Olympus Announces New PEN EP-1

Posted by at 11:23 pm on June 16, 2009

Olympus has announced the anticipated release of its new Micro Four Thirds camera the EP-1.   Four Thirds cameras are designed to combine 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 made to be a virtual full-service imaging studio in one ultra-portable and stylishly retro body. With dozens of advanced features, Olympus wants the E-P1 to make documenting and sharing your everyday life easier and more creative than ever before.

The E-P1 is the world’s smallest 12.3-mexapixel interchangeable lens system camera.   A still photo, video and audio recorder in one, the E-P1 creates exceptional photos, inventive slide shows, and remarkable videos both for personal use or for posting on many of today’s social networking websites. It 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 lens mount diameter has been reduced, enabling the use of smaller, lighter interchangeable lenses that perform at the same level as larger DSLR lenses. The camera fits easily in many pockets and purses.

A Live MOS image sensor is complemented by a next generation TruePic V Image Processor, resulting in excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, fine image details in all highlight and shadow areas, and reduced noise.   The E-P1’s three-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to four shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses: Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for creative high-speed horizontal capture, and Mode 3 for high-speed vertical capture. The camera’s Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. In the Movie Modes the advanced Electronic Image Stabilization tracts the images both vertically and horizontally to achieve clear sharp movies, matching the performance of the in body IS. A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images via a patented ultrasonic technology called Supersonic Wave Filter, which vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the image sensor and confines them to a special adhesive membrane.

Specifications

  • Memory   – SD Memory Card(SDHC compatible)   Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
  • Screen size   – 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
  • Lens mount –   Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Effective pixels number   – 12.3 million pixels
  • Image Pick-up Unit   –   Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
  • Total no. of pixels – Approx. 13.1 million pixels
  • Aspect ratio – 1.33 (4:3)
  • Filter array – Primary color filter (RGB)
  • LPF – Fixed type
  • IR cut filter – Hybrid type
  • Dust reduction – Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)

Recording (Still)

  • Recording format – DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
  • File format – RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
  • Recording image size – [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels [JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels

Recording (Movie)

  • Recording format –   AVI Motion JPEG(30fps)
  • Movie Mode HD: 1280(H)x720(V)   Aspect 16:9   SD: 640(H)x480(V)     Aspect 4:3(VGA)
  • Compression Ratio 1/12
  • File Size Max 2GB(limited by AVI format)
  • Maximum Recording Time HD: 7min, SD: 14min

Recording (Sound)

  • Recording format Wave Format Base Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
  • Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
  • Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time

The Olympus EP-1 is scheduled to be released in July with an expected list price of $799.00.

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