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 shoe.


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 here ...