After almost a year of teasing and “news”, Olympus has finally unveiled it’s first Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus E-P1. The new E-P1 features a 12.3 megapixel sensor and offers users the ability to switch lenses. It has no mirror box between the lens and the image sensor, so it is effectively a full time live view camera. Because of the sensor size in Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Olympus E-P1 has a 2x crop factor applied to lens focal lengths. As a result, a 14mm focal length on the E-P1 is effectively equivalent to the angle of view of a 28mm lens on a 35mm or full frame camera. The Olympus E-P1 carries a retail price of $749 (body only), $799 (w/ 14-42mm lens), and $899 (w/ 17mm lens and external viewfinder) and should be available for purchase in July 2009.
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For additional details, see the press release below. [Read more…]