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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :


Question :
What differentiates the E-P5 from the E-P3?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
E-P5 E-P5
Effective Pixels 16.05 million pixels 12.3 million pixels
Image Processing TruePic VI
Sensor Type 4/3 High-speed Live MOS Sensor
ISO sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
( Customizable, Default: LOW - 1600 )
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Auto: ISO 200 - 12800
( Customizable, Default: ISO 200 - 1600 )
Manual: ISO 200 - 12800
Built-in Flash Available
Accessory Port
( AP2 )
Available
Monitor 3.0 inches / 3:2
Approx. 1,040,000 dots
TFT color LCD
Touch Panel, adjustable
3.0 inches / 3:2
Approx. 610,000 dots
Organic El Touch Panel
Grip Available
( Not removable )
MCG-1
( bundled, removable )
Control Dial 2 dials
( The modes can be switched with the Fn lever. )
2 dials
AF Area 35 points
Image Stabilizer
( Still Pictures )
4 modes
Auto, Vertical IS,
Horizontal IS, Landscape Panning I.S.
3 modes
Auto, Vertical IS, Horizontal IS
Image Stabilizer
( Movie )
Movie-I.S. Not available
Sequential Shooting Speed Approx. 9 fps
( Sequential shooting H mode, when image stabilizer is Off )
Approx. 3 fps
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/8000 sec. 60 - 1/4000 sec.
Release Lag-Time Normal or Short can be selected. Not available
Interval Shooting Available
Interval time: 1 sec. - 24 hours,
Number of storable pictures: 99 frames max.
Not available
Time-Lapse Movie
( Interval Movie )
Available
AVI Motion JPEG, 1280 x 720, 10fps
Not available
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF),
S-AF+MF (S-AF and MF combined), AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Advance AF Available
Multi Exposure 2 frames max.
Level Gauge Available
Picture Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted,
Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art filters
Art Filter 12 Art Filters
- Pop Art
- Soft Focus
- Pale&Light Color
- Light Tone
- Grainy Film
- Pin Hole
- Diorama
- Cross Process
- Gentle Sepia
- Dramatic Tone
- Key Line
- Watercolor

Art filter variation and 7 art effects available
10 Art Filters
- Pop Art
- Soft Focus
- Pale&Light Color
- Light Tone
- Grainy Film
- Pin Hole
- Diorama
- Cross Process
- Gentle Sepia
- Dramatic Tone

Art filter variation and 5 art effects available
Photo Story Available Not available
Movie Recording MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,
AVI ( Motion JPEG ),
( 30fps )
AVCHD,
AVI ( Motion JPEG ),
( 30fps )
Movie Effect Multi-echo
One-shot echo
Art fade
Movie Tele-converter ( 4x )
Not available
Menu Languages 34 languages including Japanese and English
Memory SD / SDHC / SDXC cards ( UHS-I compatible ),Eye-Fi card
Built-in Wi-Fi Available
- GPS info. Function
( by using Smartphone GPS data )
- Wireless Shooting
( by using Smartphone or remote control function )
- Image Share
( Orders for image upload onto a Smartphone can be saved. )
- Easy Connection
( QR code setting )
Not available
Number of recordable pictures with full battery charge Approx. 400 shots Approx. 330 shots
Underwater Housing
(Sold Separately)
Not available
HDMI output connector HDMI Micro Connector ( Type D ) HDMI Mini Connector ( Type C )
Battery BLN-1 BLS-1 or BLS-5
Power Battery Holder
( Sold Separately )
Not available
Dimensions
( Excluding Protrusions )
122.3 mm (W) x 68.9 mm (H) x 37.2 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.5" (D) 122.0 mm (W) x 69.1 mm (H) x 34.3 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.4" (D)
Color Silver, Black, White
Software
( Packaged with the Camera )
OLYMPUS Viewer 3 OLYMPUS Viewer 2
Weight
( Battery and Media Card Included )
Approx. 420g Approx. 369g
Release Date June 2013 July 2011
Refer to the Product's Page E-P5 E-P3
Product Comparison Page E-P5 / E-P3
Note:
You can also compare other models on the following web page:
* Product comparison

Question :
What other items come packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:
- E-P5 Camera
- Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery ( BLN-1 )
- Lithium-ion Battery Charger ( BCN-1 )
- USB Cable ( CB-USB6 )
- Body Cap
- Strap
- Olympus Setup CD-ROM:
OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software ( Windows / Mac )
- Instruction Manual
- Warranty Card


Question :
What are the compression rates and size of the image files in each recording mode?

