Olympus E-PL5 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Olympus PEN E-PL5? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Olympus makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the E-PL5 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Olympus PEN E-PL5 below.
In any case, the E-PL5 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was revealed to the public on September 17th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4173 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Olympus E-PL6 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Olympus's instruction manual for the E-PL5
The camera's instruction manual is 133 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the E-PL5 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Olympus's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Olympus E-PL5 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Olympus PEN E-PL5
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your E-PL5 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Olympus E-PL5 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Olympus E-PL5 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the E-PL5.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Olympus E-PL5?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Olympus E-PL5 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Olympus equipped the E-PL5 with the TruePic VI image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Olympus E-PL5?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 25600.
Can the Olympus E-PL5 be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Olympus provides the VF-3 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
Does the Olympus E-PL5 have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the E-PL5 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Olympus PEN E-PL5?
Olympus does not publish a shutter rating for the E-PL5. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Olympus E-PL5?
Olympus embeds the number of shutter actuations in hidden menus. You can check the number of shots that your E-PL5 has taken up to now by carefully following the steps described on the Olympus E-PL5 shutter count page.
Does the Olympus E-PL5 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Olympus E-PL5 for flash photography?
The E-PL5's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Olympus E-PL5 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Olympus PEN E-PL5.
|Mirrorless system camera
|Micro Four Thirds lenses
|Four Thirds Sensor
|17.3 x 13.0 mm
|4 608 x 3 456 pixels
|200 - 25 600 ISO
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)
|DXO Color Depth (bits)
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)
|DXO Low Light (ISO)
|no Top Display
|Manual Focusing Aid
|no Peaking Feature
|Maximum Shutter Speed
|8 shutter flaps/s
|Shutter Life Expectancy
|100 000 actuations
|Time Lapse Photography
|no On-Board Flash
|Single or Dual Card Slots
|Single card slot
|UHS card support
|BLS-5 power pack
|Battery Life (CIPA)
|360 shots per charge
111 x 64 x 38 mm
(4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5 in)
|325 g (11.5 oz)
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