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More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5'

By dpreview staff on May 2, 2013 at 21:13 GMT

Detailed images on a Chinese blog may reveal more about the next-generation Olympus PEN. Although no official announcement has been made, the extent of the leaks about the camera make its existence an open secret. Rumors suggest the camera will be called the E-P5, and suggest it will have Wi-Fi capabilities (both of which seem plausible, based on the company's naming scheme and recent industry trends).

We can't speculate any further on the specifications but the images, that appeared on Chinese tech site Mobile01.com, look promising. Assuming they're genuine, it's clear is that Olympus' design department has done a great job of refining the classic styling language it got so right with the OM-D.

Images from Mobile01.com

Comments

Total comments: 244
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Pbvascon2
By Pbvascon2 (11 months ago)

Am I the only one who thinks that the original E-P1 had the best balance of retro and modern styling?

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

No, you are not the only one. But this camera has almost everything I am missing at my E-P1. The screen and the optional VF. Flash is also nice. I don't have one of my flashes with me all the time. (FL-14, FL-36R)

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

Well the touch-AF in the EM-5 is just great. This will be great in this camera too.

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zinedi
By zinedi (11 months ago)

I can't understand this: if there is no built-in VF, which disqualify any camera for quantity of possible customers, why they do a tiltable glossy (shiny) LCD? It is unusable for serious focusing even under overcast sky. Why don't they put there a matt screen?

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T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

First of all, millions of people all around the world do just fine with the rear LCD of their digital cameras. Secondly, most users will overwhelmingly use these cameras in AF mode, in which case it's merely a matter of pointing the desired AF point at whatever object you want in focus, or use touch focus to touch the part of the screen you want to be in focus. Thirdly, it has high magnification mode for manual focus, and it also now has focus peaking, both of which do a great job of assisting in "serious (manual) focusing". And fourthly, you can get an add-on EVF (choose from the VF-2, VF-3, or the latest VF-4 which will be introduced with the E-P5). So ultimately, your concerns are a bit overblown when you consider the options when it comes to using this camera. Frankly, I think they've covered all the bases (reliable AF, touch AF, focus magnification, focus peaking, high resolution LCD, and several EVF options to choose from).

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

The touch-AF is realy great. I think the best AF ever. But it would be even better if it would be less glossy.

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Chris_in_Osaka
By Chris_in_Osaka (11 months ago)

Am I imagining things, or is that a black version of the 17mm f1.8?

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DHJen
By DHJen (11 months ago)

I just want the new VF-4

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bikebum
By bikebum (11 months ago)

no viewfinder. poo

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Lauterwasser
By Lauterwasser (11 months ago)

OM-D

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

1/8000 shutter, 1/320 flash sync.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

does anyone know if it's 1/320 or 1/160 mechanical? an advantage of smaller sensors is the shutter can be made faster.

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ksgant
By ksgant (11 months ago)

1/320 sync for the built-in flash only. Off camera flash sync is still 1/250.

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Morpho Hunter
By Morpho Hunter (11 months ago)

Full E-P5 specifications now available here:

http://www.43rumors.com/

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T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

For those of you who want an EVF on the cheap, consider that the Oly VF-3 is only $99 right now. (The higher-spec VF-2 is also pretty darn cheap, selling for as low as $169 right now, at B&H.) It may not be the state of the art in terms of EVF technology, but I've been using my VF-3 for the last year and I have no complaints. It does the job quite nicely, especially for the price. Sure, if you do a direct comparison with the newest and best EVF's, you'll see a difference in quality and resolution. But for day-to-day casual shooting, I don't think it's that big of a deal. It does what it's supposed to do, and I have plenty of great images to prove it. And the nice thing about a separate EVF is that you can upgrade it later, independent of the body.

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Matthew W
By Matthew W (11 months ago)

Yeah, haven't you guys already seen this camera? Though you can't talk about it, I assume. So this post is kind of weird.

