It's been almost two full years since Olympus last refreshed its flagship PEN line of micro four thirds cameras. Now, we're seeing leaked photos of the successor to the E-P3, the E-P5, and it looks good. Read on for more leaked photos and the alleged spec sheet!
The alleged E-P5 bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous Olympus PEN F series of 35mm film cameras - and that's a good thing. Retro clearly is in, as demonstrated by Fujifilm's recent successes with its X series cameras.
Here's what we think we know about the specs of the new PEN - it'll have the 16 megapixel sensor of the E-M5 and E-PL5, up from the 12 megapixel imager in the E-P3, a 1.04 million dot tilt LCD screen (E-P3 had a 614,000 dot OLED), a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds (E-P3's was 1/6000), and an increased burst rate of 5 fps (3fps on the predecessor). Other key improvements include built in Wi-Fi, 5-axis stabilization, improved AF, and focus peaking. What hasn't changed is the TruePic VI image processing engine.
We're also hearing the kit lens will be a 17mm f/1.8 pancake, with a 14-42mm zoom option available. The camera will probably launch on May 11 in China, but solid details are slim at the moment.