(FT5) After the G6 also the upcoming Olympus E-P5 will have focus peaking!

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According to multiple trusted sources the upcoming new Olympus E-P5 will be the first Olympus camera having “Focus peaking” function. That is something we just got on the just announced Panasonic G6.

P.S.: It seems highly unlikely that Focus Peaking will be added on current cameras like the GH3 and E-M5!

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  • Woodent

    do they mean to say that P5’s CPU will be that so much more powerfull than the CPU of M5? Don’t believe that. Pure marketing, I would guess…

    • MdB

      Why? Because NOTHING can be better than the OM-D right?

      • egg

        That’s clearly not his point, don’t be a twit.

        • MdB

          Really? Seems like the point. Well presuming the E-P5 has WiFi I would say the core processing of the camera will be considerably higher than their current series (E-M5, E-PL5, E-PM2), so yeah it is very possible / plausible.

    • egg

      The CPU on the E-M5 is capable enough to do focus peaking, sadly they probably won’t implement it so that they have an additional feature to differentiate the successor model.

      • MdB

        When Sony introduced it first (on their stills cameras that is) they introduced it across the entire line, including the old models.

        There is nothing to say that the E-M5 has enough processing power to display peaking information.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/33496987@N08/ Ulli

          are we technicians or photographers?

          • Doffer

            Must it be one or the other? ^_^

          • egg

            Im both :)

        • Doffer

          From what I gather, Sony had it on a bridge camera (DSC-H5) in 2006 so it doesn’t sound right that a fairly high-end camera from 2012 would not have a powerful enough CPU for focus peaking. I think the reason must lie elsewhere. Unless the different implementations made by Olympus and Sony are completely different or something.

          • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

            Exactly. Focus peaking is just real time CDAF shown on screen. Nothing that camera can’t do already.

            • bobthewrecker

              PDAF cameras and lenses use focusing distances i.e. “I think the phase shift will be minimal at 2m – please focus to 2m – hmm, more like 1.95, move to 1.95.”. That’s why they don’t hunt as much as CDAF. A CDAF lens / system however runs a servo based almost purely on feedback: “Keep moving the lens element forward/backward. Oh, I missed the highest contrast point, move back a little, oh I missed it again, oh there it is”. I don’t think the focus distance information is exchanged. You have to track A LOT of information to run focus peaking, basically the history of contrast value samples around a given AF point, if done properly.

              All I’m saying is that there is a lot of additional work to be done with focus peaking. I don’t fully accept the keyline filter as an indication that focus peaking is already possible. It can be confused quite easily, it’s more about marking whole surfaces than edges.

              Given that the image processing engine is an FPGA, there is a chance it’s not capable enough to do its normal work (like processing of continuous shots or encoding video), but equally so that it can be re-programmed for additional logic. I’d say 50/50 for actual need of better hardware and for no focus peaking purely because of marketing. If it’s a custom made chip (which is something that less and less vendors do), only Olympus know what number of pipelines/registers/caches it has available. If it’s merchant silicon, one could try to estimate. But this is a realtime system and resources can’t just be diverted, otherwise other functions will suffer.

              The only way to find out is to take the E-P5 apart and look at the CPU markings :)

          • Beautemps

            The reason is market management. Customers would buy more cheap old lenses instead of new AF-Products.

            • digifan

              I don’t buy that (pun intended).
              Only enthousiast and experienced photographers will like it, but I doubt they’ll buy many specific MF lenses.

              • viewfinder memories

                Digifan,
                “Only enthousiast and experienced photographers will like it”

                I assume you are referring to focus peaking. However I believe this group is more in tune with the current Olympus magnification method.

            • bobthewrecker

              Customers are already buying hundreds of legacy lenses and they have been since the first mu43 cameras, I don’t think that’s what’s preventing this feature from appearing in older products. Mu43 is a well established system and I don’t think people new to the system will choose mu43 (Oly/Pana) just because of the focus peaking. I think the feature will be marketed more towards video use of (AF/MF) lenses. They also have no monetary interest in putting engineering resources onto backporting the feature into previous models. E-M5 is a closed chapter now :)

        • peevee

          E-M5 has enough power to show effects in real time, including Key Line II which is similar to focus peaking.