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flipmac
By flipmac (11 months ago)

Nice camera. I think I'm finally going to upgrade my E-PL2 to this. The E-PL5 is a good body but I'd hate having to switch between a VF and flash, and the E-P3 had the old sensor. I'm not bothered by the lack of built-in VF as I have a VF-2.
That said, I wonder what the E-M6 is going to be like. Would Olympus put a pop-up flash in it?

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Dundo Maroje
By Dundo Maroje (11 months ago)

You are not going to buy it because it lacks VF?
You must be very very very professional photographer who earns 500.000$ per year...

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kuuan
By kuuan (11 months ago)

design both for handling / usability / access to settings and the eye looks really sweet :)

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

It looks very nice!!!

I'll say that it's a pity it doesn't have an aps-c sensor, while the usual 4 people will saturate this thread as they did all others by complaining that it doesn't have a viewfinder although this company too makes a model with a VF. ;-p

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"I'll say that it's a pity it doesn't have an aps-c sensor"

Who cares when its slightly smaller sensor takes better pictures than most APS-C cameras out there, including all Canons (50% of the ILC market by themselves), Samsung and Sony SLT cameras. And don't forget the lenses which no APS-C system can match, including Oly 12/2 (none is as fast at 24mm eq), Pana 7-14/4 (none is as wide), Oly 75/1.8 (none is as fast at 150mm-e), let alone as small and light. Plus 12/1.6, 17/0.95, 25/0.95(2 of them!) etc manual lenses.

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captura
By captura (11 months ago)

Remember, SONY makes the sensor, and they are watching, .......always WATCHING!

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (11 months ago)

Cameras and shoes and cologne, oh my! Which purchase will make the haute couture statement of panache this year for me? On second thought none of these cameras appear to be available with alligator skin, teak wood grip or Ferrari red finish. Blast! Think I'll crawl into the back seat of my Bentley and watch an episode of Downton Abbey to compose myself.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

doesn't hasselblad or some high end manufacturer offer an overpriced nex camera for you, with a wooden grip? ;-p

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (11 months ago)

My NX10 has gold plated hot shoe....

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"Although no official announcement has been made, the extent of the leaks about the camera make its existence an open secret."

But you have it under NDA, right? ;)

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

So many dismissive comments for the lack of an integrated viewfinder... is it me or, if it had a viewfinder, people would find something else to criticise? Sensor area, perhaps...? Not having phase detection AF?
As they say, "haters gonna hate". Want an integrated viewfinder? You have the E-M5. This one is for people who do well without an EVF.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (11 months ago)

It's available as an optional accessory. Good enough! The Oly pen series is meant for those who put a premium on compactness and portability. Makes no sense if adding a built-in EVF does the opposite. The built-in flash is more useful.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

it is always the same 4 people complaining about the same thing. like it's a sin to offer a camera without one.
but I understand the camera makers, because there are only 4 people who want one, and those 4 already own a camera... so it's not a very large market. I guess they prefer to design for the silent majority who don't care. ;-p

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (11 months ago)

@Timmbits - nothing wrong with a view finder really. The major reason why the manufacturers have skipped view finders is that they want to fill the back side of the camera with as large LCD they can fit.

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Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (11 months ago)

I thought the same before I switched to a viewfinderless camera. Took a while to get used to, but now I just don't care. It's just a different way of framing photo.
I do however miss it when I need a little more stability sometimes.

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T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

The nice thing about a separate EVF is that A) you can remove it, B) you can transfer it to other Pen bodies, and C) you can upgrade it independently of the the body.

I have the Oly VF3. It may not be the state of the art in terms of EVF technology, but it only costs $99 right now! It does the job for me. And I can always upgrade to a newer version later.

