E-PL1 leaked!

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PREORDERS:
Black E-PL1: Amazon US ($599) / BHphoto ($599.99)
Champagne E-PL1: Amazon US ($599) / BHphoto ($599.99)
Blue E-PL1: Amazon US ($599) / BHphoto ($599.99)
Lens:
Olympus ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 preorder at Amazon ($699.99)
Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 preorder at Amazon ($599.99)

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The Olympus E-PL1 will be announced tomorrow February 3 at 3pm Tokyo time.
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POWERFULLY SIMPLE: INTRODUCING THE INCREDIBLE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 CAMERA

Simple Operation + High-Quality 12 Megapixel Images + HD Video + In-Camera Creativity + Interchangeable Lenses = Total Compact Multimedia Package

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 3, 2010 – The new Olympus PEN® E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts, with a surprisingly small camera body packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier and heavier professional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and High-Definition (HD) camcorders. This third-generation PEN is built for shutterbugs who always wanted better pictures and considered a DSLR, but were intimidated by the bulky size and complex interface. The new camera’s simple design and easy interface enable consumers to easily create amazing images never dreamt possible. It will make you wonder how Olympus managed to put all of these powerful features inside such a compact camera for only $599.99.

The E-PL1 equals an affordable and powerfully simple all-in-one package that travels with you to capture life in the high quality that your memories deserve.

“Many of today’s consumers want a camera with the professional still image quality of a DSLR and HD video in a compact body that’s as easy to use as a point-and-shoot,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Thanks in part to an image sensor that’s approximately eight times larger in size than what’s inside the average point-and-shoot camera, the E-PL1 delivers outstanding high-quality images. Add the flexibility of high-quality interchangeable lenses, the convenience of a built-in pop-up flash, in-camera creative features and technology designed to produce images effortlessly, and the E-PL1 is the total consumer-friendly, multimedia package.”

EASILY PEN YOUR STORY WITH A BRAND NEW PEN

This third generation of the series combines powerful features in an easy-to-use package that will make capturing your life more fun. The new direct record button makes taking videos easier than ever and the new Live Guide functionality makes it simple to learn photography techniques without requiring the skills of a pro shooter.

New Direct Button for HD Movies
Recording HD movies with the E-PL1 is simple, thanks to an easy-to-reach red “direct button” (red record button) on the back of the camera body. If you’re about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you’re capturing videos! Easily toggle back and forth between capturing stills and videos by using your index finger to press the shutter button or your thumb to press the red record button. Having the ability to shoot still images and videos opens up a world of imaging possibilities.

New Live Guide Sets the Scene Before You Shoot
The E-PL1’s new Live Guide interface simplifies great photography and gets the results you desire at the touch of a button. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler color? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving action of your subject with a little artistic blur, or perhaps freeze the action? Simply select Live Guide and press the up and down arrows on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live – before the image is captured! Don’t worry about learning technical things like f-stops, shutter speed and white balance; jump right in by composing, adjusting exposure and more before the shot is taken.

Seeing the results before snapping the image ensures you are getting the shots you want, and it will change the way you photograph. Shooting Tips are also included with Live Guide, so you can leave the manual at home.

Automate Everything
Live Guide is just the start of automated technologies on the E-PL1 designed to free you up to focus on your subjects instead of focusing on your camera’s settings.

19 Scene-Select Modes: From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL1 is equipped with 19 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject’s complexion.

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) Mode: When you don’t want to use the scene-select modes, the iAuto mode automatically identifies what you’re shooting and adjusts settings for you to capture the best result depending on the situation.

Face Detection: Reduce the chance of blurred subjects in images by recognizing up to eight faces, tracking them within the image area, and automatically focusing and optimizing exposure for sharp portraits.

In-Camera Panorama: Capture three images and stitch them together to create one amazing, seamless panoramic picture. Or use the included OLYMPUS [ib] software to stitch up to 10 images together for the ultimate panorama.

iEnhance: With this mode the warm yellow and orange colors of a sunset are heightened to a dramatically lifelike color that’s truer to what you see with the naked eye. iEnhance can be used in any mode, and automatically engages when using iAuto to enrich color in any subject.

Share: Just connect the camera to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your TV remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera’s menus from the comfort of your personal front-row seat. The E-PL1 records to SDHC (Class 6 recommended) media cards that can be plugged directly into many devices and accommodate large files, including videos.

New Powerfully Simple Pop-Up Flash
The E-PL1 is the first camera in the series with a built-in pop-up flash that makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas. The camera is also compatible with a range of optional external flashes, including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R, which can be controlled wirelessly by the E-PL1 so you can dynamically control lighting as your photography skills grow.

PRO-QUALITY IMAGES

How do professional photographers capture the stunning images you see in the pages of glossy magazines and coffee-table books? Talent matters, of course, but you also need the right equipment. Rest assured that the E-PL1 has everything you need to produce vibrant, professional-quality images: a large image sensor, in-body Image Stabilization, Imager Autofocus, the proven Olympus Dust Reduction System and the TruePic™ V Image Processor.

Big Sensor, Not a Big Body
At the heart of the E-PL1 is a large-size image sensor that’s the same sensor as the one inside the and DSLR models. The only difference between this sensor and what the pros use is that this big sensor is inside the much smaller body of the E-PL1. This high-performance 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor (eight times larger than the average point-and-shoot camera sensor) delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and a state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to reduce noise and capture fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.

Stabilize All of Your Lenses
Instead of selling more expensive lenses that have image stabilization inside them, Olympus takes a different approach by having image stabilization built right into the body of the E-PL1. This means that any lens (™, Four Thirds and any third-party lens) attached to the E-PL1 will deliver blur-free images thanks to three modes of In-body Image Stabilization that automatically compensate for camera shake, including in low-light situations or when shooting without a tripod. Since the PEN cameras are the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens cameras with image stabilization built inside the body, you can take the E-PL1 with you and capture great images, and it won’t weigh you down.

Track Your Subjects Wherever They Roam
The E-PL1’s Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) Tracking and Autofocus (AF) Target Registration locks your subject into focus and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving. With this mode, a simple push of the shutter release enables you to keep moving subjects in focus – tracking them from left to right and from front to back – within the frame, automatically ensuring that even active subjects, like kids playing sports, are captured clearly.

The E-PL1’s Imager Autofocus in Live View enables you to compose, focus and capture the shot quickly and easily without ever taking your eyes off the camera’s large, 2.7-inch full-color, high-contrast HyperCrystal LCD for an easy, seamless viewing experience when shooting still images or videos. The LCD also provides a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, which ensures that images can be composed from even the most obscure angles.

This Camera Leaves Others in the Dust
If you’re just starting out with a camera that has interchangeable lenses, you don’t have to worry about dust spots on your sensor ruining the perfect image every time you change lenses. Spend more time shooting with the E-PL1 and less time worrying about dust with the proven Olympus Dust Reduction System that produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter™, a patented ultrasonic technology that vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, capturing them on a special adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on.

True-to-Life Color
The E-PL1’s Live MOS image sensor is complemented by Olympus’ TruePic™ V Image Processor, which produces clear and colorful photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible. The image processor is noted for accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal expression; it also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings (ISO 100 to ISO 3200), enabling great results in low-light situations.

EASILY EXPAND YOUR CREATIVE HORIZONS WITH BUILT-IN EFFECTS

Express yourself with in-camera creative features. Professional images are rarely unedited images. Video and still image pros use computer-editing software to render their images with effects that set their shots apart from the pack. Olympus appreciates that you may not have hours to spend retouching your images at the computer, so the E-PL1 incorporates editing effects inside the camera to save you time. Whether you apply in-camera creative effects while shooting an image, or apply them later to images captured without the effects, all are inside the E-PL1, so you can achieve dramatic results on the go without a computer or editing software.

