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(FT5) The full E-P5 specs!


An anonymous source just sent me this full Olympus E-P5 specs. Enjoy the (long) reading. And Thanks to the source for sending us this!!!

Model name:    E-P5
Product type:    Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory :   “SD Memory Card*1  (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )
*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory. ”
Screen size:    17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount:    Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Pickup Product type:    4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.1 million pixels
Total number of pixels: Approx. 17.2 million pixels
Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)”
Dust reduction:    Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)
Recording format:    DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
File format:  RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size:    “[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels”
File size    “RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V)  (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB”
Image Stabilization System Type:    Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)   *yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/roll
Mode:   4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
IS for Live View image:    Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
Focal length setting:    Available
Available manual focal length setting    Input focal length : 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Stabilization performance    “maximum 5 EV* (ased on Olympus in-house measurement conditions)
Lens IS priority    Available
Shutter speed range    60 – 1/8000 sec. (Not available when Bulb or Time is selected.)
Live View    Approx. 100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), ”
Display Mode    Normal, Histogram, Highlight and shadow, Level guide, Off
Monitor type    3.0-inch tilting monitor. Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance type touch panel
Touch control    Shutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection
Tilting angle    Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees. Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control    ±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color tone select    Vivid / Natural
AF system    High-speed imager AF
Focus mode    “Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR). C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.
Full-time AF    Available
Magnified frame AF    “Selectable from over 800 AF points
Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
Super Spot AF:  Selectable from center of enlarge view(0.02% – 0.16% in view image) Enlarged view focus point check by magnify button: Available with old lenses without data communication
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF    “Available / Available
Eye Detection AF mode : Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority”
Focusing point / Focusing point selection mode    35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)
Peaking function    “Avaliable on Fn button or Manual Focus. Type : White edge, Black edge”
AF illuminator    Available
Manual focus assist    * Customize function    Live View image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Metering system (TTL Image sensor metering)    Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range    EV 0 – 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode    “i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select  AE, Art Filter,
Underwater wide / macro* , My Set
*Selectable from menu as a function on Fn/Rec button
*My set can be set to mode dial function”
Scene select AE    Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D *   3D lens(H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still only
ISO sensitivity    “AUTO ISO : LOW(approx. 100) ‐25600 (customizable, Defalut:LOW-1600)
Manual ISO : LOW(approx.100), 200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable”
Exposure compensation    ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock    Locks at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn/Rec button)
Shutter type    Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed    “1/8000 – 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: default setting 8min.  (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)”
Flash intensity control method    “TTL Auto, Auto*13, Manual, Super FP*13(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL) *13: Available on the external flash”
Built-in flash    TTL Flash, GN=7 (ISO100・m) / GN=10(ISO200・m)
Bundled flash    – Flash mode    Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Synchronization speed    “1/320 sec. Built-in Flash* 1/250 sec. External Flash* *Super FP: 1/125-1/4000 sec.”
Flash intensity control    Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash    FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Compatible external flash    FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Control method    “Triggered and controlled by built-in flash (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)”
External Flash intensity type    TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel    4 channels
Group No.    4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a built-in flash*)
Sequential shooting maximum speed    “[Sequential shooting H mode]*   9.0 fps * in case of “”I.S. Off”” *Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot. [Sequential shooting L mode]*
4.5 fps  in case of “”I.S. Off”” (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
5.0 fps* in case of “”I.S. Off”” (in 5.0 seq. shooting L)
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.”
“Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting *”    “[RAW]  Max. 18 frames (in 5 seq. shooting L),   Max.17 frames (in 9 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG]  Unlimited consecutive shooting (in 5 seq. shooting L),   Max. 28 frames ( in 9 seq. shooting H)
* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm EZ f3.5-6.3.
Self-timer    Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)
Exposure bracketing    “2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.”
ISO bracketing    3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing    3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing    3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing    “i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.”
bracketing for HDR postprocess    “3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.
*This function does not execute HDR processing.
*HDR function can be programmed to the Fn-button.”
Art Filter
Mode (Variation / Effect)    Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( – / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( – / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( – / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( – / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e)  (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
Art Effect    a. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
Type  (Frame effect / Aspect & Window    Standard (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ /  a,b,c,d,e / A,B,C,D )
Pattern)    Fun Frame (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ /-/-)
Frame Effect    a.  White Frame
b.  White Frame & White Edge Effect
c.  Black Frame
d.  White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
Aspect &Window Pattern    A.   4:3, 2 frames
B.    4:3, 3 frames
C.   1:1. 2 frames
D.    1:1, 3 frames
Movie Recording format    MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode    [MOV] ”  Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V),   30p(29.97fps)Recording
20Mbps(Fine) / 17Mbps(Normal) :  Aspect 16:9″
”  HD: 1280(H)x720(V),   30p(29.97fps)Recording
13Mbps(Fine) / 10Mbps(Normal) :  Aspect 16:9″
[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *  Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *,  Aspect 4:3
*Excluding some Art Filters
Maximum Recording Time    [MOV]
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
[AVI] HD : Approx. 7min*  /  SD : Approx. 14min*
*Excluding some Art Filters
Movie Function    “Movie Effect : One-shot echo / Multi-echo / Art fade / Art Filter Movie, Aperture-prioritized Movie, Shutter Speed-Prioritized Movie, Manually Shot Movie
One-push Movie Digital Conveter    ×4*  Avairable on Movie effect mode
TimeLapse Movie    Available (AVI Motion JPEG  1280×720 ,10fps)
Image Stabilization for Movie    M-IS (Image sensor shift), Off
AE Lock    Available
Exposure control (Movie)    “P: Program AE,   A: Aperture priority AE,   S: Shutter speed priority AE,   M: Manual,   Art Filter
* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.”
Compression ratio    Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File size  “MOV Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB”
Sound Recording format    Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone/Speaker    Stereo/Mono
Microphone function    “Wind Noise Reduction,  Recording Volume
Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)”
Maximum Recording Time    “Picture with Sound: 30sec.
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time”
White balance mode    Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White balance compensation    ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis   * Except for Custom WB
Preset white balance    “7 preset WBs (3000K – 7500K)
– Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)”
Colour matrix    sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode  i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters
Gradation    Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key     [except Art Filters] Intereval Mode    Interval Time 1sec. – 24 Hours,  Max 99 frames. Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Multi Exposure Number of picture / Function    2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Multi Aspect Ratio    4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Level Gauge
Detection    2-axis
One push Tele-converter
Magnification    x2
Wi-Fi Function
GPS info. Function    Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)
Wireless Shooting    “Live View, Rec view, Wireless touch AF shutter*, Power off
*Self-Timer setting.
*Camera function is fixed on i-Auto. ”
Image Share    “File Type: JPEG, MOV Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously.  Marking function for image share. ”
Easy Connection    QR code setting
Playback mode    “Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x – 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with sound including BGM, 2 selectable slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display