Answer:
The following tables show the approximate values:

【 Still Pictures 】
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Recording Mode Number of Pixels Compression Rate File Format File Size
(Approx.)
Number of Storable Pictures
1GB
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card
RAW 4608 x 3456 Lossless Compression ORF 17.0 MB 41
L
(Large)
SF
(Super Fine)
1/2.7 JPEG 11.0 MB 79
F
(Fine)
1/4 7.5 MB 114
N
(Normal)
1/8 3.5 MB 248
B
(Basic)
1/12 2.4 MB 369
M
(Middle)
SF 3200 x 2400 1/2.7 5.6 MB 155
F 1/4 3.4 MB 257
N 1/8 1.7 MB 508
B 1/12 1.2 MB 753
SF 2560 x 1920 1/2.7 3.2 MB 271
F 1/4 2.2 MB 398
N 1/8 1.1 MB 782
B 1/12 0.8 MB 1,151
SF 1920 x 1440 1/2.7 1.8 MB 476
F 1/4 1.3 MB 701
N 1/8 0.7 MB 1,356
B 1/12 0.5 MB 1,968
SF 1600 x 1200 1/2.7 1.3 MB 678
F 1/4 0.9 MB 984
N 1/8 0.5 MB 1,906
B 1/12 0.4 MB 2,653
S
(Small)
SF 1280 x 960 1/2.7 0.9 MB 1,034
F 1/4 0.6 MB 1,488
N 1/8 0.4 MB 2,773
B 1/12 0.3 MB 3,813
SF 1024 x 768 1/2.7 0.6 MB 1,564
F 1/4 0.4 MB 2,260
N 1/8 0.3 MB 4,068
B 1/12 0.2 MB 5,547
SF 640 x 480 1/2.7 0.3 MB 3,589
F 1/4 0.2 MB 5,085
N 1/8 0.2 MB 7,627
B 1/12 0.1 MB 10,170

Note:
- The same image ( Olympus' standard image ) is used to calculate the number of storable pictures and file size in each mode.
- The number of storable pictures depends on the image quality and the type of memory card.
- The number of storable pictures in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum ( up to 9999 ).
【 Movies 】
Recording Mode Image Size Frame Rate (Frames per Second) Recording Format Recording Rate Maximum Recording Time (Approx.)
Full HD Fine 1920 x 1080
(16:9)
30p
(29.97 fps)
MOV
(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
*1 
20Mbps 22 min.
Full HD Normal 17Mbps 29 min.
HD Fine 1280 x 720
(16:9)
30p
(29.97 fps)
13Mbps 29 min.
HD Normal 10Mbps 29 min.
HD  1280 x 720
(16:9)
30fps *2 AVI
(Motion JPG)
*3 
-  7 min. *4 
SD  640 x 480
(4:3)
-  14 min. *4 
*1 The maximum file size of a movie is 22 min. ( in Full HD Fine mode ) or 29 min. ( in Full HD Normal or HD mode ).
*2 When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter.
*3 The maximum file size of a movie is 7 min. ( in HD mode ) or 14 min. ( in SD mode ).
*4 Excluding when shooting in some art filters.
Note:
Depending on the memory card, the recording may stop without recording to the maximum time.
A Speed Class 6 SD card is recommended for HD movie recording.
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )
* Compatibility table for Eye-Fi Cards

Question :
Can I use an external flash and the optional optical viewfinder VF-1 or optional electronic viewfinder VF-2 / VF-3 / VF-4 at the same time?

Answer:
No. In order to use any of these optional viewfinders with the E-P5, it must be attached to the camera's hot shoe.
Because the E-P5 has only one hot shoe, the VF-1 or VF-2 / VF-3 / VF-4 and an external flash cannot be used simultaneously.
When shooting with an external flash, view your subject on the Live View LCD monitor. The only exception to this is if you are using an Olympus RC flash, in the RC mode, using a flash bracket or off camera flash.