The E-PL1 has six in-camera Art Filters, including a new filter called Gentle Sepia. This filter gives your images and videos a soft, warm sepia cast similar to historical images from the early days of photography. The sepia tones are softer and the blacks are a true black, unlike traditional sepia images. The new filter joins Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pin Hole, Grainy Film and Diorama (the filter that makes everything look as small as the E-PL1).

With the E-PL1’s Multiple Exposure function available for still image capture, you are free to tell a visual story your way. The image capture options enable you to shoot one shot, then another and combine them in real time, or capture both shots separately and combine them within the camera later. Take a shot of your significant other, and overlay your self-portrait on top to figure out what your kids will look like. If you have kids already, overlay your kid’s face on top of a shot of his or her favorite cartoon character for laughs. Your ability to manipulate space and time makes this new creative multimedia device a veritable time machine.

You often can achieve greater photographic expression by framing a scene in a unique way. The E-PL1 provides four aspect ratios that serve as masks to frame your image to the desired proportions, including the standard 4:3 aspect ratio that is suited to an 8 x 10-inch enlargement; the 16:9 aspect ratio that will display beautifully on a widescreen television; and other popular aspect ratios, such as 3:2 and 6:6. The Multi-Aspect Shooting further expresses your creative vision when combined with in-camera Art Filters and Multiple Exposures.

With the E-PL1, you have your own living library of still images, HD video and audio to remix at your command. In playback mode, you can seamlessly mix stills and movies inside the camera to create a multimedia slideshow, and dub in one of three built-in dramatic background music options to provide a soundtrack for your cinematic creation. With so many creative options, there’s no limit to what you can create. Choose whether or not you want to play back just pictures, just movies or a combination; also control playing back the whole movie or just a clip.

OPEN SYSTEM EASILY GROWS WITH YOUR ABILITY

With a basic point-and-shoot camera, you get one lens built into the camera. One lens, that’s it. And it’s likely a small lens, which doesn’t allow a lot of light through to hit the image sensor. So, you may have a difficult time in low-light conditions. And without the option of adding more lenses, you’re limited to what that one point-and-shoot lens can do. The E-PL1 solves these issues by accepting a variety of lenses to maximize its functionality. Whether shooting still images or HD video, you can add everything from an extreme wide-angle fisheye lens to a super-telephoto lens for a wide range of expressive options.

The M. ZUIKO DIGITAL Micro Four Thirds lenses are designed to be more compact and portable like the E-PL1. Choose from the ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28-84mm equivalent in 35mm cameras) sold with the E-PL1, the ED 17mm f2.8 lens (34mm equivalent), the new super wide-angle zoom ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 lens (18-36mm equivalent) or the high-power wide to telephoto zoom ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 lens (28-300mm equivalent).

If you want to have even more options, the MMF-2 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter makes the E-PL1 compatible with all Olympus ZUIKO Digital Specific™ lenses and other Four Thirds System lenses from Sigma, Panasonic and Leica. Olympus OM film-based lenses can be attached to the E-PL1 with the MF-2 OM Lens Adapter, and there are third-party adapters developed for lenses from most other manufacturers.

SOFTWARE AND ACCESSORY OPTIONS WHEN YOU’RE READY

The E-PL1 incorporates an accessory port for connecting the optional VF-2 live-finder, a detachable electronic viewfinder, or the new optional adapter set (which includes the EMA-1 adapter, the ME-51S stereo microphone and a cord) for those who want to capture enhanced audio with any microphone that has a 3.5mm plug. These optional accessories easily slide into the camera’s accessory port and hot shoe.

Consumers who wish to hold the E-PL1 up to their eye rather than use the LCD will appreciate that the optional VF-2, which provides 1.15x magnification and a 100 percent field of view with sharp resolution, brightness and contrast. The viewfinder refreshes quickly to minimize image ghosting on fast-moving subjects. It also rotates up to 90 degrees to enable photographers to look down into it, which is useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles. The built-in diopter adjustment and high magnification offer easy viewing with and without glasses.

