Which on to buy? E-P3 or E-PL5

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Yorick43, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

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    I'm about to buy either one.
    I don't really care about the "tilty swively" screen. Is the E-PL5 sensor that much better?
    I like the body size/ aesthetics of the E-P3 much better. (I've got fairly large hands).
    Please help me I'm lost! :biggrin:
     
  2. nylife

    nylife Mu-43 Regular

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    e-pl5 has the same sensor as OMD, which is considered the best m43 sensor currently
     
  3. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

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    I know that but how much better?
     
  4. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
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    Depends on the scene, dynamic range, amount of detail in shadows, etc., where the OM-D is visibly better. Not so much difference in sharpness.
     
  5. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Significantly better. Just look at DxOMark to get an impression (the E-M5 has the same sensor as the E-PL5). All other tests I know show about the same difference.
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
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    If you shoot JPEGs and low ISO, not much. If you shoot RAW or high ISO, quite a bit. Particularly in contrasty scenes.
     
  7. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

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    I like contrasty scenes so I think the E-PL5 would be a lot better then! That review on DxOMark is awesome! Thanks for that!
     
  8. Bartle Frere

    Bartle Frere Mu-43 Rookie

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    As I understand it (I've got an EP3 but haven't played with an E-PL5) The EP3 is much more hands-on, with extra dials and buttons to make controls more accessible. Whereas the E-PL5 is more streamlined, so if you want to do lots of fine-tuning, shooting manual, etc, you might find the EP3 more handy. Or you might want to wait until they update it. No idea when that'll be though...

    But if you were planning to mostly use the auto settings, go for the E-PL5's better sensor.

    Personally, I love the EP3's form and interface, and couldn't go back to a world with fewer buttons...
     
  9. ccunningham

    ccunningham Mu-43 Veteran

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    I own an E-P2 and an E-M5, so while this is all a matter of opinion, I have actually used the 12MP sensor and the 16MP sensor.

    The E-P2 sensor (which was the basis for and closely related to the E-P3 sensor) is fine if the light is good. I don't typically like the results if the light is not good, it can get pretty noisy. Even ISO 800 for this camera is sometimes a step too far. However I still like my E-P2 for some things, and it's a neat camera.

    The E-M5 is loads better than in bad light, and some better in in good light. For me, the E-M5 looks better at 3200 in poor light than the E-P2 looks at 800 in the same light. From what I've read, you should expect the E-P3 to be almost imperceptibly better than the E-P2 in low light. The E-PL5 should have low light performance on par with the E-M5, which means it should be a visibly better than the E-P3. But again, if you're plans don't ever include low-light shooting, you might have some trouble seeing a huge difference between the E-PL5 and E-P3, it will depend on what you're planning to use it for.

    TL;DR; - I really like my E-M5 in low-light so if it were me, I would buy the E-PL5 and learn it's controls as best I could. Having said that, I would still prefer the handling of the E-M5, it just really works well for me.
     
  10. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
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    I am leaning toward the E-PL5 but B&H says that is only available for "pre-order". Does anyone know when it will be shipped? I'd like to use it mid-December if it's available.
     
  11. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

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    Amazon has it available.
     
  12. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oh the difference is astounding. I moved from an E-P1 class sensor (E-620) to E-PM2.

    Shooting with the PM2 is such a pleasure in moderate lighting. Auto ISO can ramp up to 3200 with no real problems (from my perspective)

    Shooting indoors without flash is now possible. I also don't rely on IBIS as much either due to faster shutter speeds so more motion freeze capability.

    Add the DR improvement and now I know what a 5D user has been enjoying the last 3-4 yrs!!
     
  13. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

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    I should also say that even in good light, there are shadow areas and here the old sensor is n-o-i-s-y at ISO 400 even.
     
  14. Having used the E-M5 and multiple variations of 12MP Pens, this would be a very easy decision for me. While the E-P3 is a nicer size to hold, has better controls including twin dials, and a bigger screen which makes framing and using the touchscreen easier, for my use the 16MP sensor was too big a step up from the 12MP sensor to ignore (regardless of the lighting conditions).
     
  15. TheCreativeD00m

    TheCreativeD00m Mu-43 Regular

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    yeah definitely the newer technology. I do love the way the old sensor renders colors its almost filmy, but the om-d's sensor is outstanding.
     
  16. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I moved up from the E-PL2 to the E-PL5.
    Yes, the sensor is that much better.
     
  17. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    If it were me (and later it will be) I'd just wait for the insides of the e-pL5 in the lovely body of the e-P3.

    I'm currently mostly using the e-P1, e-P2 & e-pM1
     
  18. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

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    I'd love to but is something I don't have a whole lot of! :biggrin:
    I'm going to Tenerife next month and I really want the new camera before that!

    It's probably going to be the E-PL5 (or the E-M5 if I win the lottery). But that raises the next question; Silver or black? :rolleyes:
     
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  19. TheCreativeD00m

    TheCreativeD00m Mu-43 Regular

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    Silver is more of a nod to the old OM series
     
  20. kilohotel

    kilohotel New to Mu-43

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    The EPL-5 has the same sensor as the EM5, but slightly different filter arrangement over it. Very comparable image quality though, and the EM5 is significantly better at high ISO than the EP3

    Silver is classy; with the EP form factor silver all the way!