In what can only be described as the most significant camera ever made (well IMHO), the Olympus Pen has just been released officially today. Based on the Micro 4/3 format, this is a series of large sensor cameras (hint good image quality across the board, if not most importantly within low light/high ISO sensitivity shooting) that removes the mirror and pentaprism glass that most people are used to seeing on DSLRS. This reduces the overall size of the camera significantly (hint- point and shoot size) without reducing image quality. What does this mean? This means that it is now entirely possible to go to a venue where large format cameras are simply not practical (like at a concert) but not leaving with shitty snap shots. This means that the photographer is no longer limited to simple point and shoots where high ISO/poor image quality is the only choice. This means that the days of terrible bridge cameras are over. And if you know me, you know I LOVE bridge cameras.
(image courtesy of engadget.com)
Cameras were not capable of simply removing the glass before, because live sensor was a technology not developed enough (even just years ago). Live view is what you are used to on a regular point and shoot- seeing a picture on your LCD screen. On a large sensor, this was not possible because it became too hot. This means removing the glass removed any way of seeing what you were shooting. Now that we can have live view, it is possible to remove the glass prism, and look directly at the sensor.
(images courtesy of engadget.com)
OMG THERE’S A SEXY WHITE VERSION. This is clearly too much information for my mind to interpret right now. The style and the power of this unreal product announcement is to scream out loud in joy for.
* 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
* Two new kit lenses (14-42mm M.Zuiko and 17mm F2.8 Pancake)
* TruePic V image processor
* 3.0″ LCD screen (fixed, 230k dot resolution)
* HD movies (720p) with stereo sound
* Linear PCM sound recording
* 3.0 fps sequential shooting
* Built-in IS with max. 4 EV steps efficiency
* Optional Adapters for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses
* Newly developed GUI for easier operation via Live Control
* Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto
* Dual control dials
* Face Detection & Shadow Adjustment
* Art Filters, multi-aspect ratios, multi exposure
* In-camera raw conversion (including application of Art Filters)
* Small & stylish design
Just simply an amazing little camera. It is making splashes everywhere on camera enthusiast minds everywhere. I can’t get over how awesome this thing looks. Its like picking up a piece of sexy. I sound really creepy right now. Sweet.
Two lenses were announced today, which are actually really interesting in themselves. The first is the pancake F3.5-5.6, 14 – 42 mm M. Zuiko lens, with a crop factor of 2X this means a 28mm camera that even with the lens mounted is still smaller than the Canon G10. This is amazing news simply due to the fact that the Canon G10 is a point and shoot prosumer camera that I would have gladly lugged around as a DSLR replacement, save for the fact that its sensor sucks a mean bleep. It is now possible to have a large sensor camera that can fit in my cargo shorts. Un-fricking real. The next lens is really neat in its design. Its a little F3.5-5.6, 14 – 42 mm M. Zuiko lens. What is so cool about it? It barely adds any dimension to an already small camera. OMFG.
(image courtesy of DPReview.com)
(Taken from DPReview.com)[Above] you can see the advantage of Micro Four Thirds; the E-P1 is considerably smaller than the E-450, itself no giant (it’s the smallest SLR on the market). Shown here with the new collapsible 14-42mm M.Zuiko kit lens, it’s surprising to think that the E-P1 is actually a considerably higher spec camera (with a bigger screen, in-body image stabilization and a feature set closer to the semi-pro E-30). OMFG! That is next to the smallest DSLR on the market right now. Can you tell how excited the photography community will be about this? Think about traveling, but yet traveling light, because this is all you have to bring. And you are not compromising image quality when you grab this little piece of kit. OMFG. And isn’t she simply beautiful? The retro silver just tinges my heart with a euphoric high. Truly an exciting time in camera history. I am so glad to see Olympus unveil such a beast on the market, in lieu of the struggle against the big two (Canon/Nikon). This would be the equivalent of somebody releasing something that made the iPhone quiver- oh wait that’s the Palm Pre. I love the underdogs this year.
(Image courtesy of DPReview.com)
Here we see it next to the hottest camera of 2008/2009, the Panasonic DMC-LX3. I have gushed enough about this hot little thing, with its 24mm F2.0 lens and unreal image quality. Now take that to the next level with safe past ISO 200 image quality. OMG. I just died a little inside. I know what I am going to be gunning for in the next few years.
(image courtesy of DPReview).
I leave you with the youtube video of Olympus’ advertisement with “Will It Blend?”