The E-PL1 offers OLYMPUS [ib] software that includes photography workflow, browsing, editing and unique photo-organizing functions. You can organize your photos by person with automatic face-recognition technology, by location with a Geotagging function or by event. You can easily view photos on an HDTV or on the camera’s LCD with the Photo Surfing or Slideshow functions. The name [ib] stands for image bridging, image browsing and image brightening. The software will be available for Windows operating systems only.

Underwater Housing for Aquatic Adventures
The new camera’s compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of your dive trips. The underwater case has been specially customized for the Olympus E-PL1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately 130 feet). With its durable, high-quality polycarbonate construction, this Olympus housing protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land. The housing enables viewing from either the camera’s LCD screen or an optional electronic viewfinder. The flash connectors allow optional use of up to two UFL-2 underwater flash units via fiber optic cable. A nonremovable front lens port accommodates multiple Micro Four Thirds lenses.

New Exterior Design, Same PEN DNA
The E-PL1 streamlines the Olympus Micro Four Thirds PEN series form and is available in three new body colors, including Black, Champagne Gold and Slate Blue. Thanks to its compact size (4.51″ W x 2.84″ H x 1.63″ D excluding protrusions) and light 10.4-ounce body, the E-PL1 won’t weigh you down when you’re on the go.

AVAILABILITY

The Olympus E-PL1 will be available in March 2010. It includes the E-PL1 Body, M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLS-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCS-1), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
E-PL1 Body with M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens
Estimated Street Price: $599.99









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  • Chow
  • Nj

    Still a 230K LCD.. come on, Olympus. VGA please.

  • Hm.. this looks a little like Olympus early digital cameras.. Not at all what I expected, actually its right out Ugly! Horrible.. But, that dont matter, if the price is right, Im going to learn to love it, just like parents love their ugly children. Unconditionally.

  • Agent00soul

    The blue one looks nice! No word about IS? At least it’s the old kit lens so it’s either IBIS or no IS.

  • Chow

    You might reconsider. This Oly doesn’t have the two wheels which makes it rather difficult to use aperture mode properly or quickly change exposure compensation..

  • Simester

    I’m getting really confused with the Olympus Micro4/3 strategy now, and the more I think about it, the more I think the EP1 was just a rush job to get a camera out there first. So the E-PL1 is smaller than its EP1 and EP2 cousins, yet finds the ‘room’ for a built in flash?! So why can’t they fit in a flash with the bigger predecessors? Who would buy a more expensive EP1 / EP2, when the cheaper camera offers more (including the plug for the EVF that was pretty much the only reason you’d buy an EP2 for…).

    So, I’m very confused…. seems Olympus are very muddled.. they’ve pretty much killed the EP1 and EP2 now, as I can’t see the point in either of those more expensive cameras now the E-PL1 is here. Let me know what you think….

  • random dude

    very nice considering the price. BUT how am i going to change the aperture in aperture-mode. do i have to go into the menu or what?

  • Young

    What about sensor IS?

  • random dude

    @Agent00soul

    “Stabilize All of Your Lenses
    Instead of selling more expensive lenses that have image stabilization inside them, Olympus takes a different approach by having image stabilization built right into the body of the E-PL1.”

    YEAH!

  • Agent00soul

    Simester: the E-P1/2 still has a much better user interface, with the dual wheels on back. I would still chose the E-P1 over the E-PL1. But for non-enthusiasts the E-PL1 is probably better.

  • Matt

    Why must the standard zoom be included in the kit. How about body only?

  • AT

    I think E-PL1 will outsell other similar products at its price, with built-in flash and OIS, and options for EVF and external mic. However, I really want more kit set options, if I already own a standard lens.

    In addition, It will more weight-balanced than GF1 because the lens is lighter while keeping certain weight on the body with in-body OIS.

  • Agent00soul

    Ahhh.. the press release is out!
    So it has the IBIS and it even supports the wireless flash system! This is starting to look really good!

  • AdriZ

    Is it the same sensor as the E-P1 ?

    I see advantages and drawbacks vs E-P1 are:
    + size
    + built-in flash
    + weight ?
    + price ?
    – no wheel on back
    – plastic body

    Am I right?
    Are there other differences?

  • fuujin

    Any details about video? 720p? 1080p? 24fps? 25fps? 30fps? manual controls?

  • Where is the adjustment wheel?

  • Alfons

    I’m afraid there is no manual control of anything…

    To me easy to use camera means big matte viewfinder, manual control of aperture and shutter plus an AE-lock…
    All these iThis and eThat with different modes and auto things make photography so complicated…
    And I’m not an old guy! I just want to be the master of my camera.

    Phew… I just have to remember that this is a camera for the stupid people who want to blame their equipment for their failure.

  • roger767

    I got the ep2 a week ago, I feel fucked!

  • enjaybee11

    This is a point-n-shoot camera aimed at compact users not serious enthusiasts !!!!!!!!!!

    hmm… not sure on what the Olympus strategy is here, they obviously need to go this way as they would not want to harm their four-thirds camera market.

  • Fiky

    I have info abt details. Video is exactly the same as e-p2 and can be used with external mic and manual exposure.

    Flash can control 3 groups which is amazing. No other brand match price v value. I tried it at a preview. I’m actually still under NDA which is why this is not my real name.

    I was horrified with the looks and no scroll dials, but the black one is kinda nice. And it’s actually easier and faster to use than the e-p2. It surprises me how fast I learn shooting manual exposure and wireless ttl with it even though I never used olympus wireless before. So, now I’m even considering selling my 5d to switch to e-pl1.

    @Alfons, so you’re saying that people who use automatic transmission cars or something “modern” like i-drive or satnav are stupid drivers? and that a smart driver will ALWAYS use a stick shift car with no powersteering (weight management) and no aircon/heater (saps engine power). well, thank you for that eye opener. i’ll trade my BMW for a 1982 honda right away, don’t wanna look stupid in front of the girls.

  • napalm

    “I got the ep2 a week ago, I feel fucked!”

    why? take time to read the details. E-PL1 is not better than the E-P1/P2. in fact its a more basic camera and caters to not-so-techy photographers with all the auto scene modes. you’ll still have better manual controls and body with the E-P2. only advantage is the built-in flash

    on the other side, some people here are angry that it wasnt better than the E-P2. well, look what will happen if it was… E-P2 owners will feel angry hehe

    lets take it as it is. its currently the smallest mft catered for prosumer market and those who want a no-frills 2nd body. i’m interested in getting one but will have to see how it performs first (and depends on the coming E-5)

  • Eric

    It’s very cool that it sounds like built-in flash can function similar to Nikon’s CLS, but I’m extremely curious as to how you’d work with strobes in manual mode since there doesn’t appear to be a way to control it in manual mode. Oh well, this one is obviously aimed at moms and dads that always shoot on auto everything, but it gives me hope for an advanced model.

  • AT

    I think it is truly a fair deal to have no scroll dials as a differentiation of product from E-P2. E-PL1 has the functions which are more than enough for novice users (please note that many GF1 users will never use A/S/M modes as well). The price itself has defined its target users. Serious users should go for E-P2, if they really need those additional features.

  • daniel

    “With a basic point-and-shoot camera, you get one lens built into the camera. One lens, that’s it. And it’s likely a small lens, which doesn’t allow a lot of light through to hit the image sensor. So, you may have a difficult time in low-light conditions.”

    …as opposed to those super fast f4-5.6 zooms. Awesome. I mean, I understand that the larger sensor allows for better high ISO performance, but that’s just a weird marketing line for me. It’s at least misleading to people who are p&s users who might think that when they get the kit lens it is somehow going to do better in low light than their p&s.

    Anyway, I just thought it was a funny line.

  • Lorenzo

    Is it me, or the add states clearly that there is no such a thing as manual control? If so, that would be a biiiiig shame. No matter how good the IQ is, or how good other aspects are, I am not going to consider it. A shame, that would be… (please tell me I misanderstood)

  • mpgxsvcd

    Any word on what video resolutions it will have? 1080p? 24 FPS?

