[ADV] Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite – Art Filters


A lot of people who have met me at events have asked me if I bought a new camera. Well the folks at Olympus actually lent me and some of the girls from Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers their Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Not only it shoots clean crisps pictures even in super low light but it has multiple functions too such as the very useful Touch AF Shutter. You can read about that story here –

This post however will focus on the Art Filters feature which makes it easy to incorporate awesome special effects in your photos.

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 offers twelve Art Filters, including the new Water Color filter:


This is the original photo without any art filters shot at the Nissan Fashionably KL show at Publika Shopping Gallery Kuala Lumpur.


Pop Art Filter – this filter super-saturates colors, creating brighter, more vivid photographs. See how the wood tones really stand out?


Soft Focus Art Filter – Like looking at something while you’re dreaming.


Pale and Light Colour Art Filter – This filter tones down the vibrancy of the picture taken.


Light Tone Art Filter


Grainy Film Art Filter – looks like it was shot with an old black and white film camera


Pin Hole Art Filter – Feeling arty and wanting to create a photo that focus on a single point but having the corners dark? Well the pinhole art filter forces every point emitting light in the scene to form a small point on the film, so the image is crisp. Focusing on the beam of light, this produces a pattern of light and dark regions in the picture.


Diorama Art Filter – gives a “miniature model” feeling by narrowing the depth of focus and enhancing color and contrast.


Cross Process Art Filter – turns everything into blue/ purple/ green!


Gentle Sepia Art Filter – Looks like this pic was taken in the 70’s!


Dramatic Tone Art Filter – Increased contrast making objects such as the stage and roof stand out.


Key Line Art Filter – like a comic book drawing!

Well the Watercolour Art Filter didn’t come out well for the photo so I took this one of an art piece inside the White Box art space in MAP KL which like Publika, is part of Solaris Dutamas.

Original photo.


Now with the Watercolour I Art Filter effect!


Watercolour Art Filter – Remember how you used to paint with water colors in primary school? Well with Water Colour filter you can create that effect. There are 2 different settings. The Water Color I filter eliminates the darker areas in the image to daringly represent bright color tones on a white canvas, adding soft contours to express a world awash in color. Water Color II attenuates the contour lines so that contours are instead represented by gradations in color tone variation.

Here are a couple more photos that I shot using the art filters.


A Nissan Almera Tuned by Impul shot using the Pop Art Filter.


A rear shot of the Nissan X-Gear Tuned by Impul shot using the Key Line Art Filter. Nissan actually lent MHB two of their vehicles for our roadtrip to Johor Bahru recently and you can read about that in the Aruku the Walk Grand Launch post.


A collection of notebooks shot using the Dramatic Tone Art Filter.


A selection of delicious desserts in the Paddock Club during the Malaysian Formula One GP 2013 shot using the Pale and Light Colour Art Filter

Can’t decide which filter to use? Simply use the Art Filter Bracket which can generate multiple pictures with different Art Filters with a single shot, freeing you from having to decide which Art Filter to use and surprising you with “unexpected discoveries” in ordinary, everyday scenes. It takes a while to process the shot though so use it only if you have at least 10 seconds to spare between shots.

A Slide Rec View function is also provided for sequential slideshow playback of Art Filtered pictures so you don’t keep having to push a button to go to the next photo.




OI.Share is a cool app which I’ve mentioned before in my first post. This app requires a FlashAir card to create WiFi connection and it is absolutely user friendly. Simply insert the FlashAir WiFi SD card into the SD card slot in the camera, take pictures, and switch connection to ON. Then turn on the WiFi on your smartphone and launch the OI.Share application on your smartphone. Not forget to mention that the FlashAir card is now included when you purchase an Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. Guys, don’t miss the great opportunity to own a complete set of camera!


You will be able to view thumbnails of the pictures in the camera on your smartphone display, allowing you to select which pictures to import. After selecting which photo you would like to transfer to your smartphone (or you could just select all) you just click “Save” and the camera will start transferring the photos.


After that you can choose to edit the photo with one of the Art Filters and/ or upload it to Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. Amaze your friends with high-quality photos while you’re out and about!


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)

For you camera buffs out there, if you’d like more detailed specs of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 head over to:

Olympus Malaysia’s website –

Olympus global website –

Olympus Malaysia’s Facebook page –


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