Olympus is now rumored to be developing a replacement for the OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera, which could be announced and released sometime in early 2015.
New cameras with Micro Four Thirds will be introduced just before the Photokina 2014. Both Olympus and Panasonic should reveal such new products, although inside sources have failed to find out their names or at least which devices they are replacing.
Nevertheless, the companies must think about the distant future, too. According to a couple of sources, this is exactly what Olympus is doing, as the Japan-based manufacturer is actively working on a successor for the E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera.
Olympus E-M5 replacement rumored to have been set for an early 2015 announcement date
The Japanese company will launch a new OM-D mirrorless interchangeable lens camera before the start of the world’s largest digital imaging event. This has been said multiple times and we should expect it to turn out true.
Unfortunately, the name of the model is unknown. 43rumors is now saying that an Olympus E-M5 replacement is in development, after having previously said that such device will definitely not be unveiled at the Photokina 2014.
This probably means that the E-M5 successor is coming at a later date. The most likely announcement date will take place sometime in early 2015, so do not raise your hopes too high for the Photokina 2014, as another device is coming at this event.
About the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera
Currently, the Olympus OM-D line-up consists of the E-M1, E-M5, and E-M10. The E-M5 is the mid-range model and it is also the oldest of the trio, so there are voices saying that this is the one which should be replaced first.
This Micro Four Thirds camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor with 5-axis image stabilization technology and TruePic VI processor, which offers a continuous shooting mode of up to 9fps.
The device’s maximum ISO stands at 25,600, so it does a fairly good job in low-light environments. The shooter comes with a 1.44-million-dot LCD electronic viewfinder, although a 3-inch tilting OLED touchscreen can be used in Live View mode to frame your shots.
It is worth noting that Olympus should be careful with the specs list of the E-M5 replacement because it must not offer more features than the E-M1, as it would lose its flagship status.
Either way, Amazon is still selling the Olympus E-M5 for a price a little under $1,000. Remember that this is a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt!