But will it perform better than the rest of the X family with M-Mount lenses?
Let the most female win!
My guess: it will be snow white, waterproof plastic, with a huge black pirate Canon flag on it!
Careful if you compare images from the three Olympus: DPReview opted to use the mZuiko 45mm on the E-M1 & E-P5, but the (better) Zuiko 50mm f/2 on the E-M5... As a result, I deem that this test - for my own purpose of deciphering any sort of IQ difference btw the three said models - isn't as reliable as I had hoped! Just be careful not to come to believe that the E-M5 is significantly better than the new E-M1; just arm the E-M1 with the 50mm or the 12-60mm, and let the real show begin...
The colors of the D7100 seem punchier, aren't they?
Fascinating cameras indeed! My next Olympus sidekick is either the upcoming X100s, the Leica X2, or one of these brilliant Sigma DP Merill... Looking at IQ alone, that would be an easy choice (FOVEON X3 ALL THE WAY!)
Great, but hurry or you'll miss the plane!
Craig from Nevada: The E-5 (pictured above) has many faults, but it is so well built.
I love mine.
The least i can say is that the well-built, highly fluid E-5 and its magical, sharp, colorful 12-60mm (or most other Zuiko 4/3) are MUCH MORE satisfying in real use than my previous, as expensive Sony A700 & Zeiss 16-80mm combo. Colors, sharpness, brightness, WB, metering, AF speed, usability, sturdiness, EVERYTHING's BETTER. And the A700 is known an NIkon D300's equal, btw... So I guess I'm somewhat lucky to be 'in the know'!!!
Shashinkaman: Sorry to drop a bomb like this, being a newbie and all, but I can here by confirm (live in Japan, and am 'very well' connected to Olympus - but am not allowed to "talk to the press") that there won't be anything like the e-5 in the future ever again... So Don't hold your breath, don't keep hoping and dreaming, it is time to move on or, better, do your Zuiko lenses proud and go out and shoot pictures with your current e-5 (which, after all, is still a very nice and capable little piece of equipement, if I may say so...) The Olympus die has been cast, and e-7 wasn't in the stars I'm afraid...
Hey, Here in Kanagawa-ken I was told the opposite by an equally informed Olympus manager...
ediblestarfish: I have both the 20mm and the new 17mm, prefer the 17mm on the E-M5.
It's just more transparent in usage for me. Maybe because I'm just a P&S person, but I like the snappier feel. Of course I'd love to have the 20mm's sharpness with all the good things the 17mm brings, but I find that the 20mm only works well when I had ample time to setup a shot before I took a picture. There's also the annoying banding issue with the E-M5 at higher ISO.
Have a handful of snaps in my gallery (with polarizer). It's PP-ed, but that's the end result what I actually get, instead of some banal test shot with nothing applied (which I never seem to do).
Beautiful (real-life) samples, 1000x THKs!
The 17mm f/1.8 is a great lens, but those samples are plain ugly! At that point, it could have been done with any of the best Leica I'm sure...
Sergey Borachev: What's the point of a shiny metal lens with fancy focus ring and high quality looks (and price) when its performance is just adequate? This lens should have been made cheap in plastic like the 45mm, if at all (since there is another olympus 17mm lens that does not impress already). And there is also a good Panasonic 20mm. So, why bother? Any wonder why this lens is such a disappointment to most? 35mm equiv is the most essential lens, the lens that most would pick is they can only have one single prime. Yet, with all the lenses already in its range, Olympus chose to release another somewhat better 17mm but expensive lens after the failure in the earlier version. You excited by this lens?
Serge, Everything you say would be right IF it were true, but it's SO FARFETCHED given that the 17mm f/1.8 is actually quite satisfying: adequately sharp, very bright, producing neutral colors, low ghosting & flare , with a smoother bokeh than with the aforementioned Lumix 20mm, and a MUCH faster, quieter AF engine. Technically, the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 isn't any better and yet most peole agree that it's a joy to use. Stop reading lab tests, just go out and shoot! For better samples, check out Robin's excellent pictures taken that new m.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 at: http://robinwong.blogspot.ca/2012/11/olympus-mzuiko-17mm-f18-review-street.html
Lenses??? FF Zeiss "AF" ones, of course!
Well, well, I may go back to Sony after all...
Be it an "E-7" or "E-M7" or a ZWX-1, the future looks bright again for my awesome Zuiko 4/3 gems!