The Olympus E-P1 celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the first PEN camera in 1959. It is the world’s smallest Interchangeable Lens System camera and combines the photographic optics of a DSLR with the size and simplicity of a point and shoot.
The E-P1 delivers professional quality images without the bulk of a conventional DSLR thanks to its slim body and advanced high-speed imager AF (Live View) technologies. The micro FourThirds (mFT) lens mount enables the use of smaller and lighter interchangeable lenses that perform at the same level as larger DSLR lenses.
The E-P1 features 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (230K dots) and HD Movie (1280×720 @ 30fps) with stereo sound.
Beginner photographers will welcome familiar features such as Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), Scene Modes, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology. More advanced photographers will appreciate PASM modes, a Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 min.), Continuous Shooting at 3fps, RAW file format, Digital Level, MF Assist and a hot shoe. In a welcomed change for an Olympus digital camera, the E-P1 uses the Secure Digital (SD / SDHC) memory cards. Note that there is no built-in flash, no AF Illuminator and the tripod mount is (surprisingly) not centered or inline with the lens.
The Live View Autofocus system allows real time focus and composition on the LCD. Creative features include Multiple Exposure, six built-in Art Filters and ePortrait.
With the E-P1, Olympus marks a new era in digital imaging. It is packed with the features and convenience most appreciated on a point-and-shoot while providing the image quality of a DSLR. For years, photographers have been clamoring for just such a camera -- and Olympus has brought it to us first.
Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depends on Movie Recording Time
Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of View
Grid Line Mode
Histogram Mode (3 types)
Magnified View Mode
Comparable View Mode
OFF Mode (for OVF user)
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, My Mode, Internal Temperature Warning, Face Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Only when E-system Flash attached, Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
- Clip-on Optical Viewfinder (for use with the Micro Four Thirds 17mm f2.8 lens)
- MMF-1 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter (enables all Olympus ZUIKO Digital lenses as well as Four Thirds System lenses from Sigma, Panasonic and Leica lenses to attach to the E-P1)
MF-2 OM Lens Adapter (to attach Olympus OM lenses)
- FL-14 flash unit
(Estimated Street Price)
US $749.99 / CAD $849.99
with ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
US $799.99 / CAD $899.99 / € 749.00
with ED 17mm f2.8 plus clip-on optical viewfinder
US $899.99 / CAD $999.99 / € 949.00
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