          • MdB

            Exactly the point. Thing is, can it produce Key Line II as well as focus peaking at the same time? What about video and FP? What about the long exposure preview mode thing (can’t remember the name). So then you get into – ‘it is available in mode A but not when X or Y are used and not when used in mode B, but may be used with Z’. I think it would need to be available all the time regardless of mode.

            And yeah, my Pentax Q had peaking, was added when the Q10 was released, neither of which it was an ‘advertised feature’, it just suddenly did it. I have some Panasonic SD700’s and SDT750’s – these all had peaking, by Panasonic, 3 years ago.

            It isn’t new or anything, but it does require the real time display of what the AF system is ‘seeing’, which may or may not be a massive pain the butt to implement, especially if it wasn’t a designed feature from the start.

    • Anonymous

      This is one rumor that Admin will be wrong about. Focus Peaking will be added to the GH3 not long after the G6 is released.

      • bb

        I sincerely hope you are right about this.

  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

    Yes! That’s the best news from Olympus I’ve heard in a long time. Seems to me I’ll have to put up with the looks :).

  • OMega

    Not in the least bit interested in Focus Peaking, having tried it on a Sony I was not in the least bit impressed, all it does is the camera telling you what is correct, therefore you may just as well let the auto focus do it for you, as you are not selecting what is correct focus. Or put it this way, if you think that the subject is too difficult for the camera to focus correctly, why would focus peaking tell you what is correct???

    • tim

      It is designed for manual focus adapted lens genius!

    • bert

      Use your brain and consider that not everyone is using AF.

      • OMega

        Just like myself, I use a selection of Zuiko glass, 24 (2.8), 28 (2.8),50 (1.4 & 1.8),135 (2.8) and 200mm (4.0) yes all manual lenses which I focus quite well without peaking.

        • bert

          What do you want, a medal or something? Others might like to have this feature, just because you are so amazing and don’t need it doesn’t mean the rest of us don’t want or need it.

          • OMega

            It is just my thought, seeing as almost everyone here seems to think it is the be all and end all of focusing, my experience of trying it was I was not that impressed with it, I found it somewhat hit and miss.

            • http://www.43rumors.com/members/jshaw6000/ Jshaw6000

              You will not understand why it is so important until you shoot video with legacy lenses which tend to be soft, making focus on the little tiny camera screen more difficult. Magnification mode, at least on the GH3 is not available while you’re actually recording.

          • JimD

            The magnification feature on the em5 is very quick and very easy to use. If focus peaking replaces magnification that’s going backwards. I use manual focus zuiko and m mount lenses quite often. I’m very happy with things as they are. If its an add on fine. If its in place of its a retrograde setp

            • mert

              In my personal experience it’s difficult to use the zoom function for focus on longer FL’s (more than 60mm) as camera shake sometimes make it hard to keep the focus point in the magnified frame. It’s fine below ~50mm though.

              But why argue about which is better when we can have both and choose which is the best for our needs in any particular situation.

              • JimD

                Agree, having both widens the appeal. As long as one does not replace the other.

  • E-P5 has been

    SOLD to me!

    Thanks Olympus

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/dontom/ DonTom

      E-P5 will be yet another camera that I won’t buy. SIGHHHH!

      My problem is I am too easily pleased. I took some sample raw and jpeg images from an X-E1 the other day, compared with my E-PL1. Can’t see what the big deal is. OK, the Fuji was better, but considering my E-PL1 is now worth basically nothing, it wasn’t $1000 better. Came to the same conclusion last year with the E-M5. Sure, the E-M5 is weatherproof, but……may as well wait until I drown my current camera first before I replace it.

      I guess this why the camera companies are losing so much money. We all have cameras that are good enough, so they have to spend exponentially more on R&d to develop features that we HAVE to have….only to find we don’t want them.

      Olly should sack half their R&D team, and double the life cycle of their cameras. They might stop treading water that way, and swim for the shore instead.

      • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

        I have E-PL1 as well and I often feel that I need one more stop of light. E-PL5 was the first camera that I considered a good enough upgrade over PL1, but I’ve waited to see what E-P5 would bring. YMMV, but IMO these two models have enough improvements over PL1 to justify the investment.

        • Anonymous

          I felt the need for that extra stop too, then discovered RAW. Again, I’m easily satisfied!

          At the rate I’m going, I’l probably wait for the m43 consortium to get the hybrid AF sorted properly. Have just been having some fairly large prints done, and they look more than good enough. Much better than on the computer screen.

      • ph

        Shure the E-PL1 can produce enough detail for most uses, but the difference in dynamic range and high ISO with the X-Pro1 or X-E1 is major.
        I have and use both the Olympus E-P1 and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and those differences (especially DR) are felt in many shots.

      • stickytape

        The continual updating of camera models is really more for competing with other companies for market share. Also, it doesn’t make sense to produce so much stock that 5 generations later, the first in the series is still selling. Models need to be properly discontinued.

  • sneye

    Peaking may be useful for video, but I find it lacking where critical focus accuracy is needed. Sometimes it’s off by a considerable margin. In my experience, with a good EVF manual focus is quite feasible without aids. A fast aperture helps due to the acute drop-off in sharpness.

    • aqasem

      How it can be useful for video shooting, tell me more plz.

      • Rinaldo

        Yes, peaking is very important when shooting professional video (oh how I miss it in the GH3) because it lets you make sure your subject is in focus in an handheld operation for example. Even when the camera is on a tripod in an interview, cause people move back and forth and the peaking tells exactly where the focus point is. You can leave it ON on the camera itself and have a clean image on an external monitor. VERY USEFUL. I would say a must nowadays. IMO simply a big shame Panny hasn’t implemented that on the GH3 and they that, oh how they know.

      • Doffer

        I haven’t tried it myself on a camera yet but I usually prefer manual focus during live video over AF. The only problem is that it’s hard to predict and confirm focus live and this is where I can imagine peaking will help.

        Also, even if the resolution of displays and viewfinders increase with higher resolutions like 4K for video it might be hard to visually confirm correct focus by simply looking at a screen but by using peaking you can still get an idea if you are correctly focused since the camera looks at the pixel level for any given video resolution.

        If you can simply retake a scene then it might be a different story.

        At least this is my understanding regarding the usefulness of peaking so far.

      • sneye

        Well, obviously you use it to control focus pulling. It’s a feature which has been used in video cameras for at least a decade.

      • true homer

        peaking was invented for video years ago

  • B2

    WOW, that’s a great news, I wasn’t expect so!
    That’s what I like, you got my $$ Oly :)
    Let me just put my hands on and test it.

  • Farrukh

    About time Olympus. Hope you’ve also included wi-fi, an android/iphone interface and more!

    • whisker

      And a WP8 interface as well :)

  • Beautemps

    Great! focus peaking only makes sense with IBIS! Finally Oly made it. Hopefully there will also be some silent shutter in the E-P5.

    • MdB

      Erm why does focus peaking ONLY make sense with IBIS?

      • oskar

        When the OP is ignorant and doesn’t know what they are talking about, that’s when it makes sense!

        • aqasem

          it seems so :(

          • MdB

            Oh I get it! It is because cameras are no good without these two things according to the internets! No peaking and no IBIS = No sale right?

      • Beautemps

        There are so many old fast lenses above 100mm,
        and you need
        – IBIS to hold the lens steady
        – stabilized EVF to focus manual

        Guess it is so hard to understand, cause you never used manuell old lenses above 50mm on a panasonic without stabilization…

  • alexander

    I prefere GPS- & Panorama- Function !

  • Jack LeBoul

    Coming from a NEX user I do find that focus peeking is useful as there are not that many lenses available for this system, so we “borrow” from other systems.

    However, m4/3 lens eco system is rich and diverse. Pretty much any focal length / price one needs there are lenses available.
    So, what would be the primary reason for focus peeking?