Information display    Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Menu Languages    “34 languages selectable :
– English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai”
Reset & custom setting: My set    4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.
Editing function    RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280×960, 640×480, 320×240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording
RAW picture editing    “RAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter, ART-BKT).
2 programmable settings, preview capability.”
Print function    Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output USB/AV/Remote controller connector    Dedicated multi-connector     [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed,  Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 compatible.] HDMI connector    Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment    Hot shoe
Accessory Port 2    Dedicated multi-connector   [for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.] Wireless LAN    Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
PC interface    USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface    HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)
Battery    BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode    Available (1/3/5 min. off)
Number of recordable pictures    “Approx. 400 shots    [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)”
Dimensions     “122.3mm(W)×68.9mm(H)×37.2mm(D) [CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]”
Weight    “Approx. 420g  [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card] Approx. 366g  [body only]  ”
Temperature    0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)
Humidity    30 – 90% (operation) / 10 – 90% (storage)
Box contents    Body, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card


Mark that day and that hour: Olympus announcement i scheduled for May 10 at 6am London time. That is:
– 10pm on May 9 in Los Angeles
– 1am on May 10 in New York City
– 7am on May 10 in Berlin
– 2pm on May 10 in Tokyo

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  • .

    integrated flash == waste of space

    Another control wheel, or EVF (combined with smaller built-in fixed display) would have been preferable.

    Perhaps the PEN pro will be released some time in 2016?

    • Sqweezy

      Some find the pop-up flash to be useful. It’s too bad they couldn’t include an in-body flash, EVF and hot shoe like the NEX-6 and NEX-7 do.

      • Ragnarok

        But if you want an EVF in a camera this size -like the SONYs- you have to take a 16:9 LCD. There’s no other way. If you are fine with that, then I understand you. But if you prefer a 4:3 or 3:2 LCD then the camera would have to be taller… hence the OM-D.

        • Slint

          If you want to shoot at sunny weather, it doesn´t matter if you have a 16:9, 4:3 or whatever screen. You need a viewfinder if you want more than blind snapshots.

          • Anonymous

            The OMD is the better ( an less expensive) camera for me. I NEED a VF….and the add-on EVF for the EP5 is just plain silly…it certainly makes the OMD look svelte!

        • Chez Wimpy

          That makes no sense. An upper left corner EVF sits either above the screen, or to the side of it. A 4:3 screen stretching to the full height of the camera could leave a bit of blank space to the left of the LCD (blank space below the EVF, which could be used for playback buttons like on Canikon DSLRs), or compromise its potential maximum height to fit below the EVF and not have the camera space “wasted” on the left. There is nothing inherently 16:9 about the height of a camera sans EVF to make the argument valid… regardless of what screens Olympus (and 3:2 Panasonic) have been utilizing in their m43’s.

          • Ragnarok

            Don’t waste your valuable engineering time here and go work for Sony or Fujifilm and tell them how to put larger LCDs on their current models with EVF. Guess they will be surprised.

            It’s as simple as this:,155,375,ha,b

            You can’t put an EVF in a E-P3 and a) don’t grow it or b) shrink the LCD. Either pick a larger camera or a smaller LCD. Period. I’d go with a, but then there is the OM-D. So I thank the E-P5 is as small as it can be.

        • michael

          “There is no other way.”

          Of course there’s another way — make a slightly larger. It’s really not a difficult problem to overcome.

        • Anonytrackball

          An internal EVF will fit where the flash button is why change a screen?

      • donna


        A “Pro Pen” – are you smoking crack?

      • alexander


    • Martin

      yep – with integrated flash. Fine!

      • Lots of new variations on the art filters including colour options for grainy film and dramatic tone, wonder if they have done anything with multiple exposure?

    • OM-4ever

      If it could be a control wheel dedicated to mysets 1-10 and/or a place for more dedicated buttons, it would be easy choice.

    • peevee

      Integrated flash is sometimes useful. 2 control wheels + mode wheel is respectable enough. If they’d add another control wheel, it would sit idle in all modes except M.

    • Mike

      Buy the OM-D then: No flash – but EVF.

    • Don Pope

      An integrated flash is extremely important to people who want a small camera you can take anywhere.
      The lack of an integrated flash is my #1 peeve with the OM-D.

      • +1
        Flash is a lighting aid and without it there’s no other way to light your scene, if you need to do so, without carrying additional equipment. With 1/320 s sync speed, this one could be useful for daylight fill.

        EVF is a composition aid and with tilt LCD already there it’s not as essential as a flash.

        That said, I’d like to have an integrated EVF (together with flash) in E-P5, but it’s not a deal breaker for me.

    • Ash

      They integrated the flash so that you can use an external viewfinder and RC flash at the same time.

      • Exactly. I use the built-in flash of my E-PL2 for a bit of fill flash or to trigger my Metz 50 AF-1 all the while have my VF-2 on it. With the E-M5, I find it cumbersome to use a detachable flash to wirelessly trigger an external flash. The E-P5 is a good replacement for my E-PL2.

    • .not

      Your comment is a waste of space. Go and wait in the corner with the other whiners and let the rest of us enjoy what seems to be an excellent product.

    • Jón

      Depends. If I can use it for remote control for the R flashes, I’m ok with that.

  • Ton

    Is the hand grip still detachable like it was on ep3? I cant find any indication on the complete specs. I would really appreciate olympus if still bring that feature on this new pen.

    • From the leaked pictures looks like it isn’t :(. People have been taking those useless grips off their E-P1s and E-P2s, though. Do a simple Google search and you’ll find some photos.

  • fgh

    No improvements in video- not even 24p. Pathetic Oly!

    • Sqweezy

      No 60p either. It just goes to show that Olympus really does not care about video the way Panasonic and Sony do. They are a company focused primarily on photography. It’s a shame since their 5-axis stabilizer is the best IBIS in the business and has the potential to be extremely useful for video.

      • Do

        Maybe they need improvements left for the next Om. Probably it’ll feature a new imaging processor and better video capabilities.

        • Sqweezy

          I wouldn’t bet on it, but it is nice to dream :-)

          • 7777

            they should at least release 25p version in PAL land…..

            • Jack LeBoul

              Yeah, why on earth would you not have it 25P.
              30P on a computer screen makes no difference, but on a PAL HD TV it looks out of place.
              Even the silly p&s cameras do 25p.

