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Olympus launches PEN E-P5 high-end Wi-Fi enabled Micro Four Thirds model

By dpreview staff on May 10, 2013 at 05:00 GMT
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Olympus has announced the PEN E-P5, the fourth in its range of enthusiast-targeted, rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-P5 takes the 16MP sensor that has appeared in the company's other models and adds a five-axis image stabilization system and shutter capable of shooting at 1/8000th of a second amongst a host of tweaks and feature improvements. The camera will available from May at around $1,000/£900/€1000 body only. The company has also announced black versions of its 17mm, 45mm and 75mm F1.8 prime lenses, priced the same as their silver counterparts. There is also a 2.4M dot LCD electronic viewfinder, the VF-4.

We've had a chance to use a pre-production PEN E-P5 for the last few days and have prepared a detailed preview examining its features and behavior.

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Press Release:

THE ONLY THING RETRO ABOUT IT IS THE WAY IT LOOKS: NEW OLYMPUS FLAGSHIP PEN E-P5® TAKES COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS TO A NEW LEVEL

Advanced Performance in a Classic Design: 1/8000th of a Second Shutter, Built-in Wi-Fi, Custom Control, Creative Functions, Optional VF-4 Viewfinder and More

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 10, 2013 – Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus® PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.  

The new flagship in the Olympus PEN series exudes detailed craftsmanship, from a seamless design to an all-metal casing that houses many of the same award-winning technologies found inside Olympus’s premier Micro Four Thirds® camera, the OM-D E-M5®: 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor, FAST AF, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and more.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the first Compact System Camera with a mechanical shutter that can achieve a speed of 1/8000th of a second to freeze fast-moving subjects like insects in flight or to create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions. The built-in flash, with an improved, faster 1/320th of a second synch speed, makes it easier to take backlit shots during the daytime. Never miss an instant photo opportunity with features like quick start-up, new short release time lag AF mode, which reduces the time between shots to 0.044 seconds, and nine-frame-per-second sequential shooting.

A world class autofocus system, also found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, powers the E-P5’s new Super Spot AF, accurately bringing into focus even extremely small subjects. Simply select an area on your subject where pin-point accurate AF is required and the E-P5 can auto-focus on that area - offering even more precision than phase-difference autofocus systems. New Focus Peaking dramatically improves the usability of manual focus lenses by bringing shots into focus by emphasizing the contours of the point of focus in white or black.

The camera’s in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism, which has been further evolved since its introduction in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, is now compact enough to fit in the E-P5’s svelte body. The system corrects various kinds of camera shaking, whether shooting still photos or recording movies and the new IS-AUTO mode automatically detects the camera's movements and provides optimal control of correction when panning regardless of direction or camera orientation. Correction-checking on the Live View screen makes it possible to check the image stabilization effects on the Live View screen that was previously difficult with in-body image stabilization systems. The user can press the shutter button halfway to check the image stabilization effects on the display and then decide upon the composition. The image remains on the display for two seconds after the shutter button is released, making it possible to stabilize the autofocus point and set framing. Multi-motion IS used in combination with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism produces excellent correction performance, especially during movie recording.

Hands-on photographers will appreciate the intuitive 2x2 Dial Control system which is in easy reach on the back and top of the camera. When shooting manually, a lever on the back can be quickly moved to one of two positions. In the first position, moving the dial at the front of the camera adjusts the aperture while the back dial affects exposure time. In the second position, the dials change the ISO value and white balance. Alternatively, you can use the lever on the back of the camera to assign a range of other functions.

The E-P5 is the first Olympus camera to include built-in Wi-Fi. Setup is simple and involves quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera's LCD with your Smart device to synch it with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. Olympus’ free smartphone app, Olympus Image Share 2.0*, synchronizes your smartphone’s and E-P5’s screens so you can effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone and control it by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera. This is extremely useful for self-portraits and for remotely shooting subjects like wildlife that are easily startled if you get too close. You can count down to shutter release on the phone itself, grant friends’ devices access to selected images, and even use your smartphone to embed GPS information in your shots.

Photo Story mode enables you to capture a scene from multiple viewpoints and then combine them into a single image to create unique collages inside the camera. New "Photo Story+" adds a rich variety of stamps and "Signature" for adding a handwritten or original image signature on top of the image through the Oi.Share app. Other creative features include new interval shooting that sets a time interval between 1 second to 24 hours, as well as how many shots the camera will capture in a series (1 to 99) during that time to create images that show the growth of a plant, the drifting of clouds, moving crowds or a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Time Lapse Movie converts the series of pictures taken using interval shooting into a movie inside the camera. The 12 available Art Filters on the E-P5 lend even more creativity to time-lapse movies as well as still images. Live Bulb mode has been improved by automatically reducing the monitor's brightness to prevent glare and to display a histogram and the elapsed time of an exposure to more easily shoot stars, light painting and fireworks.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is equipped with a bright and viewable 1.04 million dot high-definition tilt-type touch panel LCD that can be adjusted to face upwards at an 80-degree angle and downwards at a 50-degree angle. For photographers who prefer composing their shots using an eyepiece, the new optional high-definition VF-4 viewfinder, provides an impressive 1.48X magnification, a 2.36 million dot LCD, eye detect to turn it on at the right time, and intuitive functionality that enable real-time viewing of shooting conditions.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is compatible with the whole Micro Four Thirds range on quality lenses, which now extends to newly introduced black versions of the M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL 17mm f1.8, 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 lenses.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus PEN E-P5 will be available in May 2013 in the following configurations.
Estimated Street Price:

  • $999.99 Body only, available in Black, Silver or White
  • $1449.99 (Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder lens)

To find out more about the PEN E-P5, and for a complete list of specification, visit the Olympus website at: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/pen-omd/e-p5.html

Olympus PEN E-P5 specifications

Price
MSRPBody only: £900/€999/$999, With 14-42mm: £1000/€1099, With 17mm F1.8 and VF-4 EVF: £1350/€1449/$1449
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMetal
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Image
ISOAuto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes'5-axis' IS
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, Fine, Standard
File format
  • RAW
  • JPEG
  • RAW+JPEG
  • MPO(3D still)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x 'Digital Teleconverter')
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points35
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,036,800
Touch screenYes
Screen type3:2 LCD capacitive touchscreen
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • i Auto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Time
  • Scene select AE
  • Art Filter
  • Underwater wide/macro
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • e-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Landscape + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night + Portrait
  • Children
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • DIS mode
  • Macro
  • Nature Macro
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Documents
  • Panorama
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
  • Fisheye Conv.
  • Wide Conv.
  • Macro Conv.
  • 3D
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m (ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 - 1/64)
Flash X sync speed1/320 sec
Drive modes
  • Single, continuous H, continuous L
Continuous drive9 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (Optional RM-UC1)
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
Dimensions122 x 69 x 37 mm (4.8 x 2.72 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (.AVI, 1280 x 720, 10fps)
GPSNone

Additional images

Olympus PEN E-P5  
Olympus PEN E-P5  
Olympus PEN E-P5  
The PEN E-P5 shown with its tilting screen in the 50° downward position. The PEN E-P5 shown with optional VF-4 2.4m dot LCD viewfinder.
Olympus's range of Micro Four Thirds lenses, including black versions of the 17mm, 45mm and 75mm F1.8 lenses. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 in black finish

Additional VF-4 images

Olympus VF-4 2.4m dot LCD viewfinder  
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Comments

Total comments: 163
12
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (9 months ago)

Olympus lies! First EVIL camera with max shutter speed of 8000th/sec is Samsung NX20.

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tjobbe
By tjobbe (9 months ago)

the notes are true and no lie ("a mechanical shutter that can achieve a speed of 1/8000th of a second ") as the NX20 is using an electronical shutter...

They avoided stating a false claim

0 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (11 months ago)

I'm not sure I understand where P5 stands in the Olympus lineup when its the same size, weight and price with M5 while lacking a VF. Unless Olympus is about to replace M5...

1 upvote
jdu_sg
By jdu_sg (11 months ago)

It's an M5 with different ( possibly better, depending on your personal perception of value ) packaging, upgraded lcd and available EVF that is similar in size to the Canon 1Dx

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympus-pen-ep5/4

Innovation takes many forms !

0 upvotes
pcworth
By pcworth (11 months ago)

Why does the electronics industry always ignore the real exchange rates and use 1£=$1.1 when listing their international prices?

0 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (11 months ago)

One factor of price difference might be because some places like the UK include taxes (VAT) in the list price, where as in the US it is not in the list prices. Some states may add taxes on top of list price.

1 upvote
flipmac
By flipmac (11 months ago)

Was going to replace an E-PL2 with this since I prefer the shape of the PEN but the price is too high. Might as well get an E-M5.

1 upvote
plasnu
By plasnu (11 months ago)

I have a feeling that Olympus has the most advanced digital-optical technology.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

think the ultrasonic dust cleaning and art filters are contributed by Oly.

0 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (11 months ago)

Having owned the E-P1 and then the EP3, I would love this camera.
However i will NOT spend £900 on a body only. What a joke.
I can buy an E-M5 for £800 is is a higher spec camera.

Are Olympus on a different planet ?!?

5 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (11 months ago)

I would pay £600 for this camera. No more.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

it doesn't worth 600 US.

1 upvote
jtan163
By jtan163 (11 months ago)

Wow black versions of the 45mm, 75mm and 17mm - and for the same price as the silver. WTF?

What next free lens shades when you buy a lens?
About time.
But since you have, thank you Olympus.

2 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (11 months ago)

Pentax makes a camera in standard black and charges extra for silver.

Fuji makes a camera in standard silver and charges extra for black.

0 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (11 months ago)

Pentax silver paint is expensive whereas Fujifilm black paint is expensive.. :-)

0 upvotes
mediasorcerer
By mediasorcerer (11 months ago)

Right now in australia, 100-150$ more gets you a fuji xe-1 with an 18-55 lens, built in evf, 16mpxl aps-c sensor? A complete rigg with a fairly robust reputation as far as im aware re image quality, lens and ergonomics/features etc. No tilting touchscreen, but really , how necessary are they, although great to have?

