Olympus Announces EP-1 Micro 4/3 Camera
While leaks have been making their way around the web for the past few weeks, Olympus has finally announced their new Micro Four Thirds camera, the E-P1 â€œPenâ€ camera. The E-P1 is basically somewhere in between a Point and Shoot and DSLR, or more like a Compact with interchangeable lenses.Â Combining the still image quality of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) with the A/V quality of both a High Definition camcorder and high-end audio recorder, the E-P1 is a virtual full-service imaging studio in one ultra-portable and stylishly retro body. With dozens of advanced features, the E-P1 makes documenting and sharing your everyday life easier and more creative than ever before.
The E-P1 is a 12.3 megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses based on the new Micro Four Thirds format. Unlike most DSLRâ€™s with Live View, the Live View system on the E-P1 has a fully functional Autofocus system.
The E-P1 uses a body-based image stabilization system which moves the sensor to compensate for movement versus lens-based systems like most other DSLRâ€™s. This means that any lens you put on the system will take advantage of image stabilization.
With the seamless precision and simplicity of a point-and-shoot, the E-P1â€™s Live View Autofocus system displays the images to be shot in complete focus on the cameraâ€™s bright LCD the moment the shutter button is pressed half way down.
Multiple Exposure makes heightened creativity an easily-obtained objective. Two frames can be combined, and portions of one can be combined with those of another in any of the shooting modes. Images can be combined in playback mode or directly on the LCD through the use of the new TruePic V Image Processor.
Micro Four Thirds Mount
The Micro Four Thirds Mount on the E-P1 provides many key benefits, including the effectiveness of a digitally designed image sensor, an ultra-compact design, and expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-1 Adapter.
A series of six built-in Art Filters for replicating countless striking and dramatic effects can be easily activated for both still and video imaging. The innovative Art Filters include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole.
The E-P1â€™s powerful 12.3 megapixel Live-MOS sensor packs a powerful high-quality imaging punch for such a compact camera, allowing you to capture more detail than ever before.
TruePic V Image Processor
In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 6400 ISO.
In-body Image Stabilization
The cameraâ€™s In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to 4 shutter speed steps with any of the systemâ€™s interchangeable lenses.
Mechanical Image Stabilization
Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens.
Electronic Image Stabilization
Electronic Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake while shooting in the movie mode.
For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in on the central part of the image by up to five times by turning the focus ring.
Perfect Shot Preview
With Perfect Shot Preview, you can preview and select various photographic effects before you take the shot.
The cameraâ€™s Digital Leveler function is a highly functional and practical feature for such specialized requirements as architectural photography and other similar needs.
Dust Reduction System
A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it cannot interfere with the picture imaging at any time.
19 automatic scene modes
There are 19 automatic scene modes available, including Night-Scenes, Portraits and Landscapes. Edits can be made in the camera after the pictures are shot using the handy ePortrait Mode.
The ePortrait mode is also useful for smoothing out the facial features of your subjects, which is a tremendous plus for High Definition playback.
A Face Detection function reduces the chance of blurry faces when shooting groups of peopleâ€”up to eight subjects at onceâ€”even if theyâ€™re moving while youâ€™re pressing the shutter button.
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency. It can also be used in post-editing.
The E-P1 lets you select one of four Aspect Ratios (4:3, 3.2, 16.9 and 6.6) that help frame your images to whatever proportions youâ€™d like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.
iAuto identifies your shooting intent (such as macro or action photography) and instantly adjusts the camera settings to achieve the best results.
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-P1â€™s enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.
The E-P1 is the definition of state-of-the-art optical engineering in an ultra-compact body. It weighs just 11.8 ounces and measures just 4.75â€ (W) x 2.75â€ (H) x 1.43 (D), giving it the facility to slip into pockets or purses and to take with you anywhere.
M. ZUIKO lenses
The accompanying Olympus M. ZUIKO lenses are small, lightweight, powerful and precision engineered.
Four Thirds System Lens Adapter
Other Four Thirds Format lenses can also be used on the E-P1 with an available MMF-1 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter, including extreme wide-angle fisheye and super-telephoto lenses. This further increases your range of creative options.
The sound recording function of the E-P1 helps you capture all the nuances of any sounds being recorded. The system is capable of recording and playing back WAV files, and of adding the most professional-sounding narration to digital slide shows.
There are also five separate background music files to choose from that you can add to your still images or video productions.
SDHC media cards
The E-P1 is capable of recording video to SDHC media cards to accommodate large files. (SDHC Class 6 cards are recommended.) Videos, stills and high-fidelity audio can also be output via HDMI cable-direct to any HD television.
Full manual control
Full manual control for all programs and functions, including Aperture and Shutter Speed Priority, is at your fingertips whenever it is needed or preferred. Full automatic control is also a button-press away.
Live Control, an advanced camera management system, allows you to see the image being shot and the cameraâ€™s controls all at once, on the bright, colorful, high definition 3-inch HyperCrystal LCD. HyperCrystal LCDs offer many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors, and also provide a wide viewing angle of 176Âº.
At prices starting at $899 with a lens, the E-P1 is certainly more costly than the best point and shoots but with interchangeable lenses and great features and image quality, it may well become the walk-around camera for Pros and high-end consumers.
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