Camera News
by Brad Soo on February 3 2010

Was the E-P2 PEN a bit too heavy on your wallet? Good news, Olympus just announced an affordable offering in their line of PEN interchangeable lens cameras. The PEN E-PL1 (what a mouthful) takes most of the E-P2’s features and puts them in a mostly plastic body, throws in a couple of new features like Live Guide to make the camera more beginner friendly and a built-in popup flash.

I will have a preview of the camera ready and online very soon.

Olympus E-PL1 PEN camera
(Micro Four Thirds camera)

  • 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (adapters available for normal Four Thirds and Leica lenses)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilizer
  • Dust reduction
  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • Optional electronic viewfinder attaches via hotshoe
  • Six Art Filters (photo effects)
  • On-board flash
  • Live Guide feature for simplified manual control adjustment for beginners
  • ISO range of 100 - 3200
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode and flash hotshoe
  • 3 FPS burst mode
  • 720p (1280 x 720 at 30 FPS) movie mode with sound
    Optional external microphone accessory; attaches via hotshoe
  • Takes SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $600 (with 14-42 mm kit lens)

Olympus also announced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses today: the 9 - 18 mm f4.0 - f5.6 ultra-wide angle zoom lens to be available in May for $700 and the new 14 - 150 mm f4.0 - f5.6 all-in-one super zoom lens, which will go for $600 in June.

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