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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:11 am 
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Hi folks,

Update: Check out Gordon's Olympus PEN EP5 review

From this press release:

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    Olympus’ PEN F homage is an instant collector’s item

    05/10/2013 • - New PEN E-P5 flagship takes excellent imaging interactive - If you asked an optical engineer, a design expert and a professional photographer to imagine their ideal system camera, they would describe a device like the new Olympus PEN E-P5. With its practically invisible screws and all-metal casing, the new PEN flagship is a beautifully crafted camera. The retro design alone singles it out as a future classic, but the technology inside is landmark too. The 1/8000th second shutter speed is a world first for the compact system camera class and a 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor emulates Olympus’ award-winning OM-D camera. This ensures the image quality of the new camera does justice to PEN’s proud heritage. Olympus also prides itself on PEN portability and usability. The lightweight E-P5 delivers with built-in WiFi, FAST AF and easy-access manual controls, to name just a few highlights. The body is available for €999 from the end of June 2013, or with a choice of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Kits start at €1099 for the 14-42mm lens.

    Power meets pocket

    Olympus’ PEN design team has won praise from industry experts and consumers alike for creating a series of contemporary cameras with a retro twist. But to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous PEN F, they wanted a more distinctively retro concept. The answer came in the shape of the PEN F itself, which started a revolution at its launch. Instead of spending a year’s wages on a clunky camera, 1960s consumers could get a portable PEN F with interchangeable lenses for no more than they earned in a month. 50 years on, the E-P5 looks to honour the PEN F tradition with the same sloping lines, elegant Olympus lettering and ‘step-down’ front profile. The excellent build is another reminder of the original cult classic. With the screws visible only on the base of the camera, the quality of the craftsmanship is apparent from both ends of the lens. To round off the individual look, an optional, real-wood ergonomic grip can be fitted in one of three styles.

    Style meets substance

    For demanding photographers, no collector’s item is worth collecting unless the quality of the technology lives up to the looks. Which is why Olympus has given the E-P5 the same 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor found in its OM-D camera. In tests, this sensor has outperformed the APS-C variety found in some DSLR cameras and Olympus cherry-picked some of their very best optical technology to take maximum advantage. The E-P5 is the first compact system camera with a mechanical shutter capable of operating at 1/8000th of a second. This gets the very best out of super-bright, high-speed system lenses. You can freeze fast-moving objects such as insects in flight or – with an 1:1.8 aperture – create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions.

    Another speed-based Olympus trademark is FAST AF, which on the E-P5 offers macro fans the option of using a very small AF point to pick out part of a subject they have already framed, for example a single pollen in the centre of a flower. Thanks to minimal shutter lag, the E-P5 increases the chances of capturing the shot just as they want it.

    Smart camera meets smartphone

    If you tell a friend your new E-P5 has built-in WiFi, they’ll likely assume that makes it easier to upload pictures to the Web via your smartphone. But on the E-P5, WiFi means more than that. You can use your Apple or Android smartphone to operate the camera remotely, including the autofocus and shutter release. You can synchronise the smartphone and camera screens so that you effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone – and control the PEN by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera. This is extremely useful for picking your spot with FAST AF, for self-portraits and for remotely shooting subjects like wildlife that are easily startled if you get too close. You can countdown to shutter release on the phone itself, grant friends’ devices access to selected images and – with new Olympus Image Share 2.0 software – use your smartphone to embed GPS information in your shots.

    Comfort meets control

    Fans of hands-on photography will appreciate one E-P5 innovation in particular: the 2x2 Dial Control system comprising two dials and a switch, mounted in easy reach on the back and top of the camera. When shooting manually, the switch on the back can quickly be moved to one of two positions. In the first position, moving the dial on the front of the camera adjusts aperture while the dial on the back affects exposure time. With the second setting, the dials change the ISO value and white balance respectively. Alternatively, you can use the switch on the back of the camera to assign other functions.

    The new PEN boasts other top-notch features far too long to list here. Among the highlights are 5-axis IS, 9fps sequential shooting and a tiltable VF-4 electronic viewfinder. With its 2.360.000 dot display, the VF-4 makes framing easier and more accurate. It automatically switches mode when it detects your eye.

    For the full list of features, please visit the Olympus home page. The E-P5 will be available from the end of June 2013. As a camera body only for €999 and in kit form with one of two lenses: the 17mm 1:1.8 for €1449 (including the VF-4) or the 14-42mm for €1099, which includes the option to fit a distinctive real-wood grip at the time of ordering. Of course, the E-P5 is compatible with the whole Micro Four Thirds range, which now extends to black versions of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8, 45mm 1:1.8 and 75mm 1:1.8 lenses.

    Selected outstanding features

    • Unique, full-metal retro design with no visible screws in normal
    • The best-ever image quality achieved by a PEN
    • First-ever 1/8000th second mechanical shutter speed in the compact system camera category
    • Built-in WiFi with smartphone interactivity
    • FAST AF with Super Spot AF and Touch Shutter AF
    • 2x2 Dial Control customizable manual system
    • 5-axis IS with IS Auto
    • Photo Story and 12 Art Filters
    • Focus Peaking on MF Assist
    • 9fps sequential shooting

    Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus-europa.com for the latest specifications.

    For feature descriptions, please see the online appendix: http://www.olympus-europa.com/corporate ... dix_EU.pdf

    For questions or additional information, please contact:

    Franziska Jorke
    Olympus Europa Holding GmbH
    Tel.: +49-40-23773-4759
    Email: franziska.jorke@olympus-europa.com

Some nice features there. Amongst all the positives, and there are a lot, it's a shame that the Wi-Fi remote shooting is limited to control by phones and tablets (no control from your laptop) and Olympus hasn't added on-sensor phase detect AF to complement its already excellent contrast detect AF system. Maybe the "FAST AF" system makes that a moot point - the reviews will tell all.

Are you interested? If I needed a second body to go with my E-M5 I certainly would be! Share your thoughts here.

Bob.

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:40 am 
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I'm always a bit cautious when they use words like "collectable" and hype up the styling, but it does appear to have enough substance behind it too.

Phase AF would only be of significant benefit if they can add DSLR-like tracking to it. I don't think they need any better single shot AF for a while now.

PS Bob be interested to hear how you see this fitting alongside the E-M5. If you need a 2nd body, why not another E-M5? Or are there sufficient differences in their feature sets to make them complimentary?

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:55 am 
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Hi popo,

Personally, if it were a straight choice between the E-M5 and the E-P5 I'd opt for the former simply because I like and generally use the built in EVF - the add-on EVF of the E-P5 probably wouldn't survive if I left it in place as the camera transitioned in and out of my pocket. But if I wasn't fussed about the EVF then the E-P5 might win out as it looks to be slightly more pocket friendly than the E-M5 (both fitted with my Lumix 14-42 pancake lens) and it has a few extra whizz-bangs.

For comparison, the E-M5 is 121.0 x 89.6 x 41.9mm and the E-P5 is 122.3 x 68.9 x 37.2mm, lens not included.

Bob.

P.S. Typing the above made me think wistfully about Leica. None of these complicated alphanumeric sequences for them: it's just the "M". :lol:

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ISO of 100(perhaps not true 100) and max shutter speed of 1/8000 make it really interesting to me for it will enable me to use wide open aperture on my primes in bright situations. Then again, I can just use ND filter...

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Thanks for the review of P5. The most wanted features on P5 that's not on my EM5 are small focus area and focus peaking which are, I think, easy to implement on firmwear update. *sigh* Come on Olympus!

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