Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hell has frozen over...maybe

We street shooters have been waiting a loooong time for a small interchangeable-lens camera built around a DSLR-quality sensor that wouldn't cost $5,000 (such as, say, the Leica M8). Well, today, Olympus announced the E-P1, AKA the Digital Pen, which offers full DSLR features (including HD video and CD-quality audio) and access to Olympus's Four Thirds lenses and flash system.

The first Micro Four Thirds camera, it can be bought with a 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens (factoring in sensor size, covers the same angle of view as a 34mm lens on a 35mm camera). It comes with a matching optical finder so you don't have to hold the camera at arm's length to see the image on the 3-inch LCD (which is your only other viewing choice--no EVF). Hopefully a 28mm equivalent lens is in the works.

There should be a hands-on report coming later today. In the meantime, here's the basic info and the full specs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mason, I'm looking forward to this camera, specially mounting some wide angle lense (possibly an M mount) to allow for some nice street shooting with a wider depth of field. I'd like to hear your first hand review of the camera for street shooting as well. Recent rumor indicates that Panasonic will be announcing their compact m43 camera real soon! Exciting times... Cheers.