              This just stupid, otherwise a good upgrade.

      • EEmu

        I’m beginning to think that having IBIS doesn’t allow for good heat sinking, and thus makes hampers video performance. Of course, this doesn’t explain the lack of 24fps (which shouldn’t be quite as strenuous) so who knows. Still, I won’t be surprised if we don’t see 60p (and maybe 24p) until they roll out a new sensor; it could very well be some kind of sensor limitation even if it’s not thermal.

        Regardless of why, the lack of 60p video (even at 720) is a fairly large (if unsurprising) disappointment for me.

        • NPrincen

          Supposedly, GH3 and this camera use the same sensor. Why can Panasonic get all the video modes on the GH3 to work and Olympus can’t? I am still waiting for Olympus to at least give 24p and 25p modes. I really want to buy one of their cameras for the 5-axis IBIS to use with older manual telephoto lenses for bird videos, but as long as they cripple the video mode, I will not buy. Hopefully, this improves when the PRO body comes out. After all, it is supposed to be PRO and all pro cameras these days have some respectable video modes. If they fail on the PRO model, then I have no choice but to buy Panasonic again or maybe Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera.

    • Buy Vitaly one E-P5 and you’ll get 25p, 60p and all other video modes you need :D .

    • peevee

      Told y’all – same processor, same video.

  • Sqweezy

    Everything about this camera is better than the E-M5 except for two things: (1) Integrated EVF, and (2) Weather sealing. If those qualities are important to you, invest in the O-MD.

    If a rangefinder-style body with corner EVF is what you “need”, wait for the GX2. It should (finally) give you an integrated viewfinder and, other than IBIS, should out-spec the PENs in every conceivable way.

    • Pierre Brasseur

      If Panasonic comes at last with a RF style integretated EVF for the GX2, than the GX2 has to have the same sensor as the GH3 to be a killercamera!! Otherwise, there is no interest.

    • Don’t forget the E-M5’s modular grip system. The E-P5 does not even offer the possibility to exchange its grip by a bigger one – as you can do at the E-PL5, E-PM1 and XZ2. Fantastic camera but not the right tool if you want to / have to carry it around with the 75-300 or the likes for hours.

    • Adamant

      Sure, the PEN and the OM-D lines are both premium lines in Olympus’s eyes, so why wouldn’t the new camera be better? Of course, for many of us, the EVF and weather sealing are absolutely crucial. They’re hardly minor features.

  • Tim f

    Om-d Batterie. :-\ i was hoping for the old pen type.
    But at least not a total new one. And it makes a good backup/second body for the om-d owners.

    • Ross

      What are you talking about? It uses the original PEN (at least the latest one) battery, BLN-1 while the E-M5 uses the BLS-1.

    • Ross

      Sorry. My mistake, or should I say, Olympus Australia’s mistake because they have it wrong in their specs.

      • Tim f

        Well if Olympus Australia mixes these up-maybe the leak mixed it up as well-it’s still a rumour ;-)

        as long as they don’t use totally new batteries I’m fine with it anyway.

        • Ross

          At least the battery has a little more capacity than the previous PENs (or E-P3), by 70mAh to 1220mAh Capacity.

  • fgh

    Oly has really squandered a chance to appeal to the GH3 crowd. It wouldn’t have taken much in terms of improvements to video. It seems so crazy to me that they’re basically telling everyone with an interest in video to look elsewhere- especially when the 5 axis IBIS is so useful to video shooters. I thought at the very least they would add 24 fps. LOL! Not even that. What a joke.

    • Sqweezy

      Olympus seems to consistently be behind a few generations when it comes to video. You’re right, though, they have the potential to be the best in the game for video due to their exceptional in-camera processing and the incomparable 5-axis IBIS. It is a real shame.

    • peevee

      Oh come on. In most of American countries (except Brazil), Korea and Japan, 30 fps is better than 24 or 25 on a TV. On a computer it is better in any of the countries. On modern 120/240Hz TVs it should not matter either. 20mbps is also plenty (consider that HD Netflix is only up to 6 mbps in Best quality).

      • Jack LeBoul

        You are right, on a computer screen it make little difference.
        But PAL HD TV, 30P looks out of place. There is no reason to sell a 30P camera in PAL region.
        Very silly.

      • Not so in that other 90% of the world that uses PAL derived standards. That it doesn’t support 24p is one thing, but not supporting 25p is just plain stupid.

        • mike_tee_vee

          Agreed! It would take minimal effort to include 25p, and even the lowly Sony 5N has 24p. It’s baffling how ambivalent Olympus is towards these two features. Absolutely NO Olympus camera includes 24p!

    • They failed to appeal to the GH3 crowd to a similar extent as Panasonic failed to appeal to the cell snapper crowd with their GH3. You know, different form factor..

      Then again, I don’t think that neither Olympus nor Panasonic knew from the start that they had to appeal to those respective crowds..

  • Anonymous

    Say what you want: this is not a PEN Pro. It hardly deserves to be called a PEN Premium.

    Why did we wait 9 months for this, compared to other series 5?

    • Parci

      – it has 1/8000s shutter!
      – it has e-m5 stabilization!
      – looks cool
      – has the control dials sorted out finally

      what’s missing other than a built-in evf, really?

      • Thanks to the 1/8000 s-capable shutter we also get 1/320 s flash sync, which is welcome. I wish the battery were still the BLS-1, which fits my 4/3 and my m4/3 bodies. Who wants to travel with several chargers (universal charger is an option) and different batteries?

      • Sqweezy

        Agreed. It is quite a beautiful design. It misses on the video specs, but that isn’t what Olympus is aiming for in the first place. As a street camera, it should fare well, although the built-in EVF and street-tough weather sealing would have made it near perfect. However, adding those two things would put it on even-footing with their O-MD line, which is something Olympus would rather segment than marginalize. Let’s face it, the folks who read these blogs are not their targeted consumer, and pleasing a minority of enthusiasts is less important than the sales they estimate from such a strategy.

      • true homer

        Other than the view finder? Weather sealing, and its plastic. And its 1000$+

  • Ragnarok

    I can’t stop LOLing at video whiners! Do you really want a camera like this for serious video? LOL! Too bad Oly wasn’t brave enough to kill video in a camera like this. Now, can you use the REC button for AF-ON? If yes then I might get this beauty with the 17mm.

    • Aren’t most late TV screens 100 Hz? Doesn’t make any difference if your video is 24 or 30 fps, I believe.

    • Sqweezy

      The point is, it COULD have had the capabilities to be one of the best cameras for video. What is wrong with using the best tool if one was such offered?

