Olympus’s New EP5 Is Lip-Bitingly Sexy

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 images (5 of 8)

Today, Olympus is announcing the brand new EP5 that has been highly rumored for a while. It’s been quite some time since the flagship Pen camera received an update but that update was well worth the wait. First off the camera has the same sensor as the OMD EM5 but boasts a couple of differences that in some ways make it better than the OMD. The focusing is faster, it sports focus peaking for manual focus users, and has Wifi built in for starters. But otherwise, it has an aluminum body, no weather sealing, a flip up LCD screen with barely any external screws to the entire build, and an interesting new design layout.

Tech Specs and more images are after the jump. But also be sure to check out our first impressions and our comparison to the Olympus OMD EM5.

Editor’s Note: The EP5 is available body only for $999.99 in black, silver and white or with the 17mm f1.8 and new VF-4 viewfinder for $1,449.00 in black or silver.

Tech Specs

Specification Sheet (Master version)
Model name Trad2
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(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
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
Stabilization performance maximum 5 EV*
*Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions
Lens IS priority Available
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
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
Focusing
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
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
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)
Bundled flash
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*)
Drive
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.
* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I R95/W90 EXCERIA
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)
Bracketing
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)
PHOTO STORY
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
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
*Excluding some Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time [MOV]
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
[AVI]
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(Sound)
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
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
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
Menu
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
編集
Editing function RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280×960, 640×480, 320×240), 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
Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output
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
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
Color Universal design
CUD
not approved

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