  • If there is manual control in some way, this might make a fun alternative to a point and shoot for a lot less money than the other m43 cameras. In terms of size though, the dimensions and weight are all roughly about the same as the GF1. I’m glad it’s being offered in black. If there is manual control, it will great fun with a Panasonic 20mm lens.

  • Kirilius

    I can only hope they finally matched the focus speed of the Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Otherwise it looks great. E-PL1 + the new 14-140 + Panasonic’s 20/1.7 pancake will make the perfect travel combo for me.

  • AT

    According to the photo on the Internet, the rotary knob of E-PL1 do have P/A/S/M modes, so Lorenzo can still enjoy the manual modes, but may be controlled using the push-button, I guess. The video specifications is definitely 720p, the same as E-P1 and E-P2.

  • Alfons

    Fiky, maybe you are right about me. I tend to turn off the TCS when driving the 2007 Hyundai. I feel it takes control from me and gives it to some computer that can’t work with fuzzy logic like human being does.
    I still like the ABS breaks of my ’98 Honda though… Example of feature that aids driver and still is completely predictable. No wonder, ABS breaks were invented for Formula cars.

    To me it’s easier to know how the camera acts (mainly how it measures light) and act accordingly – take the situation into account and set the settings manually. It’s harder to predict what the AI of the camera will do in different modes in different situations. There is no one else to left to blame if I fail to focus manually or select a wrong exposure.

  • bugmenott

    I think it does have a manual mode, look at the dial :
    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/02/olympus-pen-e-pl15.jpg

    but I guess we have to use the arrow keys to select the exposure and aperture.. a bit like the LX3. to me this should be seen as an LX3 alternative..

  • Ole

    Can anyone tell me what the e-p2 has, that the new e-pl1 not includes? I don’t find any differences, only advantages of the e-pl1. Why should i pay more for the e-p2? Only because of evf or the “better” design?

  • Agent00soul

    Ole, the E-P2 har twin control wheels, AEL/AFL-button, metal shell and larger screen.

  • Taqueria

    RAW?

  • AndersN

    Daniel:

    The f-numbers 3.5-5.6 of the 14-42 kit zoom still means that the aperture is (at it’s widest) 4 mm wide at 28 mm (eq), compared to the 3 mm of the Canon S90 at 28 mm, 2.2 mm of Canon G11 at 28 mm or 2,7 of Panasonic LX3. And the 43 sensor is about 5 times larger than the sensors of the aforementioned cameras. It is therefore not misleading to claim that a 43-sensor camera with the 14-42 kit zoom will perform a lot better in low-light conditions than even a premium small-sensor camera. The 43-sensor camera won’t have the same depth of field, though.

  • Fiky

    @Alfons: I dig you dude.. i also use manual wireless flash and old Ai-S lenses on my 5D. but i think it’s uncool to think oursleves better photographers because our gears are harder to use. do realize that even racers don’t race all the time. i don’t think schumi would use the FXX for a night out in the town with his family.

    back to topic, i don’t feel improvement on the E-PL1 af speed. when refocusing on a distance of, say, 10 meters, the camera still rolls the AF all the way back to MFD and then back to 10meters. but it actually doesn’t bother me that much because i used the E-P2 mainly with art filter (which are waaayyy slower than the AFs). So for me, the Pen will always be a 3-second-per-frame camera, unless they can speed up the processing of the Diorama or Pinhole.

  • I think the E-PL1 is great news because it shows that Olympus can pack a hell of a lot of good tech in an even smaller package. I prefer the longer shape of the e-p1/2, and now that they have managed to pack a flash into its newest model we can only hope that an e-p3 will have a built in finder on the side like the old rangefinder-cameras. Built in flash is not that necessary to my use, I’d rather have the built in viewfinder. And forget about those creative filters!!! that is not a selling point for more advanced users.

    I just really hope that Olympus follows this blog and listen to us enthusiasts and professionals not wiling to pay for an M9. An while I am at it. Why can’t Olympus produce fixed focal lenses with apertures of 1.4 or 1.8? They sholud really start to think of photojournalists, especially those in the documentary field. I often want less depth of field for portraits… And yes, silent shutter!

