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Rumor: Meet the Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    February 4 Update: 43 Rumors posted leaked images from Amazon.co.jp (shows front and back of the camera including optional grip) and an unnamed Polish forum (shows man holding the blurred out camera to give a sense of the size:

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    As many of you have seen, someone (most likely Olympus) has been leaking - a slow, steady drip kind of leak - cropped bits of photos of the upcoming OM-styled Olympus Micro 4/3 camera, which is by all accounts going to be called the E-M5.

    Various folks have been creating Photoshop composites of the leaked crops to try and demonstrate how the camera will actually look. The best I've come across, shown below, is one I found while hunting through the OMuser forums and comes from this blog.

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    Source: rashbre central: Olympus OM-D

    From what I could gather, the image above is not a real ad or a real picture of the camera but rather a fan creation. However, I expect the real thing won't be far off from what we see here.

    Additional widely-reported details for those who don't follow the rumor mill:
    • 16MP sensor (first Olympus MFT camera to part ways with the E-P1 sensor)
    • Integrated EVF
    • Articulated LCD (unclear whether fully articulated vs flip-style)
    • Weather sealing
    • Fast AF and high burst rate

    This has to be one of the most leaked cameras ever. According to Photorumors.com, the official announcement will be on February 8.
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  2. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Thanks, Amin!

    I was starting to get a little tired of all the photo leaks, but this PP creation is stirring my interest again.

    If it has the tilting EVF as rumored and is the size of an E-P3 plus the slight EVF hump, it could be a VERY attractive proposition!
  3. elpanda

    elpanda Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 22, 2011
    That looks quite sexy!
  4. mqavila

    mqavila Mu-43 Regular

    That looks really good!

    Hmm... based on the images so far, is there a built-in flash?
  5. Blastop

    Blastop Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 20, 2011
    From the photos released so far, I don't see where there'd be room. The 43rumours fellow has explicitly said that there will be no pop-up flash.

    I can't decide if the information leaked so far makes me want the E-M5 or an E-P5* more! Maybe the E-PX series is essentially being replaced by the OM-D series, and the digital PEN cameras will focus on differentiating the PEN Lite and PEN Mini cameras?

    *Assuming Olympus avoids using "4" to describe a model
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    This looks really sexy!
  7. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Hmm, it would be an interisting move if they went back to no popup flash. Even the E-P3 was upgraded with one. I know in the past the E-P 1 and 2 had no built in flash but every other micro four thirds camera then and now has had some sort of popup flash packed in there somewhere.
    Can anyone tell me if there are any digital cameras being produced today that do not have a built in flash and what are they?
  8. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I think this is a real shot. Usually in CMYK printing to get what is called 'rich black' the colors end up looking a bit strange on screen as this does. Very excited!
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Well, the EPL3 and EPM1 to name two current Olympus models. They come with little flash attachments, but nothing built into the camera...

    Same with all of the Nex models up to the Nex 7, which I think does have a pop up flash...

  10. elpanda

    elpanda Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 22, 2011
    I believe the new Fuji X-Pro 1 has an external flash as well :) 
  11. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ahh... I see, thanks. I haven't payed attention to the E-PM models that came out in the past year. Just looked them up. Also, yea that's right , i forgot about the New Fuji camera. But the trend to leave the flash off new cameras this past year, well that makes more sense. Seeing as how fill flashes can be made so small. And as long as they do make at-least one of them compact and real cheep for these cameras, I think its a smart Idea. It would keep the camera size and weight down and the photographer can pull out a lill flash from his pocket if needed. and I'm sure they will have off camera cables for all soon. I like how a flash can draw power from the camera too to keep it small.. Something else Minolta did first, back in the eighty's I believe.
  12. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    No flash also positions the E-P3 to continue as a viable model slightly under this new model. Gotta pay for the E-P3's R&D for a little while longer!
  13. dyrmaker83

    dyrmaker83 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Flash is nice, but M43rumors suggested a new FL600-R model is coming out too. I haven't seen much about the FL300-R other than a few positive Amazon reviews, but a compact portable external flash isn't a bad alternative to one that's built in.

    If the sensor really is a great improvement, this sounds like an amazing camera. I was convinced to buy into M43 because I thought it hit the sweet spot for sensor/lens size and potential optical sharpness (and Olympus' JPEG quality). This was despite the higher noise compared to a DSLR, since I knew sensor improvements would overcome that limitation (whereas compromises between sensor size and distance to the lens can't overcome physics; i.e. Sony NEX). I'm just waiting for that next generation of M43 cameras, and I hope it's here with the OM-D line.
  14. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Canon 5D and 1D series cameras have no built in flash. I think that's true of the competing Nikon products, too.
  15. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    A mini E-5. Did they decide not to follow the "rangefinder style with side mounted EVF" train?
  16. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    It's a OM-1 retro sort of thing. Just like the E-P*# series cameras are retro Pen-F sorts of thing. Leveraging their history is what Oly does these days, apparently.
  17. rex87

    rex87 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2011
    winnipeg, mb
    It would have been awesome if they go for rangefinder style like my Olympus Trip 35..:biggrin:

    But OM style is not bad..
  18. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    TBH I don't like using the built-in flash, so not having one doesn't bother me.
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    If it works with my FL-300R I won't need a built in flash. Though it'd be cool if it works with the pop-up that came with my E-PM1!
  20. broncophil

    broncophil Mu-43 Veteran

    May 23, 2010
    does anyone know if this will have a touchscreen.. from what i've read, it doesnt look like it will... oh well, my EP3 and 45 1.8 is arriving today, and it should keep me happy till the E-M6(?) comes out.. haha....
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