Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Olympus E-M5 Philippine launch

Last week Olympus officially launched the camera that I'm waiting for, the O-MD E-M5, here in the Philippines in an event at EDSA Shangri-la. Now I know I said that I probably wouldn't be buying one anytime soon -- lenses come first -- but the more I see of this camera, the more my resolve is weakening. It really looks awesome!

As for image quality, there are now some reviews (with images) on the Interwebs. One guy who I believe when it comes to reviews is Malaysia-based Robin Wong. Click here, here and here for his three part review. (I believe him because his photos are quite good, especially the macro ones.)

Now that I've gotten my hands on the E-M5 briefly, here are my first impressions:
• The E-M5 really is smaller than it looks. It's about the size of the E-P3, except with a hump. Even the 12-50mm weatherproof kit lens is smaller than I thought it would be.
• The hump's not bad. Again, smaller than it looks.
• It feels heavier in the hand though, but this weight is reassuring. You know there's a lot of camera there. Deserving of its semi-pro hype.
• Button layout from the E-P3 is basically the same. There are some changes though. There's an SLR style power switch. The shutter button has moved, which feels strange at first, but it's really not a bad spot for it. It still feels natural.
• Can't decide whether I like the black or the silver more. I usually go for silver, but the black one really looks special.

I wish I had more time with the camera, but there were lots of people ogling it in the event. I have to say I was tempted to sneak a memory card in there, and see what the camera can really do, hahaha.

Anyway, the camera is supposed to be available this April for P56,750 (body only) or P62,750 (with the 12-50mm kit lens). That's SRP of course.

I'll leave you with more pictures from the launch event. Olympus also launched a bunch of compact cameras -- their Tough line in particular looks cool. Below we have some synchronized swimmers shooting with the Tough cameras in the pool. 

And finally, hello to everyone from Oly Club PH! It was great meeting you all!

One of Oly's super zoom cameras

Olympus endorser, Daphne OseƱa-Paez with the event host
Olympus marketing in the house!

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