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Olympus Pen E-P5 retro compact system camera announced

Olympus has unveiled a new mirrorless micro four thirds camera with a stylish retro design, the Olympus Pen E-P5.

The new Pen flagship features a 16-megapixel micro four thirds image sensor and interchangeable lens setup, an astonishingly fast shutter speed, and a design lifted straight from the 1960s (specifically the Olympus Pen F).

It’s the first compact system camera to feature a mechanical shutter capable of speeds up to 1/8000th of a second, which should make it the perfect compact camera for fast motion shots.

The Olympus Pen E-P5 also features decent and flexible manual controls, with two thumb wheels – front and back – complementing the model dial. Each dial’s purpose can be changed through the function button, too.

The E-P5 also features an advanced 5-axis image stabilisation system, which Olympus claims is “a step up from Olympus OM-D E-M5.”

Around back the Olympus Pen E-P5 features a 3-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD display, which can be tilted upwards 80 degrees or downwards 50 degrees.

Another welcome feature is the Pen E-P5’s built-in Wi-Fi (it’s the first Olympus camera to do so), which can be easily hooked up to your smartphone via QR code for sharing images whilst out and about.

There’s no built-in viewfinder present here, but you can specify the VF-4 as an optional extra.

The Olympus Pen E-P5 will hit shops in June of this year. Expect to pay around £899 for the body only, and £999 with a 14-42mm lens kit. Or you can splash out £1349 on the camera with the VF-4 viewfinder and a 17mm f/1.8 lens.

If you’re shopping for a new digital camera, why not check out our frequently updated Best Cameras 2013 round-up.

Via: Ephotozine

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