      • Ragnarok

        But you wasn’t. Period.

        • Sqweezy

          It is obvious such specs weren’t offered. However, your original comment asked why would we WANT one. It is the same as any other “want” requested for purely photographic purposes. True, it makes little sense to dwell something that isn’t happening, but you basically asked the opposite of that.

      • fgh

        Andrew Reid over at EOSHD and other video people have praised the EM5 for the five axis IBIS. It is of HUGE benefit to people who shoot video and no other company offers anything comparable. 5 axis is king. But the other aspects of Oly video are subpar- and why video people can’t take them seriously. I don’t understand why they make no effort to step up their game when they’re sitting on the 5 axis. Do they not realize what they have? Very sad. This is a premium camera and still no 24 fps. I think even the cheaply Samsung NX 1100 or whatever it’s called has built in mic and headphone inputs. Crazy that Oly scores a homerun with the 5 axis but can’t get any of the little thing’s right.

    • true homer

      For 1000$+? Yes, I want serious performance everywhere

      • Ragnarok

        Does you car record Full HD at 60 fps? LOL!

  • Sunny

    Sounds like a very very interesting camera for me. Would be a little bit more perfect if it also had an evf.

    But I´ll stay happy with my OM-D. The only thing I miss is the hdr-bracketing and from now on also iso100, 1/8000sec and wifi-connectivity for thethered shooting. No big reasons to buy a new camera.

    • peevee

      I bet iso100 is called LOW because it is pulled ISO200.

  • no 25p no buy


    Thank you NOT Olympus.

    • io


      Shame on you Oly!
      No 25p, no 50p or 60p, no high bitrates… disappointing…

  • che

    30p only again… are they idiots

    • donna

      in case you hadn’t noticed – this is not intended to be a video camera – you’re an idiot and your name verifies it.

      • Esrhan

        It’s perhaps not “intended” to be a video camera, but it’s exactly mirrorless cameras like these that can also do pretty darn good video. I don’t get why Olympus continues to ignore video capablities and practically let’s Panasonic lead the way in hybrid shooting?

        • @esrhan
          Panasonic already have the foot hold and expertise in video, Olympus doesn’t have the resources to push into the video market :(

          • BLI

            Actually, Olympus produces high speed video cameras (up to 10^6 fps, So they should have relevant competence for doing high bit rate video modes.

            I’m curious about the time lapse function: can I e.g set up the camera to take a picture, say, every 15 minutes and have the camera automatically generate a movie at the end? Say at 16 Mpx (or Full HD for that matter), where I can have some control of the speed at which it is played? Would be grat for filming flowers growing, etc. Likewise, high speed/lower resolution films are of interest (see Nikon 1 system), for filming a balloon bursting, etc.

            What about GPS support? With built-in GPS support, I can leave the clock at GMT always, and let Lightroom figure the location, local time, etc. Handy for people lie me who always forget to change the time/time zone… as well as for the mapping functionality in Lightroom… and for documentation purposes.

            Anyway, the camera looks great, with good features (for me).

  • jlelelr

    ISO100 really?

    thank god if it’s true.

    • MAFAv8r

      First thing I went looking for was ISO, aproximately 100. Wonder what they mean by approximately

      • Ross

        They mean that previous claims of ISO 100 (more like 160) in their DSLR models was not accurate & this is a more honest way of adding the lowest possible ISO.

  • hsalonen

    “Screen size: 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)”

    That is one large screen..

    • Is that for the sensor, since it’s 4:3 aspect ratio (the screen is 3:2 according to these rumored specs)?

  • PLI

    EP5 bulb up to 30min, GH3 up to 60min and G6 up to 2min. Why G6 is limited to 2min. only?

  • AndersN

    What does “Available manual focal length setting” mean? Is it a default focal length for a zoom lens? Does it work with any m43 zoom?

    • It allows you to manually select a focal length for IBIS when using legacy and other lenses that lack an electronic interface.

  • Some new goodies:
    ISO 100
    Synchronization speed: 1/320 sec. Built-in Flash
    TimeLapse Movie


    But why no in-camera HDR? And is that panorama mode just panorama assist?

    So far, so very good :) ! Let’s hope that built-in flash can bounce…

  • Rinaldo

    I tested my E-M5 against my hacked GH2 for video and I have to say that the video quality that came from EM5 is just amazing. All the DR is there, the colors are sweet, very detailed image, not talking about the 5-axis ibis, which is unique… I was very (well) impressed… but… it lacks 24p and a good compression, that causes a lot of artifacts. So what came to our minds: what a waste of camera… why they just don’t do it?? In the end, the goal is to sell more cameras, or not? They don’t even have a video division to protect…. Sadly VK already stated he won’t work on Olympus cameras :(

    • Cde.

      You’re getting basically the same image, slightly less moire and better codecs with GH3. Maybe Olympus just don’t want to get into a fight with Panasonic over video. I agree though, that IBIS is going to waste.

  • Dwainedibbly

    Looks like Olympus left a few things on the table for the next OM-D, like USB 3 and improved video. Or perhaps they’re leaving the market niche for video to Panasonic. I hope not.

  • dcap

    good to see that the accessory port is the same!
    that means I can consider the VF-4
    i was just about to get a VF-3 … but I’ll wait for more info on the VF-4 and a possible price drip on the VF-3 and decide which to get

    camera is impressive but none if those features will make me trade my E-PM2

    • dcap

      er, price DROP

  • Newbie

    I was initially planning to get an O-MD but paused when I know EP5 will be out soon, should I go for EP5 instead if it has the signature functions of O-MD already ?

    • I’d say it depends on what’s important to you.

      * The E-M5 has weather sealing – do you find yourself taking photos in rain or generally bad weather? Will you be taking the camera to various outdoor adventures?

      * The E-M5 has a built-in viewfinder – do you take a lot of photos in direct sunlight? If so, the viewfinder will help a lot, but honestly you can compose most photos without big issues even by just staring on the back screen. Each to their own.

      * The E-M5 has a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, and the E-P5 (according to these rumored specs) has a 3:2 screen. In practical terms, this means the E-P5 will show a smaller image on the screen if you’re shooting in 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the default and sensor native ratio. I’m guessing they chose 3:2 for space constraint reasons, but the E-M5 definitely has the upper edge here.

      * The E-P5 has 1/8000 shutter speed and a low ~ISO100 option. Will you be using fast lenses like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and do you prefer to shoot with it wide open? If so, the E-P5 will provide a near-2 stop benefit over the E-M5.

      * The E-P5 has wifi and GPS (via your mobile phone) and other nifty features. Does any of that matter to you? For the record, I’ve never needed it myself but if it’s easy to set up, maybe it would be useful to record the GPS location data on photos.

