Olympus PEN E-P1

Announced Jun 16, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Product description
Announced Jun 16, 2009
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After a carefully constructed teaser campaign Olympus officially launched the E-P1, its first Micro Four Thirds camera in June 2009.The E-P1 is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that mimics the styling of the company's Pen range that was popular in the 1960s and 70s. The camera is built around an image-stabilized 12 megapixel sensor and incorporates a 3.0"" LCD, but lacks a built-in viewfinder of any sort, or a flash. Arguments will continue to rage about the E-P1's relatively conservative feature set and performance but few could find any serious fault with its image quality, which is easily as good as most SLRs at a similar price point. Yes, it's fractionally noisier than the best APS-C models (particularly if you turn the noise filter off to get the maximum detail), and yes, the dynamic range isn't as good as the very best-in-class cameras, but honestly we're splitting hairs here. Our overall impression of the E-P1's image quality was and remains overwhelmingly positive.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200 - 3200), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36 mm (4.76 x 2.76 x 1.42)
GPS None

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