I ordered the E-P5 the day it was announced from Amazon and have been waiting for almost two months … nothing yet. Initially, Amazon showed a release date of June 21st, but then on June 21st they informed me the release had been delayed to sometime between late July and late August. So, what does one do …… Get the E-PL5 and stick the new VF-4 external EVF on it! 🙂
The E-PL5 is a very nice little camera but I miss the control dials that are on my E-M5 and coming on the E-P5. Image quality is of course pretty much the same as the E-M5 (same sensor) and the menus are nearly identical with just a few differences.
As for the VF-4, it is very nice! The higher resolution is a bonus and the larger view is wonderful. I don’t really like the look of the camera with the VF-4 sitting on top, but I much prefer a viewfinder for composing shots instead of using the rear screen, so I’ll make the sacrifice. It looks a bit fragile and vulnerable up there, but it actually attaches very securely, by plugging into the accessory port and also the hot shoe. Another nice feature is that it will rotate up 90 degrees, which can be a big help when composing shots with the camera close to the ground.
Hopefully, the E-P5 will show up in the next 3 or 4 weeks at which point I’ll be putting up my first impressions and images from the new camera.
Below are a few of the initial shots with the E-PL5. The first one is an HDR from 5 images at 2EV spacing and processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.