New Olympus Pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 Mirrorless Cameras and Primes, XZ-2 Point and Shoot

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Olympus has announced the new 16MP Pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with 4/3 Live MOS sensors, along with two new compatible primes: a special edition M.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 and a M.Zuiko Digital 60mm f/2.8 Macro. Also new is the Olympus XZ-2, a 12MP point-and-shoot camera with a fast 4x wide-angle f/1.8 28-112mm lens, a BSI CMOS sensor and a swivel 3” OLED display. 

Both of the new Pen System cameras feature the same sensor, mount and TruePic VI processor that’s found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Rapid autofocus is crucial, so the cameras are equipped with the F.A.S.T. autofocus system, which stands for Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology. They’re capable of shooting 8 fps, and both feature in-body image stabilization, 12 in-camera art filters, a maximum ISO of 25600 and they can record 1080i HD video. The external FL-LM1 flash is included with both models. While the E-PL5 and E-PM2 share some features and functionalities, there are qualities that set them apart, which are explained below.

The Olympus Pen E-PL5

The speed of the E-PL5 is carried through to its 3” flip portrait LCD touch screen, which provides immediate response for autofocus and shutter, enabling you to focus and fire off a shot with the tap of a finger. Its F.A.S.T. AF has face and eye detection. The touch screen flips upward for low angles of view, and can be positioned so you can stand in front of the lens and shoot self portraits. The E-PL5 features an accessory port and is available in Black, White and Silver.

The Olympus Pen E-PM2

In addition to having a large 16MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor, the new E-PM2 has a dedicated button for the Live Guide feature. Live Guide allows you to view different effects on the LCD in real time. The 3” touch screen on the E-PM2 has a responsive vertical bar that helps you navigate. This camera has iAuto exposure mode and 23 scene select modes. It’s outfitted with a built-in grip, which wasn’t available on the previous version of this camera, the E-PM1. The new E-PM2 is available in Black, White, Red and Silver.

New Olympus Primes

Both of the new Olympus prime lenses are compatible with the Pen camera systems. The wide 12mm fixed focal length M.Zuiko has a fast f/2.0 aperture and 0.5x magnification. The 60mm fixed focal length macro features an f/2.8 aperture. Both lenses are constructed with ED glass, which helps to reduce chromatic aberrations.

The Olympus XZ-2 Fast Point and Shoot

The new XZ-2 is the latest addition to the Olympus X Series of cameras. It’s a fast point-and-shoot camera with a fixed iZUIKO 4x-wide optical zoom lens that has an aperture range of f/1.8-2.5, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-112mm. The sensor is a 12MP 1/1.7” back-side illuminated CMOS. Like the new Pen cameras, it’s equipped with the TruePic VI image processor, but unlike those cameras, the XZ-2 can record full 1080p HD video (as opposed to 1080i) and has a dedicated movie button. It’s rounded off with a 3” swivel touch LCD, dual image stabilization, iHS technology, in-camera panorama, 11 digital art filters and an accessory port.

