In a CES 2013 follow up article titled “What’s in a Look?”, Professional Photographer discusses the latest trend in camera design, that many of the new cameras look like old cameras.  From the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (featured in the video above), which is a virtual doppelganger to the Olympus OM cameras of the 1980s, to the Fuji X-Series Cameras, the Pentax Q and the Leica M9, it’s clear that many of today’s top cameras are borrowing their styling cues from cameras that are decades old. ProPhoto reports:  The vintage revival is something that has been floating around for quite a [More]
(Video above courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera) David Taylor-Hughes at SoundImagePlus is in the process of downsizing his camera collection, and a rather impressive collection it is at that.  Among the cameras at his disposal are the Sigma DP Merrill lineup (1, 2 and 3), a Nikon D800E, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Panasonic Lumix GH3 – and needless to say, he’s having a very difficult time paring this collection down to 2 cameras.  So he has posed an excellent question…  “Olympus OM-D or Pansonic GH3 – Which would I choose?” This is a question that surely has crossed the minds [More]
Pixiq posted a nice overview of the new Olympus Stylus TOUGH Cameras, the TG-2, TG-830 and the TG-630, which were just launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. The new “Tough” cameras are made to go along with you anywhere you go, even in the most extreme environments of the inner city or the great outdoors, and are touted to be shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, etc. Here’s the skinny from Pixiq… The Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-2: Has a bright ƒ/2.0-4.9 lens that covers 25 to 100mm (35mm equivalent), the ability to shoot in aperture priority mode, and can get [More]
Lexy Savvides of CNET Australia  takes a look at the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, including a nice walkthrough of the Wi-Fi Functionality of the camera (made possible by the inclusion of a Toshiba Flash Air Card, which is bundled with the E-PL5).  Lexy’s walkthrough is made all the more cool by her Aussie accent… Lexy writes:  Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone. My 2 Cents The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is packed with the [More]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [More]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
43Rumors is reporting that there could be a new Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera Launching by the end of January.  Also (and maybe by no coincidence), the popular Olympus PEN E-P3 (which has only been out for about a year and a half) is now listed as “Discontinued” on B&H Photo’s Website. According to 43Rumors:  Trusted sources could confirm that one single new Micro Four Thirds cameras will be announced “soon”. They didn’t unveil any specs or other details, but It’s easy to guess that the camera will be announced in late January for the CP+ show in Japan. The only [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
Just in time for Christmas!  Olympus has reduced the prices of some of their most popular micro 4/3 cameras.  You can now save $50.00 on the flagship OM-D E-M5 and $100 on the new PEN Lite E-PL5 and PEN Mini E-PM2.  The latter two cameras share the same sensor and image processor as the highly celebrated OM-D, so you can expect to get incredible quality stills photos and videos from these cameras. We don’t know how long this price drop will be in effect, but if you’re seriously considering any of these cameras, this is a phenomenal deal and we [More]
ePhotozine posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, the camera that sits squarely in the middle of the PEN series, but inherits the same sensor and image processor (and other features) from the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus flagship M43 camera that is a strong contender for 2012 camera of the year. Here’s ePhotozine’s Verdict on the Olympus E-PL5:  The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this [More]
The Phoblographer posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and added their voice to the chorus of those who are highly impressed with this new camera. Here are their conclusions:  The Olympus EPL5 is a really excellent camera and the company got a lot right in its creation. The excellent image quality combined with its awesome autofocusing abilities and the beautiful LCD screen make this a real winner in my book. However, the menus are still a bit too thick for my liking, as is the camera. The EPL5 is significantly thicker than previous pen cameras, and doesn’t even fit in [More]
CameraLabs recently posted a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and in their verdict section, they compared it to the Canon EOS M. No surprises here. Although CameraLabs seem to like the EOS M a little bit more than we do, they share our conclusion when putting Canon’s first mirrorless against the Olympus. The PEN Lite smokes it in just about every way. Here’s CameraLabs’ comparison: From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size – the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor [More]
m43.eu posted a great side by side autofocus speed test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the new Canon EOS M.  Canon have arrived late to the mirrorless party and the EOS M is a hot seller, but the camera itself is less than impressive in a lot of ways – particularly it’s pitiful autofocus performance – and has become a bit of a joke in mirrorless circles (witness the hilarious video below from The Camera Store in Calgary, Canada). The EOS M is a decent camera, and in some ways, it does show some promise.  But when you stack it [More]
