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Olympus has launched a successor to the PEN E-P3 camera, the E-P5, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous PEN F film camera. Also launched is a new VF-4 electronic viewfinder accessory with a 2.36 million dot resolution, and black versions of three Micro Four Thirds lenses; the 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and the 75mm f/1.8.
Take a look at our Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview.
Olympus has given the E-P5 the same 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor found in its OM-D camera. In tests, this sensor has outperformed the APS-C variety found in some DSLR cameras and Olympus cherry-picked some of their very best optical technology to take maximum advantage.
The E-P5 is the first compact system camera with a mechanical shutter capable of operating at 1/8000th of a second. This gets the very best out of super-bright, high-speed system lenses. You can freeze fast-moving objects such as insects in flight or – with an 1:1.8 aperture – create pictures with dramatic background blur, even in bright conditions.
Another speed-based Olympus trademark is FAST AF, which on the E-P5 offers macro fans the option of using a very small AF point to pick out part of a subject they have already framed, for example a single pollen in the centre of a flower. Thanks to minimal shutter lag, the E-P5 increases the chances of capturing the shot just as they want it.
You can use your Apple or Android smartphone to operate the camera remotely, including the autofocus and shutter release. You can synchronise the smartphone and camera screens so that you effectively see the camera’s LCD on your phone – and control the PEN by touching the smartphone display as if it were your camera.
Olympus PEN E-P5 Key Features:
- Unique, full-metal retro design with no visible screws in normal use
- The best-ever image quality achieved by a PEN
- First-ever 1/8000th second mechanical shutter speed in the compact system camera category
- Built-in WiFi with smartphone interactivity
- FAST AF with Super Spot AF and Touch Shutter AF
- 2x2 Dial Control customizable manual system
- 5-axis IS with IS Auto
- Photo Story and 12 Art Filters
- Focus Peaking on MF Assist
- 9fps sequential shooting
- Built in flash
- Olympus PEN E-P5 Body Only £899 / €999
- Olympus PEN E-P5 with 14-42mm Kit lens £999 / €1099
- Olympus PEN E-P5 Ultimate Kit with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 £1349 / €1449
Olympus has published a number of Olympus PEN E-P5 Sample Photos.
Olympus PEN E-P5 Specifications
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||Micro / Four Thirds|
|Sensor Size (width)||17.3mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||13mm|
|Screen resolution||1037k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/8000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 25600|
|Viewfinder Resolution||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Body, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card|