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  E-PL5 E-PM2 ZX-2
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor) Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor) None, fixed lens
Effective Pixels Approx. 16.1 Megapixel Approx. 16.1 Megapixel Approx. 12 Megapixel
Total Pixels Approx. 17.2 Megapixel Approx. 17.2 Megapixel Approx. 12.76 Megapixel
Sensor MOS, 17.3 x 13mm MOS, 17.3 x 13mm 1/1.7" CMOS
File Formats RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)  RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)  RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Image Stabilization Yes, in body Yes, in body Yes, built-in (imager shift image stabilizer)
Lens M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 11 elements in 8 groups
EFL: 6.0-24.0mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm)
Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 2.5 (T)
Filter Thread Front: 37mm Front: 37mm None
Zoom 4x digital touch zoom in movie mode Not Specified Optical: 4x
Digital: 4x
ISO Sensitivity 200 - 256000 200 - 256000 100 - 12800
Shutter Type: Computerized focal-plane shutter
Speed: 1/4000 - 60 sec (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: Default setting 8 min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Type: Computerized focal-plane shutter
Speed: 1/4000 - 60 sec (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: Default setting 8 min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 1/2000 - 60 sec
Bulb: default setting
16 min. (1/2/4/8/16 min. selectable)
Exposure Metering Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), center weighted average metering, spot metering, spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control
Metering range: EV 0 -20
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight, Spot metering with shadow
Metering range: EV 0 -20
Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range: EV 0 -20
Exposure Modes iAuto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro iAuto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro iAuto, P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Scene select  AE, Art Filter
White Balance Modes Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB (Kelvin setting) Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB (Kelvin setting) Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB (Kelvin setting)
Self Timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (waiting time 1-30 sec., shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3 sec., number of shots 1-10) Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (waiting time 1-30 sec., shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3 sec., number of shots 1-10) 2 Sec, 12 Sec
Interval Recording 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec No
Remote Control Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used
Built-in Flash No, external FL-LM1 flash included No, external FL-LM1 flash included Yes: TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction 
Effective Flash Range 10' (3.05 m) ISO200  10' (3.05 m) ISO200  W: 0.6-11.1 m(ISO1600) T: 0.6-8.5 m(ISO1600)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe Hot Shoe Hot Shoe, Wireless
Available Colors Black, White, Silver Black, White, Silver, Red Black
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL, 1080i HD
Full HD: 1920 x1080, 30p (29.97 fps)
Recording
20 Mbps (Fine) /
17 Mbps (Normal)
Aspect 16:9
HD: 1280x720, 30p (29.97 fps)
Recording
13 Mbps (Fine) /
10 Mbps (Normal)
Aspect 16:9
Format: MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI (Motion JPEG)
Yes, NTSC/PAL, 1080i HD
Full HD: 1920 x1080, 30p (29.97 fps)
Recording
20Mbps (Fine) /
17 Mbps (Normal)
Aspect 16:9
HD: 1280x720, 30p (29.97fps)
Recording
13 Mbps (Fine) /
10 Mbps (Normal)
Aspect 16:9
Format: MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI (Motion JPEG)
Yes, NTSC/PAL, 1080p HD
Full HD: 1920x1080, 30p (29.97 fps)
Recording - 18 Mbps,  Aspect 16:9 
HD: 1280x720, 30p
(29.97 fps)
Recording - 9 Mbps,  Aspect 16:9
Video Clip Length Full HD: Approx.
29 min (Normal) / Approx. 22 min (Fine)
HD: Approx. 29 min (Normal) / Approx.
29 min (Fine)
AVI
HD: Approx. 7 min
SD: Approx. 14 min
Full HD: Approx. 29 min (Normal) / Approx.
22 min (Fine)
HD: Approx. 29 min (Normal) / Approx.
29 min (Fine)
AVI
HD: Approx. 7 min
SD: Approx. 14 min
Full HD: 29 min
HD: 29 min
Viewfinder Type None, LCD screen only None, LCD screen only None, LCD screen only
Optional Electronic Viewfinders: VF-2, VF-3
Screen 3" Tilting wide LCD Touch screen, 460k dots, 16:9 3" Tilting wide LCD Touch screen, 460k dots, 16:9 3" Tilting LCD Touch screen, 920k dots
Software Requirements Windows: XP, XP (SP2), Vista, Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later 
Windows: XP, XP (SP2), Vista, Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later 
Windows: XP, XP (SP2), Vista, Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later 
Wi-Fi Yes, with optional transmitter Yes, with optional transmitter Not Specified
Operating/Storage Temperature Operation: 32 to 104° F (0 to +40° C)
Storage: -4 to 140° F (-20 to +60° C) 
Operation: 32 to 104° F (0 to +40° C)
Storage: -4 to 140° F (-20 to +60° C) 
Operation: 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Storage: 68 to 140 °F (20 to 60 °C)
Humidity: 10 - 90% 
Battery BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Number of pictures: Approx. 360 shots (IS ON, CIPA test standard)
BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Number of pictures: Approx. 360 shots (IS ON, CIPA test standard)
LI-90B Li-Ion battery (included)
Number of pictures: 310
AC Power Adapter Not Specified Not Specified F-3AC (Optional)
Dimensions 4.35 x 2.5 x 1.5" (110.5 x 63.7 x 38.2mm) 4.32 x 2.53 x 1.33" (109.8 x 64.2 x 33.8mm) 4.45 x 2.57 x 1.89" (113 x 65.4 x 48mm)
Weight No lens: 0.72 lb (325 g) No lens: 0.59 lb (269 g) 0.76 lb (346 g)