(Video above is an Olympus PEN E-PL5 sample movie: tripod pan shot by CameraLabs) CameraLabs just posted their full review of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and they are impressed with the new addition to Olympus’ PEN Lineup. Here’s CameraLabs’ Verdict: The PEN E-PL5 is a third-generation Micro Four Thirds mirror-less compact system camera and its maturity shows – in a good way. As the middle choice in a range of three PENs, in many ways it combines the best of the enthusiast PEN E-P3 and the entry-level PEN ‘Mini’ E-PM2 with a great balance between size, ease of use [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
SoundImagePlus is writing a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and reversed their workflow, this time creating a video test first (which, although simple, looks very impressive). SoundImagePlus writes: I’m doing this review the wrong way round. I normally end with video and pictures and for those of you who are missing the “camera porn” I usually start with, don’t worry, its on its way! But one of the things I wanted to try first was the video. There are not many options in terms of size, fps. etc. but several things the E-PL5 has in its favour [More]
More reviews are coming in on the new Olympus PEN series cameras, the PEN Mini (E-PM2) and the PEN Lite (E-PL5). These two cameras pack the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ top o’ the line M43 camera, the OM-D E-M5, the chief difference between the two is that the PEN Lite has a tilting touch screen and more on body controls than the PEN Mini – but BOTH of these cameras are drawing raving accolades for the quality of the images they are producing. Erik Fuller of The Phoblographer recently got his hands on a PEN Lite E-PL5 [More]
The new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is continuing to turn heads.  It’s the smaller sibling of Olympus’ highly coveted OM-D E-M5, but even though it’s in a smaller package, it’s equipped with the same 16mp sensor and processor as the flagship OM-D.  Do good things come from this small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s verdict:  The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 features an improved design, with better handling and controls than the previous Mini E-PM1, as well as a great 3 inch touch screen. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t [More]
(Video above shot with the Rode Videomic Pro. No music, just the ambient sound from the pictured set up, which does work hand-held) From SoundImagePlus –  If a camera has any pretensions to shoot serious video, then an external microphone socket with the ability to accept the standard stereo mini jack is essential.  Olympus have a “solution” in the shape of the SEMA-1 adapter set, which consists of a module which fits onto the accessory port hotshoe of the OM-D with the socket in it. It also comes bundled with a clip on stereo mic and a connecting lead. The [More]
Henry’s TV takes a look at the Olympus PEN E-PM2, the new entry level camera in the Olympus PEN series if interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. But don’t judge this book by it’s stylish little cover. There’s BIG POWER in this tiny package, as the PEN “Mini” E-PM2 (along with it’s slightly bigger brother, the PEN “Lite” E-PL5) packs the same sensor and processor as the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5, providing you with stunning image quality in the palm of your hand. Here’s what Henry’s TV says: The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is all the proof you need that small and [More]
Seattle based food photographer and blogger Paula Thomas posted a great review of the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens over on SmallCameraBigPicture.com. Paula writes: I was able to get my hands on the new Olympus 60mm macro lens on Monday. I ran around the house looking for things to try it out on. I took a few close ups and some regular portrait type shots. This is my first 1:1 macro lens so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I would not compare it to the Four Thirds 50mm macro, it’s definitely not a replacement for that [More]
(Video above shot using the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, courtesy of SoundImagePlus) ePhotozine just posted a full review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, and this is shaping up to be a must have for the M43 shooter.  The lens rates ePhotozine’s “Highly Recommended” Status.  It provides crystal clear images with great shallow depth of field (just check out the creamy bokeh in the video above).  It’s a high quality lens, just like it’s little brother, the 45mm 1.8.   We highly recommend the Olympus 75mm 1.8 as well. Here are some [More]
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is one intriguing little camera. It’s not often that a small, midrange camera will offer the same image quality as the flagship of the line, but by incorporating the same sensor and image processor as the OM-D E-M5, that’s exactly what Olympus are offering in the easy to use PEN Lite. PhotographyBlog have posted their full review of the E-PL5 and they are impressed with what the PEN Lite has to offer, giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars and thier ‘Highly Recommended’ designation. Here are their conclusions: The E-PL5 essentially offers the [More]