The Olympus PEN E-PL1 Digital Camera (Black) W/14-42mm & 40-150mm Lens is a dream come true for many photographers, with 12 megapixels plus technology normally found in much larger cameras and High Definition (HD) camcorders.
It features a PEN large-size image sensor that is 8 times larger than the ones in average point & shoot cameras. This sensor, combined with the TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color and reduced noise, all the way up to ISO 3200. With state-of-the art noise reduction technology and 3 in-body image stabilization modes, users will realize clear images with all compatible lenses under most lighting conditions.
The E-PL1's iAuto mode automatically identifies the scene you're shooting (portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport) and adjusts the settings to optimize results. While in iAuto you can engage Live Guide control which lets you compose your picture, manipulate the image with various in-camera effects like softening backgrounds, adjusting colors, and brightness before taking the photo.
Adding to the dream, recording HD movies (720p) with the E-PL1 is simple thanks to an easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body. You can toggle back and forth between capturing stills and video which opens endless shooting possibilities, for example you can shoot a portrait of a child and switch to video to capture the moment when he or she is playing with the dog that interrupted your shooting session.
This camera has 19 automatic scene-select modes which adjust camera settings according to the subject you are photographing plus 6 in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and the new Gentle Sepia filter). These tools make image capture easy and can expand your creativity.
This E-PL1 comes with M.Zuiko Digital ED Micro Four Thirds mount 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6L and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lenses which are extremely compact and have a plastic mount which helps keep the weight down. The 14-42mm lens is equivalent to 28-84mm in 35mm format and the 40-150mm lens is equivalent to 80-300mm, so they cover everything from wide angle to long telephoto distances and are suitable for landscape, portraits, everyday shooting, wildlife and traveling. They have ED and Aspherical lens elements which deliver very high imaging performance. Despite their small size, they deliver amazing image brightness and contrast.