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Olympus Lauches New ‘Elite’ E-M5 Body and Kit

By Anthony Thurston on August 24th 2014

Today, Olympus announced a new ‘Elite’ E-M5 Body and lens kit. The original EM-5 was originally announced back in 2012, and was hailed as one of Olympus’s most competitive cameras to date.em5-elite

The new ‘Elite’ E-M5 comes in a kit. It is unclear if it will be available body only at this point, with a new 12-40mm F/2.8 lens. The new body features an all black color scheme with a new texture from the older E-M5 bodies. Unfortunately, that is where the “new” about this “Elite” version ends.

Yes, that is right, this new “Elite” version of the E-M5 is exactly the same as the original E-M5, but with a new texture. You can refresh yourself on the full specs below…


Olympus E-M5 Specs

  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0″ 610k-Dot Tilting OLED Monitor
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60 fps
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • Dustproof and Splash-Proof Construction
  • FAST Auto Focus System

It is unfortunate, though not all that surprising, that there is nothing special or unique about this camera beyond the new texture. I suppose if you had been looking at getting am E-M5 but weren’t sold on the texture/style, now maybe you will like it?

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There is no word on if this new “Elite” version will be available in the states. It’s currently not listed on B&H or any other retailer that I have looked for. But, if I am honest, I wouldn’t bother with it – though I will admit it looks pretty slick. Just buy the all black E-M5 and call it a day.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Phil Bautista

    Lame marketing gimmick. This isn’t a commentary on the camera but rather on the sad attempt of Olympus to fool its customers into thinking they’re getting a new product. And to brand it as “elite” when all they did was change the skin? Insulting.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I tend to agree with you. If you are going to call it “Elite” at least give it some sort of a feature bump over the standard feature set. Otherwise its just a new style option and should be marketed as such.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    I never shot with a digital, but my dad had a film camera that provided us with many great Family portraits.

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    Can Olympus be that cynical !?!?

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    • Stan Rogers

      Camera buyers can be that picky, and that’s probably the point. There are likely a whole big bunch of people who would buy the camera for its retro look — except that the existing body wrap didn’t look very retro. (I’ll admit to finding most recent cameras pretty ugly myself; I have no clue what that faux crinkle finish you see everywhere on the formerly-metal parts of the body does for anyone, and I’d be more inclined to choose a body option that didn’t have it. I suppose it’s meant to reduce opportunities for scratches and rubs; I think it looks cheap and plasticky, like their compensating for a poor material choice.)

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    • Stan Rogers

      Um, “they’re”. I didn’t used to make mistakes like that before I got old.

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    • Herm Tjioe

      Stan, I agree. I am one of those guys that prefers the retro look before it was fashionable. As for an updated look with an “Elite” stamp, it should bear some features that is a cut above the standard features. If so, Olympus should make it known in the press release and not leave it to Anthony Thurston to keep guessing what that is :)

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  4. Steven Pellegrino

    Nice! I’ve never shot Olympus digital cameras, but I used to shoot with the OM-1 & OM-2n film cameras and loved them. Smaller than the average SLRs at the time. I like how Olympus has kept the same design as their film cameras, because those always felt great to hold.

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