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Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
By Alvin Soon
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 28th July, 2009
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introducing the Olympus PEN E-P1

Ten months after the announcement of the new Micro Four Thirds format by Panasonic and Olympus, nine months after the release of Panasonic's first Micro Four Thirds camera (G1), and three months after the release of Panasonic's GH1, Olympus has finally released its first Micro Four Thirds camera the PEN E-P1. Thanks to its unique look and leaked pictures online, it must have been one of the most hotly anticipated cameras of the past year.

Micro Four Thirds, if you're not already familiar with it, is a new camera standard less than a year old. It promises to deliver near-DSLR quality images with smaller than DSLR camera bodies. In fact, the sensor sizes in the Micro Four Thirds cameras are similar to sensor sizes in the normal Four Thirds DSLRs from Olympus. Micro Four Thirds cameras can be made smaller because they eschew the mirror and pentaprism found in normal DSLRs.

So with a camera body considerably smaller than the smallest entry-level DSLR, does the Olympus PEN E-P1 deliver on the Micro Four Thirds promise? We find out in this review.

The Olympus PEN E-P1 comes in 2 colors; stainless steel and white.

Olympus PEN E-P1 Camera Specifications
Mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor 17.3 x 13mm MOS
Megapixels 12.3MP (effective)
Dimensions 120.5 x 70 x 35mm
Weight 335g (w/o battery)
Price S$1298 (with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens), S$1448 (with 17mm f2.8 pancake lens), S$1598 (with both lenses)
Memory SD/SDHC Memory Cards
Lens M. Zuiko Digital, Micro Four Thirds System Lens
Equivalent focal length on a 35mm camera Approx. twice the focal length of the lens
Dust Reduction Supersonic Wave Filter
LCD Monitor 3-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 230K dots
Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane shutter, 1/4000-60 sec., bulb shooting
Auto Focus Type Imager contrast detection system
Focusing Points 11 points
Focus Point Selection Auto, Optional
Image Stabilization Built-in (imager sensor shift type)
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-6400 (1/3, 1 EV step)
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV step)
Movie Resolution HD: 1280 x 720, SD: 640 x 480
Max. Recording Time HD: 7 min, SD: 14 min
Movie Format AVI Motion JPEG with PCM 44.1 kHz (stereo) audio
Sequential Shooting 3 frames/sec
External Flash Sync Synchronized with the camera at 1/180 sec or less
Flash Control Mode TTL-Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), AUTO, MANUAL
Flash Attachment Hot Shoe

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