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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5


This Chinese New Year I couldn't go back till the first day of CNY, because I've just gotten married and had to spend time with Marcus' side of family. I couldn't wait to go back to Taiping and to be reunited with my family as I’ve never missed reunion dinner before. We were lucky as there was no jam during the first day of CNY and I was so happy as I always get stuck in traffic and was even happier because I had a new toy with me, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5.

I have to admit, the looks of the camera is pretty deceiving. Who would have thought something that looks simple will actually have a multitude of features to function with! Furthermore, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is also compact, and surprisingly light in weight, making traveling easier compared to lugging around a DSLR.

What I like about the camera lies in one of its key features – The Touch AF Shutter. No more frustrating moments of having to press the capture button again and again to get it in focus with the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. This camera is equipped with FAST AF for instant autofocusing and Touch Shutter for instant image capturing simply by a gentle touch on the Live View Screen on the focus area. Olympus claims it to be the “World’s Fastest Touch Screen AF Shutter” and true to that! As if a ‘DSLR speed photo capture’ is bundled to a system camera where the image you see is the image you will get!

The camera also incorporates Olympus’ latest OM-D technologies, and thus delivers the highest level of image quality from any Micro Four Thirds system camera.

Back in KL and things started to get hectic especially with the STYLO Fashion Grand Prix in conjunction with the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian GP.

Attended the STYLO Kronenbourg 1664 L’Aperitif Fashion night at Aloft at KL Sentral on 20 March 2013 and brought the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 along with me.



We were seated pretty close to the front of the stage and the lighting was pretty good so didn’t need to use the flash for this pic.



With Jasiminne :) My date for the whole STYLO week :)


The managing director of Carlsberg Malaysia Soren Ravn which distributes Kronenbourg 1664 here arrived in style on a Harley! How classy! 


Soren dismounted from the Harley and jumped onto the stage to perform a rap with beatboxer Sean Lee and when he finished the Kronenbourg 1664 promoters promptly served us with the Kronenbourg 1664 lager and Blanc. Look how the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 captures vibrant colours!

The photos are very sharp even in low light conditions and this is due to a few features namely the sensor, image processing engine and the high quality Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses.

The camera can shoot up to ISO25600 with huge noise reduction due to its 16M Live MOS Sensor making it possible to capture sharp, clear images with little loss of detail even under conditions where a flash cannot be used. Hence, beautiful impeccable quality pictures!

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 also has ultra-high sensitivity for handheld nightscape shooting and has an extremely wide dynamic range from low light to high brightness making it able to accurately reproduce light and shade.

The high-speed TruePic VI image processing engine incorporates fine detail processing and real-colour technology which produces amazing images with high resolution and vivid, bigger-than-life details. To compensate for the lack of a viewfinder (which I feel is quite a relic these days unless you’re a professional photographer), a dedicated image processing core is used for both the recorded image and Live View image so photographers will be able to see what the image will look like before they even shoot.

Combined with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses which Olympus has spent years refining and improving, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is quite the little pocket rocket!

Now it was pretty hard to keep focus on the models who were doing their catwalk but it was a breeze for me using the Touch AF Shutter. Just touch the monitor on the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 where the model is and ‘click’ the camera captures the photo!


One of my favourite showcase was from Carven Ong :)






Naomi and Kelly sure enjoyed the fashion show with Kronenbourg


For girls who like to take self portrait photos, the monitor also swivels for easy self-portrait shooting, how convenient! However a small drawback is that the flash mounted on the hotshoe that blocks the monitor a bit then again few girl shoots themselves using a flash unless they absolutely have to.




Another useful feature is the ability to import photos directly from the camera to my smartphone without any cables or card readers! Great for sharing photos on Facebook, and Twitter!

This is achieved by using the (optional) FlashAir Wi-Fi SD card in place of a normal SD card. Then just launch the OI.Share application on your smartphone when you want to transfer the photos and you will be able to view thumbnails of the pictures in the camera on your smartphone display, and you can then select which pictures to import.

There you go!!! High quality photos uploaded straight to your social media account (Facebook, Twitter, etc. etc.) from wherever you are! I definitely need this as I am a social media junkie!
 


The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 comes with Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, AV cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card, MCG-4 (Changeable Grip)

I will have another post coming soon on the Art Filter feature of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 coming soon so stay tuned to my blog!

For more info head over to:

Olympus Malaysia’s website – http://www.olympusimage.com.my/

Olympus global website - http://olympuspen.com/en-MY/


cheers!





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