve put this through, the diminutive size of the body and the hand pains it initially caused began to fade. Further, I reeeeeally got used to the weight of it. Doing a ten mile hike with a 40lbs of DSLR bodies and lenses with just the E-P5 around my neck for quick snaps was liberating. And while the video quality isn’t exactly pure raw 1080p output, it is good enough for quickly capturing the moment your friend falls face first into a sandy beach.

On top of that, the feature set is huge. 3.0″ Tilt Touchscreen. Focus Peaking. Remote viewing and triggering on your phone. 9FPS. Flash sync to 1/320s. Interval Mode. Live Bulb. Wonderfully adjustable and customizable on camera controls. Crazy accurate focus and tracking. 5-Axis Image Stabilization. 1/8000s Mechanical Shutter. HDR and bracketing.  The list goes on I assure you.

It does so much that perhaps it’s easier just to mention what it isn’t. It isn’t a full frame. Nor is it even an APS-C. And there’s the rub. The image quality while great for MFT, wasn’t comparable to APS-C which is found in rival cameras like the Fuji X100/s, X-E1 or Sony’s NEX-7.

Yet I can’t help but reflect on how I used this camera most and realize that image quality — especially since it’s pretty good anyway — is not a top priority for a camera like this. There’s a definite sensor to body size trade off you need to be willing to make if you’re going the Micro Four Thirds route. It is the ability to make a high quality picture that captures everything you wanted in focus, properly exposed and in time before little Billy runs out of the room with his new toy — all in a very small and convenient package size — that is perhaps the single goal of any camera like this. The E-P5 succeeds with flying colors.



The E-P5 is the world's first mirrorless** camera equipped with a 1/8000 sec. high-speed mechanical shutter which allows you to freeze action without blur. Use prime lenses at their maximum aperture allowing you to capture beautifully defocused background images even in very bright daylight.

**As of May 2013, Excluding the Electronic Shutters shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations


Syncing your flash with fast shutter speeds is typically tricky; the flash is just too fast! The E-P5's shutter can sync with the built-in flash at shutter speeds up to 1/320s. This maximum sync speed gives you greater flexibility choosing the correct exposure settings when shooting outdoors in bright of back-lit conditions where fill flash on your subject is desirable.



High-speed sequential shooting as fast as 9fps can be accomplished when using the Tracking AF (C-AF+Tr), which works in tandem with the Autofocus to follow your subject.



The F.A.S.T (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus areas that are spread over the image area. Four different AF area sizes can be selected - the smallest of which makes pin-point AF accuracy possible on even the smallest of macro subjects. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35 areas are especially effective when you need to match the AF area pattern to your particular subject. And with a time lag of only 0.044 seconds*** instant photo opportunities will not get way from you even if you are photographing a subject moving at high speeds.

*** When pressing the shutter halfway with IS Off. Battery consumption will increase and the number of shots that can be taken reduced by about 60 shots (CIPA standard).




The PEN E-P5 is equipped with the world's first 5-Axis image stabilization system with IS-Auto. 5-Axis IS compensates for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems of the past have been unable to handle. While the new IS-Auto mode detects both vertical and horizontal panning and automatically deactivates image stabilization on the panning axis. IS-Auto will allow you to make spectacular panning photos of a speedy car.

5-Axis IS is built into the camera body to ensure effective stabilization with all lenses, its unique design makes it particularly effective when taking high-magnification telephoto shots, macro close-ups, and long exposures.

In addition, it can be activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, so you can also use it to stabilize the viewfinder or LCD image and obtain a crisp, clear view of your subject that makes it easy to frame and compose your shots.



Featuring the 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor of the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus Micro Four Thirds fourth generation PEN E-P5, is optimized to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.


TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and improved color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.




Get connected instantly. Touch the WiFi icon on the PEN E-P5's LCD to connect to your smartphone using the Olympus OI.Share SmartPhone app. Select images you want to share, add them to your share list, and quickly and easily send images with the touch of a single button.


Take control of your PEN E-P5, without even touching it! Using the Olympus OI.Share smartphone app you can preview your composition, choose the AF point and release the shutter; perfect for tripod and self-portrait shooting.


Geotags can be easily added to your photos by simply sending the high-precision GPS log data recorded by OI.Share to your camera. This function of the E-P5 allows you to use map functions on Olympus Viewer 3 or other applications supporting GPS log data.



