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Barbie: 8 x 12" without Flash
Olympus Pen E-PL5
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Olympus OM-D E-M5
Panasonic Lumix GF5
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Olympus Pen E-PL3
Sony NEX-5R
Score
4/5
5/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5
Speed
4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 2/5
Image Quality
4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 5/5
Video
4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5
User Score
5/5 (1)
5/5 (9)
4/5 (1)
5/5 (3)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, 4/3" , 7 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 14-42 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.6 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 16:9, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 200 - 25600 ISO ext. 71 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder
Power source BLS-5 (7.8Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 66 x 121 x 39 mm / 373 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, 4/3" , 7 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 12-50 mm f/3.5 -6.3
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 7.6 cm, Oled, 610000 dots, 4:3, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 200 - 25600 ISO ext. 34 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 90 x 121 x 42 mm / 425 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 12 Mpx, 4/3" , 10.6 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 14-42 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 mm, not TN, 920000 dots, 3:2, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 160 - 6400 ISO ext. 100 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source BLE9E (6.8 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 68 x 114 x 38 mm / 267 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 12 Mpx, 4/3" , 5 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 14-42 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.6 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 16:9, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 200 - 12800 ISO ext. 73 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder
Power source PS-BLS1
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 64 x 110 x 37 mm / 414 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 16:9, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 25600 ISO ext. 80 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC MS
Connections USB HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder Wi-Fi
Power source NP-FW50
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 63 x 120 x 40 mm / 265 g
Conclusion
With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus is almost replacing the E-P3 as much as the E-PL3. It's a mirrorless camera that takes very good-quality pictures and offers high-end performances. This latest addition to the Pen family is therefore well positioned to succeed in the world of interchangeable lens compacts.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best high-end micro four-thirds camera in the current Olympus range. It's fast, it takes great-quality pictures, it has a good EVF, a handy tilt LCD and an effective built-in stabilisation system. In fact, it's the best Olympus camera on the market right now.
The GF5 is a nice update of Panasonic's GF3. Handling has improved thanks to the reworked interface, and picture quality has been enhanced at high-sensitivity settings. All in all, the Lumix GF5 is a pleasant and consistent camera to use. There are better cameras out there, but they'll no doubt be bulkier and more expensive.
The Olympus Pen E-PL3 is easy to use, responsive and takes great-quality pictures. All in all, it does exactly what it promises, even if this interchangeable lens compact isn't without its faults.
The Sony NEX-5R is a logical successor to the NEX-5N with a few improvements to design and handling and added Wi-Fi functions. Although it sounds great on paper, we weren't entirely convinced by the app store system. Plus, the slow start-up ultimately makes us prefer the NEX-5N or the lower-end NEX-F3, which is cheaper, offers the same kind of quality and comes with a built-in flash.
Pros

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Good build quality / Removable grip handle

+

Nice LCD / Tilt screen / Touchscreen controls

+

Generally responsive

+

Picture quality up to 1600 ISO or even 3200 ISO

+

Decent kit lens

+

Weatherproof finish (and weatherproof 12-50 mm lens)

+

Great retro design

+

Picture quality up to 3200 ISO

+

Two settings dials

+

Effective stabilisation system

+

Sharp, smooth EVF

+

Tilt LCD touchscreen

+

Quiet shutter release

+

Design, handling, ease of use

+

Customisable interface (Quick menu, etc.)

+

Picture quality up to 3200 ISO

+

Nice touchscreen, choice between using touch-controls and physical controls

+

Mechanical stabilisation (works in photo mode and with all lenses)

+

Picture quality up to 1600 ISO

+

Decent-quality tilt LCD

+

Very fast autofocus in good light

+

1080i HD video mode with stereo sound

+

Compact design, good-quality finish

+

Vertical tilt screen (180° upwards for self-portraits or 45° downwards)

+

Noise is handled very well

+

Wi-Fi mode with application store for adding functionality

Cons

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Touchscreen controls are patchy (can't be used in menus, some settings require physical buttons)

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Video image too highly contrasted, audio quality could be better

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No built-in flash (separate accessory supplied)

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Battery life could be better

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Menus can be confusing

-

Handling - room for improvement

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No headphones or mic sockets for video

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3D AF tracking isn't always reliable

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No GPS, no Wi-Fi

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No way of hooking up an external flash or microphone

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No swivel or tilt screen

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No grip handle, smooth body makes it hard to keep hold of!

-

No built-in flash (external flash accessory supplied as standard)

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Autofocus slows down in low light / Noisy shutter

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Dynamic range is more limited than in some competitor models / Still no automatic image rotation!

-

Digital stabilisation can give videos a 'jelly-like' wobble

-

Slow start-up (2.4 seconds!)

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No built-in flash (separate accessory supplied)

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Sony's 18-55 mm kit lens varies in quality from one model to the next

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Optional apps could be better integrated, installation interface isn't great