    Come on Olympus you can do it! Don’t dissapoint a young photojournalist.

  • roger767

    the EPL can do the same things as the Ep2. It has Manual, IS and the same Picture quality. Thats all you need. Nobody is going to buy an Ep1 or Ep2 for an extra scroll wheel.

  • Faraday Cage

    So what will this do to the price and lifespan of the E-P1? Right now the two cameras are less than $100 apart, although that compares MSRP to current street price on the E-P1.

    I just can get behind a plastic body. Even my little inexpensive Panny ZS3 has a metal body.

    Otherwise this puts me in a dilemma. Lusting for E-P2 but prices are too steep!

  • Faraday Cage

    sorry, I meant “I just CAN’T get behind a plastic body.”

  • Agent00soul

    roger767: your comment shows a lack of experience from serious photography. Having quickest possible access to exposure compensation and aperture selection is very important if you need to deliver quality shots in a stressfull situation (=photojournalism as usual). The E-PL1 is fine fir holiday snappers but not for serious, time-critical use. The E-P1/2 is not perfect but much better in that respect.

  • E-P2 without the EVF would be a good way to reduce the price. As an E-P1 owner, I’m a little disappointed that this little cam has the manual video control and our E-P1 doesn’t. Other than that I’m all for Olympus pushing the envelope with very high specs and low prices. This is going to really boost the m43 system. I am personally really looking forward to weather-sealed m43 that go beyond 720P 30fps (60fps please), autofocus issues (they could use a focus assist lamp), etc. I like the styling of the E-P1 the best out of all 3 m43 Olypus cameras. I do think Olympus should offer manual video control via firmware for the E-P1. Let the accessory port and color be the differentiators between E-P1 and E-P2.

  • george

    @Fiky RAW support?

  • Chris

    @Fiky: That was an incredibly snarky remark to a not so incredibly snarky comment.

    I’m with Alfons. I shoot with old film cameras (because I can’t afford a digital system at the moment), and upon picking up my sister’s e420 I was really frustrated with not having quick, tangible access to manual settings for ISO, shutter speed and aperture (although I figured the latter two out quickly).

    Sure, automatic exposure is a great thing and works well most of the time, but what about those times where it doesn’t? I don’t want to have to fight with the camera or sift through tons of menus just to be able to change the one or two parameters that are causing my problem.

    Also, the car analogy doesn’t really fit well since most people are just using their car to drive from point A to point B, and would like to do so without any hassle. Not saying those drivers are stupid (just like Alfons didn’t call photographers who use automatic exposure stupid), but someone who would like better control over how their car performs (racecar drivers and racing enthusiasts) WOULD get a manual transmission car, or at least a car with an automatic transmission that also allowed for manual gear shifting. Same goes for camera buyers.

  • Don

    The Olympus description of the EPL1 gives no mention whatsoever of any P/A/S/M modes only auto scene modes and Ai, while a reported photo indicated PASM is one the control dial?

    Would seem incredible to produce such a camera capable of using all the expensive lenses and EVF and then leave PASM out? On the other hand if it does have as reported IBIS, HD video, and flash, and faster AF and much less cost why would anyone in their right mind buy either the EP1 or EP2 for that matter right now?

    As for comments of plastic body versus metal. First I see an indication of a possible stainless steel band wrapping around the top and sides of the EPL1 and that would enhance both its looks and perception of quality. The insides of EPs body are also all plastic and very similar to what this one appears to be only plastic panel skin instead of stainless steel or aluminium cladding. However if it is a plastic shell over a stainless steel frame then technically it would be both stronger and better in keeping units in alignment than existing EPs under rough useage?

    Certainly this model is aimed squarely at the very successful Pany GF1 copying most of its features but adding IBIS to the equation. I think this will help to drive down the GF1 prices some but still the much faster AF and 20/1.7 lens of Pany will be very attractive. I am sure Oly very anxious to get their version of 20/1.7 but so far not till 2011 lens roadmap I believe but 12/f2.8 will be attractive when it comes.