Sync your PEN E-P5 to your smartphone in an instant. With the new "QR Code Connect" you take a shot of the QR code on the camera’s LCD monitor with your smartphone and your camera and smartphone are sync’d instantly using the OI.Share's private connection.




You can easily create a combination of photos by selecting one of four themes. Each theme allows you to create a photo story of a certain flair with just a single touch. Choose Standard to capture three images in single layout to tell a story.


Interval shooting allows 1-99 shots, from 1 second to 24 hour time interval to easily shoot a series of pictures. he E-P5 also has a valuable feature 
that easily converts a series of pictures taken using interval shooting into a time-lapse movie (Max 10 seconds movie at 99 shots).



Twelve in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, 
art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all 
shooting modes as well as when shooting HD movies.

The Twelve in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale
and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, 
Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Key Line, Dramatic Tone 
and NEW Watercolor) are enhanced by new filter variations, 
art effects and bracketing. Also, the E-P5 now features 
the Monochrome Art Filter Effect, where the Picture Tone 
effect can change the color from normal monotone to sepia, 
blue, purple, and green.



If you can't make up your mind about choosing a filter, you can use the Art Filter Bracketing function to generate multiple pictures with Art Filters with a single shot and then view them as a slideshow. Art Filter Bracketing can be applied to recorded RAW format data by in-camera RAW processing.




2x2 dial control on the E-P5 gives you ultimate control with two dials and a function lever, allowing direct access to aperture/shutter speed,, exposure compensation, ISO settings, and white balance - directly by dial.

In addition, the Fn lever can be used to switch Movie button functions and focus modes.


Super Spot AF helps you to accurately bring even extremely small subjects into focus, allowing you to select an area even smaller than the AF point. With Small AF Target, you can set your focus even more precisely by reducing the size of the Spot AF target. The E-P5 also features Focus Peaking, which brings shots into focus manually such as when taking photos using OM or Four Thirds glass.


Now, when shooting in the "Live Bulb" mode, you can see the progression of exposure and the live Histogram shows you how exposure is distributed across all points of the image.



Product Specification

 Olympus PEN EP5 with 14-42mm, 16mp, Tiltable Touch 3.0" LCD, WIFI (Silver)


