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Old Nov 19, 2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Olympus current camera lineup -- shrinking

Last night I was looking around the Olympus America site and was surprised to see the current list of only 6 cameras http://tinyurl.com/oxzq23h including the E-M5 which is rumored to be now out of production too.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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Yes, Olympus is dropping the EPM lineup of Pen cameras, and I agree with that. I've always thought it was expensive and kinda redundant to have 3 separate lines of Pen cameras. The EP and EPL lines should be enough to satisfy most of the buyers in that market segment. And the OMD lines provide market choice to a different segment of buyers. So I think that is a good business decision.
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You could kind of see it coming when they started selling the EPM line for sub-200 bucks and still had too many.

I guess the EM5 is being replaced early next year. EM-6? EM-5b? One way or another what a run for what's going to become a classic if it isn't one already.
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I actually thing there is too much overlap still in the lineup. The current lineup that is.
I continue to like the Pen format, but now that the E-PL7 has the same sensor (it seems though I could be wrong), the more modern image engine and now one function dial on top, it is hard to understand the E-P5. Each still requires the purchase of a viewfinder. And then when you add into the mix the E-M10 with its built in viewfinder and at its price point, it makes the E-P5 even more questionable.
On the E-M side at least there is a progression of features between the three models
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I actually thing there is too much overlap still in the lineup. The current lineup that is.
I continue to like the Pen format, but now that the E-PL7 has the same sensor (it seems though I could be wrong), the more modern image engine and now one function dial on top, it is hard to understand the E-P5. Each still requires the purchase of a viewfinder. And then when you add into the mix the E-M10 with its built in viewfinder and at its price point, it makes the E-P5 even more questionable.
On the E-M side at least there is a progression of features between the three models
Yeah, people love and swear by the EP5 but I don't get it myself. If I pay a thousand dollars or whatever for a camera it better come with a built-in eyehole.
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There were, at least one too many lines of Pen cameras. Unfortunately, Panasonic has made the best "Pen" styled body to date in the GX7, so I bought it to go along with my E-M1.

The E-P5 does look like a wonderful camera, but I'd use it with the VF-2 all the time, making the GX7 the better option. Finder built-in and it swings up just like a VF-2 for low-angle shooting.
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There were, at least one too many lines of Pen cameras. Unfortunately, Panasonic has made the best "Pen" styled body to date in the GX7, so I bought it to go along with my E-M1.

The E-P5 does look like a wonderful camera, but I'd use it with the VF-2 all the time, making the GX7 the better option. Finder built-in and it swings up just like a VF-2 for low-angle shooting.
When the Pany GX7 came out, I thought it was a super package, and that Oly should have designed a similar one as an E-P6. If I had extra money, I would have bought the GX-7 as a back-up camera body. But obviously they didn't listen to me, as Pany ceased production of the GX7. True, they have a new small body GM5 with a viewfinder and LCD, but that viewfinder does not swivel like the GX-7. Maybe Pany thought the GX-7 was cutting into sales of their GH series.
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Panasonic does a few things better (some, much better) than Olympus. The displays in the GX7 finder are so much nicer laid out, you can have levels (both axis) and a live histogram active at the same time and the displays flip to vertical when you move the camera to shoot in that orientation. The display screens in the Olympus bodies are way overdue an upgrade.

On the other hand, even with the bigger accessory eye cup fitted to the GX7 I still need a hat of some sort with a brim to use the eyelevel finder on a day when the sun is out. Sidelight just floods in between the eyecup and my glasses, making it impossible to see the image in the finder unless there is a brim or hand blocking the light. Only when the sun is at my back does the GX7 finder work for me without a hat on a sunny day. Not an issue with the E-M1.

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Yeah, people love and swear by the EP5 but I don't get it myself. If I pay a thousand dollars or whatever for a camera it better come with a built-in eyehole.
I definitely agree here without question.
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Yeah, people love and swear by the EP5 but I don't get it myself. If I pay a thousand dollars or whatever for a camera it better come with a built-in eyehole.
hee, hee, hee. Dang right.
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