2 x 2 Dial Control is a new control system used for direct control of the following four often-used shooting functions: Aperture/shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO speed, and white balance. By multiplying the conventional two dials with the Fn (function) lever, direct dial control is possible. This new interface makes it possible to quickly and intuitively add your ideas to photos.
The E-P5 is equipped with the super fast autofocus system FAST AF for instantaneous response when you want to shoot. To focus, you only need to watch the rear monitor and lightly touch the point you want to focus on with a finger for instant, accurate focusing. Small AF Target and the newly included Super Spot AF make extremely small AF points possible, far exceeding that of Phase Difference AF. This helps in focusing more finely. Autofocus speed when using ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses is also improved*.
* Speed has been increased by 15% - 40% for ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD, ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD, and ED 50mm f2.0 Macro.
Magnify AF has advanced for more convenient and precise specification of focus positions. This function lets you magnify a specific point and specify the center only as an AF point. Once the magnified display is activated, the image stabilization function will automatically operate, stabilizing the image in the viewfinder, making macro and telephoto shooting easier.
Small AF Target is also included for making the AF target even smaller. Compared to a normal 35 point AF area, you can select a smaller AF area for each point, making it possible to focus on smaller points. This feature is useful when it is necessary to focus on a pinpoint.
Even if the face size is a medium close-up, eyes can be detected. This function makes focusing on eyes or faces is easy, and is perfect for shooting photos of children on the go.
Short Release Time Lag mode is now included on the E-P5 for reducing the shutter release time lag. This mode is great for capturing subjects moving at high speeds.
Simply by pressing the Fn button, the sharp sections inside the screen are displayed as black or white for checking which sections are in focus at a glance. With the peaking and built-in image stabilization mechanisms, user-friendliness of MF lenses is dramatically improved.
This function updates the display during exposure at a set interval. Two settings are available for selection: Live Bulb is activated when the release button is pressed and held, and the shutter remains open, and Live Time is activated when the shutter release button is pressed once to open the shutter, and deactivated when the shutter release button is pressed a second time to close the shutter. In addition to Elapsed Exposure Time, Histogram is also added to Live Bulb for greater usability. When Bulb/Time shooting mode is set, the back light will automatically dim, reducing brightness and saving energy.
The Interval Shooting function is included on the E-P5 for fixed-point observation shooting of flowers blooming, the comings and goings of people, and the movement of stars. Simply set the number of shots (1 – 99) and interval (1 sec. – 24 hr.) and the camera will automatically shoot successive images. The camera will automatically generate* a time-lapse movie for a maximum 10 seconds after shooting (when shooting 99 shots). With this function you can enjoy successive shots as a movie.
iAUTO automatically detects the shooting pattern that matches the subject, and creates photos perfectly matched to the situation. This mode also detects moving subjects in dark locations on the E-P5, and automatically adjusts the ISO speed and shutter speed to control subject blur.
This high-speed sequential shooting feature captures fleeting moments vividly at a maximum speed of 9.0 fps. Sequential shooting performance during C-AF, including tracking, is also vastly improved through 3D Tracking Technology. Sequential shooting of approximately 5.0 fps max.* is possible. This feature is perfect for quickly and intuitively capturing athletes playing sports, and animals when moving forward, backward, and side to side using touch operations.
This electronic viewfinder features a magnification factor of 1.48x* that is even equal to a full-sized SLR, a high-resolution 2.36-million-dot LCD display, and a 100% field of view. This viewfinder achieves high-speed response, and a display time lag of approximately 0.032 seconds. With features such as a movable tilt mechanism, eye sensor, and shoe lock mechanism, viewfinder photography is easier than ever before.
The Digital Teleconverter function lets you zoom in up to 2x on the center of an image, easily producing a teleconverter effect. By assigning this function to the Fn button, you can easily use it with a single push of a button. The superb image interpolation performance of the TruePic VI image processing engine allows for high magnification shooting at an equivalent of 1200mm max (35mm film camera equivalent), while maintaining high image quality. (When using M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II)
The E-P5 is equipped with a Full HD movie shooting function that makes use of lens characteristics, and background defocusing effects only an SLR can produce. Image expressions driven by iAUTO, i-Finish, Art Filters, etc., can be recorded beautifully and smoothly and in high quality stereo.
The E-P5 is also equipped with Movie Teleconverter for displaying a Movie Teleconverter frame, then selecting a position on the screen for instantly magnifying that section to 4x. Simply touch the icon to easily switch between a wide-angle shooting screen and a high-resolution close-up screen. This feature is perfect tor leaving the camera in one place, and switching between an overall view and close-up view of children’s faces at school plays and sporting events.
The E-P5 is equipped with a built-in flash with a guide number of 7/ISO 100 and guide number 10/ISO 200 for easily shooting backlit scenes during the day, and people against night scenes. Because the flash is equipped with the Commander function, multi unit wireless flash photography is easy.
Four types of "My Set" can be assigned to any position on the mode dial for shooting. By assigning My Set to positions on the dial that you don’t use often, you can customize the mode dial to your own shooting style for easier use.
A two-direction level gauge corresponding to vertical and horizontal directions can be displayed on the Live View monitor. This function is useful when there is no horizon, or when the screen is dark and difficult to see. Additionally, main shooting information such as the aperture and shutter speed can be displayed constantly with the level.
The camera features a tilting OLED touchscreen with amazing color reproduction and high contrast performance. The monitor can be tilted 80 degrees up and 50 degrees down giving you maximum shooting freedom whether for high-angle shooting, like when taking pictures in a crowd or sporting event, or low-angle shooting, like when taking pictures of children and pets.
OLYMPUS Viewer 3 is an application that lets you load images and video shot with a digital camera into a PC, making it easy to view, edit and manage them. OV3 provides a wide range of functions that you can use to find the desired image among images organized by album, folder, subject or timeline. Captured images can be processed, edited and printed. Highly effective work flow assistance is provided by functions such as Color Mark, Selection and Light Box that you can use to select the best shot from among a very large number of images.
The SSWF (Supersonic Wave Filter) placed in front of the imaging sensor uses super high-speed vibrations (more than 30,000 per second) to powerfully shake off any dust or dirt that enters the camera when changing lenses and sticks to the imaging sensor surface. This Olympus technology has received praise as a highly effective technology by receiving prizes at the National Invention Special Awards Special Prize/Asahi Shimbun Invention Awards in 2010.