- It now has an SD card instead of an XD card
- It has a bigger high resolution LCD screen
- It kept the weather sealing and rugged build
- It kept the big bright 100% viewfinder
- they simplified the button layout, but kept the main parts the same
- they added video (had to do it)
- It is hinging itself on the fact that it has a True Pic V+ image processor. Otherwise it is basically an EPL-1
This isn't going to cut it. I'll wait for the final camera reviews to start trickling in before I pass any further judgement, but if this doesn't finally signal the end of four thirds then I don't know what does. I'll pass final judgement when I own one.
Own one? Yup. This camera will not sustain its initial pricing. It can't. When it drops in price I'll grab one to get a couple of more years use out of my Olympus equipment. I might even buy some SHG lenses as they get cleared out if the price is right. This is all a disappointment, but there is no sense getting in a huff over it. For that, go to Dpreview's Olympus forum where the sky is definitely falling.
This is definitely the end of my professional use of Olympus products. In fact I just bought my third Canon lens today, the 20mm f2.8 prime. Looking forward to using it and taking advantage of the full frame's natural wide angle of view. I found it hardly used from someone local that bought it but never got around to using it. The new 70-200 f2.8 is next.
All good things must come to an end.
As for the winner of the lens bag in this blog's first ever giveaway, well DaveG, you never contacted me so I'm picking a new winner. Sorry friend. Tyler Rogers, assuming you live in Canada or the USA, please email me and I'll get your loot on the way. Congrats!