Olympus' New E-PL1 Digital PEN: Steve's First Look

Early this morning Olympus announced yet another Digital PEN model, the E-PL1. This affordable new EVIL camera boasts many of the same features we enjoyed on the E-P1 and E-P2, with a few changes.

Not only is this model much less expensive at $599 US for the zoom lens kit, but it also offers a built-in, manual pop-up flash unit, and a more compact aluminium frame.

Other key features include:
  • 12.3-Megapixel image sensor
  • Micro Four-Thirds lens mount system
  • In-camera sensor-shift IS
  • SuperSonic Dust Reduction system
  • 2.7-inch LCD with 230k pixels
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Built-in flash unit
  • New Shooting Tips and Live Guide functions
  • Dedicated Movie mode shutter release
  • Offered in three stylish colors (Black, Champagne Gold and Slate Blue)
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the E-PL1 a week before the official launch, so be sure to take a peak at our E-PL1 First Look. Since this was a pre-production unit, we were not able to fully evaluate it. Check back in the coming weeks for our full conclusion and sample photos.

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Along side the E-PL1 announcement, Olympus also unveiled two new mFT M.ZUIKO lenses. The ultra wide M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (equivalent to 18-36mm) and the versatile M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 (equivalent to 28-300mm).Click Here to see the official Olympus press release.