There is a dial with a magnifier icon, but it doesn’t do the zooming. The lens doesn’t have zooming, it only has focus.

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The Olypmus Digital PEN series cameras are interchangeable lens cameras. The camera itself does not perform the zooming — you can zoom only if the lens attached to the camera is a zoom lens.

It sounds like the lens attached to your camera is a prime lens. That is, it has only a single focal length, meaning it cannot zoom.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Most of them, including the E-P5 pictured, do include a "Digital Tele-converter" function that will produce a 2x "digital zoom" (aka center crop) on JPEG output. The image quality is reduced (like zooming on a phone) but if you find the function useful, you can map it to the "magnify" button in the settings. See page 70 of the manual for details. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 22:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ @junkyardsparkle true, but “digital tele-converter” or “digital zoom”, despite the name, is not zoom. It’s in-camera cropping (and possible interpolation), nothing more, nothing less. For people used to compact fixed-lens cameras with “W / T” buttons, the distinction between zoom-as-lens-property (I.e., ILCs) vs zoom-as-camera-property can be unexpected. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 23:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ Agreed, but it seemed like the information might be of interest to the OP. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 3:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @junkyardsparkle You could always write an answer and include that info. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 7:18

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