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The Olympus E-PL5 Digital Camera joins the Olympus Pen Lite range of compact system cameras. The E-PL5 is a lightweight, simple to use camera with plenty of style and takes on the advanced technology found in the high-end OM-D E-M5. The new touch-sensitive 3.0" 460k-dot LCD makes image composition easy, while the Live Guide function allows you to preview HD video and still image effects to achieve the perfect result. The E-PL5s increased maximum light sensitivity of ISO 25600 enables the photographer to take great low-light photos and also comes with a hotshoe for attaching the Olympus FL-LM1 Flashgun (included). The E-PL5 features several Art Filter variations and enhancements including full manual control - choose from different art filter looks or overlay different art filters to create something new. Included is a FREE Toshiba 8GB FlashAir Card. More
FlashAir is a full SDA compliant SD Card offering 8GB of high quality Flash Memory in combination with a wireless LAN Access Point.
By offering this WLAN functionality, FlashAir provides the advantage of allowing access to the data stored on the SD Card without the need to remove the Card or plug a cable to the device. Simply connect the remote host by linking it to the WLAN Access Point of the FlashAir SD Card, start a browser tool and all data of the card can be read and transferred from the FlashAir SD Card to the remote Host.
This basic functionality does not require any special driver or Software Installation on any side. The WLAN function transfers any type of data and can be secured with WPA2.
FlashAir Default Features
These are default features of the FlashAir card and do not require any modification of Software on the SD Card Host (The device in which the FlashAir SD Card is inserted).
1) Wireless data transfer function
Wireless data transfer of the data stored on the FlashAir SD Card. Any kind of data stored on FlashAir can be read and transferred by using standard WLAN communication. For example photos taken with digital cameras can be transferred by wireless communication to a PC, smartphone or Tablet PC.
2) Easy Wireless setting
It is easily possible to set up the connection from PC and smartphone.
3) Low power consumption
Wireless function is switched ON only when necessary to prevent wasteful power consumption of the battery.
4) Multiple Connections
Data sharing by multiple connections simultaneously. The Access Point created by FlashAir can be accessed by several remote hosts at the same time.
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Great results in a compact package.
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Comments about Olympus E-PL5 Black Digital Camera with Black 14-42mm Lens:
I've come from DSLRs to Micro 4/3 and love the system - I also have a Lumix G5 which is a great cam as well.I got the E-PL5 to allow me to REALLY downsize as I'd been intending to do, but without compromising output quality too much. It really delivers!The small size might not be suited to those with larger hands as the buttons and dials are quite small and a bit fiddly. Fine for me but worth mentioning as a warning. The body feels solid and well made and the tilt frame for the screen very firm and positive in action. It can tilt right up over the body for self-facing shots or filming, the orientation sensor knows to flip the image.Start up is fast, shutter lag VERY low and the images it produces are really nice indeed. The JPEG engine turns out excellent looking images and RAWs need very little noise reduction even at high ISO. I've mounted some long "legacy" lenses to it as well (up to 400mm) and the pics look like they came from an SLR - great colours, micro-contrast and tonality. It needs a viewfinder to use with them really though, for balance and manual focusing reasons!I bought it with the 14-42 and 40-150 lenses to mainly use as a "carry round" though and both lenses are really nice for the price - probably fair to say they both punch well above their weight. A few signs of CA in the 14-42 round the edges in high contrast areas but excellent sharpness.Handling is generally good. I prefer the grip to be fitted - it looks good on the black one too - and the ability to assign "myset" customisation to the modes on the main dial is a great idea, so Program mode can be high colour 4:3 format JPEGs, Manual mode might be RAW at low ISO in 16:9 (you can still change things as you go of course and there are plenty of parameters can be applied).Using the kit lenses, AF is quick and positive, and the ability to use the touch screen to either direct the focus point or actually focus and shoot is really handy, especially on a tripod whilst doing landscape shots.Also very impressive is the ability to rattle off 8 frames per second in RAW + JPEG for 15 frames before lockout (using a Sandisk Ultra SD). It then allowed short bursts again after only a few seconds. You can set it to disable the IS during a burst, which helps achieve the frame rate.Speaking of the in-body stabiliser, it's not as effective as the 5 axis one in the OMD but still does a good job - maybe 2 stops worth of "help". With legacy lenses you can also manually specify the focal length in use to allow it to be more effective. Tried it - it works!Battery life is excellent. It was a few days after the first charge before I had to charge again. The meter isn't very useful though - only appears at start up and the drop off is quite quick so can catch you out. Best to have a spare!A quick mention too for the "Art Filters". Normally I'd never even look at features like this but they genuinely are creative and fun (I'm still not likely to use them much, mind!)OK enough of the plaudits, what are the niggles?Well, as already mentioned the controls are small and fiddly. Not an issue for my smallish hands but could be for some. The screen is quite exposed and would benefit from a protector, but you must use one for touch screens. The flash is a little weedy and not built-in either (and only comes in silver!). Once fitted you CAN control compatible flashguns with it BUT you can't fit a viewfinder - you also can't fit a larger flash if you use an EVF with the E-PL5.Video quality is decent but can be slighty affected by the stabiliser. It's also a bit limited in options compared to Panasonics offerings. Fine for occasional clip shooting though which I think most users will do?Dynamic Range is still not as high as on a(current equivalent) APS-C camera BUT in use I don't think most users will notice except in extreme situations.And finally, the menu system is a bit of a slog to get through if you're not used to Olympus! You also have to turn on the option for the more comprehensive settings, which are many and could be quite daunting to the casual user (probably why it's "off" by default!). using the mysets to customise it helps a lot, and the quick menu on the LCD can handle most general shooting options.So, in summary, its a very powerful camera in a very small and convenient package, with great image quality all the way up to ISO6400, lots of customisation options, fast AF (still not there with tracking though), good burst and buffer and generally a pleasure to use, with surprisingly good kit lenses to boot.If you can handle the small form factor and fiddly controls, and don't need to track fast moving subjects then this camera is in my view a great purchase. No regrets whatsoever (but sort out the EVF and Flash issue will you, Olympus!!)It's a shame the ratings only go in whole stars as it's a 4 1/2 really (or 9 out of 10) for me!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Included Accessories: BLS-5 Battery, BCS-5 Battery Charger, FL-LM1 Flash, Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC-2), Shoulder Strap, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Image Management Software, Olympus Viewer 2 Software CD-ROM
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