As expected, Olympus today announced the new PEN E-P5.
• New design inspired by original PEN F
• 1/8000s Mechanical Shutter
• Precise Flash Sync with 1/320s and built-in flash
• 9fps Sequential Shooting
• 3-inch Articulated (Tilting) Display
• Touch Focus and Shutter Release
• Small Target AF
• 5 Axis Image Stabilization
• 16MP Live MOS
• TruePic VI Image Processor
• Built-in Wifi
• QR Code Connection
• Remote Shutter Release via Smartphone
• Remote Viewing and Touch AF via Smartphone
• GPS Capability
• 2 x 2 Dial Control with custom lever
• Focus Peaking
• Interval Shooting with Time Lapse Video
• Live Bulb with Histogram
Olympus has issued a service advisory related to this issue, and you can find the full details in the attached PDF file.
Here are the salient points:
Olympus has determined that some E-M5 cameras have developed a small crack on the LCD monitor cover.
The cause of the defect is inconsistent tightening of screws during the assembly process and inadequate strength of the monitor cover material.
This defect does not affect the operation of the camera, or the dust-proof or splash-proof performance of the product, nor does the defect cause or increase the chances of causing any personal injury or property damage.
The defect is of a purely aesthetic nature. However, early evaluation is recommended since very tiny cracks may develop into larger cracks of greater aesthetic significance.
Affected Serial Number Range*: Black BEJ501001~BEJ504916; Silver BF3501001~BF3503164
Beginning February 26, 2013 and ending February 25, 2014, free repair is being offered to customers in Europe and the United States as well as Japan.
The repair includes the addition of a washer to more evenly distribute the pressure applied by the monitor cover screws.
*There are already reports of affected bodies outside of the range said to be affected.
A reader just sent me the image below, which looks like a (? Photoshop'd) gripless version of an image recently posted at 43 Rumors.
According to 43 Rumors, the E-P5 will be announced on May 9 and will use the OM-D E-M5 sensor in addition to offering improved image stabilization and autofocus speed when compared to the E-M5. Rumors further indicate that there will be kits available with the Olympu 17mm f/1.8 lens (as pictured) as well as the 14-42mm kit zoom.
Ever since the DMC-G1 and GF1, Panasonic's first two Micro 4/3 cameras, many people have been asking for a "rangefinder-styled" Micro 4/3 camera with an integrated viewfinder. Despite the fact that Sony and Fuji have both brought out interchangeable lens camera that meet those criteria, neither Olympus nor Panasonic have seen fit to introduce such a camera. Integrated viewfinder means "SLR hump" in the Micro 4/3 world.
Perhaps that is about to change. Today Panasonic introduced the LF1, a small sensor (1/1.7") compact fixed-lens camera with an integrated viewfinder:
Granted, it's a very small, low-resolution (200k dot) EVF, but it's low profile and should be more than adequate for eye level composition if not quite good enough for reliable manual focus. Importantly, it doesn't take up a lot of real estate, meaning that there is still room for a large rear LCD.
Given that the GF and GX Panasonic cameras have shared many design elements with their LX advanced small sensor compact line to date, it's very possible that the LF1 is a sign of things to come. Seems more likely than ever that the GX2 could feature a small, integrated EVF. No doubt a lot of folks would be pleased to see that, especially if Panasonic sees fit to include the GH3 sensor in that camera.