First Leaked Photo of the Olympus E-P5 Confirms Retro PEN F-style Design


Last month, a rumor emerged saying that Olympus’ upcoming E-P5 flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera would have a design inspired by the old Olympus PEN F. Today the first photograph of the camera leaked on the web, confirming that it will indeed carry a sleek new retro styling.

The leaked photo (shown above) was published over on 43 Rumors.

Specs reportedly include no-built in EVF, the same 16-megapixel sensor as the OM-D EM-5, built-in WiFi, and improved autofocus speed (ever faster than the E-M5).

There is also talk of a new standard kit lens option (the 17mm f/1.8 seen in the leaked photo) and a new external electronic viewfinder.

The original PEN F was an interchangeable-lens half-frame 35mm SLR camera that was sold in the 1960s. Here’s a photo showing what that camera looks like:


For comparison’s sake, here’s a product photo of the E-P5’s predecessor, the current E-P3:


Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two cameras:


As you can see, the new design looks much more old fashioned. There’s a new grip covering on the front of the E-P5 that extends all the way across. Even the company name on the front of the camera has been changed to its old style.

The E-P5 will reportedly be announced at a launch event on May 9, 2013. You’ll be able to find out about the camera fully on that day, unless we see more of these leaks over the next couple of weeks.

Image credit: by *嘟嘟嘟*

  • chubbs

    OOOOOOOoooooooo… Pretty.

  • AntonyShepherd

    Still no built in viewfinder of any sort. After I got rid of my E-P1 I swore I would never buy another interchangeable lens camera without a built in viewfinder.

  • mikeDrzal

    can’t agree more

  • BamaPanda

    Very nice. Oly should do well with this. I understand there is a new viewfinder. Hope it is smaller, maybe less $$.

  • itai bachar

    Going back in time without a viewfinder is just for looks, not function.

  • ding

    I would rather have Olympus re-release the Pen- F instead

  • tttulio

    looks ‘shopped.

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  • Mantis

    I dunno. I used to feel that way when I first got my E-PL2, but I felt it freed me up for more spontaneous and fun picture taking.

    I would never buy a DSLR without a viewfinder, but it never really bothered me with my PEN.

  • G

    Ever since I got a SLR with a viewfinder I couldn’t remove from the camera I swore never again will I buy a camera that I cannot remove the viewfinder from.

  • kennymatic

    I find that I use the screen on my E-M5 more than the built in viewfinder.

  • Leif Sikorski

    True. I love to tilt the display up and use it like the old medium format cameras. And when I really need the EVF I prefer the external one because I can tilt it up as well.

  • Mike F

    I have the same perspective. Hence, the OMD EM5 is my ‘machine’ of choice.

  • zensu