Powerfully Simple: Introducing the Incredible Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera
The new Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts. This
surprisingly small camera body is packed with technology normally found in
bigger, bulkier cameras and High Definition (HD) camcorders. With features like
the new Live Guide and one-touch HD video " the E-PL1 is an easy-to-use and
portable all-in-one package that travels with you to capture all the details of
Easily Pen Your Story with a Brand-New PEN
This third generation of the Olympus PEN series combines powerful features in an
easy-to-use package that will make capturing your life more fun. The new direct
record button makes taking videos easier than ever and the new Live Guide
functionality makes it simple to learn photography techniques without requiring
the skills of a pro shooter.
New Direct Button for HD Movies
Recording HD movies with the E-PL1 is simple, thanks to an easy-to-reach red
"direct button" (red record button) on the back of the camera body. If you're
about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the
scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you're capturing
videos! Easily toggle back and forth between capturing stills and videos by
using your index finger to press the shutter button or your thumb to press the
red record button. Having the ability to shoot still images and videos opens up
a world of imaging possibilities.
New Easy-To-Use Live Guide Sets the Scene Before You Shoot
The E-PL1's new Live Guide interface simplifies great photography and gets the
results you desire at the touch of a button. Want more vivid or muted color in
your shot? Want warmer or cooler color? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a
sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving
action of your subject with a little artistic blur, or perhaps freeze the
action? Simply select Live Guide and press the up and down arrows on the back of
the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and
watch the LCD as the effects are made live before the image is captured! Don't
worry about learning technical things like f-stops, shutter speed and white
balance; jump right in by composing, adjusting exposure and more before the shot
Seeing the results before snapping the image ensures you are getting the shots
you want, and it will change the way you photograph. Shooting Tips are also
included with Live Guide, so you can leave the manual at home.
Live Guide is just the start of automated technologies on the E-PL1 designed to
free you up to focus on your subjects instead of focusing on your camera's
Expand Your Creative Horizons With Built-In Effects.
Olympus appreciates that you may not have hours to spend retouching your
images on the computer. The E-PL1 has six in-camera Art Filters, including a new
filter called Gentle Sepia. This filter gives your images and videos a soft warm
sepia cast similar to historical images from the early days of photography, and
joins Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pin Hole, Grainy Film and Diorama (the filter that
makes everything look as small as the E-PL1). With the E-PL1's Multiple Exposure
function available for still image capture, you are free to tell a visual story
your way. The image capture options enable you to shoot one shot, then another
and combine them in real time, or capture both shots separately and combine them
within the camera later.
Stabilize All Your Lenses.
Instead of selling more expensive lenses that have image stabilization
inside them, Olympus takes a different approach by having image stabilization
built right into the body of the E-PL1. That means that any lens attached to the
E-PL1 will deliver blur-free images thanks to three modes of In-body Image
Stabilization that automatically compensate for camera shake in low light or
when shooting without a tripod. Since the PEN cameras are the world's smallest
interchangeable lens cameras with In-body Image Stabilization, you'll feel
comfortable taking the E-PL1 on the road with you to capture the action.
Big Sensor, Not A Big Body.
At the heart of the E-PL1 is a large-size image sensor that's the same
sensor as the one inside the Olympus E-30 and E-620 Digital SLR models. The only
difference between this sensor and what the pros use is that this big sensor is
inside the much smaller body of the E-PL1. This high-performance 12.3-megapixel
Live MOS image sensor (8 times larger than the average point-and-shoot camera
sensor) delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and
state-of-the-art technology to reduce noise and capture fine image details in
both highlight and shadow areas.
New Pop-Up Flash.
The E-PL1 is the first camera in the Olympus PEN series with a built-in
pop-up flash that makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red
eye, and fill in dark areas. The camera is also compatible with a range of
optional external flashes including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R that can be
controlled wirelessly by the E-PL1, so you can dynamically control lighting.
Lenses And Accessories.
Get more out of the E-PL1 with an expanded line of exclusive Micro Four
Thirds lenses that deliver uncompromising image quality and brightness in a
compact package. A variety of cases and accessories are available, and an
adapter lets you use standard Four Thirds lenses.
In-Camera Slideshow With Sound.
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL1's
enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out
techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical
soundtracks, and much more.
SDHC MEDIA CARDS
The E-PL1 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
The new cameras compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of
your dive trips. The PT-EP01 underwater housing has been specially customized
for the Olympus E-PL1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately
130 feet). With its durable, high-quality polycarbonate construction, this
Olympus housing protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from
knocks and bumps on land.
iAuto And iEnhance.
The iAuto mode automatically identifies what you're shooting and adjusts
settings for you to capture the best result depending on the situation. With
iEnhance the warm yellow and orange colors of a sunset are heightened to a
dramatically lifelike color that's truer to what you see with the naked eye.
iEnhance can be used in any mode, and automatically engages when in iAuto to
enrich color in any subject.