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nicxster
By nicxster (11 months ago)

It is an amazing camera. Love it/

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (11 months ago)

Looks good .. at last something that really looks like a PEN.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (11 months ago)

I love the fabulous retro design too. Just hope they don't make you turn the rear thumb wheel to take the next shot ..... ;)

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (11 months ago)

Ah ,,, but it really should be portrait format.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (11 months ago)

Can take twice as many pictures.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (11 months ago)

Lookd like a n EM-5 with no viewfinder and an internal flash.
I wonder if it stil has 5 axis IBIS.
I think I read somewhere that the "viewfinder" hump of the EM-5 was filled with something to do with the IBIS.

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (11 months ago)

It has the 5-axis IBIS, but one that is "improved" somehow.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (11 months ago)

One have to wonder , if these so call leaks is really leaks at all, viral marketing had been so good for marketing these days ... really ... lol

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redseer
By redseer (11 months ago)

mobile01 is a Chinese site and also a Taiwanese site, both is correct. Chinese is not equal to China. Just like English is not equal to England. E.g. most English speaker do not live in England or never have been in England.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (11 months ago)

You have that right, DP Review has never been the same since they moved from the civilized shores of England to the farthest reaches of the American colonies. Judging by their abuse of the mother tongue, the staff is entirely make up of those disgraceful reprobates that all seem to gather in Seattle—fur trappers driven mad by loneliness, disgraced sea captains, and sasquatches trying to pass for human.

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (11 months ago)

@rdsIII you still believe in "sun never sets on the british empire" crabs?

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captura
By captura (11 months ago)

We are CANADIANS and we are preparing to INVADE for the BRITISH EMPIRE.

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chadnchady
By chadnchady (11 months ago)

mobile01 is a Taiwanese site.

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

Interestingly Olympus will be releasing TWO new models, the other one is E-PL6. Today the E-P5 is hardly a secret, but all we know about E-PL6 is that it is "improved E-PL5". I am really curious to see what will be omitted in the E-PL6, and the price difference.

(I feel a bit like Cartman waiting for the Nintendo Wii to come out...)

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T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

E-PL6 with a built-in flash would be nice. I don't like having to choose between using using the EVF or using the add-on flash on the hotshoe.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (11 months ago)

It took me a minute but now I understand the concept. This new Pen is bundled with the cologne and those swanky shoes. So maybe a leaked, in advance, pre-production article is useful, after all.

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geoson
By geoson (11 months ago)

I think photographers are unmatched in their ability to be gear heads and Luddites at the same time. To say that NO enthusiast would use a camera without a viewfinder? Will there be no great photos from a cameras without viewfinders? Please!

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marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

Disliking LCD only cameras doesn't make you a luddite. That would imply that composing and shooting with an LCD is a new, and improved method that photographers stubbornly reject.
That's not it at all. VF makes it a much more pleasant experience especially in bright light.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (11 months ago)

There are plenty of models with viewfinders at various prices for those of us who want them. I wouldn't buy one without, not when a camera as good as the Panasonic G6 is available at a very reasonable price, but Olympus has sold enough cameras to know what will sell. I'm a bit surprised this doesn't have a vf, because they already have two models without and a NEX-6 competitor would be more interesting than this, but I don't work for Olympus.

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AndyGM
By AndyGM (11 months ago)

@marike6 the posters use of the word Luddite is unfortunate and incorrect. But his point that there will be plenty of enthusiasts that would use a camera with no VF is not wrong. You yourself Markus, are an enthusiast and use cameras with and without VFs.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (11 months ago)

Why all the angst. An LCD is just the modern version of the ground glass on the back of a view camera. It should please traditionalists and modernists alike.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (11 months ago)

Isn't this kind of pointless? I can wait for the real news release...

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (11 months ago)

Then why did you bother to click on the story, read it, and make a comment?

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wilsonlaidlaw
By wilsonlaidlaw (11 months ago)

Surprised to see the lower resolution VF-3 on this camera rather than the VF-2. The P series normally uses the VF-2. Given that Epson have already announced the successor LCD from the VF-2, I would have expected to see a VF-4 on the EP-5.