    Jack

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

      What would be the primary reason for focus peeking?

      SLR Magic 12mm T1.6
      Nokton 17.5mm F0.95
      Nokton 25mm F0.95
      SLR Magic 25mm F0.95
      Mitakon 35mm F0.95
      SLR Magic 35mm T1.4
      Ibelux 40mm F0.85
      Nokton 42mm F0.95
      SLR Magic 50mm T0.95

      • sorry my inglish

        Pentax 50/1.2
        Minolta 58/1.2
        Canon FD 50/1.2
        OM 50/1.2
        OM 55/1.2
        OM 90/2 macro
        OM 100/2
        OM 135/2.8 (have)
        OM 180/2.8
        ………
        ……..

        • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

          + Speed Booster / Lens Turbo

        • Beautemps

          +1000 …and some more fast Tele from Minolta and others.

          • Jack LeBoul

            Ok. Got it but…

            But if your “primary” use of a camera is to use great manual focus lenses, would it not make more sense to go with APC-S size sensor?

            I have nothing against m4/3 but the strength of the system in the AF lens selection. (yes the OM-D and GH3 are great cameras but they are about 30-50% more expensive than a NEX-6))

            Again if your interest is the use of “professional” or semi-proffesional MF lenses, would it not make more sense to use it on a camera with a bigger sensor?

            Many of my friends who use an NEX-6 bought it only because it its sensor and focus peaking.
            Maximum size sensor in a minimum size body so that the adapter and MF lens total package would be reasonable size.

            Everyone use their camera different and we use our tools as we see fit.
            I was just very surprised that there were so many longing for focus peaking on the m4/3 system.

            • true homer

              that was a valid argument maybe 3-4 years ago, but now between aps c and 4/3s theres nothing. And you still get to use the big range of af lenses when you want to

              • RockyRoads

                @true Homer

                I am not so sure about that the new Nikon APS sensor in the D5200/D7100 is well ahead of even the best mFT E-M5/GH3.In fact even the “old” sensor in the D7000 Pentax k5’s etc is not even matched by the E-M5.

                Considering ,I have read some of the Olympus faithful claim that the E-M5 is hugely better than the G5, when in fact its is only 0.7stop behind in DR and 0.3 stop behind in high ISO.The lead that the new Nikon’s have is quite noticeable.

                Now, if i was a Canon APS user I would be a tad annoyed at how little they have progressed in recent years.It shows how easy things change at one time Canon dominated the DSLR sensor market , even Nikon are using their own sensor design just fabricated by Toshiba so digital can change quickly

                • true homer

                  I actually find the d7100 noisier than the em5.

            • Beautemps

              m43 has a more telecentric sensorformat, lenses are sharper at the edges. It makes much sense to use some old lenses for portrait (softness) or lowlight tele situations like concerts, bird watching etc.

              • notagain!!!

                “””m43 has a more telecentric sensorformat, lenses are sharper at the edges. It makes much sense to use some old lenses for portrait (softness) or lowlight tele situations like concerts, bird watching etc.”””

                The only reasons mFT lenses are sharper at the edges is that they are typically compared usually by the Olympus fans at different effective apertures { an F2 lens on mFT is not the same as an F2 lens on APS or FF.Combine this with the smaller sensor on mFT that has a 4×3 crop ratio which uses less of the extreme edges of the imaging circle.

                The new 24mp Nikon APS models will give you a 21mp 4×3 image with excellent corners and edges if this is important to you, of course at the same DOF it will do the same with a full size file.I hope you were not one of the Olympus brotherhood that thought there was some secret sauce in Olympus lenses, why do you think nearly all P&S cameras use a 4×3 ratio

                • beautemps

                  Poore understading. You missed some time at school in physics. f 2.0 of a lens remains f 2.0 in any format. Sharpness in the corner has nothind to do with stupid equivalance blabla.

                  • Ross

                    I think ‘notagain’ is referring to the resulting DoF as being different for the same aperture between different size formats, nothing more. This does give 4/3’s some advantage in edge sharpness, but lens design is the other more important factor too.

