I bought the Olympus PEN E-PL5 camera as a backup for my OM-D E-M5 but it has proven to be a great little camera and I’m using it more and more in its own right. There are a few things which I’m not quite so keen on such as the little dial to change aperture, I find the shutter release to be too sensitive and the necessity (for me) to have to purchase an electronic viewfinder as I don’t like, don’t need and don’t use LCD screens and why did Olympus put the EVF/LCD screen toggle button on the back and not the side? as I keep bumping it whilst carrying the camera around my neck and switching to the LCD but this in really nit-picking and none of these issues effect the picture quality.
All in all I think that it is a super little camera even lighter and smaller than my OM-D and takes all the same lenses. It’s also a very inconspicuous camera to carry around. I absolutely love my OM-D but I’d seriously consider getting another PEN camera body if and when funds permit and using these instead of my OM-D. I’m not a pixel-peeper, there might be a quality difference but I’ve not spotted it and, like it’s bigger brother, or maybe cousin, the OM-Ds it takes consistently great quality images.
It was a delight to carry around yesterday with a couple of lenses and, from a weight point of view, I really hardly noticed that I had it with me. I find the OM-D and half a dozen or so lenses pretty tiring after a while even though the OM-D system is so much lighter than other SLR systems.