Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-P5

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      Overview

      In this comparison, we will evaluate the Olympus PEN E-P3 and the Olympus PEN E-P5, highlighting the advantages of each over the other, discussing their pros and cons, shared strengths and weaknesses, and providing a rating based on their available features and specifications to assist you in choosing the one that best suits your needs.

      Olympus PEN E-P3 was introduced in August 2011 and Olympus PEN E-P5 was introduced in October 2013. Let us first list highlights of the models.

      Olympus PEN E-P3 Highlights

      • 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 12,800 Native ISO
      • 35 Focus Points (35 Cross-type)
      • Image Stabilization
      • 3.0" 614k dot Fixed Screen
      • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit
      • Built-in Flash

      Olympus PEN E-P5 Highlights

      • 16.1 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 25,600 Native ISO
      • 35 Focus Points (35 Cross-type)
      • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
      • 3.0" 1,037k dot Tilting Screen
      • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit
      • Built-in Flash
      • Built-In Wi-Fi

      Now that we've looked at the most essential specifications and gained a basic understanding of these cameras, we can delve into more details and see the differences between them.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus PEN E-P3 and Olympus PEN E-P5.

      PROS

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      •   Video Capture
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Built-in Flash
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Light - 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor
      •   Video Capture
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
      •   Built-in Flash
      •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/320 sec
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   Light - 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor

      CONS

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.3 Megapixel
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 51
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      •   Small Sensor
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 9.0 fps
      •   DxO Overall Score - 72

      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-P3

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-P3 over Olympus PEN E-P5.

      Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-P5
      Lighter 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz) vs 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)

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      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-P5

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-P5 over Olympus PEN E-P3.

      Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-P5
      Higher Sensor Resolution 12.3 Megapixel vs 16.1 Megapixel
      Higher Native ISO 12,800 vs 25,600
      Max Image Resolution 4032 x 3024 vs 4608 x 3456
      Timelapse Recording vs
      Screen Type Fixed vs Tilting
      Higher Resolution Screen 614k dot vs 1,037k dot
      Higher Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) 1/4000 sec vs 1/8000 sec
      Higher Max Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps vs 9.0 fps
      Higher Flash Sync Speed 1/180 sec vs 1/320 sec
      Higher DxO Low Light ISO 536 vs 895
      Higher DxO Color Depth 20.8 vs 22.8
      Higher DxO Dynamic Range 10.1 vs 12.4
      Higher DxO Overall Score 51 vs 72
      Speaker vs Mono
      Built-In Wi-Fi vs

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus PEN E-P5
        Video Capture
        Touch-to-Focus
        Face Detection
        Live View Autofocus
        Image StabilizationSensor Shift5-Axis Sensor Shift
        Touch Screen
        Built-in Flash
        HDMI Output Mini type C
        Light369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz)420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
        Orientation Sensor
      WEAKNESSES Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus PEN E-P5
        Small SensorMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
        Few Cross-type Focus Points00
        Low Video Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
        Low Video Recording Limit30 min30 min
        No Microphone Input
        No Headphone Output
        No Built-in GPS
        No Built-In Bluetooth
        No Environmental Sealing
        Short Battery Life330 shots330 shots

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Screen

      Olympus PEN E-P3 and Olympus PEN E-P5 have 3.0" screens with 614k dot and 1,037k dot resolutions respectively. Olympus PEN E-P3 has a Fixed screen Olympus PEN E-P5 has a Tilting screen which makes it very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting. Both models feature touchscreen which has advantages such as easy menu navigation, intuitive controls, quick setting adjustment and most importantly a Touch-to-Focus functionality allowing users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording.

      Cameras does not have built-in viewfinders but optional viewfinder can be attached.

      Sensor

      Olympus PEN E-P3 features a 12.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 224.9 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 12,800. Olympus PEN E-P5 features a 16.1 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 169 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 25,600.


      Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how different sensors compare with each other:

      Sensor size chart
      Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
      Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
      Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
      Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
      Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

      Photography Features

      Olympus PEN E-P3 is equipped with TruePic VI processor and can take pictures up to 4032 x 3024 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 with 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 aspect ratios. Olympus PEN E-P5 can take pictures up to 4608 x 3456 resolution.


      Lens Mount

      Cameras have Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to their Micro Four Thirds sensor their crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is equal to 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


      In-Body Image Stabilization

      The cameras have a built-in in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when cameras are paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

      Connectivity, Battery and Storage

      Built-in Wi-Fi on Olympus PEN E-P5

      Olympus PEN E-P5 has a built-in Wi-Fi which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
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      USB Inputs and HDMI Outputs

      Both models have USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) inputs for data transfer. Olympus PEN E-P3 has a Mini type C HDMI and Olympus PEN E-P5 has an HDMI connector for video signal output.


      Battery

      Olympus PEN E-P3 comes with BLS-5 battery pack with battery life of 330 shots.


      External Storage Slots

      Cameras have a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

      Other Features

      Shutter

      Shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 sec on Olympus PEN E-P3, and up to 1/8000 sec on Olympus PEN E-P5. Olympus PEN E-P3 can shoot continuously up to 3.0 fps. Olympus PEN E-P5 can shoot continuously up to 9.0 fps.


      Flash

      Cameras have built-in flash with maximum range of 10.00 m (@ ISO 200) on Olympus PEN E-P3 and 7.00 m at ISO 100 on Olympus PEN E-P5. They also accept external flash which can be connected via Hot Shoe to Olympus PEN E-P5. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/180 sec on Olympus PEN E-P3 and 1/320 sec on Olympus PEN E-P5.

      Physical Parameters

      Olympus PEN E-P3 body has dimensions of 122 x 69 x 34 mm (4.8 x 2.72 x 1.34") and Olympus PEN E-P5 body has dimensions of 122 x 69 x 37 mm (4.8 x 2.72 x 1.46"). Olympus PEN E-P3 weighs 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz) and Olympus PEN E-P5 weighs 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz).

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      122 mm

      69 mm

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      69 mm

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      34 mm

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      Size comparisons of Olympus PEN E-P3 and Olympus PEN E-P5

      Olympus PEN E-P3 and Olympus PEN E-P5 for Different Types of Photography

      We give scores to the cameras for six types of photography based on their features and specifications. Let us see how suitable they are for each type of photography.

      Landscape Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      AVERAGE
      69
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      GOOD
      71
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing

      Sports Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      75
      •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      76
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 9.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Wildlife Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      AVERAGE
      68
      •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      70
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 9.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Portrait Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      84
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor
      EXCELLENT
      85
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/320 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Street Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      EXCELLENT
      85
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz)
      EXCELLENT
      86
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)

      Travel Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      84
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      GOOD
      83
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots

      Evaluations

      We evaluate Olympus PEN E-P3 and Olympus PEN E-P5 and give them scores of 66 and 71 out of 100 recpectively. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      OVERALL
      66
      OVERALL
      71

      Sensor

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.3 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 51
      AVERAGE
      67
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   DxO Overall Score - 72

      Photo

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      70
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      GOOD
      78
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 9.0 fps
      •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/320 sec

      Video

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      POOR
      45
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      POOR
      45
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit

      Focusing

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      75
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      GOOD
      75
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      GOOD
      80
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 614k dot
      EXCELLENT
      85
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot

      Connectivity

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      GOOD
      78
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth

      Battery, Storage and Physical

      Olympus PEN E-P3

      Olympus PEN E-P5

      POOR
      42
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 369 g (0.81 lb / 13.02 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots
      POOR
      41
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 330 shots


      For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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