THE OLYMPUS PEN E-P5 is a micro four thirds mirrorless
interchangeable lens camera. The 16 megapixel sensor is stabilised on
five axes, meaning that all lenses, even legacy optics fitted with the
optional adapter benefit from the shake reduction.
The camera is part of a suite of lenses and accessories, including
electronic viewfinders, microphones and flashes that fit into the hot
After ten years of being in the business of
reviewing digital doodads you tend to acquire more cameras than
you need or is decent. At which point you have to deal with the
pressing question that comes with the superfluity of capitalism:
Which camera will we use today?
|Which got us thinking
about another question: If, of all the wonderful cameras
in the shops, we could only have one, which would it be?
And we decided that, given our drothers, it would be the
Olympus E-P5. Here’s why.
There is an axiom that has it
that the best camera is the one you have with you, which
ruled out bulky DSLRs, no matter how good they are. Too
much stuff to lug around. Which meant we could have
chosen a good compact from the several on offer, but as
well as portability we wanted interchangeable lenses.
The choice boiled down to one
of the several mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras,
which is fine by us because there is not a dud amongst
the offerings from Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and
Fuji. And Nikon’s model 1 V2 is a gem. From the riches
on offer we chose the Olympus E-P5.
We like its look and feel. It
is part of a great system of lenses and accessories,
shared with Panasonic. It can be used with or without
the optional electronic viewfinder. It has WiFi remote
control from phone or pad. The Super Control Panel, if
you can ever work out how to activate it, is a brilliant
control system. The E-P5 has all the controls and
features of more expensive DSLRs. And it has a
swivelling LCD which we find essential for getting down
low to photograph small children, animals and flowers,
as well as giving a generally different and more
interesting view of the world from ground level.
On top of all that the image
quality is excellent, particularly in RAW mode. So
what’s not to like? In our review of the E-P5 a few
months ago we rated it “practically perfect in every
way.” So this is our one camera for thirty days.
We plan to take at least one
photo a day for the 30 days of November and post them
FOLLOW THE DAY BY DAY VENTURE ON THIS CALENDAR GRID