Recent rumors suggest that Olympus will be updating its E-Px and E-PLx series soon. The next generation should carry the logical names of E-P5 and E-PL6, which obviously would serve as replacements for the E-P3 (the number ’4′ is considered bad luck in Japanese culture) and E-PL5, respectively.
New rumors over at Photo Rumors point to an upcoming Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds model that will follow closely to the design of the old PEN F film camera. Additional rumors suggest a built-in viewfinder, which would be a welcomed feature on the mirrorless model.
No other details on specs are being tossed around at this time; however, such a camera would presumably reside at the top of the PEN line-up while the E-PM and E-PL series rounded out the low- and mid-range PEN options. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a new top-level camera in the PEN series (the E-P3 in 2011, which is now discontinued).
Reasonable expectations for a release time frame would be Summer 2013.
Apple has issued an update to Digital Camera RAW 4.01, which adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11:
You can download the update from Apple’s website.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 lens is a new Micro Four Thirds lens for its PEN system of mirrorless cameras. As such, it serves as a 34mm equivalent when compared to full frame cameras.
The new lens retails for $499.99 and should ship in December. It is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
Alongside the Olympus E-PL5, the new Olympus E-PM2 rounds out Olympus’ lineup of mirrorless cameras for Photokina 2012.
The E-PM2 features the same 16MP LiveMOS sensor as found in the E-PL5. Likewise, the E-PM2 sports a 3-inch touch screen LCD and 1080i HD video capture. [click to continue…]
The Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm kit lens is available this week for $399. (Compare at $499 retail.) Get it here at B&H Photo.
There are also mail-in rebates available for other Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. Details here at B&H Photo.