Why would one buy this over that i respectfully enquire,
if image quality is a photographers priority?
It is overpriced at the moment, when it drops to 750-850 it will be a reasonable purchase.

4 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (11 months ago)

Tried the X-E1 in a shop, the EVF seemed very laggy... is that a real issue or was the battery just low on the display model?

3 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (11 months ago)

Nailing the shot is at least as important as image quality so AF (and to a lesser extent manual focusing) along with reliable IBIS matter. Fuji falters here.

If one is not satisfied with a kit zoom and wants better, faster lenses, the camera needs to keep up. Shooting wide open in broad daylight is an advantage so the E-P3's ISO 100 and particularly the 8000th of a second shutter helps.

3 upvotes
mediasorcerer
By mediasorcerer (11 months ago)

I don't find the evf laggy, maybe slightly in low light, but, it doesnt bother me at all, was it on the latest firmware?

I don't use image stabilisation, i don't need it most of the time, part of the skill of it is training for a steady hand, and i find that part of the challenge, cameras that make it too easy become a bit pedestrian after a while, and it can be done, seriously, i shoot at night with no flash and get pretty good results, it's called practice! A killer skill to have.
The continous auto focus on the fuji is not fast, but it isn't made for action, even tho it can be done, every camera is a trade off somewhere somehow, fuji doesnt falter with manual focus, they excell, and i like the way they have stripped away the gimmicks, it allows one to become more masterful in many ways, they will only get better too.
After many years, i don't want wifi, gps, geo tag, facebook upload, picture effects, blah blah, just want a beautiful, clear, precise images, fuji does that.

0 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (9 months ago)

I've got SAMSUNG NX300 with 18-55mm kit lens only for 400 euros! I'm happy!!! Price is twice less than Oly.

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (11 months ago)

The pricing sucks because the best deal is clearly the body + 17/1.8 lens and VF4. However, if you already own a viewfinder or the 17/1.8 (as I do) then that option is a no-go.

There's just no way I'm going to spring $1000 for a body only when $450 more would get a lens and viewfinder worth $800+.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

The lens and viewfinder cost (don't know about worth) $450+279=$729.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

There are some sample pictures posted here (thanks imaging-resource for that) http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/ep5/sample/
Some nice pics, especially the first one- it's stunning! But I'm really NOT impressed with the higher ISO ones though (samples 2, 5, 6). Not at all.

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (11 months ago)

I really like the first picture too. Very nice!
I'm pretty sure they used the "Grainy Film" art filter for sample 6, so you can't judge IQ by that. I think samples 2 and 5 look decent, if I avoid pixel-peeping, but you can certainly achieve better high ISO results by shooting raw.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

There was so much butthurt when those beautiful 12, 17 and 75 were released in silver only - I don't see much elation now for some reason. ;)

Plastic 45 can use black though.

1 upvote
Everlast66
By Everlast66 (11 months ago)

Sorry Olympus, we have enthusiasts here, but in this financial climate are kind-of short on $1k enthusiasts!

4 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (11 months ago)

Olympus, please make this with an optical viewfinder with frame lines for 12, 17.5 and 25mm primes. Please dump the flash.

3 upvotes
M DeNero
By M DeNero (11 months ago)

Now if only Olympus would introduce some decently fast zooms like Panasonic.

3 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

Why, the brand bothers you in the Panasonics? For me, just their prices (especially on the 35-100) are wrong (and I could use a little more range, even if they make them a little bigger), but I seriously doubt Olympus would make them cheaper - better wait for Tamron.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

DPR, what's with the creepy bully act below from the couple of members below?

These are cameras, not cures for cancer.

4 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (11 months ago)

Welcome to the World Wild Web. This is spam, this is not members but bots that auto create account for stupid ads campain. This is why the links "flag as inappropriate" stand for.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

Well, you'll just have to bully them out of their point of view now won't you? ;-p

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

@Timmbits I suppose so, but it kind of ruins DPR, makes it like YouTube comments, a free for all of mean spiritedness.

Flag as inappropriate does nothing because there is no moderator.

No big deal, but it's naive to think DPR will do anything. As long as they have pageviews, anything goes. As long as people don't curse.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

I was being sarcastic.

One must not forget that not everyone shares one's strong feelings for one's favorite type of camera. ;)

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (11 months ago)

Olympus just doesn't get it- the price is far too high.
For the same price you can get a lot more in a DSLR.
The PENs quickly drop in price, you can get a PM2 kit with the same IQ for less than half right now (€1.100 vs. € 500). Who should buy this camera at this price?
It's nice and all but no value.

3 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (11 months ago)

Not only dslr, but the OM5 cost the same, with EVF, same sensor and ibis. Usualy, in tech world, new products either cost the same with improve features or cost less than older product. But now, the retro look and brand name is not enough to sell.

3 upvotes
JaFO
By JaFO (11 months ago)

effectively the OM-D and the PEN represent two possible choices :
- do I use the EVF ?
- do I use the built-in flash?

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (11 months ago)

The Pens are also smaller so (with the right lens) so you can have your "camera is your coat pocket" thing if that's what you're looking for.

