According to Amazon UK, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (16.1MP, Live MOS, M.Zuiko 12-50mm Lens) 3.0 inch OLED, will be released on 1 April 2012.
You can preorder one now at £1,149.99 (NZ $2,184.00), that is too much considering a new OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 12.3mp 14-42mm + 40-150mm cost NZ $1,398.00!
Photo Warehouse where I bought my E-P2 in April 2010, they promised to let me know as soon as the OM-D reach our shore :)
My E-P2 is a perfectly good camera except for the following:
When I need to shoot continuous, I can only shoot ONE frame per second; if I am lucky! Yes, the camera CAN shoot THREE per second provided you TURN OFF the auto focus!
This was brought home to me when I was shooting our "Late Dragon Year Parade"!
With a "faster" camera, I should be able to get another 2 to 3 shots when the dragon head is nearer to me; since I had an ultra-wide lens, that will be the shot I wanted... the E-P2 was too slow and by the time it get it's act together; I got this (see below)!! Duh!!
Then there is the S-L-O-W auto focus! At the same dragon function, I locked in the shot I wanted and as I press the button I heard Le General (who can see the LCD" said " Why you are not taking the shot?" How embarrassing! The E-P2 was STRUGGLING to focus! I cannot live with that S-L-O-W-N-E-S-S any more! Ha ha ha...
Unlike the E-P2, the new OM-D can shoot off a blistering NINE frames per second, when I got a manual focus lens on; or a still pretty rapid 4.5 frames with the kit lens, in auto focus!
Talk about FAST auto focus, this will make E-P2 user; like me, CRY!!!
The new camera even have 3D focus tracking!!
|The E-P2 with Leica M lenses, left; with Nikon lenses on the right.|
With the new OM-D I am still able to use my favorite ultra-wide zoom, the Panasonic Lumix-G-Vario-7-14-mm-f4 and with improve in-camera, world's first 5 Axis Image Stabilisation (IS) system!
This sophisticated new AF system compensating not only for movement along the X and Y axis as do traditional AF systems but also yaw, pitch and rolling movement; perfect for all still and video shoot scenarios.
Olympus Japan has just released some sample photos taken by their new OM-D mirrorless wonder.
This portrait was shot with their M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8
prime lens at ISO 200 f8.
50mm f2 Summicron might do better :)
A close-up taken with the kit lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ that came with the new OM-D.
Not bad for a kit lens!
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f4. This lens cost as much as the OM-D camera with kit lens!! I bet you my Panasonic 7-14 can deliver same :)
So there you are, now you know why I am waiting for the arrival of the OM-D!