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The Olympus PEN E-P5 has been announced:
We went hands-on here:
And compared it to the E-M5:
What do you think?
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I think at £999 with kit lens is expensive and then another £240 on top of that for the EVF. What's more of a concern is unlike most other new cameras, Olympus prices hardly ever drop much.
Yes it looks like there are some great new features and performance to match but there are equally as good a cameras out there at more affordable prices and with built in EVF.
Quote: Olympus prices hardly ever drop much
True, but in the last 3 months the OM-D has dropped by £200 - maybe that with its 5-axis IBIS it genuinely had not had any competition until now. It will be interesting to see how Olympus themselves view the two cameras: if the street price of the EP5 drops on launch, will the OM-D price drop further? (I hope so ) Or will Olympus take the view that they are parallel models and not 'upgrades' and give the buyer a choice: for example focus peaking with smaller body v inbuilt EVF and weather proofing?
I guess it depends partly on consumer reaction and their plans for a 'new' OM-D model.
The OM-D has taken more than a year to drop below the (net) price I paid when it was launched! And even now it is only about £30 less than it cost me over a year ago to buy the camera body.
It is always well worth keeping an eye out for bundled free goodies from Olympus; if, as in my case, you don't want them you can always sell the item and thus reduce your purchasing cost.
Worth every Penny, the OMD was an extra £150 at launch.
A lot of people getting these will be upgrading from the EP3 and other Pens, many will probably already have an EVF.
Quote: Olympus PEN E-P5 Ultimate Kit with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 £1349 / €1449
This should prove a good selling package.
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