In today’s fast-paced technology world, six-month spans between the announcement of a product and its successor is nothing out of the ordinary, and a life cycle of a year is common for many products. So when a device is older than a year, people start wondering when the successor will be announced. For the Olympus E-PM2, the digital life span is already way over its due date, as the camera has been on the market for almost 1 1/2 years. Its bigger sibling, the E-P5, hasn’t been around quite that long–it’s only been introduced last May. Still, a new report claims that both cameras have been discontinued by Olympus, with successors to arrive some time this summer.
Both cameras share much of the same technology, first and foremost the Sony-made 16 megapixel CMOS sensor from the OM-D E-M5. Considering that the E-M5, and with it the sensor, is now almost two years old, and that the OM-D E-M1 is right now the only camera sporting the latest 16 megapixel sensor, it seems to be about time that the PEN series receive an upgrade.
Unfortunately, there is no detailed information available at this point. 43rumors, who first reported about the discontinuing of the two PEN models, mentions that the PEN series is much less successful than the OM-D series, so maybe well see some completely updated and rethought models this summer. One possibility would be to include an EVF in the top-level PEN model, in a rangefinder-style similar to the Panasonic GX7 or Fujifilm X-E1, though that would pit the next PEN directly against the mid-level OM-D.
Another possibility would be to reduce the number of PEN cameras from three to two, and drop either the PEN Mini or the PEN Lite. But there could be even more changes to the series in order to make it more attractive to customers once again, and in a sense revive the success of the original PEN E-P1 and E-PL1 models. At this point, this is all speculation, and to be certain we’ll have to wait until more information becomes available.
Much to the chagrin of many higher-ups in the fashion industry, UK-based Jay McLaughlin uses an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and PEN E-P5. Favoring portability over sheer power, McLaughlin found that he could produce beautiful work in the Micro Four Thirds medium. We spoke to Jay recently about his work in the fashion industry, his move to the Micro Four Thirds world, and more.
When we first were briefed on the Olympus EP5, we were quite impressed not only with its feature set but also its build quality. And for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been testing the camera during our daily routines. Olympus states that this camera has the same 16MP imaging sensor as the Olympus OMD EM5. But it also packs other crazy features such as 9fps shooting, focus peaking, Live View preview when in Bulb mode, interval shooting for time lapsers, and WiFi. In some ways, it outdoes its bigger brother, the OMD except in one critical feature: weather sealing.
But is that enough to make you not want to spring for the best Pen camera yet?
When you own a retro camera such as the Olympus PEN E-P5, you also need the fitting retro accessories, that’s a given. And the guys from Olympus know that, so they announced their own exclusive series of leather accessories for the E-P5. The series comprises a very sexy bag, an elegant strap and a sleek half case. In combination, these items will take you straight back to the sixties. And just imagine everyone’s looks when you turn up in the year 1969 sporting a digital camera …
The CBG-9 bag, CSS-S117L strap and CS-41B half case have so far only been announced for Europe and Asia, and will retail for GBP 349.99 (bag), 129.99 (half case) and 89.99 (strap) respectively in the UK–that’s US-$ 538, 200 and 138 respectively at current exchange rates. We have no info on an official US release date yet.
It was honestly bound to happen: and now it has. According to a report from the Wall St Journal found by Imaging Resource, Olympus will kill off their V series of cameras. The V series were always the more affordable options, but the problem is that those camera sales are being eroded away by mobile phones. There isn’t any word on the other point and shoot cameras like the XZ-2 and XZ-10, but when one thinks about Olympus these days, we often think about the Micro Four Thirds line of cameras. With the arrival of the EP5, the lineup has full mobile connection though it is also possible with Transcend Air cards for the rest of the pen lineup.
These cameras are designed to offer users something that they can’t get from their phones: better quality. The images are then easily ported over to the devices and then shared to the web. However, someone will soon need to put apps like Instagram and Facebook in the cameras without the use of the Android system.
Despite this news, the company had a tremendous stock rise today. According to the Wall St Journal report though, other manufactures such as Canon are even struggling with point and shoot sales. And for years, Canon Powershots were the absolute best that one could get. But with the recent competition from Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s RX series with significantly larger sensors, we’re not very sure that the small sensor camera market can survive.
Lots of news came out of today’s MAX conference from Adobe. But perhaps one of the most out of the blue announcements we saw is the latest announcement from the company of their latest pieces of hardware. Coined the Mighty Pen and Napoleon Ruler, they’re being demoed to work on an iPad and are meant to be used together. The pen is pressure sensitive and will let you use loads of different tools with the click of a button on the pen. It seems to be working together with some sort of Adobe software or app. When used together with the ruler, it makes drawing even simpler–such as making arcs even simpler.
They’re also showing off a bunch of different features that are taking advantage of the new Creative Cloud suite. But the video after the jump will show you more.