                    • true homer

                      no, this is wrong. f2 is f2. And lenses are tested on flat charts where DOF doesnt matter. So if the test says its softer in the edges, its because its softer in the edges.

            • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

              All the lenses on my list are native m4/3 MF lenses. And there are many C mount lenses that are OK on m4/3 cameras, but vignette heavily on APS-C. Moreover, there are lenses adapted by Speed Booster and similar focal reducers that give them one additional stop of light. So, there is a need for focus peaking on m4/3 as well.

            • Anonymous

              “Again if your interest is the use of “professional” or semi-proffesional MF lenses, would it not make more sense to use it on a camera with a bigger sensor?”

              How about more reach for same focal length? there are both pros and cons to smaller sensor.

              • beautemps

                As there are the opposite pros and cons for a bigger sensor
                – less Tele
                – less DOF for landscape
                – less sharp in the corners
                – ….

                • notagain!!!

                  It is always amusing how anytime someone mentions equivalence you get half a dozen Olympus users [ naturally] saying they know all about it, yet here you are lol

                  “”As there are the opposite pros and cons for a bigger sensor””

                  -“” less Tele””

                  Nope, pop a 2xTC on a FF 300mm F5.6 camera and you will have the exact same DOF ,AOV and if you have to up the ISO to get a usable shutter speed same image noise.

                  “”- less DOF for landscape””

                  Nope, all formats are diffraction limited at the same DOF so you can simply stop down the FF camera by 2 stops to match the DOF

                  “” less sharp in the corners”””

                  Wow, three for three, if you compare them at the same DOF this is not the case , F1.4 on mFT is not the same as F1.4 on FF , if it was then we would all be using the Panasonic FZ200 with its 25-600mm lens all at F2.8 . I bet you can figure out the impact that a smaller sensor has on aperture when it is a much smaller sensor being compared to Mft. Well that’s how it works with FF which has almost four times the area of Mft, simple?

                  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/jshaw6000/ Jshaw6000

                    Care to provide evidence on your statement about diffraction?

                  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/ronnbot/ ronnbot

                    You claim to know more about equivalence and yet forgot to mention that stopping down to have more DoF on larger format requires slower shutter speed or higher ISO to maintain proper exposure. Anyway, there are benefits to having different formats, just leave it at that.

                    • notagain!!!

                      No, I didn’t forget to mention it you forgot to read it lol

                      “if you have to up the ISO to get a usable shutter speed same image noise.”

                  • true homer

                    notagain this time you went 3 for 3. Youve never used a 2x teleconverter have you? Image quality goes down the drain considerably, to the point that Id rather crop. You can stop it down 2 stops for the same DOF but then your at 2 stops higher ISO arent you? And are you of the people who actually believe full frames are 2 stops better in noise?
                    Third, lenses are tested on flat charts, DOF doesnt matter,they are simply softer.

                    • notagain!!!

                      “”notagain this time you went 3 for 3. You’ve never used a 2x teleconverter have you? Image quality goes down the drain considerably, to the point that Id rather crop.””

                      I use the Nikon 2TC III on a regular basis typically on my D4 [ as do many of my fellow sports photogs] and it delivers excellent results. You would rather crop your MP count by 4 to double the magnification, good luck with that. The long mFT lenses are at best mediocre. And slow the Olympus is at F6.7! There are no shortages of faster long lenses for FF from the pricey F2.8 to the cheaper F4 options. Making outperforming mFT an easy if heavier option

                      “”You can stop it down 2 stops for the same DOF but then your at 2 stops higher
                      ISO arent you? And are you of the people who actually believe full frames are 2 stops better in noise?””

                      Not necessarily there are numerous scenarios when a slower shutter speed is perfectly adequate; due to the nature of it much if not most long telephoto work is done in decent light. The D4 is 2 stops better than the best mFT .In fact the D800 which I use in studio has so much extra detail that at output sizes with a touch of NR you can have easily a 2 stops better file [more detail and at worst the same noise] in this situation I would say that it is very close to the performance of the D4 though not really what it is made for.

