E-M5, E-PL5, E-PM2... or wait?

Started Oct 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP djst Regular Member • Posts: 217
Re: The's no E-P5

sigala1 wrote:

Teru Rinshou wrote:

djst wrote:

To make things even worse we will likely see an E-P5 in february.

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David Tenser
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I haven't been keeping up with release rumors. Where did you hear about the possible release of the E-P5?

I picked up an E-PL1 about 2 years ago as a lightweight alternative to my D700. For travelling, it's now become my preferred camera (I use my D700 for serious studio shoots or instances that require shallow DOF or high ISO performance). When the E-PL5 was first announced, I was thrilled with the fact that it had inherited the sensor and focusing speed of the E-M5, but was totally disappointed with the removal of the built-in flash. To me, the only reason for Olympus to remove it was to leave a selling point for the E-P series.

So if the E-P5 comes out with the same features of the E-P3 and the aforementioned E-M5 features, it would eliminate my pro/con review between the E-PL5 and the E-M5.

You haven't missed anything. There's no E-P5. Right now I have a hard time figuring out why Olympus would even need an E-P5 as there isn't much space between the E-PL5 and the E-M5 for another camera. If you want an E-PL5 with an EVF, then just buy a VF-2 or VF-3. And if you want more than that, like weather sealing, twin control dials, and the ability to use an EVF and a flash at the same time, then buy an E-M5.

You sound very sure. To answer Teru's question, I read on 43rumors.com about the likeliness of there being at least two Olympus m4/3 camera announcements in "early 2013" (which typically means February). Given that Olympus still list the E-P3 on their camera front page, I find it hard to believe that they won't replace it with something better.

There has also been another rumor about a new type of EVF that isn't integrated, but isn't really external either (whatever that means). There has also been a rumor saying that Olympus will present a camera unlike any others in the PEN series.

Lastly, contrary to what you're saying above, I do believe there is a market for a PEN with integrated EVF that still has a slim (low) profile. A rangefinder-like layout fits many more pockets than the relatively clumsy hump on the E-M5.

I guess time will tell who is right.

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