      * Bulk – The E-M5 has a non-detachable viewfinder that sticks out as a hump, while the E-P5 has a rangefinder style. Do you have a small camera bag, or do you intend to try to fit your camera in a large pocket when out and about? If so, the E-P5 should be slightly easier to fit.

      * Price – the E-P5 should be slightly cheaper than the E-M5 due to lack of viewfinder and weather sealing. I’m guessing at least 100 USD cheaper. If cost is important to you, that’s another factor to consider (though honestly both are pretty expensive cameras).

      Hope this helps you choose your next camera! Remember that both of these cameras are excellent choices and should give you countless of beautiful photos as you take it with you on your life journeys.


      • Ross

        The E-M5 actually has a 2:3 screen. It’s a good compromise for 4:3 photos & 16:9 video.

        • Ross

          I did mean to have it around the other way at 3:2. ;)

          • Thanks! I don’t know why I didn’t already know that.

      • Ash

        “The E-M5 has a 4:3 aspect ratio screen”


        the e-m5 has a 3:2 ratio screen.

      • Newbie

        David, thanks much! I ll have a good thought of it.

      • true homer

        You people are in for a nasty surprise, the ep5 is gonna be 1000$+

  • Hamed

    WOW, there is a low iso option 100.. finally Oly

    well done :)

    • Chez Wimpy

      Which means it is almost certainly a pulled 200 (the only “real” ISO of the Sony sensor IIRC). A plus for jpeg shooters, but pointless for headroom oriented RAW shooters.

      • @Chez Wimpy
        There is NO real ISO in digital cameras, it’s all gain.

        • true homer

          Thats not really true. Theres a range of iso for all sensors and beyond that it has to b3 pulled or pushed.

  • kl

    I can foresee if Olympus were to really deliver similar specs to gh3 many will lament it doesn’t have a flip twist screen and some zealots will post fervently for its lack of it.

  • kl

    I can foresee if Olympus were to really deliver similar specs to gh3 many will lament it doesn’t have a flip twist screen and some zealots will post fervently for its lack of it.

  • Enzojz

    LiveMos sensor?? Oh non that’s Pano..

    • true homer


    • LiveMos is a trademark owned by Olympus.

  • Two things:

    * Low ISO (approx. ISO100) AND 1/8000 shutter? That’s basically a 2 stop improvement meaning you could use really fast lenses wide open in many more circumstances! Pretty awesome.

    * Weight: 420 grams – that’s just 5 grams lighter than the E-M5, which is a little disappointing. The E-P3 only weighed 369 grams. This rules out “upgrading” to the E-P5 for weight loss reaons!

  • Camaman

    This is the most detailed and comprehensive specs sheet I ever saw.
    Must be an internal one used for educating people on the new product. Should be made public and followed by others as an example.

    “Lens IS priority Available” Does that means it wont fight with Panasonic lenses over IS?

    And LOW ISO setting! Yes, this and new 8000 shutter make this camera way more usable with fast primes in the sun!

    Any news on the new EVF?

    • peevee

      ““Lens IS priority Available” Does that means it wont fight with Panasonic lenses over IS?”

      E-PL5 and E-PM2 had this already.

  • Taran

    Looks like Sony is letting Olympus have Black and White peaking while reserving colors and advanced peaking modes for the new NEX. I hope this isn’t the case, I shoot in B&W mode and obviously B&W peaking is useless for this.

    • @Taran
      The black and white of the peaking mode has a more “glossy” look so should be OK

    • my prev Ricoh GRX had B/W peaking info too and it was still useable in B/W shooting mode (ricoh even implemented 2 modes, one of them specificly for high contrast situations)

    • true homer

      Damn it sony doesnt own peaking, people!

  • bat

    Why no one mentioned the battery life? It is now rated at 400 (with IBIS on!) instead of ep3’s 330!

  • sneye

    admin, what are you going to post in the next three days? Might as well take a short holiday. You deserve one.

    • admin

      hehehe, I am alreayd working on the summer rumors :)

      • sneye

        It never stops, does it?
        Why don’t they spill their beans once a year and let us enjoy our photography the rest of the time? Speaking of which, you once had this idea of establishing a photo community around mirrorless systems. Any news about that? Could be nice to distract us from all this tedious gear talk.

        • + 100

          Allow us to post boring headers ourselves, and you’ll be able to take a break :)

          Let’s do all the possible damage to DPR, Mu4/3 and their disgusting moderators. Not a cent for the tyrants :)

  • MdB

    Bah! 99 frames for intervalometer is just pointless. Taking a leaf from Panasonic on that one with the LX7. 99 frames is useless, might as well not have the feature at all (clogs the menus etc).

    • sneye

      I recently acquired a dedicated intervalometer for my E-M5. Max number of exposures is 99. I suppose it makes sense as long time sequences allow for longer intervals.

  • Vitruvius

    WOW, those are really BAD specs for this type of camera!
    Movies on fine max 22 minutes?!?
    Intervelometer max 99 frames?!? Why?
    “Multi Exposure Number of picture / Function = 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)”???
    How is this better than the E-PL5 for $500 with a lens?

    • @Vitruvius
      Specs are fine for it’s target market, plus they have to save a few goodies for the O-MD Pro

      • true homer

        Hard as nails, I would reeeeeeeally like to know what the target market is for this camera. Take in account itll be more than 1000$. Go!

    • EEmu

      > Movies on fine max 22 minutes?!?

      You’ll note that it’s 29min in normal mode and only 22min for Full HD Fine. Thus I have to figure that at about 22 minutes they hit the 4GB file size limit if set to max quality. While they can span the video easily enough (Panasonic does it), there’s very little point: The EU tax limits them to 29 minutes record time, so they’d implement video file spanning you so that at full quality you could get another 7-ish minutes. That doesn’t make much sense. Record at slightly lower quality or just restart it like you would have to in another 7 minutes anyway.

      > How is this better than the E-PL5 for $500 with a lens?

      While the other points you made are quite valid (those limitations are arbitrary and severely restrict the usefulness of those features), you’re forgetting: 5 axis stabilization, faster shutter, lower min ISO, built-in flash, second control wheel, etc. (Not to mention that these features either don’t exist or have the same limits on the E-PL5.) There are a few other niceties in there as well. Is it worth it? I think so; I would make good use of every one of those things. That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, though, just that I think it’s a solid offering (and relevant upgrade) to the m43 body lineup.