                      “”Third, lenses are tested on flat charts, DOF doesnt matter,they are simply softer.””

                      Some of us use our lenses in real life and frankly the situations which have all the image from corner to corner within the DOF of an F1.2, F1.4, F1.8, F2.0 lens on FF are rather few in number. It does not take a genius to figure out the easier the job becomes for lens designers as the sensor size gets smaller. Hence the 25-600mm F2.8 lens on the FZ200, please don’t tell me that you are one of the F2 is F2 crowd lol

                      For fun, personal, family use I am an avid mFT user and I am in awe of the video quality I can get from my GH3/GH2 bodies. But no system is perfect and they all have their own gotchas. When I am getting paid I use the best tools of the job the best sensors, the best AF and the fastest lenses. When out and about with my family and friends I wouldn’t dream of carting my FF gear around [which saves me from the divorce court lol].In 90%+ of all shooting situations mFT is perfectly good enough, FF is and always has been [ in digital] a niche product it excels for a handful of specific needs.It can easily do anything mFT can do , but you would need to be an idiot with more money than sense to invest in a FF set up unless you work in the few niches it excels in

            • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

              “I have nothing against m4/3 but the strength of the system in the AF lens selection.”

              Yeah, but there’s no 17.5mm F0.95 with AF. Or anything remotely as fast in that FL.

              • Anonymous

                +10 , thanks, now i see the reason for me to buy the 17/’95 CV and also 25/’95,.

                I dontl have to sale my zf 50/1.4 & 85/1.4 planar

      • JimD

        In that case the EM5 magnification is far far more accurate and when set up properly very simple to use and possibly faster.

        • http://www.43rumors.com/members/amalric/ amalric

          This has always been the stance of Olympus. Easy magnification makes MF a breeze. Focus peaking has been clamoured for, and so they will include it, However it is really a device for P&S, LCD only types of camera, which have visualization problems in the first place.

          In the OM-D if you want precise MF you use the EVF to magnify, and you don’t need it. BTW prior to that I used the ‘shimmering’ that was a precise way of locking true focus.

    • J white

      I imagine that people with vintage lenses would like to be able to use them instead of buying new ones, for example.

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/jules/ jules

      Sometimes, you want to use manual focus anyways.

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

      and Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 :)

      • MarcoSartoriPhoto

        Miroslav, I think that Samyang 7.5mm fisheye does not need focus peaking.. 😉

        • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

          Well, most of the time :).

    • e-manual

      Your lack of logic astounds me

    • dfg

      I think m43 users adapt just as many manual lenses as Nex users, if not more. Not to mention the manual lenses by Voigtlander and SLR Magic that are made w/ m43 mounts. Focus peaking will be very handy with these lenses. For me, this is yet another sign that Olympus might have gotten serious about video with the EP5. Yay!!!!!!!!!!

  • MdB

    Have there been any rumours whether the AP2 port is still on the E-P5 (with the new add on finder), or whether Olympus are introducing a new Acc Port?

    • samshootsall

      I wished they a least put in mic input on the side.

  • aqasem

    Is there any rumors for faster aperture lenses for M43 like 25mm F0.65 😀

  • matt jones

    It’s great that focus peaking is going to be “official” but of course the OMD can and does do peaking with the workaround hack, I use it all the time with my Nokton lenses. I hold Fn1 and turn the focus whilst watching the peaking, and then let go of Fn1 and snap the photo. It is very accurate.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ArqBplO8cQ

    • swan

      Proof that Olympus *can* implement this feature on the OM-D. Let’s see if they do the right thing…

  • faque

    The OM-D is actually sold in Europe for 1100€ with the 12-50mm. If the e-p5 got better AF, better IS, Focus-Peaking, WiFi and will be cheaper with an even better Kit-Lens, the 17mm 1,8 – what´s the point to buy an OM-D anymore?

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/miroslav/ Miroslav

      EVF, weather sealing, additional grips and, most important, the styling.

