Olympus has announced the Japan-only E-PL1s and, more significantly, the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II 1:3.5-5.6 kit lens. The camera is a slightly tweaked version of the existing EPL1 but the lens is a completely new design, featuring internal focus for faster, quieter autofocusing. As such the Mark II lens, which is expected to become available worldwide in the near future, gains the company's MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) designation. It is slightly smaller than the original 14-42 design and, at 112g, is 25% lighter than the existing version. The E-PL1s itself extends the main body color to most of the camera and gains the ability to shoot at ISO 6400.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II specifications*

Focal length 14-42mm
35mm equivalent focal length 28-84mm
Diagonal angle of view 75°- 29°
Maximum aperture F3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction • 8 elements / 7 groups
• 3 Aspherical elements
Number of diaphragm blades 7, rounded
Minimum focus 0.25m
Maximum magnification 0.19x at 42mm
AF system High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Filter thread 37mm
Weight 112g
Dimensions 56.5mm diameter x 50mm length
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds

*translated from Olympus' Japanese website