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Are new Olympus PEN cameras coming in September?

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Is the current line-up of Olympus PEN cameras about to be refreshed?

Rumours are circulating that a new generation of PEN cameras will be introduced at Photokina.

Suggestions include the PEN line-up being "simplified" to make the differences between each model in the range more obvious. Currently, there are three categories of camera - the E-PM1 (Mini), E-PL3 (Lite) and E-P3.

According to rumours, Olympus was disappointed by the sales of the Mini, but surprised by the larger than anticipated Lite/E-PL3 sales.

The latest iteration of PEN cameras were only introduced in July last year, with all three using the same sensor. It was only the E-P3, at the top-end of the range which included a touch-screen full array of art filters, and integrated flash. A tilting screen was only available on the E-PL3.


The PEN mini arguably directly competes with the Panasonic GF3 or GF5, the company's entry level offering. However, both of these models include some advanced features, including a touchscreen, not offered by the E-PM1.

Although Olympus UK was unable to give any official comment on any new launches, we have a strong feeling that a new set of cameras could be on the cards.

It seems likely that some of the features from the new advanced model, the Olympus OM-D, such as the 5-axis image stabilisation system and perhaps even the 16 million pixel sensor would be incorporated.

Stay tuned for more as it happens.

via 43Rumors