Olympus just announced their new camera today, the E-P5, and Ming Thein has a nice hands-on preview post about it with some sample shots from the camera.

I love Thein’s concluding sentence:

I’m personally very glad that I’m not entering the mirrorless market now, or upgrading from one of the 12MP bodies — all I can say is good luck choosing!

My sentiments exactly. The mirrorless market is just exploding right now.

The E-P5 is the big brother to the camera I own, the E-PL5, and it rivals Olympus’ flagship, the E-M5. In a nut, what’s great about the E-P5 is that: (a) it has the same incredible image sensor as the E-M5 and E-PL5; (b) it has the same 5-axis in-body image stabilization as the E-M5; and (c) it looks absolutely stunning. What it’s missing when compared to the E-M5 is a built-in viewfinder and weather sealing.

Also, Olympus released a few new/updated lenses: the 17mm f/1.8 (which just so happens to be the E-P5’s kit lens), and then the well-known 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8 now come in black.

The black lenses won’t ship until later this year — the 17mm this fall, and the 45mm and 75mm on June 14. Personally, I’m more excited about the new lenses than I am about the new camera. My next lens will probably be the 45/1.8 (or possibly the 75/1.8), and I’m glad that it now comes in black.

May 10, 2013