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UPDATE!

Hi everyone, I just published my review of the Olympus E-P1 below, which includes a compilation of HD video clips. Hope you enjoy it! A GF1 review is in the pipeline...

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_E-P1/



Hi everyone, today Olympus officially launched the E-P1, its first Micro Four Thirds camera. Press release from Olympus UK follows.

Tell us what you think!

Olympus rewrites history

The Olympus Pen: a legend returns

London, 16 June 2009

In 1959, Olympus changed the face of photography by pursuing one simple idea: create a camera as easy to use and carry as a pen. Designed by renowned style guru Yoshihisa Maitani, the Olympus Pen triggered a camera boom that would last through the end of the 1970s. Today the legend comes alive again in digital form with the release of the E-P1. This first groundbreaking Olympus Micro Four Thirds model comes at a time when mirrors are no longer a necessary component for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. Incredibly small size, retro style, and ease of use are a nod to the Pen’s past. However, D-SLR quality and a host of new features place the E-P1 at the leading edge as Olympus innovative technologies reimagine the future. Now everyone can have the best of both worlds: high-end design and D-SLR performance. The E-P1 will be available for purchase in July 2009 at a retail price of £699.99

When he originally designed the first of many Pen cameras, Maitani could not have suspected that he was starting a revolution. Selling over 17 million units, the Pen became one of the most trusted, popular, and successful camera series ever. The removal of the mirror box in the 21st century has brought the legendary series back. Mirror-less construction is the foundation for both the Olympus Pen E-P1’s stunning new design and its remarkably compact size. Everyone will fall in love with the camera’s irresistible retro-look. It is reminiscent of the classic Olympus Pens, which were cherished for their compactness, usability, and affordable price.

Five decades later, the E-P1 promises to honour the memory of its famous forefathers. It hails the beginning of the next generation of the digital era. In addition to all the advantages of Olympus imaging technology, the new ultra-compact hybrid device can even record HD quality movies with sound and stunning creative effects familiar from still photography. In addition to the application of Art Filters, it includes the ability to vary depth of field, angle of view, and autofocus during recording.

The Olympus Pen E-P1 reinvents high-end stylish photography for the new millennium. The new model and its two accompanying Micro Four Thirds lenses will hit stores in July 2009. The E-P1 will be available for a retail price of €xxx.

The Olympus Pen E-P1 – main features:
Small & stylish design
• Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds System
• Stylish design with metal finish
• Two colours

SLR image quality
• 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
• TruePic V image processor
• Built-in IS with max. 4 EV steps efficiency
• Adapter for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses

Easy operation
• New developed GUI for easiest operation via Live Control
• Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto
• Clear skin with e-Portrait
• Two dials for easy handling
• Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
• 20 shooting modes (5 exposure modes, i-Auto mode, 14 scene modes)

Creativity & HD Movie
• HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters
• Art Filters, Multi-Aspect ratios
• Multi Exposure function
• Art Filters can be applied to previously taken RAW images in the camera and with Olympus software
• Enhanced creativity with special lenses e.g. fisheye is available via Four Thirds lens adapter


Additional features of the Olympus Pen:
• HDMI TV interface
• Linear PCM sound recording
• Level gauge
• Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface
• Three frames per second with sequential shooting (max 14 in RAW mode)
• ISO 100-6400 for wide-ranging sensitivity
• Versatile bracketing functions for white balance and exposure
• Reliable Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system
• Based on the Micro Four Thirds Standard
• Wide dynamic range in highly lit areas
• Simultaneous writing of RAW and JPEG
• SD memory card (SDHC compatible)
• High-speed data writing and lossless RAW compression for quick processing
• Large 7.6cm/3.0” HyperCrystal LCD
• AE/AF lock functionality for individual customisation
• Auto gradation adjustment to prevent blown highlights and
blocked-in shadows
• Remote release possible via the optional remote cable RM-UC1


The Olympus Pen E-P1 is available in the following configurations:
• E-P1 Kit Silver/Black
(E-P1 body silver & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens black)
• E-P1 Kit Silver/Silver
(E-P1 body silver & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens silver)
• E-P1 Kit White/Silver
(E-P1 body white & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens silver)
• E-P1 Pancake Kit Silver
(E-P1 body silver & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens silver & VF-1)
• E-P1 Pancake Kit White
(E-P1 body white & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens silver & VF-1)
• E-P1 Double Lens Kit
(E-P1 body silver & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens silver & M. ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens silver &
VF-1)


New accessories:
• M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens
• M. ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens
• MMF-1 adapter for all Four Thirds lenses
• MF-2 adapter for all OM lenses
• FL-14 flash
• VF-1 external optical view finder
• Leather strap in white and brown
• Leather body jacket in white and brown

* 35mm equivalent

Retail Price Guide (GBP)

