Olympus Pen E-P1 Bridges Point-and-Shoot and DSLR Cameras

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

Digital camera maker Olympus has formally introduced its new E-P1 “Pen” camera, which the company is touting as the world’s smallest 12.3 megapixel camera with an interchangeable lens system—that’s right, the E-P1 will handle Micro Four-Thirds lenses…but the camera isn’t really a DSLR. And it touts a three-inch LCD display, shoots high definition video, and is barely bigger than a standard point-and-shoot camera. Olympus is hoping the E-P1 offers something for everyone: the ease-of-use of a traditional point and shoot, the spontaneity of a digital camcorder, and the image quality of a DSLR.

“The E-P1 is designed for the mobile, visual generation that lives active lives online and off, and its portability ensures that it will go with you wherever life takes you,” said Olympus Imaging America’s senior marketing manager John Knaur, in a statement. “The E-P1 truly allows you to capture it all with the highest still photo image quality blended with HD video, high-end audio, multiple exposure, and creative art filters in one small, stylish camera.”

The first Olympus PEN camera came out in 1959—and, obviously, it used that old-school technology called “film”—and set a new standard for capturing high-quality images with small-bodied cameras. Olympus is bringing back the name with the new E-P1…and isn’t skimping on the features, either. The E-P1 sports a 12.3 megapixel resolution, a 3-inch LCD viewscreen, in-body image stabilization, a dust reduction system, and Olympus’s new TruePic V image processor. The camera also sports built-in “creative” features like Grainy Film, Light Tone, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Soft Focus—and they can all be applied to both photos and HD video (in Motion JPEG format at up to 1,280 by 720 pixels—which it can also record with stereo sound). Filters can be applied either while shots are being taken or as part of post-processing.

The E-P1 also sports features like face tracking, a portrait mode for smoothing subject’s faces, 19 automatic scene modes, a digital leveler, magnified focus assist. The E-P1 saved to SD/SDHC media, and can push images and video out via HDMI for presentation on a big screen.

The E-P1 should be available in July at prices starting at $750 for a body-only kit; with an ED 14–42mm ƒ3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens the E-P1 will run $799.99, and with a ED 17mm ƒ2.8 with optical viewfinder it’ll run $899.99.

Product Review

When your phone camera disappoints, grab the Olympus E-PL9

With a healthy dose of style, solid performance, and beginner-friendly controls, the E-PL9 is the perfect camera for the smartphone generation. Well, other than an actual smartphone.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses - something no phone…

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

The best place to print photos online: Seven top photo labs

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.

Brother’s new laser printers spit out prints with just a tap thanks to NFC

Seven new color laser printers carry the Brother name, as well as new features like NFC to easily print from mobile. The lineup sits between $200 and $400, and boasts faster print speeds and an updated design.

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.

8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

If you haven't already, you should back up your photos to a computer. Here's how to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC using third-party services and a wealth of storage devices.

These are the best camera straps you can get your hands on

Choosing the right camera strap for your needs can be a tough decision. To help sort through the junk, we've rounded up the best camera straps on the market for you to choose from.
Social Media

How to use Adobe Spark Post to spice up your social media images

Images are proven to get more likes than plain text -- but only if those images are good. Adobe Spark post is an AI-powered design program for non-designers. Here's how to use it to take your social media feeds to the next level.

18 seconds of fame: Giphy’s quirky new GIF film festival has a $10K prize

Have a knack for creating GIFs? Someone is going to win $10,000 for a video that's 18 seconds or less at the Giphy Film Festival. The new contest is set to recognize the top creator for the short micro-films in five different categories.

Google One subscriptions offer more cloud storage for low prices, other perks

Can't get enough storage on Google Drive, Photos, or Gmail? Google One is the new way to boost your cloud storage. But it's not just about more space -- Google One comes with a loads of benefits.

A turn for the better: Loupedeck+ adds custom dials, more to Lightroom console

The Loupedeck+ improves on the original Lightroom console by adding welcome customization options and introducing support for Skylum Aurora HDR. What's even better is that it does this all at an even lower price.

Sorry, DSLR, but Sony mirrorless is now the best-selling full-frame camera

Four out of every ten full-frame cameras sold in the United States during the first-half of 2018 had the Sony name. That makes Sony's mirrorless full-frame cameras the best-selling models.