    Good to see that Oly coming out with new lenses also but 14-150 lens is a slow f6.3 full 1/2 stop slower than Pany 14-140 at tele end where needed most. Based on the current prices of the GH1 the cost of the 14-140 is also in the range of $600.

    I note from Olys desciption that they plan to make the EPL1 avaiable with any of the lenses only we don’t know the prices just now. In other words will be able to order with 14-150 w/o having to buy the small kit zoom if not wanted. Maybe the 14-150 will AF faster hopefully?

    This does look like a very exciting model for me but I am not so sure existing EP1/2 owners are exactly thrilled with Oly with new more capable but less expensive model only months after EP2’s release?

  • reverse stream swimmer

    @Don:
    Read what the ephotozine comparative test with DMC-GF1 has to say about the latest f/w effect on E-P1 focusing speed.
    “The Panasonic offers slightly more features for focusing but in terms of performance, they’re neck and neck.”

    @Don:
    Regarding lenses, both ends at F5.6:
    M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 Estimated Street Price: $699.99
    M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 Estimated Street Price: $599.99

    I suppose the new E-PL1 has the focus tracking C-AF+TR from the E-P2, but I doubt that function can be retrofitted into the earlier E-P1 model.
    I agree a focus assist lamp would be preferred oved the strobo flash seen on the FT cameras.

    M.Zuiko Digital Lens Roadmap shows lenses planned for spring 2011, which includes three fixed focal length: fisheye, wide & macro.
    http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/lenses/pdf/zuiko_lens_eng.pdf

  • roger767

    @Don – No I am certainly not happy. I have the ep2 and I like it but I wouldn’t have expected Olympus to introduce a better model 2 months after the ep2.
    I’m not a millionaire I would have liked to save a few bucks.

  • rcc

    cant wait for the E-PL2 , 3 months later :-)

  • M

    But please, why would I want a “light” camera with a big zoom lens? Makes no sense at all. Will this be available with the pancake lens?

  • passingby

    Why olympus keeps changing their model after soon as EP2 release ??????

  • Fiky

    @Alfons & @Chris: I’m sorry, maybe i’m reading into this sentence too much “Phew… I just have to remember that this is a camera for the stupid people who want to blame their equipment for their failure.”. But anyways, let’s put this to rest shall we? A man is entitled to his opinion and i respect both of yours. I don’t think any camera is perfect and the same with the one on this page, but maybe focus on something’s (or someone’s) plus points next time rather than their minuses?

    @George: Now that i remembered it i cannot recall seeing a RAW option. Maybe i just missed it. Will have to wait for the official announcement in 5 hours. I was just brightening the JPEG result for print and i have to say the quality is not on par even with the E-620. (a bit dissapointed). when tweaking with levels i find the saturation quickly fades. bitdepth is not as usual. but i was working with the beta version (firmware 0.9) so maybe the final one will be better. i will post a link as soon as the official announcement is made.

    Also, now that i think more about it, oly MFT does only have slow lenses. i only have one lens (zoom) that’s f/2.8. The rest are at least f/2.0 primes. Then if i used to shoot at ISO1600, i’d have to got to ISO6400 with the MFT’s f/4.0 lenses? that’s a b*tch.

  • George

    @Fiky thanks for the reply. I will be delighted if it can shoot RAW (which is my work flow). I have to say though, even jpg only it seems like a really interesting camera.

  • Matt

    leaked….. check out dpreview.com….. make sure you notice the -multiple- pages of the review.

    FULL LEAK

    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusepl1/

  • Danilo Ingan-eng

    I planning to have MILC and E-PL2 is simply what I need however I need a HIV (Hinged Image Viewer) so I would seem to be AIDS (As If Doing Something) with my camera when actually I am taking candid pictures in ASAP (All Shooting Angle Possible).
    Contrary to many Pros and Serious Shutterbugs who believe:
    Wide Angles are better than Normal angles yet all angles are not any better than wide angles.
    Anyway HIV is so useful in video. And please add hybrid GPS like that of H20G so I could use it in travel even without satellite signal. Thats in E-PL2 feature I want.

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