Olympus PEN E-P5 and PEN Mini E-PM2 Said to be Discontinued, Report Claims

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 product images (1 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Review: Olympus Pen E-P5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 product images (1 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

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?


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Flashback to Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials

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Anyone else remember when the original digital Pen camera came out? It was beautiful, and everyone raved about it wildly. Remember the leaks that came out and how everyone finally got super excited about Micro Four Thirds? Well then how many of you remember Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials? If you don’t then you may want to check them out down below after the jump. They were pretty awesome and in a convenient playlist that will play the videos back to back for you.

 

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Olympus Updates Their Lower End Pen Model Cameras

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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Review: Olympus PEN E-PL3

Yes, I still had the plastic on the lens.

If you’re a frequent reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know that we are fans of the Micro Four Thirds format (M43). M43 bodies offer a great balance of size and image quality. Additionally, M43 cameras are often less intimidating than a DSLR for those looking to step up from point and shoot cameras (P&S) or advanced P&S camera. It is this group of people that Olympus had in mind when creating the E-PL3. So, is the E-PL3 the next logical step up from a P&S? Let’s find out.

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Samples from the Olympus EPM-1 at the US Open

Olympus treated a bunch of other journalists and I to a night at the US Open here in NYC. We were taken on a special behind the scenes tour where we played with the new Olympus EPM-1 (or E-PM1, EP-M1 and EPM1). Along the way we visited the rooftop, the racquet stringing area and even sat in the photographer pens. Here are a couple of samples of the EPM1 with editing.

Admittedly, I can’t shoot tennis for my life. Nor did I feel that the focusing system and interface of the camera could keep up. The EP3 would have been able to as the touch focus feature is amazing.

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Which One: Olympus EP-3, EPL-3 or Pen Mini?

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With today’s announcement of the Olympus EP-3, EPL-3 and Pen Mini, many of you may be trying to figure out which one is right for you. Also, you may not even totally understand what’s new about these cameras and what the differences are from the predecessors. Here’s your guide to getting through all the data.

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Review: Olympus Pen Premium Case

Leather and curves are sexy—as is that whole retro style look trend currently happening. With this said, the Olympus Pen Premium Camera Case is one that many small camera owners may want to consider adding not only to their camera bag collection, but to their wardrobe. It often holds my Olympus EP-2 when going on photowalks, out to parties, to work if I’m not in need of something larger, and when I just need something smaller and more attractive.

To be quite honest, it’s become a piece of man jewelry and will be for many Micro Four Thirds camera owners.

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Battle of the Flagships: Olympus E-5, Pentax K5, Canon 7D, Nikon D300s: Which is Better?

This is it: the moment you’ve been waiting for if you’ve been trying to figure out which camera to purchase or which one is best for you. After completing long, exhaustive testing of the Pentax K-5, Canon 7D, Nikon D300s and Olympus E-5, we are proud to announce the battle of the flagships shootout. Let’s go!

Editor’s Note: This is a joint posting written by Editor in Chief Chris Gampat and Lead Analyst Matt Beardsley.

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Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 3)

For those who do a lot of night shooting, ISO control is important. The reason being is that the higher the ISO the more light is taken into the camera—however the trade off is you sometimes get a lot of noise, or what I like to call “snow”. I just ran a simple exercise of placing the Olympus EP-2on my tripod, set the camera to full auto and just raised the ISO with each shot I took.  As you can see from the photos below the noise becomes noticeable at ISO 1600, and at 3200 it just looks like a mess.

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Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 2)

On my second day with the Olympus PEN E-P2I just decided to do some casual shooting—taking pictures of various things around my house inside and outside. One picture that did come out very strong was a picture I took of my puppy. In daylight or areas with a good amount of lighting  the camera performs very strong. At this point I feel as though I have become totally comfortable with the camera as far ergonomics go. It is a really comfortable camera to use and every shot I was able to keep my eyes trained on the subject in the viewfinder without having to stray to make sure I was pressing the right button to take the shot or adjust the exposure, etc.