Wilson

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BJL
By BJL (11 months ago)

"I would have expected to see a VF-4 on the EP-5."
And that is what you will see at http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-next-two-olympus-e-p5-pictures/
supposedly with a 2.1 million dot Epson panel.

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TheEye
By TheEye (11 months ago)

That is the VF-4 in that picture. It has a much larger eyecup than the VF-3.

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Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (11 months ago)

On the EVF. I have an EP3 and VF2. I don't use the VF2 very much at all, but like the option of being able to put it on. What I REALLY want however is a little extension cord to allow me to hold my camera somewhere other than in front of my eye. A little connector cable couldn't cost much to make.... now that would be nice.

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RFC1925
By RFC1925 (11 months ago)

Now that's innovation. Very cool and simple idea.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (11 months ago)

A big part of photography is showing people what they couldn't otherwise see and that would be an amazing aid for that. Could someone please get out their solder gun and make this a reality.

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facedodge
By facedodge (11 months ago)

Looks like the flash can be bounced... nice.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (11 months ago)

As someone recently said about RX-1.

"Its 1cm away from perfection."

Exactly that 1cm in which built-in EVF would fit. It would be absolutely amazing if it had EVF in same place as NEX-6 or 7. But no.. it must be external. :/

Well I will wait again. :)

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (11 months ago)

Well, what about the OMD then?

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AstroStan
By AstroStan (11 months ago)

"Perfection" is in the eye of the beholder.

I have an RX1 and my initial misgivings about the external EVF were misplaced. The EVF is very small and easily installed/removed to change the form factor. The EVF swivels, which could not be done with a built-in EVF.

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JoostL
By JoostL (11 months ago)

Yes it can. The Minolta A1 and A2 had built-in swiveling EVFs.

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ShatteredSky
By ShatteredSky (11 months ago)

Had an A2, was a great camera and quite “innovative” (I just say antishake and tiltable high-res viewfinder). Sadly this line was not developed further ...

Cheers

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Micromegas777
By Micromegas777 (11 months ago)

I have 2 VF2 for my EP-3 cameras, but I rarely use them. The touch screen is enough for me, and I'm suspicious about tiltable screens as they easily break off.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

Abusing your camera enough to break your tilt screen off would probably do a fair bit of damage to a regular fixed screen.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (11 months ago)

Can you find me ONE thread on this whole forum of complainers that describes a user who actually broke a flip screen from their camera?

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BorisK1
By BorisK1 (11 months ago)

"Can you find me ONE thread on this whole forum of complainers that describes a user who actually broke a flip screen from their camera"
- Just search Olympus SLR forum for "split LCD" or "split screen". It was a known problem with E-3, mine had to go for service to fix it.

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dpalugyay
By dpalugyay (11 months ago)

On the E-3, it was due to weak plastic connector threads that broke off, mine was fixed twice and there was absolutely no issue with the redesign on the E-5. On the EM-5, there is a split on most screen "clips" on the bottom center which for the most part is cosmetic and unrelated to the fact that the screen in tiltable. Like Andy Crowe said above, if you can break off your tiltable screen, you are abusing your camera enough to cause major damage to everything else. It's pretty damn strong.

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igorek7
By igorek7 (11 months ago)

Nice Shoes, and the half bottle of the Eau de Cologne! I'm not sure though why these "leaked" photos on the DPReview?

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LyonChen1110
By LyonChen1110 (11 months ago)

Mobile01 is a Taiwanese web site using Mandarin. Hope that can be corrected.
If this is an Oly's answer to XE-1, it will definitely fill the niche of M43 to provide all kinds of MILCs. Pity that EVF didn't be combined into this lovely body...

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

I agree. They should have put more effort on the EVF's design.

