Olympus PEN E-P5: Old School Looks, New School Guts

We’ve been seeing a lot of new cameras with old school looks lately, and again that’s old school, not Old Schoolthough we gotta admit a Will Ferrell-based camera would be a treat. The latest retro-themed shooter is the Olympus PEN E-P5, featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor (ISO range is 100-25600), autofocus system, 5-axis image stabilization system, and max shutter speed of 1/8000th, a first when it comes to compact system cameras, so you’ll be able to capture fast-moving objects with clarity. Olympus is asking for $1,000 for the body only, or $1450 for the camera with a 17mm f/1.8 kit lens and a VF-4 electronic viewfinder.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

As evidenced by Kodak’s hard times, the days of film-based cameras are gone. However it’s not too late to look like you’re still using film. Besides being just 21 letters away from containing the whole alphabet in its name, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 ($1000) sports a classic design that harkens back to the days when a dark room was used for more than just shadow puppets and 40 winks. The 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor guarantees great shots, and its textured leather covering around the body will give you the warm fuzzies as you flashback to the 20th century. That said, this one is still being aimed at the advanced-to-pro photographer set, so prepare to pay good money for those good memories.