      • Vitruvius

        The E-PL5 has the same 5-axis IBIS and a pocket flash with about the same output. So is the rest worth $500 + ? (more than double)
        Even the focus peaking is only black edge or white edge. Pretty poor execution of the technology.

        I am waiting for the E-M6 or the NEX 7n.

        • EEmu

          The E-PL5 most certainly does not have 5 axis stabilization. It merely shares the same sensor chip as the E-M5. As for the add-on flash, it’s basically worthless. If you _must_ have a flash, and don’t care to buy one, it’s something you can fish out of you bag while you’re missing your shot.

          Also the $1000 price tag is utter nonsense: I’ve only ever seen that as quoted as the kit which includes the $450 17mm/f1.8 lens. The body price will almost certainly come in around $700-$800; probably closer to $700 (i.e. $150 over the E-PL5) if believe the $1k rumor, as the E-M5’s kitting discount was only about $150. If you want the 17mm lens, then the E-P5 kit will run you about the same as the E-PL5 and the lens. Prices all subject to change, but it’s _extremely_ unlikely the E-P5 will be anywhere near $500 more than the E-PL5. I’d bet that the price difference in August is no more than $200.

  • tomas

    it could be even more & more specs on this pen5 …unless it doesnt have integrated viewfinder …it will never be break-through model…just another pen

    OMD is break-through model …cause it give to people what people wanted(small weathersealed body with evf, retro look & very good IQ)

    … Pen5 is missed oportunity …

    • Anonymous

      people have been buying Pens before OM_D. I guess the Pen 5 corresponds to these people.

      I personally would have preferred weather sealed without EVF, so i can add one when I want only, but well, it’s only me.

      • true homer

        Yes but before the pen 3 fuji and sony didnt have small cameras with evf, they should have stepped up.

  • Rainer

    All people who are now delighted by the new EP-5 and think there is no space for a evf – when you all bought your new EP-5, at least in a half year Olympus will show you, that they can do it and include it in the next EP-6 ! And then you start buying and buying again. I do not want to have a camera who looks like a SLR, but I want a camera who is a rangfinder camera “with a range finder” and not put my arms silly a half meter in front of me!

    • Then you’ll have to go buy a Leica M or similar.

      A ‘range finder’ is a device for measuring distances, it is *NOT* the same thing as a viewfinder, not even close.

  • macka

    HDR bracketing!!! fantastic to get either 5 frames at 3 stops or 7 frames at 2 stops – great for HDR capture – is there any way to get this on my OMD?

    • “HDR bracketing” = “AE BKT” in the E-M5. Note that the specs state “This function does not execute HDR processing,” so you’ve still got to do the HDR work on your computer (no biggie) afterwards.

      On the E-M5, go to the second menu item with the camera silhouette, select Bracketing, then select “AE BKT.” You’ve got a choice of…

      2 frames — spaced 0.3, 0.7, or 1.0 EV apart
      3 frames — at 0.3, 0.7, or 1.0
      5 frames — at 0.3, 0.7, or 1.0
      7 frames — at 0.3 or 0.7

      Based on this spec sheet, the E-P5 seems to have exactly the same AE bracketing capabilities as does the E-M5.

      • You might also want to turn on hi speed sequential shooting mode(Page 56 in the pdf manual). Even hand-held, that should help minimize frame-to-frame differences that the HDR software will have to figure out later.
        I use a Myset to turn both of these on, and another to turn them back to my normal settings.

  • Tony

    Anybody know if it has ‘timelapse’?

    • EEmu

      In the E-PL5/M2 you could achieve a time lapse of sorts by setting the shutter shock delay to something large (max 1/8 – 30 seconds), and then shooting in burst mode with the button held down (a remote helps). Given that this is a successor to those models, I expect that this option remains.

      Intriguingly they mention:
      “TimeLapse Movie Available (AVI Motion JPEG  1280×720 ,10fps)”
      Which seems new, but it’s hard to really figure out what that means. If it’s only shooing video at 10fps, I can’t really see it as particularly more useful than the above. Especially as I’d bet for sure that the 29 minute recording limit would apply to that as well! While I would hope it’s something more, I’d ultimately expect it’s really just a point-n-shoot feature for people that wouldn’t want to stitch an image sequence into a movie.

  • Tony

    Also, I wonder if the tilt-screen LCD can be tilted 180degrees for self-portraits?

  • sneye

    There must be an agreement between Panasonic and Olympus: Olympus can use non-Panasonic sensors, but in return it must dumb down video capabilities. Otherwise I can’t explain the poor bitrates, non-existing flexibility in frame rates and lack of full time peaking. The new IBIS system is so useful for hand held video shooting that enhancing those other specs even slightly would significantly damage Panasonic’s ambitions to rule the video production arena at this price level. I can’t believe Olympus would have omitted such an opportunity had they been free to do what they wanted.

    • sneye

      Thinking about it, Panasonic might have given Olympus something else in return for limiting video. Back in 2010 Olympus suddenly released a firmware update which dramatically improved AF speed and basically equalized it across m4/3. Before that Panasonic had quite an edge in AF performance.

  • I dont care about the specs, I care about the outragely high price they will charge for it. Can a photographer please explain why this camera would give me better images then the same-sensored but much cheaper E-pm2 ?

    • Ross

      Obviously, all you need is an E-PM2 then.

    • it nowhere claimes thats it gives better pictures, but the whole set features as a package is just better. There is nothing wrong with choosing an EPM2 if you dont need all those extras.

      • true homer

        Its better, but is it 1000 $ better?

    • EEmu

      If all you care about is the sensor, I bet you could find one for much cheaper than an E-PM2. Olympus really ups the price with crap like a shutter, stabilization, LCD, buttons, etc. I bet the chip doesn’t even cost $100!

      And if you think I’m being pedantic, people willingly pay more just to get the tilt screen and a couple more controls on the E-PL5. The E-P5 gives you that AND a faster shutter, 5 axis stabilization, a built-in flash, even more controls and a handful of updated features too. About the only things things the P5 and PM2 share are the lens mount, senor chip, and the Olympus name.

      And BTW, if all you care about is the sensor, they updated that too: it now has a “LOW” ISO 100ish mode. (I’m guessing it’s a simple software extension that double exposes at 200, but that actually sounds pretty awesome: in theory that can cut down on certain noise modes which a true ISO 100 sensor could not.)

      • true homer

        So if the sensor is not the most important aspect here, why this and not a g6? Is just about as big, has an evf, way more fn buttons, im willing to bet its a million times better to hold, has much better video, a better hinged screen and its 600$

        • EEmu

          First of all, I didn’t say that the sensor wasn’t the most important thing, I merely pointed out that it’s not the only thing and that the whole package means a lot too. We aren’t buying sensors, we’re buying cameras. You can’t just ignore everything else.