    • beautemps

      E-P5 will not be cheaper including the additional EVF!!!
      They are not that crazy at Olympus.

  • Anonymous

    Ok but lot of things I’d prefer

  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/caver3d/ C. C.

    Pentax has focus peaking included in the K-30 and K-01 in live view. Once you see it, you want it for all your cameras.

  • slr magic rocks

    admin, any chance you leak us video spec?

    tia

    • admin

      I don’t have them.

  • Don Pope

    I wonder if focus peaking can work together with the highlight/shadow display.
    That is one of my favorite features.

  • Anonymous

    Of course it’s unlikely that current cameras will be updated to support anything new. That’s how the camera business roll. You add a function people want ant take one out. That way, there’s always a new camera with a function someone needs and it keeps going forever. That’s how they stay in business.

  • JimD

    We seem to have a large number of bods who have left NEX and Pentax with their focus peaking and moved to OLY. I am sure Oly is happy about the hundreds and thousands of EX Nex users who demand focus peaking on their new Oly cameras.
    Are there that many bods who have migrated to Oly? Or are the bods just complaining about focus peaking because its not there and they have read about it not being there and that’s pitiful.

    I don’t care if focus peaking is implemented on all the M43 cameras.
    As long as its not at the expense of the better magnification system currently used on the em5.

    Also. And. Why don’t we all go to NEX sites and complain that they should have IBIS or focus magnification.

    • Jack LeBoul

      Jim

      Each site has its share of people complaining.
      On the NEX sites it is mostly about lack of lenses.

      • JimD

        Jack, I don’t go there, so I really don’t know what they complain about. It just seems they all come here and complain about FP. Also NotAgain (above) only comes here to bring up equivalence which in turn is mostly brought up by APSC and 135 fans who drop in. Of which nearly all APSC fans think they have 135 properties in their cameras.

  • The Other Chris

    This TOTALLY justifies the high price!

    • true homer

      no it doesnt. sony has it in super cheap bodies, and panasonic now has it in a 600$ camera. So no, this doesnt merit 1000+ dollars

    • Philip Blume

      What a thick moron

  • Vitruvius

    Focus Peaking first ???
    “That is something we just got on the just announced Panasonic G6”
    What about the G5? and the EV-2 and EV-3?

    • true homer

      none of those things mention have focus peaking

  • Anonymous

    I counted only 4, *four* unconditionally positive reaction to this rumor, out of nearly a hundred comments. And I remember all the whining for months and months about the lack of this feature. And now that will be available? People attacking Olympus for not refreshing their entire line with it, or for not adding this or that really critical combination on top of it, or the conspiracy theories of the evil marketers etc. No offences, but guys -what a bunch of whiners.

    • Nelson

      I guess whiner always find fault to complain about, this just to show that majority of people don’t give a %#@% about the function of focus peaking, but just use it as a point to complain and whine

  • Daniel

    That’s a great news. People willing to use the F0,95 lenses, or any other manual lenses, will be happy with this feature, especially in low light conditions.

    In some situations, where pre-focus with autofocus lenses takes too much time, using the manual focus system with focus peaking can be much better. So clearly a feature that is, in my opinion, more than welcome.

    If Olympus can add also silent mode shooting (for classical concerts, theaters or any other quiet places), then the E-P5 will really be a clear step above any of the other model since we know for sure that the image quality will be better, autofocus faster (at least faster than the E-P2 which I own), we’ll have also a brand new high definition EVF and probably an excellent screen.

    If I decide to update my E-P2, the E-P5 could very well become my new camera.

    But I would like to see it first and take in my hand. I don’t feel in hurry, my E-P2 does still a very good job !

  • wise words

    Anonymous, I could not agree more.
    First thanks to admin. Some of us at least appreciate your efforts to give us a heads up.
    Second, thanks to those few grown ups still using this site and offering constructive and inciteful comments.
    For the rest who just want to posture and whine, give us a break.
    Perhaps some of you could take a relaxing hobby to help you chill out
    ….you know like taking pictures.
    ….with the old fashioned (at least 1 or 2 years old) kit you already have.

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