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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Mini And E-PL5 Lite Announced

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Mini And E-PL5 Lite Announced - Olympus has announced the new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 and Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, both cameras feature the same 16 megapixel sensor from the flagship Micro Four Thirds Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2
Price : £460
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PEN Mini E-PM2

Olympus took just a few short months to transfer the impressive Live MOS sensor from its award-winning Micro Four Thirds O-MD flagship to its beautiful range of PEN cameras. The result is the new PEN Lite (or E-PL5) and new PEN mini (E-PM2), which combine best-in-class image quality with the stand-out styling that has made PEN a must-have for fans of iconic product design. The new sensor teams up with another O-MD component – the TruePic VI image processor – to power FAST AF, which makes the autofocus on the new PEN duo comparable to the lightning-quick O-MD E-M5. Like every PEN, both new models are unusually easy to use – owners will love the PEN Lite’s tiltable, touch-sensitive monitor. And both cameras have in-body IS that ensures blur-free recording with any lens, 12 easy access Art Filters and a direct wireless link to social media for sharing images via smartphone. In spec terms, the diminutive PEN mini is very nearly as strong as the Lite and in the style department it’s more than capable of holding its own. Both the PEN Lite and mini are available from late October with a precision, near-silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 IIR lens. Bundled with the new Flash Air card, the new Lite costs £599, the new mini £499 and for just £99 when bought with the cameras from selected stockists there will be Zoom kit including a 40-150 Zoom, Pen case and SD card.
  • 16.1 megapixel new Live MOS sensor for high resolution and excellent low-light performance
  • Powerful TruePic VI image processor for faster recovery time and excellent image quality (still image shooting sensitivity as high as ISO25600)
  • Ultra-effective, double-axis in-body image stabilisation for blur-free movies and stills with any lens
  • Compact M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm (35mm equiv: 28-84mm) F/3.5-5.6 IIR fast and near-silent (Movie and Still compatible) lens
  • 1080 Full HD stereo movie recording in mov format
  • FAST AF autofocus system plus 3D tracking for improved moving object tracking
  • Tiltable 3.0 inch 460,000 dot LCD incl. a capacitive touchscreen panel with fast response (E-PM2: non-tiltable 3.0 inch LCD with 460,000 dot resolution)
  • Live Guide in Full HD Movie, still and P/S/M/A mode
  • ‘My set’ settings assignable to any symbol on mode dial (PEN Lite EPL5 only)
  • Mode selection by using the touch screen instead of a mode dial (PEN mini E-PM2 only)
  • 12 creative Art Filters in HD Movie and still modes incl. new Water Colour, combinable with Art Filter Effects incl. new Monochrome
  • Art Fade in HD Movie mode for blending from one Art Filter into another
  • Art Filter Bracketing for capturing multiple versions of one subject with different Art Filters – and just one shot
  • HDR Bracketing for capturing one subject with five different exposures
  • Live Bulb/Live Time feature, updating the Live View image on the rearpanelmonitor at pre-set intervals during long exposures
  • Beautiful, compact design with an all-metal finish
  • Interchangeable, removable grip for E-PL5, stylish fixed grip on E-PM2
  • Compatible with 26 Micro Four Thirds, 27 Four Thirds and more than 500 other lenses (via an adapter)
  • Compatible with 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap lens with built-in barrier for protection against dust
  • 8fps high-speed sequential shooting
  • SDXC card and Eye-Fi compatible
  • FlashAir compatible to link camera with smartphone for perfect social network communication
  • Free iOS and Android software downloads for editing and sharing images in social networks via smartphone and/or computer
  • Optional PT-EP10 waterproof case for dives up to 45m deep (for E-PL5 only)

The fast track to best-in-class

The new PEN Lite and PEN mini join the PEN pantheon of masterpiece cameras. But while the cool design is 100% PEN, the technology inside is 100% high-end O-MD. The large Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor do much more than provide the power for FAST AF. They generate exceptional, 16.1-Megapixel stills and Full HD movies, even in low light. In fact, sensitivity runs as high as ISO25600. When you’re recording a Full HD movie, Olympus technology makes it easy to react quickly and get the ideal shot. You can magnify a subject up to 4x as you record with no loss of that radiant 1080 High Definition resolution.
PEN Lite E-PL5

The easy way to creative posts

The tiltable, touch-sensitive 3-inch LCD on the PEN Lite (above) gives its owner the flexibility to get creative in all sorts of new ways. Of course it helps with overhead movies and shooting very low down, and if you flip it around it’s also ideal for self-portraits. Another major plus is FlashAir compatibility and the free app that lets you upload images to your favourite social network via the familiar interface on your smartphone. You can get creative with 12 Art Filters and Art effects that apply to movies and stills, and test the effect in real time on the LCD before you capture your shot. This works in the same way as Olympus’ trademark Live Guide that lets you test the effect of changes to key settings like exposure time and aperture. What’s more, in HD Movie Mode you can blend from one Art Filter to another using Art Fade.

The simple way to access PEN mini movies The chic new PEN mini (E-PM2) scores over its predecessor with extra buttons that make it easier to replay and delete images. With the exception of the tiltable monitor, it shares nearly all the features of the PEN Lite including a practical self-timer that lets you take up to ten stills at customisable time intervals – a great feature for shooting self-portraits together with friends.

The PEN Lite is available in black, silver and white for £599 while the PEN mini comes in black, silver, white and red for £499. For just £70, you can enjoy the added protection and flexibility of a super-slim 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens. When your regular lens is detached, the Body Cap lets you shoot spontaneously and provides a built-in barrier against dust. If it’s waterproofing you need for diving and snorkelling, the PEN Lite is compatible with the optional PT-EP10 housing that’s watertight down to fully 45 metres. The housing will be available from the end of November 2012.

For more information please visit the Olympus website.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity200 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBLS-5 Li-ion
CIPA Rating360
Box Contents
Box ContentsFlash, flash case, strap, basic manual (multi language), full manual on cd/dvd, camera, battery, battery charger, AV cable, USB cable, Warranty Card
Dimensions
Weight325g
Width110.5mm
Height63.7mm
Depth38.2mm

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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity200 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion BLS-5
CIPA Rating360
Box Contents
Box ContentsE-PM2 Body, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R, Flash FL-LM1, BLS-1 or BLS-5, BCS-1 or BCS-5, Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC-2), Shoulder Strap, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, [ib] Image Management Software, Olympus Viewer 2 Software CD
Dimensions
Weight269g
Width109.8mm
Height64.2mm
Depth33.8mm

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