Note:
Refer to the following web page to find compatible viewfinders for the PEN series cameras:
* Viewfinders for PEN series cameras.

Question :
How do I set the Digital Tele-converter function?

Answer:
You can use the Digital Tele-converter function by assigning the function [ Fn ] button or movie [ ] button after setting it On in the setting menu.
The following procedure explains how to enable the Digital Tele-converter function in the E-P5.

Setting the Digital Tele-converter to On:

  1. Press the [ MENU ] button. In Shooting Menu 1 ( Shooting Menu 1 ), select Digital Tele-converter and press the [ OK ] button.

  2. Select On, and press the [ OK ] button.

  3. Make sure that the Digital Tele-converter is On.

Utilize the following procedure to set the button function.

On E-P5, the Digital Tele-converter function can be assigned to camera buttons such as the [ Fn ] and [ movie button ( movie ) ] buttons.
The following procedure explains how to assign Digital Tele-converter to the [ Fn ] function button.

Assigning the Digital Tele-converter to the [ Fn ] function button:

  1. In Custom Menu( Custom Menu ), select BUTTON/DIAL ( Button / Dial / Lever ) and press the [ OK ] button.

  2. Select Button Function and press the [ OK ] button.

  3. Select Function and press the arrow pad Right button.

  4. Select Digital Tele-converter Digital Tele-converter using the arrow pad Up and Down button and press the [ OK ] button.

    Digital Tele-converter
  5. Make sure that the Fn Function is set to Digital Tele-converter ( Digital Tele-converter ).

    Function
  6. When you press the [ Fn ] button in shooting mode, the image on the monitor will be enlarged by 2x.
    The image will be recorded as it is displayed on the monitor.
    To cancel the zoom view on the monitor, press the [ Fn ] button again.
Note:
- Digital Tele-converter is not available in PHOTO STORY, Multiple Exposure and when 3D photo, Panorama, Fisheye effect, Wide Angle and Macro is selected in SCN mode.
- In movie mode, the function is not available when Movie Effect is On.
- When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you displayed on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a frame.

Question :
Can I use the peaking function when shooting in manual focus with a OM lens attached to the camera?

Answer:
Yes, you can. The OM lens (MF lens) cannot communicate with digital cameras. When shooting pictures with a OM lens (MF lens) and a mount adapter (OM adapter MF-2) attached, you can use the peaking function by assigning the function to the Fn (Function) button.
The following procedure explains how to assign the peaking function to the Fn button in the button function setting.
Once set, you can display or cancel the peaking mark whenever you press the [ Fn ] button.

Fn button
Note:
- The peaking function can also be assigned to the Magnify button and movie button button.
Select the desired button in procedure 3 below.
- Refer to the following web page regarding the use of OM lenses:
* OM-Series Lenses Compatibility Table

Assigning the peaking function to the Fn button:

  1. Press the [ MENU ] button.
    In Custom Menu ( Custom Menu ), select BUTTON/DIAL ( Button / Dial / Lever ) and press the [ OK ] button.

  2. Select Button Function and press the [ OK ] button.
  3. Select Fn Function and press the arrow pad Right button.

  4. Select Peaking using the arrow pad Up and Down button and press the [ OK ] button.

    Peaking
You can display or cancel the peaking mark whenever you press the [ Fn ] button.

Question :
I scanned the bar code that is displayed on the E-P5 using the Easy Setup, but couldn't obtain a Wi-Fi connection. What should I do?

Answer:
If the Wi-Fi connection does not work after scanning the bar code on the E-P5 monitor with a smartphone using the OI.Share Easy Setup, confirm the Wi-Fi setting on your smartphone.

Your smartphone may already be connected to a different Wi-Fi network ( e.g. home LAN ) or Wi-Fi device. In the Wi-Fi setting of your smartphone, switch the network connection to the SSID ( network name ) that begins with " E-P5 ".
When the network connection is completed, you will see a check mark before the SSID in iOS or, in Android OS, you will see " Connected " below the SSID.

iOS (iOS 6.1) Wi-Fi setting

Android OS (4.1) Wi-Fi setting

Note:
For more information on how to set the Wi-Fi setting, refer to the smartphone instruction manual.

