There Will Be an E-P3 Successor?!

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by MrKal_El, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    This is VERY interesting.

    1. I like this, since I loved my E-P3
    2. Will there still be an E-M3? (Lower end OM-D) since the price difference couldn't be that great...
    3. I'm assuming no O-MD IBIS BUT integrated EVF.

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    Source: Olympus: There will be an E-P3 successor. | 43 Rumors
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    That looks like a guy who knows the E-P5 is going to rock but can't spill the beans yet :).
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  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Man, that black 12mm f/2 looks super nice! I wish they would make all the silver lenses black and make the silver limited editions!
  4. NJH

    NJH Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    South West England
    God I hope so. Want a RF styled E-P5 with built in VF so so bad. I have half ruled out the Fuji X-E1 after seeing a vid which showed unacceptably long EVF freeze IMHO, such a shame as it kills it stone dead for me. Olympus seems to get it how to design a really great useful EVF system better than anyone else so please get this camera into my grubby mits double sharp, lol.
  5. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Anything with an integrated EVF and a rangefinder-style body, and I am soooo there. With the EPL and EPM being really quite capable now, as long as you don't want full manual control without using the touchscreen, I think they're going to have to do something like that to differentiate it.
  6. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Awesome news!

    I know we have had a bunch of threads speculating on product differentiation between a potential E-P5 and the OM-D. You have the EVF, 5-axis IBIS and weather sealing as the key OM-D features. I could see where you could slot a product, the E-P5, in between the E-PL5 ($649 body USD) and OM-D ($999), if it just had the built in EVF.... something like $849 (of course, hope it would be cheaper!)

    I do really like the size of the E-P2/3 body. I wonder if they could incorporate a built-in EVF without increasing the overall size too much (would be nice to still have the built-in flash too)? Maybe if they had a smaller, fixed, 4:3 screen?

    It totally does sound like he has something pretty awesome back in the lab. :2thumbs:
  7. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Good to hear! I love my E-P3 but would trade the built-in flash for a built-in EVF with clip-on flash.
  8. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    For me, a built-in flash is a rather important feature: I often use it for fill-in purposes, or for taking more casual snapshots, where it would be exceptionally awkward to have to attach a flash to the hotshoe (and also not be able to use the VF2). That was one reason that I chose the E-P3 over the E-PL3 last year, and one reason that I am not impressed by the E-PL5.
  9. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Sony have shown it's possible with the NEX-7, which has a very small body. Indeed, you only need to look at old rangefinders from the 70s to know it is possible. My Olympus 35rc is smaller than my GF1, yet it's a full frame camera with a decent viewfinder. You could easily put a good EVF into this sort of body shape, it just means Olympus wouldn't be able to sell an expensive add-on anymore.

    I don't care about the flash, built in flashes are next to useless for me, except perhaps for some fill flash usage. The FL-36r I have is so small I might as well take it with me if I think I might need it.
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    The only downside being that the rear screen gets squeezed down to fit the EVF, probably even more so than the wide and low screens on the E-PM1 and E-PL3. At the full 4:3 resolution they show an image with a diagonal of only 2.4" despite still technically being a 3" screen.
  11. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Totally acceptable imo. More and more of us are reviewing our shots on a laptop, or even better on a desktop with a calibrated display, as long as the LCD is functional I'm not that bothered how big, bright or even colour accurate it is. If you are a big fan of touch control, could be a big miss. Never spent much time with a touchscreen camera myself, so I wouldn't know what I was missing.
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am very glad to hear that there will be a camera between the new E-PL5 and the E-M5. It is too big a space{both features and price} to just leave open. I am very eager to see what Olympus comes up with!

    My prediction is that it will have some sort of integrated EVF and the 5 axis stabilizer. Without those two features it will not be any better than the E-PL5. What it will lack that the E-M5 has is the weather sealing, the add-on grip{SLR style at least} and the wonderful manual controls{dual dials}.
  13. Ninja

    Ninja Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    I have an E-PL2 and wish Olympus would work on a quieter shutter while they are at it. My Nikon D7000 is quieter than the E-PL2.
  14. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    I don't really need the built in flash, I rarely use the one on my E-P3. I wouldn't mind an EVF, though I don't need one of those, either. I would like the new sensor and it would be great if the IBIS was better (doesn't have to be 5-axis, just more effective). A tilt screen for low level/waist high shots would be nice, but not a deal breaker. I like the control layout of the E-P1-3 series with the wheel and dial. That is one thing I would not want to see changed, changing that would be a deal breaker for me.
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  15. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    They have gotten much better...esp E-M5.
  16. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    It wouldn't surprise me in the least if there is an e-P5. The pen style and the hump style can easily co-exist because they all use the same lenses.
  17. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    This is very good news! I've been shooting a film RF lately and pondering where I'm going to go with my digital setup.
  18. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
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    rob collins
    How about a 'pop-up EVF' where the flash on the EP3 used to be. It could pop-up whenever you turned on the camera and down when you switched it off.
  19. BSH

    BSH Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2012
    Yup. I refer to my post when the new EPL/EPMs were announced, here.

    And for however great it's going to be, I'm still just going to get an EP3. :cool:
  20. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Interesting idea! Would make it more compact when storing. Why not make it pop up when needed just like the flash!