It's part of the choice you make between the OM-D and the Pen lines.

1 upvote
supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (11 months ago)

Catching up with Samsung, ha:
1/8000
Wi-Fi
different lens colors
But where is PDAF?
Otherwise it's a nice camera: Tilting LCD, built-in flash, optional viewfinder. Nice package.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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BJL
By BJL (11 months ago)

Fitting the 5-axis IBIS into this body clears the way for a model with built-in eye-level EVF but without the hump of the E-M5 --- so closer to the original PEN ideal than anything we have seen yet from Olympus. That would be my next camera body (though meanwhile I am happy with the E-M5).

3 upvotes
Vladik
By Vladik (11 months ago)

I must say this is a gorgeous camera. Olympus definitely got their designs right.

4 upvotes
jozhua
By jozhua (11 months ago)

really nice camera. fantastic sensor technology but personally, design wise, i'd go for the EP3, silver.

love the wifi addition too. since olympus jpegs are known for their colors and clarity, fantastic addition for those who want to directly send their files to tablets and laptops.

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abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

I too somewhat prefer the E-P3. I am not totally convinced by the control dials, they look 'good in theory', but then so does the OM-D. In fact these look like they were stolen from the less than perfect OM-D and whacked on the utterly brilliant E-P3 frame. Anyway, time will tell, though I won't be taking people on the internets opinions on the matter - those people think the OM-D is 'nice' to shoot with.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (11 months ago)

I'm inclined to agree. I also prefer the handling of the E-P3 over the OM-D. However, removing the bottom scroll-wheel and adding a wheel to the front under the shutter is a move in the right direction.
The thing that bugs me about the E-P5 is that it's no longer possible to remove the grip. I use the optional large grip on my E-P3.

1 upvote
AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (11 months ago)

Where's the phase detect AF? They are 2 years behind on the AF front.

With things like the NEX 6, Nikon V2, etc. on the market this is way overpriced IMO.

4 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

The AF on the E-M5/E-P3 beats the AF of the NEX 6. The AF of the Nikon V2 is only faster in good light. Behind on the AF front?

7 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Yeah. The AF on the NEX-6 is way better. Oh wait! no it isn't, it still kind of sucks...

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marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

Don't know if they are 2 years behind, but for AF Tracking and in low-light the Nikon 1 cameras are excellent. My V1 and E-PL5 are both fast in bright light. In low-light, the V1 rarely hunts. Haven't used the NEX-6 but DPR liked it's AF Tracking performance.

PDAF has a huge advantage in speed and accuracy in all kinds of light because it uses distance information but I'm sure the E-P5 will be fine for most uses.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

wrong person to blame. it's Pana who take care of the AF and G5 focuses better than all Oly cameras (but you will have to give up 6-axis IS).

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shademaster
By shademaster (11 months ago)

Who would choose this over OM-D???

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

I would. Have you ever seen an OM-D in the flesh? It looks like a plastic toy (even though it isn't, of course).

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audijam
By audijam (11 months ago)

OM-D is not a plastic toy. thanks

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jozhua
By jozhua (11 months ago)

i'd probably choose the OMD. there is no point on getting this over the OMD except for the WIFI. of course my two cents nad my personal opinion.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (11 months ago)

1/8000 shutter speed, and the VF-4 has a higher resolution than the EVF of the E-M5 in addition to the WiFi.

Although that's not really enough for me to want to change from the E-M5 to the E-P5. Although that 1/8000 with the fast lenses they've been coming out is the most tempting part.

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abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

@ audjam - jeez people get so defensive about their OM-D's! Well don't worry dude, I am here to tell you, as awesomely retro as your OM-D is and how cool you think you are for using it, it really does handle about as well as a soggy ball sack... E-P3 was a far better camera other than the sensor, this improves on the E-P3, so guess where your precious little OM-D lands in that pile?

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abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Oh yeah and I'd choose this over the OM-D. 'But wait Abort, isn't the OM-D weather sealed and has an EVF?', why yes I am glad you mentioned that. The weather sealing is utterly useless unless you like cheap plastic kit lenses or Panasonic. The EVF is there in preference to a flash, is always fixed to the camera leaving a large hump when you want it there or not and erm, how to put this delicately, isn't as 'good' as the one with the E-P5. Oh and the E-P5 has somewhere to hold and operate it - that bit is totally optional on the OM-D.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (11 months ago)

What are you babbling on about? Take you meds.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"I would. Have you ever seen an OM-D in the flesh? It looks like a plastic toy "

Totally opposite. One of very very few cameras (and electronic devices in general) which actually does not look or feel like plastic toy - like and iPhone or iPad vs some Samsungs.

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JaFO
By JaFO (11 months ago)

It would have been a tough choice for me.
The WIFI option would have made it very tempting.

The one thing that would bother me is that the EVF is optional.
It's a bit too useful to not have available all of the time, but it changes the size of the camera quite a bit.

This once again proves you should never ever read about new hardware until it is time to replace the old stuff, because anything else makes you worry too much.

