Olympus adds the PEN E-PL1 to its Micro Four Thirds lineup. As the company’s third Digital PEN camera, the PEN E-PL1 is basically a Lite version or budget version of the original E-P1, sporting a 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS Image sensor, which is also used on E-30 and E-620 DSLRs.
The PEN E-PL1 is equipped with the TruePic V Image processor and features In-body Image Stabilization, Live View, Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) Tracking, 19 Scene modes, Face Detection, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) Mode, and ISO up to 3200. The camera includes also Dust Reduction System with Supersonic Wave Filter technology.
Unlike the E-P1 and E-P2, the E-PL1 gets built-in pop-up flash. It can record 1280x720p HD video. It uses Micro Four Thirds mount, but with MMF-2 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter it will be compatible with all Olympus ZUIKO Digital Specific lenses and other Four Thirds System lenses from Sigma, Panasonic and Leica. Olympus OM film-based lenses can be attached to the E-PL1 with the MF-2 OM Lens Adapter.
The Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro43 camera will be available in March 2009. The $599.99 package includes the E-PL1 Body and M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom lens.