E-N1 Body silver 599.99
E-N1 Body white 599.99
E-N1 & 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 silver/black 699.99
E-N1 & 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 silver/silver 699.99
E-N1 & 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 white/silver 699.99
E-N1 Pancake Kit silver & OVF 749.99
E-N1 Pancake Kit white & OVF 749.99
E-N1 & 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 &
17mm 1.2.8 silver/silver/black & OVF 849.99

Lenses and adapters
ES-M1728 silver 289.99
EZ-M1442 silver 289.99
EZ-M1442 black 289.99
MF-2 149.99
MMF-1 149.99


Article
FL-14 159.99
VF-1 99.99
LC-37 9.99
LC-40.5 9.99
BC-2 6.99
LR-2 6.99


Article
CS-10B White Leather Body Jacket 59.99
CS-10B Dark Brown Leather Body Jacket 59.99
CSS-S109LL White Leather Strap 49.99
CSS-S109LL Dark Brown Leather Strap 49.99


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That 14-42 lens is collapsible for ultra small size when not in use. Very interesting.

WAY overpriced if you ask me, but judging by the plummeting prices on cameras, this will be half the price a year from now.


Also, why 17mm? Why cant they have a line of pancake lenses?

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The 17mm is a pancake... well, it's pretty thin anyway...


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Gordon Laing wrote:
The 17mm is a pancake... well, it's pretty thin anyway...



I see that, but I'm wondering why 17mm and not 25mm again? And then my train of though was, why not both? I think if I had a camera like this, I wouldnt mind just having a collection of prime lenses.

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17mm equivalent to 35mm which is one of the favorites of many photographers beside 50mm

Beside, Oly has 25mm already (not m43 tho).

why not both? maybe later.. who knows :)

a bit overpriced is normal because it is MSRP price, not street price.

I think it will be 15% off after 1-2 months.

But i am a little bit worry about the supply. If the supply << demand than the price will go up like crazy. Look at Canon 5D mark II and Panasonic Lumix LX3 Black version.

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This camera is cool, because:
Video mode 7min 30fps with stereo sound = cool
built in anti shake body work with video as well = cool
clean iso (based on sample image) up to 1600 or even 3200 = cool
Small size and great design = cool
3 inch lcd, 230k = good
reported no shutter lag = cool

Then the not so good part:
no built-in flash (compact shooters like it)
no af assist (in dim light, hard to focus, will take seconds)
no viewfinder (advanced amateur/pro will need to change their habits)
slow AF in bright light and terrible in low light
price, investment on new system

Do you guys think this camera is more geared toward pros/advanced amateur or for people who want to upgrade from point and shoot camera?

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Wow I completely missed the lack of built in flash. That's a huge omission especially when the people most likely to be attracted to a camera like this are those upgrading from PnS cameras and would not warm up too quickly to the idea of carrying a massive flash. Olympus' existing range of flashguns would be very unbalanced on such a small camera.

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Wow I completely missed the lack of built in flash. That's a huge omission especially when the people most likely to be attracted to a camera like this are those upgrading from PnS cameras and would not warm up too quickly to the idea of carrying a massive flash. Olympus' existing range of flashguns would be very unbalanced on such a small camera.


small flash dedicated to this camera is available for purchase

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the sample images posted up on another site are very impressive, especially the iso3200 6400 shot. truepic v processor eh? looks like their next flagship will definitely be the E-5. i'd definitely wait for prices to drop before looking at a m43 model, but the next e-series camera will definitely be interesting.

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Having now looked more at it, the dream has dulled a bit.

Biggest negatives for me include:
Low resolution LCD
Slower AF than Panasonic
Zoom lens is rather physically long in operating configuration.
Colour choice. All black please!

I still think no EVF is the right choice as that would compromise the size too much. Get a G1 if you really want one.

I don't see any problem with the price. You're getting a DSLR level tech camera in a small package. Give it a little time after launch and the street prices should be competitive with high-entry level DSLRs.

If they make one in black and bring out longer/wider pancakes then I'm in.

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There is black one

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The camera is very, very cool, reminds me of those great Leica rangefinders!

I don't think potential buyer of this camera will miss an EVF, the more if the LCD screen behaves well enough, which seems prettu likely given today's standards.

The only big "but" is the lack of a built-in flash, I really think it's a shame not to have bundled a compact camera-like flash, it wouldn't have compromised compactness much and it would've given a lot more flexibility to this camera. I really don't get it and I think it will stop many a potential micro four-thirds buyer from going for this model. :?

Still, the micro four-thirds is still relatively new concept, and it's great to see such compactness in an interchangeable lens camera, the more after seeing the IQ from the GH1.

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Hi folks,

And here's what it looks like in either silver or white, courtesy of Olympus UK
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Tasty. 8)

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I think they are cool for backup? 8) is that so? I'l goin to decide to get this after the video tour of Master gordon of this cam sounds fun! 8)

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