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audijam
By audijam (11 months ago)

@abortabort
I use 5DIII+1DsII but OM-D isn't a plastic toy, again. thanks

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vin 13
By vin 13 (11 months ago)

The silver one kind of is, It was the I'd decided on, until I saw it close up

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MrTritium
By MrTritium (11 months ago)

420g with battery?! The Nex-6 and X-E1 weigh only 350g, and the nex-3n 269g. Is this camera made of LEAD?

4 upvotes
don_van_vliet
By don_van_vliet (11 months ago)

Maybe IBIS?

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trac63
By trac63 (11 months ago)

My Samsung NX210 weighs a little more than 300g with the battery and the 30mm pancake attached. And it sports a larger APS-C sensor.

1 upvote
jozhua
By jozhua (11 months ago)

does it matter? that still light if you ask me. weak hands?

2 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

This camera is solidly build like a camera is supposed to be, not like an electronic toy.

4 upvotes
MrTritium
By MrTritium (11 months ago)

"It has a nice weight to it, it feels solid". I'm tired of hearing/reading this bullsh*t.

1 upvote
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

I guess the cheap plasticky feel of those models really helps to contribute to their light weight.. which must feel 'really good'.

1 upvote
MrTritium
By MrTritium (11 months ago)

Have you EVER held an Nex-6 or and X-E1?! They definitely DON'T feel "cheap and plasticky"!!!

1 upvote
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Uhm yeah I have. Ever held an E-P3 by comparison? The NEX-6 just feels like a baby SLR in the mid-budget range. The X-E1 feels like a cheapened X100, then went uber cheap on the back to the point of it feeling like a completely different camera.

2 upvotes
trac63
By trac63 (11 months ago)

Compact size and low weight is the whole point of owning a mirrorless. And there's nothing magical about the build quality of Olympus compared to e.g. Canon, Nikon, Sony or even Samsung. Even if there were, whatever camera body you own now is going to be out of date three years from now anyway.

0 upvotes
BJL
By BJL (11 months ago)

Lenses are the main size and weight difference between different formats, not the sensors, which are a very small part of the size and weight of a camera. So compare the size and weight of complete working cameras, including something like a standard 3x zoom lens.

0 upvotes
JaFO
By JaFO (11 months ago)

I think there is a practical lower limit for how much a camera should weigh.
You need a certain amount of weight to be able to have a stable platform, unless you want to rely on systems like IBIS for every single shot.

0 upvotes
atamola
By atamola (11 months ago)

Olympus nailed it... again

- top-notch IQ from leading-in-class sensor
- in-body highly effective IS
- Compact body
- direct manual control
- 1/8000 max shutter speed
- 1/320 sync speed
- built-in flash
- 9 fps

brilliant.

12 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"Auto (200 - 1600)"

Wait, AutoISO is 200-1600 only? Is this a joke? On E-M5 it goes all the way to 25600 if you want.

0 upvotes
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (11 months ago)

It behaves the same as the E-M5 - the default top ISO in Auto is 1600, but you can set it up to 25600 if you like.

8 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

What a joke man! I gotta have it cranked to max all the time to make me betterer pictures yeah?

0 upvotes
JaFO
By JaFO (11 months ago)

I'd argue that it is (sometimes) better to have a noisy shot than none at all.
So yeah, I've got mine set to 25600.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"$1,000/£900/€1000 body only" seems unreasonable, you can buy OM-D for less.

11 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Wow! Hey guys, look what this guy figured out!! I can't believe no-one even noticed this before! Man, can we like, follow you?

3 upvotes
fibonacci1618
By fibonacci1618 (11 months ago)

No big deal, whatever the MSRP may be, I'm not in the market for the E-P5, but I may be in the market for the successor to the E-M5. However, if the pricing for this new E-P5 is an indication of what the pricing will be like for the successor to the E-M5, then I'm afraid Oly is playing a dangerous game. Many current Oly or m4/3 users *can* wait for prices to go down to more sane or acceptable levels, so they're not really doing themselves any good by pricing it so high to begin with.

Anyway, market economics always dictates what the price will be at any point in time... it's a question of how much time it takes for prices to fall.

As it is, the body-only price of the E-P5 is now more than the E-M5, for roughly the same performance. That is a market-disconnect, implying something is going to happen to correct that situation. Does this mean the successor to the E-M5 is just weeks away?

4 upvotes
YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (11 months ago)

Olympus is moving the PEN up market as the camera joshi market Has be done and is saturated, point and shooters largely aren't upgrading they are using their smart phones.

2 upvotes
thomas2279f
By thomas2279f (11 months ago)

Good specs; nice retro looking camera abeit on pricey side upon launch - could be worse and gone via the @dobe route or rent as you shoot basis for $100 per month for life.

4 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Man if I could shoot with one pro brands gear, every piece of gear they have, for just $100 a month for life, I would be onto that like... Well whatever reference you wanna put here. Makes the whole CC thing seem like a good deal eh?

0 upvotes
kadardr
By kadardr (11 months ago)

Pana G6 is a sufficiently good and nice and unobtrusive camera from the m43 world. And it will be even a better deal one year from know, when price goes down. The m43 lens choice is vast anyway...