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KLinLA
By KLinLA (11 months ago)

Olympus already has a model, using the same/similar sensor, with a built-in viewfinder .... the OM-D E-M5. The Pen E-P3/5 design is for those who do NOT want a built-in viewfinder. The 'Pen' series features more of a rangefinder type body format.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (11 months ago)

Yes, but what if you want a rangefinder-type body with an EVF?

The E-M5 is heavier and less ergonomic than the E-Px cameras.

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (11 months ago)

@LyonChen1110 Mandarin is a language; you should say "...using traditional Chinese characters."

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The Scurvy Dog of PR
By The Scurvy Dog of PR (11 months ago)

I do like the classic styling... my first camera was a PEN-FT and 3 lenses. That was just before Olympus introduced the OM/SLR series. They proved it was possible to produce a light weight system capable of quality results. Thing is, no eye level view, no deal. My money is still riding on Sony and the NEX series. I like mounting old glass to the NEX-7. 4/3's just don't cut it for wide-angle shooters like me.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

"4/3's just don't cut it for wide-angle shooters like me."

And what do you use on Sony to replace 12/2? 7-14? 10-18 is neither as fast and sharp as 12/2, nor as wide as 7-14...

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Ybor
By Ybor (11 months ago)

the real price of the camera must include the EVF because no real enthusiast will be satisfied without it. Once you add that you realize you should have just purchased the OM-D.

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Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (11 months ago)

And it happens to be that you are the one who decides who is a 'real enthusiast'?
People decides for themselves if they see themselves as real enthusiast and what for equipment they need.

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Rod McD
By Rod McD (11 months ago)

I'm still on the fence with a MILC purchase - using a DSLR and a G1X - but it's coming. Someone earlier described the desire for a built in EVF as "hype". So be it, but I'm also in the "no built in EVF , no sale club". Add on EVFs that cost maybe 30% of the price of the camera and make it bigger than it would have been with a BIEVF are a poor idea from the outset. They're easily left at home, lost, forgotten or knocked off and good few of them block the flash shoe in use. Let's just consign them to history and build a complete camera in the first place........

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (11 months ago)

Olympus currently has online sale of $99 dollars for VF3 until May 11, and the latest VFs lock onto the camera with lock tab. Popup flash negates tying up the hot shoe. If one is using the tilt screen, one is not likely to be using VF at same time. Having a smaller version EVF built in a body this size may not allow for good quality VF. Olympus wanted to keep body small. I would admit, users may be split on opinions on EVF in body like Panasonic line. Some would like one (at a better price point for camera) and some use LCD more.

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Cipher
By Cipher (11 months ago)

Nice retro styling. I'm hoping that Olympus allows for remote control of the camera via wifi and a smartphone app. The Panasonic GF6 has an app for it and it opens up new ways to use your camera. Check out the review at http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-gf6-review-21873

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peevee1
By peevee1 (11 months ago)

I guess not very many people buy COMPACT cameras to put them on a tripod and shoot remotely. 0.1%? Nah, 0.01% at most.
If you put it on a tripod, it might as well be MF. :)
A lot of development effort goes to a feature which is really not important. They'd better make AF-C+TR work better, and CA correction in camera, and smooth digital zoom, if they have too many programmers.

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RXVGS
By RXVGS (11 months ago)

OM-D = SLR Style Built In EVF Styled like OM SLR cameras.
Pen = Rangefinder/film P&S type cameras styled like the old film Pen cameras.

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108
By 108 (11 months ago)

Would it kill Olympus to add a built-in viewfinder ? Uh ? Nice look though.

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (11 months ago)

That is called the OMD EM5.
EP5 is meant to be smaller without viewfinder but you can add to shoe when needed. And love the pop up flash, which is missing from all last years models including EM5. For quick spur of the moment social indoor photos, I prefer to popup not have to attach a flash. Plus Tiltable back screen makes this a winner.

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marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

Why should one model have an EVF and one not? Aren't VFs more of a requirement than an option in this class of camera?

