Olympus PEN E-P1 – digital SLR quality, compact camera size

Olympus Imaging Australia has announced the much-anticipated arrival of the latest innovation in digital imaging technology – the Olympus PEN E-P1. Delivering high-resolution digital SLR image quality in a conveniently sized stylish model, the PEN E-P1 is as easy to use as a compact camera.

With its slim line body, premium quality metal construction and modern, yet classically elegant design, the Olympus PEN E-P1 is neither a compact camera, nor a digital SLR. It is the first in an entirely new camera category – bringing a new experience to photography enthusiasts through enhanced ease-of-use and portability.

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, equivalent to those produced by digital SLR cameras. 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.

Powerful Art Filter effects encourage users to bring out their creative genius. The creative filter effects can be used for both still shooting and movie capture modes, expanding photographic possibilities for the camera user.

Price and availability

The Olympus PEN E-P1 is scheduled for release in Australia in July 2009. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.