1 upvote
nathondetroit
By nathondetroit (11 months ago)

Olympus had one shot, and that was a 17mm 1.8 kit @ $999.

$1450 can get you a better sensor and viewfinder in the X100s, or get you started with a body+fast prime in any number of DLSR lineups… It just doesn't make sense to pay such a premium for less image quality.

9 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

VF-4 viewfinder is fantastic, I doubt X100s is better.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

@peevee1

The X100s has a Hybrid OVF/EVF with 2.4 million dot resolution on the EVF side, and Digital Trans Panel on the OVF side. It's an incredible piece of engineering.

8 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (11 months ago)

agreed. too expensive for my taste where image quality of this level can be get from an EPL5.

6 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

marike6 - There is no 'trans panel' on the X100S. It is a simple reflected overlay of the EVF using a prism. It is quite cool and I really like using mine - It is NOT a masterful feat of engineering. It is neither that nor terribly accurate. It also has extremely limited functionality and doesn't adapt well to ILCs.

0 upvotes
safeashouses
By safeashouses (11 months ago)

nathondetroit Dude you just saved yourself $1400 you should be happy and shut up about it. Now go shoot something with your cheaper yet better camera.

0 upvotes
nathondetroit
By nathondetroit (11 months ago)

@safeashouses

This is an incredible camera and kit lens. Just making a simple statement on value. No intentions on offending anyone:)

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

1000$ for that, they are kiddin'. You are a month too late to announce this, 1st of April is gone. What does Olympus thinks? A pen, nor VF, and one Grant, somebody must have lost his reason in that company.

8 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

$1000 body only? The OMD released at $999 body only and it has a VF and is weather sealed.

A perfect example of over-optimistic pricing, especially considering the top-of-the-line OMD's release price.

Perhaps the E-P5 comes with the white boat shoes which would explain the high price.

14 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

If I am going to have to look at your picture, in every single release, or review alongside your 'expert opinion', can you at least tell me why you are ducking?

But more importantly, as a man... Why are you pouting?

3 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Wait so let me get this straight, are you telling me the E-P5 DOESN'T have an EVF and DOESN'T have weather sealing? But the OM-D DOES have an EVF and DOES have weather sealing? Oh man I am SO glad you pointed this out, because I have been staring at them for hours trying to play spot the difference, but just not getting there.

Oh I did spot one thing on the E-P5 that the OM-D doesn't seem to have... Somewhere to HOLD the thing!

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

My photo is my business, but you know where to find me if you want to discuss it further, as men.

1 upvote
BadScience
By BadScience (11 months ago)

*you know where to find me if you want to discuss it further, AS MEN*

There are appropriate web sites for cruising, this is not one onf them.

When he mentioned your pout and come-home-to-my-place tilted head; I don't think that was a come-on. But maybe you are reading it differently? Good luck anyway...

(oh, there is a rule on the web; if you don't want people to comment on your photos, don't put them on the web, you have automatically made it anybody's business that chooses to comment; especially when you cannot open a thread on this site without seeing your titled head. It's everywhere, surely ripe for a meme)

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (11 months ago)

Not to start a flame war (am unbiased, favouring whatever is best), but I have an NEX 5R, that is half the price of this otherwise lovely machine, yet features a fully articulated display that can face forward, a larger sensor and most importantly, shoots video at 50/60fps, for those who do take video serious, something I know this camera is not specifically aimed at. I know these Oly's take great pictures and if it wasn't for the price and lack of forward facing display, I would have got an OMD over an NEX, but I don't understand the high price of this Pen against the established competition? What are we paying for?

8 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

Yes, this camera is $150 more expensive than NEX-6 kit, and a full $200 more than the Ricoh GRD V. Some m43 fans may buy this, but I don't see it drawing in converts from other formats at that price.

5 upvotes
Jman13
By Jman13 (11 months ago)

I think the price is a little high given that it's brother the OM-D sits at the same price and includes the integrated viewfinder, but you do get a bunch of things over the NEX: better lenses (and smaller lenses for the good ones) and truly exceptional in-body IS. Being able to get razor sharp images from the Oly 75/1.8 at 1/20 sec is pretty awesome.

And yes about the lenses....while there are some very nice options for NEX, there is nothing in the Sony lineup (even the Zeiss 24) that touches the Olympus 75/1.8, 60/2.8 macro, Panasonic 25/1.4 or 35-100/2.8. Nothing.

7 upvotes
YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (11 months ago)

@marike6
You'll be eating your words in a few months time....

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

@YouDidntDidYou

What is going to change in a few months time? A whole year will not change the fact that the NEX-6 has a built-in 2.3 million dot OLED EVF, PDAF, an APS-C sensor and released at $899 with power zoom lens. The built-in VF alone makes the NEX-6 a better value proposition.

@Jman13

Like the OMD, the NEX-6 has an integrated EVF, making it far more expensive to manufacture than a camera like the EP-5, which is essentially an E-P3 with a tilt LCD.

Lens lineup has nothing to do with price/performance ratio of a camera body.

