New Olympus Pen E-P5

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Note: This post on the E-P5 is spread across 3 pages. Back to Page 1.

Olympus E-P5 Elegant in White

In Malaysia, the black and silver Pen E-P5 will be paired with a black 17mm f1.8 lens as a kit. Prices (harga) are as follows:

PEN E-P5 Black (Body only) – RM 3,499 (about USD 1,176*)
PEN E-P5 Silver (Body only) – RM 3,499
PEN E-P5 Black with M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Black Kit – RM 4,499 (about USD 1,513*)
PEN E-P5 Silver with M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Black Kit – RM 4,499
PEN E-P5 White with M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Silver Kit – RM 4,499
Optional High Res Tilt-able VF-4 Viewfinder – RM 990 (about USD 331*)
*US $ converted at prevailing rates and provided as a guide only for international visitors. Recommended retail price and street price may be different in each country due to tax and other factors. In Malaysia, photographic equipment are sold duty free.

At hand, from Olympus Japan, was Mr Akira Watanabe, Manager of Olympus Imaging’s SLR Planning Department to answer some of my questions. One of the things I asked him was whether Olympus actually listen to feedback on websites and forums. He was quick to say yes but clarified that they implement suggestions and wishlist on a priority basis based on a scale of importance (to them). That probably explains why some of the more clamoured features such as focus peaking and black lenses were introduced first.

So what is the differentiation between the two flagships, the E-P5 and the OM-D?
The OM-D is weather sealed, has an internal viewfinder, is better balanced for bigger external flash units and can fit an optional grip system. Every other feature the OM-D has is available on the E-P5 plus more, like wi-fi, 1/8000 sec speed, pop-up built-in flash, photo story and time lapse. So yes, the E-P5 is naturally a better camera spec-wise as it is a newer release than the earlier OM-D. Since they are almost the same price (without the VF4 on the EP5), it boils down to which form factor you like.

See the E-P5′s feature set again here. For Specifications, go here.

It uses the same 16MP (megapixel) sensor (with possibly newer processing algo in the TruPic VI engine) as the OM-D. But who makes the sensor? When I take a picture (as below) of top Olympus executives, instead of asking them to say cheese, I always ask them where the sensors are from. Bound to get a polite giggle and silence after that :-)

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Mr Seiki Yamamoto, General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Dept, Asia & Oceania (left) and Mr Akira Watanabe, Manager of Olympus Imaging’s SLR Planning Department.

With this, I’ll leave you with a few more images and hope to do a real-world test/review/samples when a full firmware version and production model becomes available in June. There is a preliminary hands-on (Touch and Try) for the public tomorrow. See Olympus Malaysia’s Facebook or website for details.

Olympus Pen E-P5 black with the new black 75mm lens

All Angle: The New Olympus Pen EP-5

All pictures (except topmost and bottommost pic) photographed with the Olympus OM-D EM-5 by TV Smith at the Penthouse of St Mary Residences.

Follow me also on Instagram (tvsmithmy) for more pics with the OM-D and E-P5.

Back to Page 1 for Main Features and More Pics. Go to Page 3 for Specs

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