This is the beginning of the end of Leica..
I believe what Olympus is to pull a Leica:
price their products so high that they become status symbols.
How about that ridiculous premium package seen here: http://www.olympuspen.com/
Wonder what the price will be for that one - the camera with the wooden grip is aparently $1600 for the camera alone - I'm guessing $2900 for the premium package?
JMichaelsPhoto: The reason I've only ever purchased one olympus and will never again was the fact that I paid so much money for the E-P1 when it first came out, like $900, and in 6 months the E-P2 was announced for $600. And again, a new PEN digital is now exorbitantly expensive as the first and there's absolutely no reason for most people, even those interested in mirrorless cameras, to buy one. It's not the prettiest, it's not even the most advanced. I honestly do not understand this company, or why they believe people will just run out and buy their cameras when there are much better options out there. You're either a m4/3 fanboy and will stand behind any piece of crap that olympus makes, or you're an enthusiast who already has a bunch of cameras and for me, I've got no incentive to buy this camera. I've got an E-P1 already and replacing it for $1300 isn't an option for me. I use my Nikon D7000 more anyway.
Agreed. I put my E-P3 up for sale the day I saw the leaked E-P5 images. But after the price was announced I pretty much changed my mind.
micahmedia: I'm not going to say that this is overpriced, because that's a matter of opinion.
I AM going to say that Olympus themselves have all but said it is. Look at the current price of the E-M5. That says it.
If they had included the VF-4 in the box, it might make sense.
Instead they're implying a bunch of things that sound bad:1. The viewfinder in the E-M5 isn't worth money.2. Viewfinders are cheap to add, but we're going to charge you a lot of money for them anyway.3. EVFs are practically free to add, but we still didn't add one to this camera. We won't let price reflect that though.4. Our flagship isn't that much better than all our other cameras.5. This is the best we can do.
Now, I like Oly's latest offerings quite a bit, so this is not a critique of quality. This is a comment on what their pricing hierarchy indicates about the value of their products. It's a very confused and mixed message.
I disagree. Weather sealing and build-in EVF are stamples of top -end models. The camera at the top of the hierarchy has the pro features. With the E-P5 you pretty much pay for the design. But it is not the top model.
Agreed. Jealous people, I would think.
Great resolution, DR doesn't look as good as expected here..