3 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"I have an NEX 5R, that is half the price of this"

Seriously, 5R is in another class, it is a direct competitor to Oly E-PL5, not E-P5 (plastic body, fewer dials, no flash, narcissist's LCD, slow shutter etc).

1 upvote
abortabort
By abortabort (11 months ago)

Well the 5R has 2 dials, so that is... uhm, zero dials less. It has zero less WiFi's, zero less MP, zero less ability to add a 2.4m dot EVF, zero less tilty, touchy displays... Erm starting to run out of things... Oh zero less metal body's, zero less peaking, OH OH, but it does have a butt load more video options...

No IBIS though. So that is something to count for the E-P5. That and less of a tragic following for sure, pity, Sony could really use one!

0 upvotes
tinternaut
By tinternaut (11 months ago)

Will it work with the VF-2 and VF-3 viewfinders already used by many existing Pen owners?

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

Of course it will. If anything i'd worry about the other way around. ( which works fine too so long as you have the AP2 icon below the accessory port, just no eye-sensor functionality. )

1 upvote
Dikke Es
By Dikke Es (11 months ago)

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the "AP2 icon" ?

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

"Accessory Port version 2" The icon is pictured on the body itself if you have it. But i see it even works on the AP1 port, only with degraded quality.

Compatible Body for VF-4:
E-P5 / E-PL6* (Compatible with eye sensor ) *When using E-PL6 and VF-4, eye sensor function is same as E-M5

E-PL5, E-PM2, E-M5, E-PL3, E-PM1, E-P3 (Firmware update required, Not compatible with eye sensor)

E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-P2, XZ-2 (Firmware update required, Not compatible with eye sensor, Image degradation on view finder.)

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0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

Old VFs will work, VF-4 will work on newer bodies (released in the last 2 years since and including E-P3, i.e. having TruePic VI) with full resolution, on older bodies with reduced resolution.

0 upvotes
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (11 months ago)

"Photo Story" mode.
How have I managed to live without this function?

4 upvotes
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (11 months ago)

Everyone has a story, even a camera.

2 upvotes
costansin60913
By costansin60913 (11 months ago)

Wow! Olympus flagships became luxury items! Olympus target is the luxury market.

4 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (11 months ago)

Leica has to be careful :-)

3 upvotes
Pele1973
By Pele1973 (11 months ago)

1000$ = 1000 Euros, al least here, in Spain. When EP3 came to the market it cost 900 Euros, now, you can find it for 499 in a lot of shops (cheaper on the internet).

I think 1000 euros body only is a kind of joke!

10 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

Last week I bought a new E-P3 with kitlens for only 349 euro. Eventually the price of this one will come down, and I have all the time in the world.

But it is a great camera. And there will be people who can and will afford it at this introduction price.

1 upvote
Vobluda
By Vobluda (11 months ago)

More I think about it, it seems that with the today announced prices Olympus just killed the m43 for good.

6 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

It isn't all that different than it was with the previous E-Ps.
It's just the MSRP (won't hold for long). And it has an expensive 17/1.8 option now.

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0 upvotes
Vobluda
By Vobluda (11 months ago)

Well, holds still here - E-P3 is now priced at 360 EUR / 460 USD. Go figure the m43 sales..

1 upvote
AllMankind
By AllMankind (11 months ago)

What is it with Olympus and Panasonic, that they cannot make a rangefinder styled camera with a BUILTIN EVF?

10 upvotes
Vobluda
By Vobluda (11 months ago)

I guess that they could. But then they would be selling it for 1999 EUR.

6 upvotes
AllMankind
By AllMankind (11 months ago)

Not to me :-)

1 upvote
Rod McD
By Rod McD (11 months ago)

To Vobluda - why would it cost more than a built in one? Same components, no shoe, probably less casing, less packaging, distribution etc. The world should consign add-on EVFs to history. Easily lost, forgotten, or knocked off and many block the flash shoe in usage. Bad idea. Sony and Fuji don't seem to have had any trouble achieving this. Just make a complete camera in the first place!!!

1 upvote
Vobluda
By Vobluda (11 months ago)

I didnt say anything about the costs, I was just estimating the sale price;)

3 upvotes
NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (11 months ago)

A rangefinder-styled camera with weather-sealing, 5-axis IBIS and a built in EVF should cost the same as an OM-D, because the features are the same. Only the layout is different (EVF on the side instead of top-middle).

1 upvote
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (11 months ago)

this is essentially an e-pl5 for 400 more. the difference as far as i can tell is strictly ergonomic. mostly true about the om-d too. not sure i get either camera

5 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

Essentially you just proven that you can't reed and compare specs. Not sure if you could operate one of these camera's. ;)

7 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (11 months ago)

And you've proven that while you can "reed", you surely can't spell. :-P

5 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

+1 Nederlands gaat mij een stuk beter af. Dutch is my native language.

2 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

Dar kijk er eens, een kaaskoppeke, hahaha.

1 upvote
b534202
By b534202 (11 months ago)

Oh, and anyone read whether VF4 would be backwards compatible or not? And would I be able to use earlier VF on the EP5?

