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]
In the latest edition of the Hybrid Hangout, MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) hosts a panel of Nine photo and video pros (and some not so pros) to share the reasons why they switched to mirrorless, or why they are still waiting, and what they are looking for in order to make an intelligent decision when or if to shed the big bulky but powerful DSLRs. Joining will in the conversation are MC Creator Scott Giorgini, MC Contributos Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) and Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) along with Paula Thomas, Carol Schlintz, special guest Dave Curlee from GeekBeatTV and others as [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]
Good News for all of the OM-D E-M5 video shooters out there.  The new firmware update, v 1.5 now takes a camera that already had some of the best image stabilization in the world and applies that powerful “Steady-Cam” like performance to legacy lenses. Tyson Robichaud posted this great video illustrating the enhanced performance over the previous firmware version. Here’s Tyson’s report: Just a quick comparison pre and post firmware v1.5 update showing the difference that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) makes when using adapted, third party lenses in video mode on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The above video [More]
TechRadar has posted a Hands-On Review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and this little bad boy continues to impress. TR put the E-PL5 up against some stiff competition in their testing, namely the Panasonic GF5, the Sony NEX 5R and it’s older brother, the Olympus E-PL2, and the new PEN in town held it’s own with, or even beat the competition, including the vaunted Sony NEX cam. Witness the JPEG Dynamic Range Test below, where no one even touches the E-PL5. The new PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2) share the same sensor and processor as Olympus’ [More]
According to 43Rumors, there may be three new micro 4/3 cameras unveiled in the next several months.  The first is pretty much a foregone conclusion as the price of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 has dropped dramatically over the last few months amid speculation of the impending launch of the new GX2, maybe as early as November.  43Rumors list this as an FT4, meaning that there’s a 61-80% chance that this is true. Here’s what 43Rumors has to say: I am working on the next bunch of rumors and all I can say for now is that it is very likely [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras. Steve writes: This is a gorgeous lens if you are looking for a fast portrait prime. Remember, a 75mm on micro 4/3 will equal 150mm equivalent so this is a long lens! This is a great portrait lens. It’s super sharp and produces creamy and gorgeous bokeh (blurred background). We’ve been very impressed with many of the Olympus M.Zuiko Micro 4/3 lenses and this one is definitely no exception. It produces high quality images in both photo and video (see Steve’s video [More]
43Rumors posted a story from German Website Der Spiegel (Translated Version Here) praising the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, which looks like it’s going to be an incredible little camera. The E-PL5, as well as the new PEN Mini E-PM2 use the same sensor and processor as the much celebrated flagship in the Olympus Micro 4/3 lineup, the O-MD E-M5 – which is renowned for the superior quality images that it produces. Here’s the blurb from 43Rumors: Meantime the press keeps talking about the Micro Four Thirds system. Der Spiegel, the largest European weekly magazine just praised the new Olympus [More]
ePhotozine got their hands on the final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and wasted no time putting it up against the Micro 4/3 Star of the last year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The GH3 is Panasonic’s new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, replacing the Lumix GH2, which is one of the most celebrated cameras of the last 2 years, especially for video makers. But just how will the new GH3 stand up against the vaunted OM-D? The video above is a low light test of the Panasonic GH3. Below is the low light test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.   [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) takes a detailed look at the Olympus HLD-6 battery grip for the OMD EM5. The battery grip is highly recommended, especially for those with larger hands or who just want to get more images in one charge. It comes in 2 pieces, on which adds substantially to the grip of the camera and makes it much easier to hold, even with one hand. The other attaches to the bottom, adding a large battery and additional shutter release button and controls for shooting in portrait orientation. Check out the OM-D E-M5 and the battery grip below:
Hat Tip to MirrorlessReviews for posting this video that underscores just how awesome the 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) works on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. These OM-D videos are shot handheld at 150mm (300mm equivalent) lens at Fenway Park. In body image stabilization is turned on and off for each scene for comparison. Lens used is Olympus Zuiko 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds lens. Just another example of the impressive technology that’s being developed and put into mirrorless camera systems. Check out the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and it’s optional battery grip (recommended, especially for those with larger hands) below:
Here’s the Fuji Guys in a Super Secret (at least, before September 6th 2012) Video going over the selling points of the new Fuji X-E1, the little brother to their flagship mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1 – and comparing it to the competition.   Namely, the Sony NEX 7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5, two other high quality and extremely popular mirrorless cameras in the same price range. We’re really excited about the X-E1, which borrows a lot of technology from it’s big brother, the X-Pro1 – which we LOVE –  and the X-E1 shares a LOT of that camera’s features, including [More]
OK…  So the video above has nothing to do with this post, other than that they’re both about the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, but the BesteProduct girl is cute.  Too bad we don’t speak her language…  Oh well, ; ) On to more important news.  43Rumors just put up a post about Dynamic Range testing on the E-PL5, and surprise surprise, it actually did better than Olympus’ flagship Micro 4/3 Camera, the much celebrated OM-D E-M5. Here’s what 43Rumors had to say: Our polish friends at M43.eu are the first to compare the image quality of the new E-PL5 [More]
Malaysian Photographer Ming Thein got his hands on a new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and wrote up a great review on the new camera. Here are some highlights below: The OLympus OM-D E-M5 clearly demonstrated that the image quality potential of Micro Four Thirds could be taken quite a bit further without entailing any compromises. After enjoying a period of exclusivity to that body, the same sensor and imaging processor has now made its way into Olympus’ lower end offerings – the E-PL5 Pen Lite and E-PM2 Pen Mini, both recently announced at Photokina. I was given the opportunity to [More]
Aussie website PhotoReview.com takes an in depth look at the new Olympus PEN “Lite” E-PL5, and not surprisingly, the new offering from Olympus doesn’t fail to impress. After all, the E-PL5 has an impressive pedigree as it shares the same sensor and TruePic VI dual-core processor as the much celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Here’s Their Conclusion: The E-PL5 is a nice little camera and would be an excellent choice for photographers who want a small and light interchangeable-lens camera with superior overall performance. Olympus has a wide choice of excellent lenses to match it and, if you can’t find precisely [More]
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the OM-D EM-5 is one killer camera… and now DxOMark is putting a thick underline beneath that statement! From 43Rumors DxOMark finally published the full Olympus E-M5 sensor test (Click here to read it). And the conclusion couldn’t be any better: “These Olympus high-end compact hybrids achieve scores that approximate those of their APS-C rivals (such as the Sony NEX). Simply put, the OM-D E-M5 is equipped with the best sensor we have ever analyzed for a micro 4:3, and to date the closest to that of the Sony NEX.” Cameras [More]
From 43Rumors – The Olympus Image Share App that will allow you to wirelessly (using the bundled Toshiba Aircard) share images between your camera and your iPhone is now available on iTunes. This app will work with the new Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2), 2 brand new offerings from Olympus that share the same sensor and image processor as their flagship M43 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s what 43Rumors has to say: If you are going to buy the new E-PL5 or E-PM2 than you will be happy to have this, the new Olympus image share App. [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) “borrows” a pre-production Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens at an Aussie Trade Show and takes it for a spin around the block. Here’s what Blunty has to say: This High-Grade Portrait Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras boasts top class quality among all M. ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System Standard. Please note, my time with the new 75mm lens was also within my first 24 hours with the OM-D E-M5, so this was all “suck it and see” experimentation, the sample video and still photography was more about playing with [More]