It’s called the Pen E-P5, and it’s the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera to bear the Pen name, hearkening back 50 years to the introduction of the Pen F half-frame film camera. The new E-P5 has 1/8000 sec. shutter speed, built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls, and a number of other features.
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I had a sit-down with the Olympus folks prior to its announcement to get a more in-depth look at the camera and its features. Here are the highlights for me:
While the name is an hommage to the old film camera, about all they have in common is the name.
The 1/8000 sec. shutter speed is remarkable. Olympus says the E-P5 is the first of its kind with a mechanical shutter that can achieve that speed, which allows the camera to take advantage of the range of high speed lenses now available for this camera and its brethren.
By the way, there are new black versions of the M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8, 45 mm f/1.8 and 75 mm f/1.8 lenses, quietly on their way to dealers now.
What’s also quite intriguing in this new camera is what Olympus refers to as the 2×2 Dial Control system. These double dials fall readily to thumb and forefinger and give instant access to further camera control, for customization. Two dials are not unique, but they are within the Olympus Micro Four Thirds lineup, and should give those used to DSLRs such as the E-30 some recognizable features.
But the niftiest thing is the VF-4 electronic viewfinder. This plugs in to the accessory shoe on the camera’s top plate and is seriously worth the price of admission. It delivers a knockout, bright image. I had a chance to use it with the 75 mm lens and was very impressed. The viewfinder is part of one of the “kits” Olympus is offering (with the 17 mm lens).
While the E-P5 is called the flagship Pen camera, Olympus is quick to point out it does not surpass or supercede the OM-D E-M5. Let’s just say it’s a little less professional than the E-M5 – no weather sealing, for instance – yet still a serious contender for both serious amateurs and pros.