Olympus toke inspiration from the past PEN film cameras and from the OMD tradition to create the digital PEN and the digital OMD cameras. What’s still “Missing” is a classic “rangefinder” styled (not a real rangefinder!) digital camera. Something like a 35 RC (here on eBay) in modern version. I know Olympus is working on such a kind of camera but I am not sure yet when this is coming. Now I got a news via one single good source that sent me this text: “Although the EP3 is set to be discontinued, updates to the EPL range should include some sort of viewfinder. Not sure of any further details yet.”
Now if the rumor he sent me is correct this could mean that:
1) There is some sort of new external viewfinder for the E-PL range
2) There is an integrated viewfinder
I hope the source can soon unveil us more about the new E-PL5…meantime thanks for the message!!! At first glance you may would think that this is not going to happen, at least not on a E-PL named camera but at that point I remind you this: Eighth months ago the Russian website Onfoto (Click here) published a new interview with Toshiyuki Terada (Product Planning, Olympus Imaging Corporation, Japan). He said that “A built-in viewfinder is not exclusive for the OM-D line. Future PEN camera can have built-in viewfinder maintaining the current form factor.”
So you see, everything is possible! I would be happy to see such a model! We would have three clearly differentiated m43 cameras from Olympus. A cheap E-M model. Ana advanced PEN with integrated viewfinder for those willing to spend a bit more. And than the E-M5. Makes sense to me!
P.S.: Check out the Olympus RC film cameras on eBay.
Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct