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May 10, 2013

New Olympus E-PL6 m43rds mirrorless camera (Japan only so far)

In addition to the new Olympus E-P5, Olympus also announced another new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the E-PL6. This appears to be a model for the Japanese market, at least for now.

This is not the first time Olympus did this. The Olympus E-PL1s ("s" part of the camera name, not plural; that's why it is a good idea not to put a final "s" in camera names) came out in November 2010.

The Japanese announcement is available at DC Watch Impress - computer translated. It will be priced at 70 kiloyen body only, and 80 kiloyen with the 14-42mm II kit lens, and 100 kiloyen for the two lens kit (14-42, 40-150).

Here is the official Olympus Japan press release and E-PL6 product page, both computer transalted :)

Based on the computer translation, this follows up on the existing worldwide E-PL5, and has E-M5 fundamentals and a twist-and-shout LCD on the back, Wifi, compatibility with the new VF4 EVF and things of that nature.

There is good reason why Olympus does this - compact adorable cameras, including ones of the interchangeable lens variety are very popular in Japan. The Pentax Q system is a great example of perhaps being essentially a system for the Japanese market and other affluent high tech markets in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, etc).

New total for 2013: 120 new digital cameras
The two new Olympus M43rds mirrorless cameras bring the total of new digital cameras in 2013 to around 120. Sixteen of these are interchangeable lens cameras. Of those 16, 12 are mirrorless, and 4 are DSLRs!

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