Olympus users already have the EPL-5 and E-PM2 if they want small modular systems. But they don't have any alternatives to the pricey OMD. Panasonic users have the GH, G, GX and GF cameras, the former two series' feature built-in EVFs.

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

One model with, and model without EVF... because they are different models, addressing different customer needs?

No, EVF is not a given. Many "this class cameras" do not have EVF, some even do not offer an optional one (Ricoh GR, Sigma DPx series, Canon EOS M, Nikon Coolpix A). By "this class" I mean similar price bracket and IQ (in some cases even better IQ), not necessary "what you or I like and would buy".

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (11 months ago)

Rumours have it that the back screen will be LCD quality like Nikons screens, not OLED, which will give more accurate colours on screen, better than EPL5 screen, should make this camera even more popular. Hope that is the case and price is about right.

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marike6
By marike6 (11 months ago)

@wayfarers

Both the GRD V and Coolpix A have optional OVFs, but because other do not offer VFs, doesn't mean the top-of-the-line PEN shouldn't as well.

One reason many m43 users prefer Panasonic G and GH series cameras in spite of the slightly improved IQ of the three Olympus cameras, is the built in EVF. For me an EVF or OVF just makes the camera more pleasant to use. Others don't mind using the LCD mostly. That's why choice is good.

At least the resolution of the LCD panel has been upgraded which should help matters. The VF-4 looks nice, albiet a bit large.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

Let's not forget the very stylish VF-1 optical viewfinder, which can be used on this camera with both the 17mm lenses - rumour has it that one of the kits will include the new 17mm-f/1.8 - and does a perfectly decent job.

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AndyGM
By AndyGM (11 months ago)

Markus, this one is likely to be as pricey as the E-M5, if these shots are marketing material, look at how they are positioning it - Gucci bag, Armani and Bulgari cologne bottles (no idea what brand those shoes are, they are probably Italian like the rest of it and don't look cheap).

However, I agree with you that Olympus should release an entry level model in the OMD range, below the E-M5 or its replacement. A proper G6 competitor.

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skimble
By skimble (11 months ago)

I especially like that slim lined viewfinder :-) and Fuji X system has stopped to make mountable lenses have they?

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (11 months ago)

I know a bit about this new camera, without running into problems...speed and sharing are 2 words to remember in relation to the new EP5

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

Fuji never started making tiltable viewfinders or titlable real panels. Build in viewfinder is not suitable for left eye shooters. Different solutions for different needs.

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zinedi
By zinedi (11 months ago)

What is tiltable mirror in sunlight for? Thank god Fuji makes viewfinders not screens.

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

A tiltable rear panel can be kept flush against the body. Having option to adjust it an ANY angle (within certain range) is definitely better in sunlight then a non adjustable panel. A camera like Fuji with fixed rear panel and fixed viewfinder is simply much less convienient, less flexible.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (11 months ago)

seems to be getting chunkier

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Cipher
By Cipher (11 months ago)

Which is not a bad thing. The OM-D E-M5 is a bit too thin without the optional grip. A little bit thicker would help a lot.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (11 months ago)

This could be a Fuji X100s killer. Especially if the 17mm f/.8 lens is bundled with it.

Not only will it be cheaper, but you will have the ability to mount other primes, which is something that the Fuji can't do.

Of course, it may not matter much, since the Fuji X100s has something like a .0001% market share....

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zinedi
By zinedi (11 months ago)

Really? Do you compare apples with oranges usually? Yes, X100S is fixed-focal lens APS-C pocketable camera of high quality image and with high class unique hybrid viewfinder. If you want to compare comparable try X-E1 (X-Pro1 is a class higher device). But X-E1 has built-in high-class EVF and APS-C sensor, so it is also higher league.

