It’s not a point and shoot, it’s not an SLR. It seems to pack the best of both worlds in a sleek, and small, retro casing. I first saw a leaked image of this camera on Wired’s GadgetLab last week. It intrigued me so I did a little research on it and found that it was announced officially by Olympus just the other day.
There are many reasons I love this camera already, without even having tried it out.
First and foremost, it reminds me of my first 35mm camera, an early 80s model Pentax given to me by my dad. My photos back then weren’t very good, but I loved that camera.
And now it seems all the joy and convenience of DSLR can be packed into a small retro styled body. Sweet!
All the familiar scene modes are there in a handy thumb dial. No built in view finder, BUT you can get one as an accessory that goes in the flash mount.
It also shoots RAW as well as JPEG, which should get the attention of more than just hobby photographers.
And, this is probably my favorite part, the lenses are interchangeable! No digital camera this small has that capability (that I know of anyway). As it says on the E-P1 site, “the photographic optics of an SLR and the size and simplicity of a point and shoot.” Nice!
It also shoots 720p HD video (though limited to only 7 minutes), and has a whole laundry list of excellent features.
See the product site for more details (hope you have some time, cuz there’s a lot).
A peak at a few of the specs:
Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory: SD memory card (SDHC compatible)
Screen size: 17.3mm (H) x 13.0mm (V)
Micro Four thirds mount (adapters for lenses available)
High speed Live MOS Sensor
19 automatic scene modes
adjustable aspect ratios
SSWF (dust reduction)
Still images: RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Movies: AVI Motion Jpeg (30fps)
HD 1280×720 (720p)
-Max recording time 7 minutes
-Max recording time 14 minutes
Audio: Wave files, stereo PCM/16Bit, 44.1kHz
Built in Image stabilizer
6 Art Filters
Multi exposure capability
Full Manual control available