Question :
I hear a slight humming noise when I press the shutter button halfway. What is this sound?

Answer:
The sound being produced when you press the shutter button halfway is the operating sound of the 5-axis image stabilizer unit. In the default setting, the image stabilizer will activate when you press the shutter button halfway.

To turn off this image stabilizer, follow the procedure below:

  1. Press the [ MENU ] button.
  2. In Custom Menu ( Custom Menu ), select Release Sequential Shooting and press the [ OK ] button.
  3. Select Half Way RIs With IS and press the [ OK ] button.
  4. Select Off and press the [ OK ] button.
Note:
- The sound of image stabilizer unit is decreased while movie shooting.
- Refer to the following web page for more information:
* What kind of image stabilizer functions are available for this camera?

Question :
What kind of image stabilization functions are available for this camera?

Answer:
The following table describes the available image stabilizer functions:

The default image stabilizer setting is S-IS AUTO in still picture shooting and M-IS ON in movie shooting.

Still Picture
( Default setting: S-IS)
OFF IS Off Image stabilizer is off.
S-IS 1 Auto Image stabilizer is on.
S-IS 2 Vertical IS Image stabilization applies only to vertical ( the vertical ) camera shake
S-IS 3 Horizontal IS Image stabilization applies only to horizontal ( the horizontal ) camera shake. Use when panning the camera horizontally with the camera held in portrait orientation. 
S-IS AUTO Landscape Panning IS The camera detects the panning direction and applies the appropriate image stabilization. 
Movie
( Default setting: M-IS )
OFF M-I.S. Off Image stabilizer is off. 
ON Movie-I.S. In addition to Auto image stabilization, camera shake that occurs when shooting while walking is also corrected.

Setting the focal length when using lenses other than Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds system lenses

When attaching the camera to a lens other than a Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens, the focal length information that you set manually is used to correct camera shake.
- Press the [ OK ] button to display the live control. While Image stabilizer is selected, press the [ INFO ] button and use the arrow pad Right and Left button to set the focal length. Press the [ OK ] button to complete the setting.
- The focal length can be set from 8 mm to 1000 mm.
- Set the focal length to the value (or the nearest value) that is displayed on the lens.
When a zoom lens is attached, set the focal length to the nearest value of its zoom position.

Note:
- The image stabilizer cannot correct excessive camera shake or camera shake that occurs when using an extremely slow shutter speed. Use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.
- When using a tripod, set the Image Stabilizer to OFF.
- When using a lens with an image stabilization function switch, priority is given to the lens side setting.
- When priority is given to the lens side image stabilization and the camera side is set to S-IS AUTO, S-IS 1 is used instead of S-IS AUTO.
- You may notice an operating sound or vibration when the image stabilizer is activated.

Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

Answer:
This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.

Note:
To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals : OM-D / PEN series


Question :
Where can I get my camera repaired or serviced?

Answer:
Please contact the Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your country.
See the OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List to find the nearest distributor or service center.
* OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List ( PDF )


Question :
When recording movies I can hear the sound of the lens focusing, how can I reduce this sound?

Answer:
When recording sound in a movie, the sound made by the lens and camera operating may be recorded. This is due to the proximity of the microphone to the lens. If desired, you can reduce these sounds by shooting with [AF Mode] set to [S-AF], or by limiting the amount of times you press the buttons.


Question :
My lens is not auto-focusing, what is the cause?

Answer:
In the micro four thirds lineup the following lenses, M. Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro, M. Zuiko 12mm f1.8, and M. Zuiko 17mm f1.8 have a function called Manual Focus Clutch Focusing. This ring controls whether the camera/lens is in MF (Manual Focus) or AF (Auto Focus). If you are using one of these lenses, grasp the focusing ring between your thumb and forefinger and push it toward the front of the lens. It will snap forward and set the focus mode to AF. If you pull it back to expose the Hyper focal scale it will be in Manual mode. Basically this allows for quick switching in situations where manual focus is better suited for the situation.


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