Combining in itself Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds system of lens compatibility, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 brings back versatility into the compact camera. Here are its technical specifications, latest features and price.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

The Four Thirds system is perhaps the most state of the art in camera technology, which provides a standard for design of compatible interchangeable lenses and compact cameras/camcorders by different manufacturers adhering to the system. The Micro Four Thirds system, in its regard, does not provide space for a mirror and a pentaprism, allowing smaller bodies to be designed. This technology is native only to companies like Olympus and Panasonic. Olympus, for instance, comes out with the PEN range, which comprises of small compact cameras with features that could easily equal SLRs. The Olympus PEN E-PL1, which is a 12.3 mp camera, which uses no pentaprism, unlike an SLR and wherein there is nothing between the lens and the image sensor.

Design and Functioning

Designed like a much smaller version of an SLR, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a versatile compact camera. The Olympus E-PL1 is a more affordable mass-market camera, with a plastic rather than metal chassis, smaller and lighter body, and a redesigned user interface that’s simpler to use. Its easy-to-understand, non-technical Live Guide provides direct on-screen control over key image effects like depth-of-field and sharpness, while the addition of a built-in flash makes the E-PL1 more versatile in low-light. The camera's Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. Its Face Detection function reduces the chance of blurry faces when shooting groups of people—up to eight subjects at once—even if they're moving. The ePortrait Scene-Select mode is useful for smoothing out the facial features of the subjects, which is a tremendous plus for High Definition video playback. This camera is compatible with SD/SDHC cards.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1 Price India
Price: Rs. 25000 - 35000Resolution: 12.30 MP

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Technical Specifications of Olympus PEN E-PL1
OverviewCamera type DSLR
Battery (Type) BLS-1 Li-ion
DimensionsWidth (mm) 115
Depth (mm) 42
Height (mm) 72
Weight 296 g
LensFocal Length(mm) 14-42
f-number F3.5-5.6
Shutter Speed (seconds) 60 - 1/2000
ISO rating ISO 200 - 3200
Interchangeability Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image SensorType Live MOS
Total Resolution(MP) 13.10
Effective Resolution(MP) 12.30
Dust Reduction System Yes
ViewfinderType LCD
Size 2.7
MemoryCard Type SD/SDHC Memory Card
Light MeteringMulti Metering Yes
Center Weighted Metering Yes
Spot Metering Yes
ImagingExposure Compensation Automatic
Aperture Automatic
White Balance Automatic
Focus Manual or Automatic
Image Stabilization Manual
Shooting Modes Yes
Built in Flash Automatic
InterfaceWiFi NA
Bluetooth NA
Picbridge NA
Hdmi NA
Primary FeaturesAuto Bracketing Yes
Self Timer 12.00
Face Detection Yes
Af Assist Lamp Yes
Movie Mode Yes
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Histogram Yes
Colour Options White,Champagne gold,Black
Warranty (Years) 1
Last Updated on : July 06, 2010

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