Olympus Shipping Retro Looking Pen E-P5 this Month

Posted by at 12:41 pm on May 14, 2013

Olympus has officially announced its Pen E-P5 Micro Four Thirds camera, one leaked earlier this month. Designed to look like the Pen F to  mark its 50th anniversary, the Pen E-P5 boasts a string of thoroughly-modern  components within its retro styling, including a 16-megapixel TruePic VI Live  MOS sensor and a 1.04 million dot tilting LCD touchscreen on the rear.

Along with the same autofocus found in the OM-D E-M5, the E-P5 uses an in-body 5-axis image  stabilization system and a new IS-AUTO mode, with correction checking while  composing the photograph available in the optional eyepiece, which uses a 2.36  million dot LCD, 1.48x magnification, and eye detection to automatically switch  on the extra display.

The fast 1/8000th of a second shutter speed is  matched by the 1/320th of a second synch speed of the flash and a short release  time lag AF mode that can reduce the time between shots down to 0.044 seconds,  and nine-frame sequential shooting. Aside from the touchscreen, controls are  provided through the 2×2 dial control system, a function lever, function  button,  and a lens release button. Various modes and filters have also been  included, as  well as Wi-Fi, which can be linked to a mobile device running a  free app via QR  code scanning for remote control access.
Available at  the end of May in  the US, the Pen E-P5 will be priced at $1,000 for the body  only, in a choice of  black, white, or silver trim. An option that includes a  black or silver body  with a VF-4 electronic viewfinder and a M.Zuiko digital  17mm f1.8 lens will also  be on sale, at a higher $1,450.

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