September 17, 2012 - 13:44 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Olympus announced on Monday, Sept 17, it will release two new interchangeable lens cameras: the PEN E-PL5 and the PEN E-PM2. Both cameras pack the power of Olympus’s top-of-the-line OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera, but in bodies with a significantly smaller footprint, according to BGR.com
Olympus took constructive feedback from last year’s E-PL3 and E-PM1 into consideration and downright addressed it all. Shoppers in the market will be very excited when these two cameras go on sale in October.
When compared side-by-side, the PEN E-PM2 and PEN E-PL5 are very similar. They’re roughly the same size and offer many of the same functions including identical 16.1-megapixel sensors, eight frames per second shooting, the world’s fastest auto-focusing, 1080p HD video recording, improved noise reduction, ISO 200 to 25,600, sharp 3-inch touchscreens (the earlier E-PM1 didn’t have one) that come together to take stunning photos. Again, these are cameras with Olympus’s best mirrorless image sensor jammed into bodies that can be tossed into a suit pocket or small purse.
Both cameras also have a new filter called “Water color” that transforms photos into, as the name might suggest, watercolor-esque paintings. They also have a feature called FlashAir that allows photos to be transferred to Android and iOS smartphones, and social networks as well.
The differences are between the two mini Micro Four Thirds cameras are subtle, but important. The E-PM2 is priced at $549.99 (body-only) and $599.99 (with 14-42mm kit lens) and lacks a few basic features such as a dedicated PASM wheel up top, a tilting touchscreen and a removable grip. It’ll be available in black, red and silver.
Stepping up to the E-PL5 will cost $649.99 (body-only) and $699.99 (with 14-42mm kit lens) and it comes in black, silver and white. The E-PL5 does have the PASM wheel, a tilting touchscreen and a removable grip. Both cameras come with external flash units that can be attached on the hotshoes, and will available this October.