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Olympus PEN E-PL1 -- A Good Digital Camera

Olympus Corporation is a Japanese company well-known for optics and imaging products. Initially they are specialists in microscope and thermometer businesses. Olympus introduced a new entry-level camera having Micro Four Third standards called Olympus PEN E-PL1 Digital Camera.

Olympus PEN E-PL1 is an interchangeable lens camera. The dimension of this camera is 115 X 72 X 42 mm (4.5 X 2.8 X 1.7 inches). It contains a 2.7 inches (6.85 cm) LCD having 230,000 dots of effective resolution. The camera uses a 4/3 inches NMOS sensor with a pixel density of 5.1. The ISO sensitivity at manual ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 and at auto the sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to ISO 3200. The minimum shutter speed is 60 seconds and the maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 second. The flash range of the camera is 10 m.

The self timer option of this camera is 2 seconds and 12 seconds. The maximum resolution of the camera is 4032 X 3024 pixels. The low resolution varies from 3200 X 2400 pixels to 640 X 480 pixels. The image ratios of this camera are 4:3, 3:2, 6:6 and 16:9 (w:h). The effective pixels of this camera turned out to be 12.3 million. The sensor photo detectors range will be 13.1 million pixels. The camera contains a 14 to 42 mm kit lens. The sequence shooting speed of the camera is 3 frames per second.

The front part of the camera bears a self timer lamp, lens release button and a decent grip with a textured finish. The top of the camera contains a manual pop up flash, hot shoe, shutter, mic and ON/OFF button. The right side of the camera comprises USB, mini HDMI out and battery/card compartment. It incorporates a revised version of TruePix V image processor. The camera includes six art filters. The iAuto program is also available. The Live Guide interface allows the users to take control of the iAuto for easy point and shooting.

The metering modes available with this camera are multi, center and spot. There are 19 scene options available with this camera. The movie can be recorded at effective 720 pixels resolution. The body of the camera is made up of aluminium and plastic. It uses SD/SDHC memory cards for storage purpose. It uses a lithium-ion BLS-1 rechargeable battery for power. It provides 290 shots for a single full-time charge. The camera weighs 334 grams (11.8 ounces). Olympus PEN E-PL1 Digital Camera is priced around 600 US Dollars.

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:04:56 +0000

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