Update: Olympus have officially announced the new Olympus E-P1 a new micro four thirds Digital camera, it’s the world’s smallest digital camera with changeable lens, it features the same size sensor as other Olympus Digital SLRs (meaning much better image quality with all the low-noise benefits of a DSLR), but with a camera body and lens size much more in like with a compact point and shoot such as the Canon G10! It will be available with a compact 17mm lens (34mm equivalent, UK Price with viewfinder £749), and 14-42mm 3x zoom lens (28 – 84mm equivalent, UK Price £699). More pics at Engadget. The camera will feature dust reduction, a 12.3 megapixel live view sensor, 720p video recording (1280×720) with stereo sound and HDMI out, anti-shake sensor, 3″ screen, 3fps, takes SD cards (finally!), and ISO100 – 6400.
“With the release of the E-P1, the digital era’s next generation Olympus Pen has arrived: mirrors are no longer a necessary component for digital cameras
with interchangeable lenses. The first groundbreaking Olympus Micro Four Thirds model impresses with its incredibly small size, retro style, and ease of use – without giving up any of the benefits of D-SLR quality. This new ultra-compact hybrid device can even record HD quality movies with depth of field and Art Filter effects familiar from still photography. Naturally, the E-P1 packs all the advantages of Olympus imaging technology e.g. image stabilisation, a dust reduction system, and bright interchangeable lenses. It will be available for purchase in July 2009 at a retail price of €800.”
Read more Olympus E-P1 Information, Previews: Olympus Press Release, Olympus Product Page, Hamburg Press Release (DPNow), Previews: DPReview, LetsGoDigital, DCResource, Four Thirds Photo, Imaging Resource, MacWorld, Digital Camera HQ, Sample Photos: Photography BLOG, Sample Videos: DPReview