Any rumours on a Olympus EP5 Replacement ?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by vim147, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. vim147

    vim147 New to Mu-43

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    Jun 27, 2015
    Lots of talk on the new EM5 mk2 and EM10 Mk2 announcement but any word of a EP5 replacement. Seems like they have a refresh every 2 years so it's about due.
     
  2. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    I think it was due last year, so instead of buying an E-P5, waited and waited and waited then...nothing. Then Olympus announced the E-PL7 with the selfie feature which is when I knew nothing was going to happen, gave up waiting and just bought the E-P5. I'm glad I did, as there seems to be nothing by way of speculation of a successor.
     
  3. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    It's long overdue which makes me suspect the E-P series is dead in order to consolidate their line into E-PL and OM-D.
     
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  4. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I think sales-wise the E-P5 was a disaster, so I don't see Olympus rushing in to build another. The OMD and high end lenses is their target now.
     
  5. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    Ed
    What made the E-P5 such a sales disaster? I assume it was the initial price. Were the EP-1, E-P2 and E-P3 more successful?

    If there were to be one, I assume the E-P6 would have the guts and features of the E-M5 MkII...

    It seems strange to have a Pen Lite when there's not a full-spec Pen for there to be a Lite version of it (if that makes sense!)
     
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  6. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    TBH until there is an E-M1ii (for it to sit between and the E-M5ii) I am happy to wait. Getting a pseudo M3 between the two in the PEN form factor for cheap was pretty brilliant and I don't mind if they continue :D
     
  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    In which case, I'm going to be keeping this gem for a very long time; with the E-P5, there's no need to get excited about any other new M43 camera out there.
     
  8. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    Right, originally Olympus were quite clear that the L and M in their smaller PEN cameras indicated Lite and Mini versions, some of their marketing for earlier PL cameras uses the "PEN Lite" phrase quite a lot. But they seem to have dropped that completely, in Europe anyway - "Lite" is never mentioned and to someone new to the system the L would just be yet another a meaningless letter.

    And if you were one of those new potential users, how would you choose the right PEN for you based on this page (from the UK and replicated in other Olympus Europe sites):
    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras/pen_cameras/index.html

    There seems to be a clear implication that all L versions are for women and the E-P5 is for "real men", ideally heavily bearded real men. So if there are no more full-spec PENs men will either have to make do with old technology or move to OMD. Meanwhile how to choose between versions 5, 6, and 7 of the E-PL? The blurb for all of them talks about style and fitting in a handbag. Why pay more for a 7 when it is so hard to find out what makes it different from earlier versions?

    The equivalent page for the OMD range does at least make it a little clearer how the 4 current models relate to each other. OK, phrases like "passionate professionals" and "inspirational newcomers" don't mean a lot, but they at least give a rough idea how the company itself views their range.
     
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  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    The E-P5 is a brilliant camera. When I bought my E-M1, I had a hard time deciding between those two cameras.

    I always thought that they would eventually come out with an E-P7 that incorporated an EVF though.

     
  10. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Yep
     
  11. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The EVF is the key. I just don't think that removable VF have proven to be that popular and most want an EVF in a high end camera. For some reason Olympus has resisted putting an EVF in the Pens. We know they can be made small (RX100 III & IV) so I can only assume they are still being fiscally conservative because of the scandal. Just to note, the E-P5 also got hurt by the early "shutter shock" issue and it never really recovered once it was fixed.
     
  12. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Yeah that was the weird part - I mean I swear I've seen people referencing running into that on the very early M43 cameras (GF2?) as well. All of a sudden DPR discover it as an issue, and it's the thing that kills the E-P5 specifically. No mention of it on the PM2 or EM5 or anything else you can generate it on - it is definitely all new and all to do with the E-P5. And it's one of the few cameras that actually received the update to fix it ...

    I mean, I'm not mad they noticed, and maybe they even helped push to get the fix for it out, but the whole thing played out super weird.
     
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  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    That Oly web page is a dreadful piece of sexist stereotyping. Truth be known, there's no real need for more than 2 Pen models - perhaps no more than 1 in fact.
     
  14. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I agree. I had one for a while and loved it in all ways except the lack of an inbuilt EVF. The rear screen is too limiting and the external EVF is clumsy, prone to damage and spoils the lines of the camera. I for one would prefer a "hump-less" camera and would chose a Pen with an EVF ahead of an E-M1 or E-M5.
     
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  15. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I ran an E-M5 and E-P5 together for a little while. Without doubt the E-P5 suffered severe shutter shock whilst the E-M5 hardly does at all. The shutter mechanism on the two is quite different. The 0s anti-shock (EFCS) fixed the problem completely.
     
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  16. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    Ed
    If the E-P7 had a built-in EVF would the VF-4 be the last in the line of external EVFs? Would it be worth updating the VF-4 just for the E-PL line? I'm not sure it would.
     
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  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The funny part is that the E-P5 was the first to get this issue fixed by the "0 second
    Oh boy, I hadn't seen this page. :doh:
     
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  18. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Can a PEN have an EVF or would that make it an OMD? Olympus has said a couple of times that they did not think much of rangefinder style cameras, although I wish that they would change their minds.
     
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  19. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    An updated E-P5, same size with an EVF, just imagine.....
     
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  20. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    So you want a GX7 then, eh? ;)
     
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