The wide selection of still and movie-related settings on the E-PL5's Movie Mode menu make it a very powerful camera for personal filmmaking. During our testing, we have most times found that the autofocus operation is identical to still image mode. All focusing modes appear to be fully operable after the lens has been left in autofocus and movie recording is underway.
The small 4.5mm (18mm equivalent) wide-angle lens offers a 25mm focal length range when shooting in Live View mode, while the 7.0-22.5mm (28-56mm equivalent) zoom lens incorporates optical stabilization technology to reduce the need for the built-in image stabilization system. The camera can operate in both AF modes:
1) Single-point AF, which can be used when snap shooting to near or distant subjects during video movie recording. The camera will then quickly focus on the subject by monitoring the AF area and tracking it from frame to frame. This mode is not suitable for slow subjects such as sports and also not available during the navigation menu selection of movie shooting.
2) Multi-zone AF, which can be used to focus on different areas of the subject within the image frame. This mode is particularly useful at sporting events and concerts, where the camera will maintain focus on the action or band while noting the location and distance of all other objects within the frame. The camera can keep for up to 10 simultaneous focus points and can display focus points in the viewfinder, or when using the E-PL2 as a monitor.
The E-PL5 can record any movie file in 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 24 fps. The maximum rate of movie recording depends on the capacity of the SD card. Four GB SD cards will support up to 60 minutes of recording at 1080p at 30 fps, while the 7.0GB maximum capacity cards can record for up to 120 minutes at 1080p at 30 fps. This is less than some other compact system cameras, which can record movies at 30 fps without requiring SD cards to be of a larger capacity. d2c66b5586