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Swapping Batteries

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by pdbphoto, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. pdbphoto

    pdbphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2013
    I own a OM-5 and a PL-5, both of which I like very much.

    I am wondering if the batteries of these cameras are interchangeable. I would like to be able to use the PL-5 batter in the OM-5 and visa versa, if necessary. Has anybody done this and how did it work out?
  2. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    I thought those cameras used two different kinds.
  3. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Yup, it's BLN-5 vs. BLS-5...different batteries.
  4. jjinh

    jjinh Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2014

    If you need bodies with the same battery, either
    - trade your E-M5 for an EM-10 --> the EPL-5 and EM-10 use BLS-1, BLS-5 batteries, or
    - trade your EPL-5 for an E-P5 --> the EM-5 and EP-5 use BLN-5s
  5. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I have the same issue with the Panasonic GF-5 and GX-7. .Batteries look and charge on same chargers but have different m-amp ratings.. Does it harm camera to switch batteries or chargers? Batteries have warnings but other than different number of shots what is the problem with using them in the wrong camera?
  6. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    If the batteries have the same physical dimensions (envelope and contact location and layout - which the should since the same charger can be used), then the batteries can be interchanged between the bodies. The difference power (but not voltage, Li-ion are the same voltage), only means more shots with the higher A/hr rating.
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