Big news coming from Olympus at Photokina 2012! Olympus just unveiled their latest generation PEN Lite and PEN Mini Micro Four-Thirds Cameras and they are looking to put a lot of power in the hands of consumers this fall.
The E-PL5, the fourth-generation PEN Lite body and the E-PM2, the successor to the popular PEN Mini were announced in Cologne, Germany today and they offer amateur to enthusiast level photographers a no-compromise piece of kit in small, compact package that can reflect its owner’s personality.
Both the E-PL5 and E-PM2 offer the same 16.1megapixel High-Speed Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI processor found in the flagship OM-D E-M5, the same sensor that delivers some of the most stunning images on any camera format (just check out our Flickr group page and check them out for yourself). The sensor and processor upgrades bring with it an increased dynamic range and better low-light sensitivity with an ISO bump up to an insane (for a camera this size) 25,600!
The 3-inch 460,000-dot per inch, HD LCD touchscreen offer up to 176-degree viewable angle while being bright enough to use even under a mid-day sun. The touchscreen in concert with the beefier image sensor translates into one of the fastest Single AF cameras on the market. The main difference between the E-PL5 and E-PM2 is that tilt-touchscreen on the E-PL5 tilts an amazing 170-degrees upward – for easy self-portraits – and 65-degrees down for capturing your subjects from almost any angle.
Both new PEN family members will sport 11 art filters including the all new watercolor filter – which transforms your snapshot into, well, a watercolor painting.
Also, expect to see a new, super thin (9mm thin to be exact) bodycap lens. The bodycap lens will be a 3 element lens that can be used as a fix focal length of 30mm (in 35mm equivalent). Its fixed f8.0 aperture allows for a very shallow depth of field with a minimum focus distance of just 30cm. When the lens barrier is in place, the bodycap lens acts as bodycap (as its name implies). One of the most powerful and pocketable camera just got a whole lot more pocketable.
The single most important feature for both amateur and prosumer alike is Olympus’ vision to make sharing even easier than ever before. Photography is a social discipline; photographers capture the world in order to show others what they see. The new PEN system cameras will offer full support for Toshiba’s Air Card – an SD card that can create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network; combined with Olympus’ sharing software for iPhone and iOS, makes it easier than ever to share your pictures with friends on social networks, or with clients on your laptop. All without needing an Internet connected router or hotspot. And we’re dying to get on in our hands on both to put them through their paces.
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The E-PL5 and E-PM2 will both be shipping in October and will come with the body, flash (FL-LM1), battery and charger, USB cable, AV cable, shoulder strap, CD-ROM, and shoulder strap. The E-PL5 will also include a removable grip so you can pimp your PEN any way you’d like.
The E-PL5 has expected MSRP of $649.99 –body only and $699.99 with a M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-40mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. For full specs, click here.
The E-PM2 will set you back about $549.99 – body only and $599.99 with the 14-40mm kit lens. For full specs, click here.
Amazon has a pre-order page for all the new Olympus gear. Full details click here.