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The Olympus EP7 Is the Most Beautiful Camera They’ve Made in a While

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Look at this thing! Look at it! Acknowledge the fact that your heart beats just a little faster when you look at the Olympus EP7. Ergonomically speaking, Olympus has always gotten it right. And when they really want to be retro, they produce some of the most beautiful digital cameras ever made. Visually, the Olympus EP7 is the first camera from the brand to excite me since the Pen F. We’ve waxed poetically about the Olympus Pen F many times. In the years to come, the Olympus EP7 might be similar. But trust me, it’s not all just looks.

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Beautiful, Streaky Lens Flares. Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro Review

The Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro is an incredibly versatile, durable lens, but it doesn’t denounce the older 7-14mm f2.8.

The Micro Four Thirds system is made for telephoto lenses, but ultra-wide angles are tougher for the smaller system. That’s not stopping Olympus from adding another wide-angle zoom to its lineup, however. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f4.0 Pro (we’ll call it the Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro for short) is a 16-50mm equivalent lens wrapped in Pro line features. Unlike the mount’s current M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro, the 8-25mm can accept filters without an adapter.

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Dubai’s Analog Photographers Don’t Mind Spending on Their Love for Film

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There was no dearth of film processing labs in the 80s and 90s when I grew up in Dubai. I lived in one of the older parts of town, and within a one-mile radius of my home, there were at least three labs that I can remember. With the advent of digital photography and fewer people printing, the amount of labs sharply dropped by the late 2000s to less than a handful by 2015. Film also became more expensive to source than in previous years. This lack of processing and sourcing options hasn’t deterred the extremely active film photography community from meeting often over a shared love of analog.

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Great Savings on the Most Durable Olympus Cameras and Lenses

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Grab one of these cameras and get ready to go exploring, which is what they were designed for!

Olympus cameras are designed to be used in the great outdoors. If you shoot wildlife, landscapes, astrophotography, or you go exploring, it’s a great system. That’s all obvious. But what’s not so obvious is how durable their cameras are. There are a few of them that have IP ratings–which means that they’re almost as durable as some phones. That’s tough to do for a camera. Luckily, the world is starting to open back up in some places. And that sense of adventure is strong with the OM Digital Solutions brand. So take a look at what’s on sale from Olympus.

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Fujifilm Opened Up Their System in a Very Perplexing Way

With the new Fujifilm Digital Camera Control Software Development Kit, many cool things could manifest.

There’s been a push to make cameras a heck of a lot more useful. Manufacturers worked to build webcam integrations into them. And for the most part, they’ve done a good job. Fujifilm just took that to another level. They announced the Fujifilm Digital Camera Control Software Development Kit. Other brands such as Sony, Canon, and Olympus have done similar things. There are surely lots of possibilities, but also some perplexing decisions.

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Why I Think the Olympus OMD EM5 III Was One of Their Worst Decisions

The Olympus OMD EM5 III was one of the company’s weirdest decisions, and it still baffles me.

If there is anything that Olympus did, which I always found odd, it was the Olympus OMD EM5 III. As a guy who bought the original and adored it, it felt like a slap in the face to customers. We even thought so amongst ourselves as staff. It was akin to the downgrade that the Canon 50D and 60D got many years ago. I’m dating myself at that point. But either way, know that it felt like a slap in the face.

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On Sale: Stimulate Your Creativity (and Save) With These Olympus Lenses

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These Olympus lenses are already affordable, now, they’re absolute bargains!

Are you in need of some new lenses for your Micro Four Thirds cameras? Do you want to stay on the right side of the bank manager (or spouse)? If so, you need to see the deals on these Olympus lenses. The sale includes some of Olympus’s most popular lenses for the M4/3 platform. You can pick up the excellent Olympus 25mm f1.8 for just $299. The 17mm f1.2 Pro can be yours for only $1,149, and the brilliant 8mm f1.8 Fisheye Pro is only $899.99. There are zooms on sale too. The Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II is just $499! There are even more bargains listed in here too! See the rest after the break.

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