          With regards to the G6:
          The G6 is huge in comparison almost twice as thick and fairly taller. It won’t fit in any reasonable pocket. It lacks IBIS (a dealbreaker for some), the 1/8000 shutter. Personally, I think that the Oly folding screen is much more useful, and I think that add-on viewfinders are fine, if not better, for a camera that’s supposed to be compact. The G6’s additional function buttons are nice, but with two wheels and a thorough mode wheel (for mysets) I think the P5 will handle fine without them.

          I also think you’re off on prices: I couldn’t find a G6 Body-only for US sale, and the kit price and data from the G5 indicates $650. We don’t know what the P5 will be priced at, but given the fact that this should be fairly cheaper than the OM-D (no sealing, EVF), along with rumors of $1000 and a $450 kit lens, I’d be shocked if the body would run over $800. So I don’t anticipate a very significant price difference* for these otherwise very different cameras.

          *Esp if you’re interested in the 17mm lens… The kit will probably discount it ~$150 (IIRC, the discount for the 12-50mm with the OM-D), so that rather makes up the potential price difference if you’re otherwise looking body only.

        • Anonymous


      • 25thnan

        Buy yourself one more gx1 and then shut up. Criticizing something obviously not made for you over and over again just proves how stupid you are.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps all you need is a Hundred and Fifty buck P&S, just a thought

  • Assuming ISO 100 is jpeg only.

  • gzo

    1/8000s shutter and ISO 100!? So that I can forget the filters in high-mountain conditions? Getting excited!

    • sneye

      Why would you need shallow DOF in those conditions?

    • true homer

      You need f1.4 up in the mountains? People dont know jack shit about what theyre talking about

  • hullyjr

    “Exposure Mode:

    …*My set can be set to mode dial function”

    Does that mean you can use My set simply by turning the mode dial??

  • Henrik

    I don’t understand why this list has bullet points for
    – built-in flash
    – bundled flash

    The exposure bracketing is still not powerful enough for HDR series in strong contrasts (maximally 5 shots from -2 to +2). They will never get it.

  • Alout

    Too weak video mode. I want try this model a second camera with GH3. Inner stabilization for prime lens. but… (((

    • Damn Oly

      I guess the E-P5 it never meanted to be a profesional videographer,. But it will be. A very powerfull camera in a small body for Still image

  • Ehm, the only sorry point to clarify now… the prices!

    I do hope that Oly comes to its senses and doesn’t charge more for the black lenses.

    And since some seem to imply that the next GX will be a RF-Like, any rumors?

  • MarcoSartoriPhoto

    It looks like a vast majority of people seek the perfect video camera. Please forgive my narrow minded question, but: why don’t you buy a (professional) video camera? I understand that sometimes you might want to take some photos, but I guess that you already have some kind of photo camera.

    Is it because you want the best video camera + the best photo camera at the (cheap, when compared to pro videocams) price of 1 camera body? Or is it because you already have a lot of m43 lenses and want a m43 body to take videos?

    Me: I dont take videos, I’m only interested in stills, and probably that’s why I can’t understand this quest for the holy perfect video cam.

    By the way, I don’t want to look rude nor sarcastic, I’d like to have a rational answer. Thanks!

    • Marco, besides the few who indeed want the e-p5 to do everything for ‘perfect’ video, the primary complaint seems to be that the camera only supports NTSC video modes.

      I don’t do any serious video, but I do record short videos every so often, mostly just family stuff and such. Doing so with my E-M5, and then wanting it to play back in a nice way on a European TV set means doing framerate conversion, which is way too time consuming and too much hassle. I can also use my G2 instead, save a lot of time, and actually get a better result. This is why I still have that camera to begin with. For that matter, I’m better off using my tablet for this kind of use. Since the E-M5, E-P5 and all can record video quite fine, this is just plain silly.

      This is not anywhere wanting it to be a perfect video cam, its merely wanting the video feature to be somewhat more useful for people not living in Japan or the USA for doing some basic video recording in a format that is actually in common use in their part of the world.

      24p, higher bitrates, 50/60p, 4k resolution, manual control while recording (as opposed to only before starting the recording), those are of a different level, and when people want all of them, a more specialized video camera seems a good idea indeed.

      • Bart,you mean you cant play ntsc signal on the pal tv? All the conversion or mode switching happens easily with all digital gear these days. I play my EM5 videos without problems on TV.

        • Uli, modern TV sets in the EU should play 30p fine, and for standalone clip playback its not much of an issue. On older sets it can be an issue. Also it doesn’t always look very nice with regards to motion. Its also an issue when wanting to edit a few clips from different cameras together. Its an issue for that SD clip I want to burn to a dvd for my parents (yeah, they still do old fashioned DVDs) and such.

          All possible to work around, but eh, its silly that I should, and since video is very much ‘non serious’ for me, I can’t be bothered. Rather, I just happen to have a G2, bought for other reasons, but still kept in part because it saves this kind of bother.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you Marco, I truly find it amazing how many people gripe about ‘my camera doesn’t do decent video’.

    • EEmu

      When you spend >$500 on a camera and have lenses to match (or much more!), it’s nice to have that money also buy a decent video setup. And it’s not just for price, but also for travel: why carry a separate video when your $1k still cam setup _should_ be able to produce good enough video?

      Part of it, I think, is that Panasonic showed how possible it is… The GX1, over a year old now and selling for ~<$250, can record 60fps at 720 and has not recording limit in the Japanese / North American version. All that means that you can do a highly serviceable job recording amateur video for like a vacation of a friend's/kid's sports match. Would you want to buy/carry a video cam just for that?

      I think people can respect the fact that their camera isn't going to do 4k video, and maybe 60fps, or have quality that beats a pro video camera of the same price. However, when it comes to ostensibly lazy and artificial limits like 30min video (outside the EU) and no 24fps (though honestly I don't know why you'd want that unless you're trying to film at least a semi-pro-ish movie) it's kind of hard to not be annoyed.

      • true homer

        Again, youre paying over 1000$ for this thing, even if video is not your thing it should be able to do something a 300 $ point and shoot does

      • MarcoSartoriPhoto

        Bart, Eemu, I understand complaining for the lack of basic options (as the PAL option), but seriously, most of whiners here leave comments as if they are Pros, and in that case I would go (save money first, since I’m not rich at all) for a serious camera.

        If people are happy with their “old” hacked Panasonic camera, why asking a company like Olympus, that has always focused on still photos?
        I know that we can wish and dreams, but I ask myself how many of those that usually whine and point their finger were really going to buy this camera and now decided otherwise, because of its lacks.

