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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-PL5 from the E-PL3?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
  E-PL5 E-PL3
Effective pixels 16.05 million pixels 12.3 million pixels
Color Silver
Black
White
Silver
Black
White
Red
Image processing engine True Pic VI
Internal flash Not available
*Dedicated external flash FL-LM1 is packaged with the camera.
Hot Shoe Available
Accessory port
( AP2 )
Electronic Viewfinder ( VF-2 / VF-3 )
External Microphone Adapter Set ( SEMA-1 )
OLYMPUS PENPAL ( PP-1 )
Macro Arm Light ( MAL-1 )
External flash ( FL-LM1 )
Monitor 3.0 inches, 16:9
Approx. 460,000 dots
Movable TFT color LCD
Touch panel
3.0 inches, 16:9
Approx. 460,000 dots
Movable TFT color LCD
Grip Available
(A replacement grip MCG-4 is packaged with the camera)
Not available
Control dial 1 dial ( main )
Mode dial Available
Movie MOV ( MPEG-4AVC/H.264 )
AVI Motion JPEG
AVCHD full HD
AVI Motion JPEG
AF area 35 points
FAST AF system Available
Built-in image stabilizer Available
Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000秒
Focus mode Single AF ( S-AF )
Continuous AF ( C-AF )
Manual Focus ( MF )
S-AF+MF 
AF tracking ( C-AF+TR )
Advance AF Available
Menu languages 34 languages, including Japanese and English 
Picture mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted,Portrait, Monotone, Custom, art filter
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
6 art filters
 - Pop Art
 - Soft Focus
 - Grainy Film
 - Pin Hole
 - Diorama
 - Dramatic Tone

Art filter variation and 5 art effects available
Face priority AF / Eye detect AF Available
Multi Exposure 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture ( RAW )
Underwater Housing
( Sold separately )
PT-EP10 PT-EP05L
HDMI output connector HDMI Micro Connector ( Type D ) 
Memory SD / SDHC / SDXC cards
( UHS-I compatible ) *1,
Eye-Fi card *2, Flash Air


*1 Class 6 or higher cards are recommended for movie shooting.
*2 Endless mode is not supported. 
SD / SDHC / SDXC cards
( UHS-I compatible ) *1,
Eye-Fi card *2


*1 Class 6 or higher cards are recommended for movie shooting.
*2 Endless mode is not supported.
Software
( packaged with the camera )
OLYMPUS Viewer 2 [ib]
OLYMPUS Viewer 2
Dimensions
( excluding protrusions )
110.5 mm (W) x 63.7 mm (H) x 38.2 mm (D) / 4.4" (W) x 2.5" (H) x 1.5" (D) 109.5 mm (W) x 63.7 mm (H) x 37.3 mm (D) / 4.3" (W) x 2.5" (H) x 1.5" (D)
Battery BLS-5 BLS-1 or BLS-5
Number of storable pictures Approx. 360 Approx. 300
Weight
( with battery and media card )
325g 313g
Release date October 2012 September 2011
Refer to the product's page E-PL5 E-PL3
Product comparison page E-PL5 / E-PL3
Note:
You can also compare other models on the following web page:
* Product comparison

Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:

- E-PL5 camera
- Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery ( BLS-5 )
- Lithium-ion Battery Charger ( BCS-5 )
- USB cable ( CB-USB6 )
- Monaural Audio / Video cable ( CB-AVC3 )
- Body cap
- Strap
- Camera grip MCG-4
- Dedicated external flash ( FL-LM1 )
- Flash case
- OLYMPUS Setup CD-ROM:
  OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software ( Windows / Mac )
- Instruction manual
- Warranty card

Question :
What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
【 Still pictures 】
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Record 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
(SuperFine)
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 1151
SF 1920 x 1440 1/2.7 1.8 MB 476
F 1/4 1.3 MB 701
N 1/8 0.7 MB 1356
B 1/12 0.5 MB 1968
SF 1600 x 1200 1/2.7 1.3 MB 678
F 1/4 0.9 MB 984
N 1/8 0.5 MB 1906
B 1/12 0.4 MB 2653
S
(Small)
SF 1280 x 960 1/2.7 0.9 MB 1034
F 1/4 0.6 MB 1488
N 1/8 0.4 MB 2773
B 1/12 0.3 MB 3813
SF 1024 x 768 1/2.7 0.6 MB 1564
F 1/4 0.4 MB 2260
N 1/8 0.3 MB 4068
B 1/12 0.2 MB 5547
SF 640 x 480 1/2.7 0.3 MB 3589
F 1/4 0.2 MB 5085
N 1/8 0.2 MB 7627
B 1/12 0.1 MB 10170

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, the type of memory card or whether print reservation is enabled. The number of remaining pictures on the LCD may not change even when a picture is taken or deleted.
- 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 】
Record mode Image size Frame rate
( frames per second )
Record 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. 
SD 640 x 480
( 4:3 )
-   14 min. 
*1 The maximum file size of a movie is 4GB or 29 min.
*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 2GB, 7 min. ( in HD mode ) or 14 min. ( in SD mode ).
Note:
Depending on the memory card, the recording may stop without recording to the maximum time.
A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHD card is recommended for HD movie recording.
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Question :
Which types of memory cards can I use?

Answer:
SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi and Flash Air cards, can be used.
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 either read online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals : 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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