The Olympus EPL5 Camera
I received my Christmas present early from my wife last week. She got me the new Olympus Pen EPL5 DSLR micro four thirds camera with a 14-42 kit lens. It’s the camera I wanted since last year. I almost bought the EPL3 last year but decided to wait for the newer camera. Olympus skipped the EPL4 and went directly to the EPL5 model.
EPL5 Video at ISO 25600
It’s been a week now since I’ve had my new camera, and that’s given me time to play around and see what it can do. I played with the video today to see what the video would look like with very high ISO. The maximum ISO is 25,600 on this camera and I wanted to see what it looked like on a dark night. The only light available was from the lights on the houses for the Christmas displays as I walked around town.
The EPL5 is much smaller than my other camera, the Olympus E620. I took some pictures in the Philippines with this camera. This is both good and bad. The good is that it’s much lighter to carry around. The difficult part is that the buttons are smaller, which makes it difficult to operate in cold damp weather. So tonight was a test to see how well it would operate in the cold damp weather. I must say, I’m very impressed with with the EPL5′s performance. I’m just amazed that the video is of high quality just like the pictures.
A First Impression of the EPL5
As you can see from the video, even at very high ISO, it is still pretty good. I expected much more graininess in the video than what I saw. This is just the first impression and I plan to take more video to test the limits of the camera. For me, one of the best things about the EPL5 is that it is so small – about the size of a point and shoot, but with a bigger lens in front. I was able to take this camera on my nightly walk around town and just keep it in my pocket.
So far, I am still getting used to the controls. It’s difficult to see the buttons in the dark but I can remember where most of them are. One problem I had was trying to display the super control panel. By default, it’s not turned on. You must go into the menus and activate it. I found some good information at the Olympus EPL5 site here.
We bought the camera at Dan’s Camera in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It’s a great store with very knowledgeable people working there. Now with all this great video I’m about to take, I guess I’ll need another external hard drive to store it. And I also got my eye on the new 45mm f1.8 prime lens,. If you want a great, lightweight, interchangeable lens DSLR camera, consider the Olympus Pen EPL5 camera.