        I think many people here will always find a reason not to like a new product, be it from Pana or Oly..

    • Ragnarok

      “Me: I dont take videos, I’m only interested in stills, and probably that’s why I can’t understand this quest for the holy perfect video cam.”

      It’s the same people that want BMWs for $1000. They’ll feel better knowing the specs of the only toy they can afford match -on paper- the specs of the serious gear. In other words, they want to be given a Canon C or a RED Epic that can fit in their pockets and for only $500. They will never be satisfied because by the time they are finally given what they demand now, there be something better -and more expensive- that they will start to drool over.

    • Alout

      Video mode. Don’t expect miracles from Olympus. 28 mb/s should be to have enough. This is standard in all the latest models of other manufacturers (compact, dslr, mirrorless ). 20мегабит – too weak for further video editing.

  • Olympus-Fujifilm-Ricoh-Sigma the Anti-Video Consortium

    LOL @ the vidiots not getting their framerights… again! Get Black Magic for video, cheapskates. Olympus is for stills photography. And forever will be. But Sigma leads the Anti-Video charge with 640×480 video. Genius.

  • c.d.embrey

    I’ll wait for the New & Improved OM-D E-M6. The only PEN I’d be interested in is A E-PM2 with a 15mm f/8.0 lens (a true pocket camera).

  • Jalo


    could the new higher-res EVF work on E-P3?


  • Vincent

    No 25 FPS = No Buy. The camera is absolutely unusable for PAL TV and DVD projects. Japanese Olympus management shows no respect for European customers. My next camera will be the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera.

  • Fab

    I want I want I want this for my OM-D:

    bracketing for HDR postprocess:
    3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable
    7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.
    *This function does not execute HDR processing.
    *HDR function can be programmed to the Fn-button.”

    Really great (BUT: probably still with shutter blades running up and down between the different bracketing shots :( – This was sooooo much better with my Canon ;-/ …)

    • JimD

      That’s the only thing on this camera that I want on the OMD. Its only a firmware change to make it work. The bracketing as implemented on the OMD will work but going back and deleting the interim shots is a pain.
      But Oly never gives anything new in firmware updates. it will come as a new feature on the next model at a premium on the price.

      • Eric D.

        Yes, it’s so sad, +-2EV oder +-3EV is not possible with 3-shot (or 5-shot) bracketing in the OM-D. Not only less file space, but less time between shots and less mirror movement -> better image quality!

        I’m really disappointed: Such an EASY firmware function not possible in a 2012 camera marketed so highly as the OM-D?!… Really disappointed…

        • Having 3 frame +/-2ev and 3ev options would be nice indeed.

          Oh, and the m4/3 cameras have no mirror, so no mirror movement. It still means less camera movement, through at 9fps, the difference between 3 and 5 frames for example isn’t much of a concern, difference between 3 and 7 frames is a bit more prominent.

  • n00bs

    will the 1/8000 shutter speed allow you to shoot the panaleica 25mm wide open?

    • Yes, in roughly twice the light that the 1/4000 shutter speed will. :)

      (I know that doesn’t really answer your question, but I don’t see how anyone could give a better answer – given the nature of the question). Maybe someone can point to a shot that they felt was limited by the slower shutter speed. I think that a lot of people here would find that helpful.

      Also, and perhaps a better answer but to a slightly different question – 1/8000 should benefit the 0.95 lenses more than the others. I’ll leave that to others to comment on since it is not my shooting style. Not saying that I actually *have* style, but…

      • n00bs

        That does answer my question. But I forgot to add wide open in sunny conditions. I normally have put on my ND filter to do this.

        • Anonytrackball

          1/8000 can be used to shoot with the 25mm wide open, day or night. It can also be used to shoot with any lens wide open. The only issue is if you want to see the image or not. But most certainly it can be done. The question is should it be done. Well, that depends, see your local meter.

        • if your subject is lit directly by the sun, you will still runt into problems sometimes with 1/8000, iso 100 might help as extra stop. Landscapes are more problematic then persons. If you dont a model in direct sunlight (looks less pleasant anyway) but indirectly (via floor) or as backlight, you already solved most of the problem.

  • Cheetos

    Looking damn good. Now just waiting to see the price. Wonderful if the 17mm 1.8 bundle is a $1000. I can sell the lens and make it cheaper than buying just the body alone. I am more of a 50mm rather than 35mm normal FOV kind of man.

  • xp

    No built-in vf, no buy. Plain simple. That attachable vf looks ugly, bulky, stupid and out of place. Sorry Oly!

    • Anonymous

      they are making an OM-D for you. I guess they are not hoping to sell all their new cameras to every olympus user

      • xp

        No, Fuji makes x100s for me.

        • How many X100s are you going to buy, considering your suggestion that Fuji is making more then one of those for you?

          • xp

            If you like that attachable VF is fine with me(I really don’t). I really like built-in VF of Fuji’s x100s in particular, or at least something like nex-6/7. I really would loved to see E-P5 with something similar, unfortunately in lacks one and I’ll pass on this camera. It’s just my preference and I’m sticking to it.

            • Sorry xp, thats totally fine. I was merely making a bit of fun of your use of the plural x100s.

              And I’ll most likely pass on this camera as well, as I have no need for it. Maybe in 2 years when I can get one cheaply I might get one.

              I’m more interested in a ‘pro’ OM-D or a possible E-x myself, but for now the E-M5, G2 and E-P1 and a bunch of primes I already have serve me quite fine :-)

  • Jack

    I have a bad feeling this will be $1000 body only. No EVF, but a couple of marginal improvements to AF and IBIS, and 1/8000 shutter speed will “justify” the high cost compared to the OM-D for Olympus. After all, only high-end cameras are making money nowadays, so they might as well set the price high and get the early adopters who will pay anything for a classically-styled camera.

  • Joey

    Hahaha, it’s a great laugh reading all the expert opinions on what should be improved on someone else’s design that hasn’t even been released yet….genius

    For me, this camera is a perfect replacement for my 2 year old epl2, as long it feels comfortable to hold I’ll be buying it the day it’s released and can’t wait :)

  • Jojo

    Lack of a VF is bearable if there is a good clear screen, but no viewfinder along with a Screen size the same 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V) dimensions as the sensor? Guess that must make it a full frame camera?

  • AC

    Too bad it has no EVF. Really, the only thing that might make me buy this camera is the additional controls (number and layout). It will be too costly just for the extra controls though. Just make an E-PM2 with better controls already. Well if nothing else, this will lower the prices of the older models.

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