Olympus Pen E-PL5 and Pen E-PM2 cameras with FAST AF, point-and-shoot simplicity

Olympus Pen E-PM2

Olympus has kicked off the week with a bunch of interesting announcements starting with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 macro lens, the rebranding of its compact point-and-shoot range as well as the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and Pen E-PL5 Micro Four Thirds cameras. Then there’s the new Stylus XZ-2iHS too, but more on that later.

Both Pen cameras have a lot of features in common. Firstly, they’re 16.1MP shooters powered by the TruePic VI image processing engine, a higher dynamic range and up to 25,600 ISO levels. The company says that users can expect competitive low light performance owing to the included FL-LM1 flash and AF Illuminator. Keeping short of declaring its price or availability, Olympus has put out the BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens, which is basically a pan-focus snapshot lens that can stay put on the device even when not in use.

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Highlighted among the various functions served up by these snappers are the FAST AF system and a maximum frame rate of 8fps in Single AF mode. While capturing a video in 1080i full HD Movie with fade effect mode, users may juggle between various art filters from the total of a dozen. Additionally, the company’s FlashAir app allows for transferring content to an iPhone or Android handset, over Wi-Fi.

Though both cameras feature 3-inch 4,60,000-dot HD LCDs with anti-fingerprint coats, only the E-PL5’s screen is of the swivel type, rotating up to 170 degrees up and 65 degrees down for ease of capturing content from more angles. What’s more, the E-PM2 has a built-in grip and a dedicated Live Guide button for offering shooting assistance, while the other new Pen member has a detachable grip and a My Sets option on the Mode Dial for customization flexibility.

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The Olympus Pen E-PL5 price is $649.99 for the body only configuration and $699.99 if buyers want the MSC M.Zuiko Digital ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens too. The Pen E-PM2 price is $549.99 for the body and $599.99 for the MSC M.Zuiko Digital ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 prime zoom lens addition. Both will ship this October in color choices of silver, black and white, with the latter also expected to be out in red.