Olympus PEN E-P1

olympus pen e-p1
Release Date: July 2009
List Price: $470 USD
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The buzz about the Olympus PEN E-P1 prior to its release was rare for a digital camera: it had nothing to do with its features.

Typically, new cameras create interest because they are the smallest, fastest, or include some new innovation that's not available on any other model. Rather than standing out from a technical standpoint, the PEN E-P1 has something else going for it: a real sense of style.

The contours of the camera harken back to old film cameras which makes sense since Olympus borrowed the look from one of their own film cameras.

List of Features

Image StabilizationIn Body
Memory CardSD / SDHC
Max. Shutter Speed1/4000
Max. Photo Capture3 per second
LCD3 inch (230,000 dots)
Flexible LCDNo
ViewfinderNot Included, Optional
AutofocusContrast AF
11 area
Face Detect AFYes
Aspect Ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13mm
ISO Range100-6400
Movie ModesMotion JPEG:
1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie SoundStereo
HDMI PortYes
Accessory PortNo
Built-in FlashNo
Compatible LensesMicro 4/3
4/3 with adapter
OM with adapter
BatteryBLS-1 LiIon
Dimensions4.74 x 2.75 x 1.43in
120.5 x 70 x 36.4mm
Weight11.8oz (335g)
NotesFirst Olympus mirrorless DSLR