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Olympus E-PL6 white + BCL-1580 white

Together with the Japan-exclusive E-PL6, a slightly modified version of the E-PL5 for the Japanese market only, Olympus yesterday also announced three new colors for the BCL-1580 “body cap lens” that has been available for a couple months now. The new color choices are white, silver and red and fit the color scheme of the E-PL6 camera. While this certainly makes for a very sexy package, it is doubtful that these will be available on overseas markets as well. DC Watch reports that the new color versions of the BCL-1580 will be available from August for a retail price of JPY 6,825.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

I’m currently in the middle of reviewing both the E-PL5 and its little brother, the XZ-2. Whereas the XZ-2 is a fixed lens compact, the E-PL5 chooses to go down a route similar to that of the Sony NEX-7. It is a small, interchangeable lens camera that promises to give you excellent image quality that you can fit in your pocket. Lets take a brief look at what the E-PL5 has to offer.

 

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The Panasonic GH3 with the X 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

Today we publish part three of our photokina 2012 report. This time: the stands of Olympus and Panasonic. Both companies had announced a number of new lenses and camera for the Micro Four Thirds system, which I had a closer look at during photokina. In this article: the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, the 17mm f1.8 lens, the 60mm f2.8 macro lens, the 15mm f8 body cap lens, and the Panasonic GH3 with the 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

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Olympus today is announcing their latest PEN model cameras. The Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 replace the E-PL3 and E-PM1 accordingly and bring a couple of new features and updates to the product line. Not long ago, I actually had hands on time with the cameras but the images were lost when the SD card I shot on became corrupted.

Either way, one of the most notable updates to the PEN camera line is the fact that they will have software to work specifically with the Toshiba Flash Air cards to wirelessly transmit photos. Originally, the card was supposed to come bundled but in between the time that we received the briefing and the announcement, the company gave us this statement, “Due to extenuating circumstances, the Toshiba Flash Air card will not be bundled with the new PEN cameras upon immediate distribution. Although plans are still a work in progress, our plan is to offer a rebate for a free card with the purchase of either an E-PL5 or E-PM2. All the new cameras menus and the app will still be optimized for the card.”

Now let’s take a look at some of the other specs.

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