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September 16, 2012

New Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 with new lens cap that is also a LENS (I am not drunk!)

Just when you perhaps thought the E-Pens started to get boring, Olympus is throwing a curveball. The newly announced Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 have a lens cap, except the lens cap is not just a lens cap. It is also a basic lens, with a 15mm f8 native focal length = 30mm "35mm equivalent". As you can see in the preview pictures below, it looks very photographically adorable!

The camera's main specs include a 16mp LiveMOS sensor, 8fps burst mode, a 180-degrees tilting display, TruePic VI, 1080p, etc.

The E-PL5 is available for pre-order bundled with the 14-42mm for $700 in three body colors, while the E-PM2 is availalbe for pre-order in four different body colors, either as a body only kit for $550 or with the 14-42mm lens for $600.

Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 combo previews
+ three page preview at dpreview (both models)
+ hands-on at Engadget (both models)
+ body comparison: XZ2 vs E-PL5 vs E-PM2 at Photography Blog

Olympus E-PL5 previews
+ E-PL5 preview at Imaging Resource
+ E-PL5 preview at CNet Asia
+ hands-on and spec-sheet comparison at
+ hands-on at Photography Blog
+ hands on at Pocket Lint
+ hands on at Tech Radar

Olympus E-PM2 previews
+ hands-on and spec sheet comparison at CNet
+ E-PM2 preview at Imaging Resource
+ hands-on at Photography Blog
+ hands-on at Pocket Lint
+ hands-on at Tech Radar

Olympus E-PL5 samples
+ 27 real-world E-PL5 samples at dpreview

Press Release Parade
+ dpreview
+ DC Resource

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