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

Nothing is that simple. If you consider image quality (IQ) only, X-E1 is marginally better then Olympus, though you really need to run technical tests to see the difference. X-Pro1 and X-E1 IQ is identical. Usability and ergonomics of X series good, but not perfect: non adjustable EVF and fixed back panel are, in some situations, restrictive.

If the new E-P5 is build at least as well as the older E-P3 it would be internally better build then the X series, and easier to service because of highly modular construction. The Fujifilm models internally are not as nicely designed, not modular and difficult to disassemble and service. So here you are, we have options!

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flipmac
By flipmac (11 months ago)

@zinedi: given the two choices, I'd pick the apple. Seriously though, I know someone who replace a X100 with a GX1+20/1.7. This is rumored to be $1000 with the 17/1.8. Add the VF2 and you're pretty much the same price as a X100s. Similar size, price and FL targeted intermediate users.

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Raskolnikow90
By Raskolnikow90 (11 months ago)

Dear DPR team

could you plz do a statement concerning "leaks" like this one or the "brace yourselfe - om-d is coming article...

I think you allready have the cam, and in 1 week we will se a very nice hands-on preview.
I like those previews, but i think for your credibility , which is among the highest, it would be good to know how those "leaks" / "promo" goes with ähhh "not revealing orders" from the cam companys... (even if there is no embargo by oympus) just make it clear to us.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (11 months ago)

It looks like its going to be a great camera, the only thing that stands out for me now is how it is unashamedly being marketed as a fashion accessory as well. In particular in the last pic, along side expensive perfumes and shoes. It speaks volumes for the perception of what cameras are nowadays as well as why explaining the urge some people have of having the latest gear all the time. Fashion.

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duckling
By duckling (11 months ago)

Sound observation. Indeed, in technological terms there is little to discriminate between cameras of this level these days. They are all accurate, sophisticated machines which produce similar results. What is left for manufacturers to play with are size and style. This trend attests to the coming of age of digital photography. But then cameras have always been fashion statements. They are more than tools to most humanity; they fill a creative, self-expressing function and as such their appearances do matter.

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wayfarers
By wayfarers (11 months ago)

We have not yet seen Olympus marketing ads! "...being marketed as a fashion accessory" are shots someone made in China, most likely a local photographic shop who received a few pre-release cameras. They are NOT marketing Olympus materials!

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gustabod
By gustabod (11 months ago)

could it be a chinese knock off (e.g the Olympus brand logo is different to previous products)

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (11 months ago)

It is the original logo of the Olympus Pen series, as featured on the Olympus Pen F in which lines this camera is inspired.

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (11 months ago)

Ooooh! DPreview featuring rumours and leaks now! Hmm, interesting.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

Of course they've probably had one to play with under an NDA for a while now ;)

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (11 months ago)

Andy: If they had, they wouldn't be able to publish the rumor.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

NDAs don't stop DPR from linking to rumours on other sites, they've done it several times before.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (11 months ago)

I'd be very surprised if an NDA from a large camera company wouldn't cover such situations. If it didn't it would be completely pointless as there are rumor sites for every brand, so they could always disclose whatever they liked with a bit of selective linking. My suspicion is they don't have one yet so haven't yet signed an NDA. Soon, I hope, though this camera isn't exciting me all that much. I'm bored by the Olympus reliance on 'greatest hits' styling. I much prefer Sony's rethinking of how a mirrorless camera should be shaped.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (11 months ago)

i'd change the laces on those shoes straight away!

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

Now it is the camera I wanted to have when I bought the E-P1 (used). It has a tilting screen, an EVF optional and a build in flash. I tried the E-PL3 but it lack to much features, the E-P1 has. For example the second dial, the orientation sensor, the bigger screen.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (11 months ago)

They used their old logo type for "OCTOPUS PEN" but the company name should be current one (IMHO).

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ShatteredSky
By ShatteredSky (11 months ago)

Now and again the big question (for myself at least) is: does it better with the 12-60 autofocus-wise? I guess not ...

Cheers

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