Hen3ry: Not interested. No built-in flash.
Sigh... The key point of this camera is its size. The point that is lost as soon as you attach an external flash to it, turning a cute little camera into an unwieldy contraption.
Yes, a viewfinder is more useful than a flash, no disagreements there. But that does not change my opinion that a bundled external flash for a compact camera like GM5 is essentially useless. Its owners will not want to carry it around, and as we all know, the best flash is the one you have with you...
That hotshoe on GM5 is like putting lipstick on a pig, as far as I'm concerned. Or, for a better analogy, like a trailer hitch on a motorcycle.
Probably the person responsible for no flash on the cheaper Oly Pens moved to Panasonic :-).
As a "bonus", we also get the 16:9 LCD screen that everybody hated on the older Pens. "Great" choice give the 4:3 ratio of the sensor.
jalywol: I think there might be an error on page 6?
"The number of photographers who value a viewfinder of any sort will more than make up for any put-off by a 3:2 ratio screen, which doesn't quite match the shooting dimensions"
This looks like a 16:9 display, not a 3:2. Can you check on this?
I agree. GM1 had a 3:2 LCD already, and this one looks considerably wider (actually, less tall; width seems about the same).
I understand the desire for an EVF, and I appreciate the improved ergonomics, but between the 16:9 LCD, no built-in flash (hotshoe flashes are pointless on cameras this small, IMNSHO) and especially the considerable price hike I can't help but wonder if Panasonic may have misread the marked here...
The screen, the control dial and the IS are definite improvements over the previous generation. So good job on that (finally).
Why Olympus still stubbornly refuses to build the flash into the body of an entry-level model is beyond me though. Olympus, get it into your thick skulls: *nobody* wants to carry that pointless external toy flash with them -- I've literally never used it, not a single time, because I never have it with me. They finally fixed it in OM-D E-M10 and you would've thought that they would extend it to the rest of the range, but I guess that was too much to ask. Panasonic managed to squeeze one in the tiny GM1, damn it!
The decision not to bundle the camera with the pancake zoom seems similarly short-sighted. Or is that again going to be a US-only "feature", like with E-M10? If so, could the "genius" responsible for these decisions please finally be fired?!
don_van_vliet: Thanks Olympus, I wasn't expecting this. Small AF points are very welcome. Well done for looking after your customers.
And E-PM2, and E-PL5. Basically, all Olympus cameras with the 16 MP sensor with the exception of E-M5.
So I am a little disappointed that they didn't add mode dial re-assignment, which is so obviously a software-only thing, but I guess given Olympus' poor history of adding features in firmware updates, we should consider ourselves lucky with what we got... Thanks, Olympus!