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This camera is full of new features. The E-P5 boasts top shutter speeds of 1/8000th of a second making this a great camera for fast moving subjects like athletes and quick kiddos that move around every time you take their picture. The camera features a built-in flash with a sync speed of 1/320th of a second. And to further prove that this camera was built for speed, the E-P5 also has a faster start up time, less time between shots, short release lag time, and 9 fps continuous shooting.
The E-P5 has been outfitted with an all new in-camera AF algorithm that will help improve performance with main FTS lenses. For example, the 12-60mm f/2.8-4 will see a 30% improvement, while the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 will see a 40% increase in performance. The camera will also feature Super Spot AF which allows for extremely accurate autofocus. Finally, the E-P5 will offer focus peaking in either black or white edging for precise manual focusing.
The E-P5 has a 2x2 dial control with a 1, 2 switch that can be customized to fit each photographer's needs. Not only can the dials be customized, but many of the other buttons like the Fn button, the up/down buttons and the zoom button can be set to fit an individual's needs.
The camera offers a huge array of creative options including some familiar ones like the same art filters we see in the OM-D E-M5 and some new ones like Photo Story, Time Lapse movie mode and Live Bulb advancements. These new options make creating unique images much easier than ever before.
Want to keep the E-P5 in Auto mode? No problem.
The E-P5 has a 3-inch tiltable TFT LCD touchscreen. The screen is jam packed with 1.04 million dots poised for excellent image composition and viewing even in brightly lit environments. But if you were like us -- hoping the E-P5 would have a built-in viewfinder -- you are out of luck. Instead,
The camera has a streamlined design with only 1 visible screw on the bottom of the camera. Sounds great, but in order to take the camera apart it is a 35 step process. Looks like the service department might have their hands full with this camera when the warranty repairs start rolling in.
The E-P5 will be available in May 2013 and will come in three finishes: 2 tone silver/black, black and white. The body only price for the camera will be $999.99. Want the 17mm f1.8 lens and the VF-4 with the body? No problem. That kit will be available for $1499.99.
Unless the E-P5 is that much better than the OM-D E-M5, I think the camera is priced a bit too high. I would love to see it available for about $200 less, especially since it does not have a built-in viewfinder. At $1500 for the kit, the camera is much closer to the prosumer level than the amateur (or even advanced amateur) price point. As a prosumer camera, the E-P5 will need to be able to keep up with a more demanding market and have the features that make photographers dig into their pocketbooks.