Product Type    
  Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
  Memory SD Memory Card*1  (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )
  *1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.
  *2: Not compatible with Endless Memory. 
  Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
  Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Pickup      
  Product type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
  Number of pixels / Aspect ratio Number of effective pixels : Approx. 16.1 million pixels
Total number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)
  Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)
  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
  File size RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 10
Image Stabilization System    
  Type Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)   *yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/roll
  Mode 4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
  IS for Live View image Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
  Focal length setting Available
  Available manual focal length setting Input focal length : 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000 
  Shutter speed range 60 - 1/8000 sec. (Not available when Bulb or Time is selected.)
Live View      
  Live View Approx. 100% field of view, 
Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, 
Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), 
Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), 
  Display Mode Normal, Histogram, Highlight and shadow, Level guide, Off
  Monitor type 3.0-inch tilting monitor*
  *Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance type touch panel 
  Touch control Shutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection
  Tilting angle Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees 
Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
  Brightness / Color temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels
  Color tone select Vivid / Natural
  発色設定 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 Available
  Magnified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points
Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
Super Spot AF: Selectable from center of enlarge view(0.02% - 0.16% in view image)
Enlarged view focus point check by magnify button* 
  *: Available with 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 / Focusing point selection mode 35-area multiple AF 
    / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
  Peaking function Avaliable on Fn button or Manual Focus 
 Type : White edge, Black edge
  AF illuminator Available
  Manual focus assist    * Customize function Live View image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Exposure Control(Still)     
  Metering system
(TTL Image sensor metering)
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 i Auto, 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* , My Set
  *Selectable from menu as a function on Fn/Rec button
  *My set can be set to mode dial function
  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 *  
  ISO sensitivity AUTO ISO : LOW(approx. 100) ‐25600 (customizable, Defalut:LOW-1600)
Manual ISO : LOW(approx.100), 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
  Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
  AE lock Locks at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn/Rec button)
  Shutter type Computerized focal-plane shutter
  Shutter speed 1/8000 - 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)
  Flash intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto*13, Manual, Super FP*13(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
  *13: Available on the external flash
  Built-in flash TTL Flash, GN=7 (ISO100・m) / GN=10(ISO200・m)
  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 1/320 sec. Built-in Flash*
1/250 sec. External Flash*
 *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 built-in flash
(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
  External Flash intensity type TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
  Channel 4 channels 
  Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a built-in flash*)
  Sequential shooting maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode]*   9.0 fps * in case of "I.S. Off" 
   *Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
[Sequential shooting L mode]* 
      4.5 fps  in case of "I.S. Off" (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
      5.0 fps* in case of "I.S. Off" (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
   *When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.
  Max. recordable pictures
on sequential shooting *
[RAW]  Max. 20 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L),   Max.15 frames (in 9 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG]  Max. 70 frames (in 4 seq. shooting L),   Max. 19 frames ( in 9 seq. shooting H)
  * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.
  Self-timer 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
*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.
  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
*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.
  bracketing for HDR postprocess 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable. 
*This function does not execute HDR processing.
*HDR function can be programmed to the Fn-button.
Art Filter       
  Mode (Variation / Effect) Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
  Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)
  Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
  Light Tone ( - / d.)
  Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
  Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
  Diorama ( - / d.)
  Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
  Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.)
  Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e)  (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
  Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
  WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
  Art Effect a. Soft Focus Effect
    b. Pin-Hole Effect
    c. White Edge Effect
    d. Frame Effect
    e. Star Light Effect
    f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
    g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
  Type  (Frame effect / Aspect & Window Standard (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ /  a,b,c,d,e / A,B,C,D )
  Pattarn) Fun Frame (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ /-/-)
  Frame Effect a.  White Frame
    b.  White Frame & White Edge Effect
    c.  Black Frame
    d.  White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
  Aspect &Window Pattern A.   4:3, 2 frames
    B.    4:3, 3 frames
    C.   1:1. 2 frames
    D.    1:1, 3 frames
  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 
              *Excluding some Art Filters
  Maximum Recording Time [MOV]
      Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
      HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
      HD : Approx. 7min*  /  SD : Approx. 14min*
            *Excluding some Art Filters
  Movie Function Movie Effect : One-shot echo / Multi-echo / Art fade
Art Filter Movie, Aperture-prioritized Movie, Shutter Speed-Prioritized Movie, Manually Shot Movie
  One-push Movie Digital Conveter ×4*  Avairable on Movie effect mode
  TimeLapse Movie Available (AVI Motion JPEG  1280×720 ,10fps)
  Image Stabilization for Movie M-IS (Image sensor shift), Off
  AE Lock Available
  Exposure control (Movie) P: Program AE,   A: Aperture priority AE,   S: Shutter speed priority AE,   M: Manual,   Art Filter
     * S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.
  Compression ratio Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
  File size  MOV Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
  Recording format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
  Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
  Microphone function Wind Noise Reduction,  Recording Volume
     Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
  Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec.
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
White Balance    
  White balance mode Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
  White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis   * Except for Custom WB
  Preset white balance 7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K)
   - Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
Colour Mode    
  Colour matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB
  色空間 sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode     
  Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
  Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key     [except Art Filters]
Interval Mode    
  Intereval Mode Interval Time 1sec. - 24 Hours,  Max 99 frames.
Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Multi Exposure  
  Number of picture / Function 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Multi Aspect  
  Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Level Gauge    
  Detection 2-axis
One push Tele-converter   
  Magnification x2
Wi-Fi Function  
  GPS info. Function Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)
  Wireless Shooting Live View, Rec view, Wireless touch AF shutter*, Power off
*Self-Timer setting.
*Camera function is fixed on i-Auto. 
  Image Share File Type: JPEG, MOV
Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously.  Marking function for image share. 
  Easy Connection QR code setting
  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 (with sound including BGM, 2 selectable slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display
  Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
  Languages 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
Reset & custom setting  
  My set 4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.
Image Editing  
  Editing function RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording
  RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter, ART-BKT).
2 programmable settings, preview capability.
  Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
  USB/AV/Remote controller connector Dedicated multi-connector     [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed,  Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 compatible.]
  HDMI connector Micro HDMI (Type-D)
  Flash attachment Hot shoe
  Accessory Port 2 Dedicated multi-connector   [for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
  Wireless LAN Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
  PC interface USB2.0 Hi-Speed
  TV interface HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)
Power Requirements    
  Battery BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
  Sleep mode Available (1/3/5 min. off)
  Number of recordable pictures Approx. 330 shots    [IS ON, CIPA test standard]
 (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Dimensions / Weight  
  Dimensions  122.3mm(W)×68.9mm(H)×37.2mm(D) 
     [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
  Weight Approx. 420g  [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card]
Approx. 378g  [body only]  
Operating Environment    
  Temperature 0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)
  Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Box contents  
  Body, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card

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