The Olympus E-PL5 has a lot going for it: great image quality, quick controls, a lightweight body, a large screen, fast focusing, and does it all at a pretty great price tag. The camera will be one that both beginners and enthusiasts will be able to pick up and shoot with little issues from the very start. Olympus has made the ergonomics extremely versatile by making it a point-and-shoot camera style body with a large LCD screen that mimics the feel of a TLR experience. This screen will also be of great use to people shooting video. The overall compact package makes it a great choice for vacations or an every day camera.
The focusing performance is top notch for a camera in this class when accompanied with the right lenses. You’ll be able to photograph kids running around, or flowers moving around in the wind with ease.
Though the image quality is really quite good and the RAW files are extremely versatile, the camera doesn’t have the greatest high ISO image quality. With that said though, most users will be more than happy with the results that it gives.