Though the Olympus E-P1 shoots photos that approach DSLR quality, it's considerably smaller than such cameras, at only 4.75 by 3 by 1.5 inches. The 12.3-megapixel E-P1, evocative of old 35mm rangefinder cameras, is designed in a retro style, sporting silvery brushed metal and a black leather grip.
The EP-1 ships in two different configurations: with a 14-42mm zoom lens, or with a 17mm f2.8 lens and a clip-on viewfinder. The camera has no built-in flash or viewfinder, and the interface is a bit clunky and confusing. It is a pioneer of the Micro Four Thirds System, a standard for interchangeable lenses designed by Olympus and Panasonic.
For the casual shooter who wants close-to-SLR image quality, or the professional photographer who wants a good compact camera, the E-P1 is a great choice. It costs $689 in the 14mm-42mm lens configuration, as of 12/14/09.
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