Olympus E-P5

At long last the successor to 2011’s Olympus E-P3 Micro Four-Thirds camera is here. Skipping the moniker E-P4 (because “4” is omen of bad luck), the E-P5 hearkens back to Olympus’s 35mm Pen F film cameras last produced in 1966. Key new features on the E-P5 besides its stunning retro-inspired design include a tilt-able 3-inch touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi for use with the OI.Share app on Android and iOS, dual dial wheels for manual shooters, a “Photo Story” function (similar to the PicStitch app) and performance improvements across the board that put it on par with the company’s excellent OM-D camera.

The 16.1-megapixel E-P5 has an impressive 1/8000th shutter speed, 9 frames per second shooting, 5-axis image stabilization, and an “ISO LOW” feature that is the equivalent to shooting at ISO 100. Taking a page from the OM-D, the E-P5 also has the “world’s fastest” single autofocus speed on any mirrorless camera.

Latency on the display and through the electronic viewfinder (sold separately) have also been reduced by 50 percent and 30 percent, respectively, compared to the E-P3. If that’s not enough to sway you, consider the E-P5’s startup time: 0.5 seconds versus the Sony NEX-6 (2.1 seconds), Canon EOS-M (1.6 seconds) and Panasonic GH3 (0.9 seconds).

The E-P3 will be available later this month, but it’ll cost you a number.

Price: $999.99 (body), $1,449.99 (black or silver with black 17mm f/1.6 lens and VF-4 EVF)
Source: Olympus