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0 upvotes
BluntNate
By BluntNate (11 months ago)

I asked this when I was at a press briefing for the EP-5, and yes, VF-4 will be backwards compatible on other PEN's (via a firmware update for the cameras - not sure how far back that will roll in the line though)
And yes, earlier VF's will work on the EP-5 (I used my own VF-2 when testing the EP-5 for my reviews, worked perfectly)

2 upvotes
GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (11 months ago)

While it'S a beautiful camera- a EM5 in the PEN form factor, it's the predecessor all over again. Like the PEN2 and 3 the sensor didn't change compared to the previous model. At least they got cheaper, a lot cheaper when the new model came out.
I't seems Olympus goes another direction now if the 5 will remain the only new model, so the current line-up will continue to sell for the same price and this will be a luxury proposition.
What justifies the price? 1 more axis OIS like in the EM5? Without weather sealing this price is a joke.

2 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

What do yo mean? The previous model to the E-P5 was the E-P3, which had the same sensor as the E-P1. This one has the E-M5's Sony 16 MP sensor! It is clearly an evolution.
As for the price, it will drop in a few month's time.

0 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (11 months ago)

Not weather sealed like em5?

0 upvotes
vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (11 months ago)

E-P5 17 f/1.8 vs Nex-6 24 f/1.8, which one is better?

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

Depends on your definition of 'better'.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

just give them a try. There is a difference in picture coverage between a 24 and and 17, not much, but there is. The Sony is a Zeiss and draws fine, despite it is not Zeiss typical. Now, there is a new Zeiss flood for Sony and Fuji, Zeiss did not fond it necessary for the moment to cover 4/3 with the 12 and 35 Touit.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

About the same optically, but Oly is smaller and has snap focus.

0 upvotes
deleted_081301
By deleted_081301 (11 months ago)

The Sony is a ZEISS in name only its never seen a Zeiss factory
it,s just a marketing agreement between sony and Zeiss

If you want to bandy great names about then a "LEICA" lens can be fitted to the Olympus Camera ......

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

"There is a difference in picture coverage between a 24 and and 17, not much, but there is."

Well it's 34 versus 36mm equivalent, so indeed not much. And the lenses themselves are not precisely 24 or 17mm either, so you can never know exactly just by looking at these numbers.

The difference in DoF and Character will have the biggest impact, aside from the huge difference in controls of the camera itself. Personally do not like the way Sony works at all. And what's the point if you hate using it... right.

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Vobluda
By Vobluda (11 months ago)

The price in EU is a joke - 990 EUR for body only.
There are soo much better options for less money, even in the DSLR world.
It is small, fine. But should it cost 2x more than bigger competition?

8 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (11 months ago)

The best LCD-only camera ever

7 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (11 months ago)

I'd take a Sony RX1, personally. I'm sure a little thought could turn up some other temptations, too.

3 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (11 months ago)

RX1 has a fixed lens with a fixed focal length, that alone disqualifies it.

5 upvotes
LJ - Eljot
By LJ - Eljot (11 months ago)

It ist not LCD-only. You can use several EVFs.

0 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (11 months ago)

Pure semantics, if you have a more succinct way of describing this camera, please share. Clearly I am talking about cameras with no integrated viewfinder.

0 upvotes
sean lee
By sean lee (11 months ago)

too expensive. X-E1 is much better....

1 upvote
caver3d
By caver3d (11 months ago)

Nonsense. The X-E1 autofocus is pathetic next to the E-M5 and E-P5. And Fuji does not have the range of quality lenses that Oly and Pany have.

9 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

Anyone who actually bought the x-e1 for its rather unique features and -quality not quantity- lenses simply enjoys the system too much to complain about trivial speed records, though.

3 upvotes
alatchin
By alatchin (11 months ago)

Or all their missed shots due to slow AF :) Truth is, given the choice between the quirks of the m43rds pen line,and the quirks of the Fuji line, I would go for the m43rds :)

1 upvote
YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (11 months ago)

Another nail in the DSLR coffin

7 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (11 months ago)

Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

11 upvotes
illy
By illy (11 months ago)

the ukulele still hasn't made my guitar obsolete yet either

7 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (11 months ago)

That’s an expensive E-P camera. $100 more than E-P3 and without lens. I don’t think Olympus get the memo that there are a lot more competition since E-P3′s release and even back then E-P3 was overpriced by a few hundred vs E-PL2. Now E-P3 is just overpriced even compare with E-M5, a camera a tier up from the same company. Is is like releasing D7200 at a price higher than D300s.

7 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (11 months ago)

Price shocked me, it's almost OM-D money. Would be good value if the the new EVF were included or the 17 f/1.8 were the kit lens.

6 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (11 months ago)

1/320 flash sync speed is nice, ISO 100 is nice to see again too.

7 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (11 months ago)

Hmm I wonder if they could do a FW update for OM-D to add 1/8000 shutter, and ISO 100?

3 upvotes
Bok7h
By Bok7h (11 months ago)

Of course, it will be called E-M6 ;)

4 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (11 months ago)

It has the same sensor as the E-M5. No real ISO100 -- only simulated, just like anything above ISO6400 is. Pushed and pulled.

4 upvotes
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