Olympus claims that its new PEN E-P1 is the smallest DSLR available in the market.

Sporting the size of a small compact camera, Olympus sports a sleek and compact body as it uses the 4/3 sized image sensor. The internal structure eliminates the traditional digital-SLR quick-return mirror allowing a radical reduction in camera size without compromising the benefits of digital SLR photography with its high shooting performance and high quality images.

The new interchangeable lens system digital camera draws inspiration from the legendary “Olympus PEN” half-frame film camera range which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Olympus PEN range made history by creating a fuss-free and unencumbered photography experience for the first time. Its success led to 17 million units being sold globally.

Olympus’ Product Manager, Ray Okubo said, “The Micro Four Thirds platform is set to revolutionise the way we take pictures. Bringing a completely new camera category to market is an exciting development for Olympus and is testament to our dedication to delivering innovative technology to customers. The new PEN E-P1 offers a diverse photography experience that will appeal to beginners looking to take digital SLR quality pictures with the ease-of-use of a compact body as well as traditional photographers who are looking for a portable solution, with digital SLR image quality and all the latest features.”


The new Olympus PEN E-P1 is equipped with the Intelligent Auto (iAUTO) function that automatically evaluates the scene and sets the optimum scene shooting mode to take the selected shot.

The imaging system uses a 4/3-inch type, 12.3-megapixel high speed Live MOS Sensor and a newly developed TruePic V image processing engine to provide high quality still images. This impressive processing engine also enables non-flash shooting up to ISO 6400.

The Olympus PEN E-P1 also boasts a 720p High-Definition movie recording capability. Its stereo audio recording in the linear PCM format allows movie recording with high quality sound.

The Powerful Art Filter effects can be used for both still shooting and movie capture modes, expanding photographic possibilities for the camera user.

The Olympus PEN E-P1 is scheduled for release in Australia in July 2009.

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