Olympus Malaysia was kind enough to organize a free public event targeted mostly at loyal Olympus users locally, a gathering to promote the newly launched Olympus OM-D E-M5. On this glorious Saturday, two sessions were created to cater for 50 people each, one slot in the morning, and another in the afternoon. The gathering was held at Full House, Sunway Giza Mall, and prior RSVP must be made to Olympus Malaysia. During the gathering, the Olympus staff had the chance to interact with the end-users, feeding them with useful information regarding the E-M5, highlighting some features by live demonstrations, and of course, allowing the attendees to “touch and feel” the camera. Since I was working on Saturday, I attended the later session of the day.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital lenses 25mm F2.8 pancake and 50mm F2 macro
Michael Wong, oh such joy looking through the Electronic Viewfinder of E-M5 !!
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Black or Silver?
Magnesium Alloy body. Only mirrorless camera with such robust construction up to date.
The new Olympus FL600R external flash.
You can see the oddly shaped bundled flash unit, which is also fully weather sealed, to make up for the lack of built in flash.
It was great seeing so many familiar faces coming together to this gathering. In fact, I would have known more people who actually went for the morning session. The event started with presentation to introduce the Olympus E-M5, and subsequently what it can do. It was a very helpful presentation to the crowd, mainly because it incorporates live demonstration, showcasing many new features on the E-M5. Some of the highlights of the live demonstration include the live preview of the Image Stabilization through live view/EVF, live bulb mode (live view preview while shooting in bulb mode), the improvements made to minimize the jello effect and roller shutter effect while shooting video in comparison to the older PEN E-P3, how to control the “Tone Adjustment” of highlight and shadow independently while being live previewed, the ability to access the controls in Super Control Panel (SCP) via the touch screen, and many more. I believe that those live demonstrations can really elaborate the processes and improvements made in the E-M5 better, than just reading the descriptions off from a website on the internet. Better still, you can ask questions on the spot, and on top of that, you can try the camera out for yourself after the presentation!!
Olympus Staff members, John and Tang, setting up the cameras for live demonstrations.
Kee Nyap, the main speaker of the day.
Tang, elaborating on the advantages of using the 12-50mm lens.
A live demonstration showing the improved video shooting performance with the OM-D, and I took this opportunity to shoot myself and the crowd through the screen. The guy with the black DSLR was me of course.
Eat all you can. Buffet style afternoon snack.
The main highlight of the event was surely the hands-on preview on the Olympus OM-D E-M5, where everyone who attended the gathering can grab the camera in their hands, and shoot. There were four working units for the crowd to try, but no SD card was allowed to be slotted into the cameras. I myself have had my own brief preview with the camera before, hence I allowed others chance to try it out and not hog on to the camera selfishly. Nonetheless, seeing the expressions and reactions on those who tried the camera was indeed interesting and amusing at the same time. Even after so many previews and initial impressions posted online, many still thought the camera was larger than it actually was, and when they first held it, they were all shocked on how small the size really was. Not surprisingly, everyone thought that the camera is appealingly sexy, converging retro-classic design with sophisticated modern edgy look. In addition, most people are pleased with the electronic viewfinder, because the refresh rate of the EVF has been doubled up to 120Hz, in comparison to the 60Hz in their previous incarnations. Display lag time has been reduced to mere 21ms, which allows for almost instantaneous display: basically what you see is what you get on the screen and the 21ms delay is almost negligible in most shooting conditions. When half-pressing the shutter button, the immediate AF confirmation lock was another positive remark that many have voiced. The PEN E-P3 was already very fast, but the AF in OM-D E-M5 was noticeably faster.
In the previous two gatherings, I was asked to give a presentation/speech on my experience and encounter with the E-5, and subsequently E-P3. This time, it was really nice to be sitting back, not to have anything to worry about, and just enjoy myself throughout the session, catching up and chatting with some familiar faces, and of course, allowing myself the opportunity to work my camera and snap some photographs away. Not to forget, I was there to stuff in as much food as I can. Free food, I was doing my duty as a Malaysian to eat, right?
The camera is ready to be "molested".
Look, how small it is in William's hands !!
I think silver is sexy. What say you?
Checking out the black one instead.
Chung Ka, giving it a go. Electronic Viewfinder. It will REPLACE optical viewfinder. One day.
12-50mm lens. One of the mostly debated issues in Olympus related photography forums.
the door gift.
Look, it is a miniature OM-1 !!! And the lens can be interchanged too.
I am sure everyone who attended have appreciated this kind effort Olympus Malaysia has put into ensuring their loyal customers to have the priority to preview and have first hands-on experience with their newly launched product, though the availability of the camera is still about a month or two away. Also, this is the place for the Olympus users to come together and get to know each other, and to reaffirm each other that though we are not the majority (well, we know who the big boys are but who cares about them right?), we still love our equipments and more importantly, we enjoy making beautiful photographs with them.
I cannot wait to get my hands on Olympus OM-D E-M5 for review !!