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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL2 Launched

Olympus today introduced the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2, an entry-level camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

The OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 is an interchangeable lens camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

The E-PL2 was designed to offer users an easy entry to the world of system cameras.

To make it easy even for novices to take full advantage of the photographic power of the SLR, the E-PL2 features a new user interface called "New Live Guide", an enhanced version of the Live Guide interface originally featured on the E-PL1.

The Art Filters have also been improved with selectable Art Filter variations that allow users to apply a variety of moods and effects to each filter and an Art Effect function that adds various composition effects to the Art Filters. The Art Filters themselves now include the popular "Dramatic Tone" effect, first available on the E-5, which applies dramatic tones of light and shade based on local changes in contrast. All six Art Filter effects can also be applied in movie recording.

More extendable than previous entry-level cameras, the E-PL2 features a new Accessory Port 2 extension terminal that can accept the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder, the SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set 1, or any one of the new accessories announced together with the E-PL2 such as the OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit or the MAL-1 Macro Arm Light. The newly launched optional accessories also include three different lens converters including the FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter, the WCON-P01 Wide Converter and the MCON-P01 Macro Converter. When a lens converter is attached to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens and the scene modes exclusive to that converter are loaded in the camera, users will be able to take advantage of new photographic possibilities made possible by changing the angle of view.

Several new camera functions have been added. Perhaps the most notable is an Eye detect function to improve the effectiveness of the face detection AF by adjusting focus automatically on the subject's eyes when shooting a relatively large image of a person. Operability has been enhanced with a 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor and a rugged control dial. The control dial can be used for quick exposure compensation during shooting and quick frame advance during playback. A convenient Movie button lets users switch instantly to HD movie recording even when the camera is not set to the movie mode. Switching back to still image shooting is just as easy. To achieve the high resolution and advanced picture quality proper to SLR, the image sensor uses a 4/3-inch 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor, while the image processing engine uses TruePic V.

The E-PL2 is as mobile as a conventional compact camera. Despite the incorporation of a flash and an image stabilization mechanism, the size and weight of both the body and lens have been reduced. The body color is available in four variations including Champagne Gold, White, Red and Black.

Other Features

* 4/3-inch, 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS image sensor and TruePic V image processing engine for high-quality, SLR-class imaging
* Easy-to-operate controls that can be customized to suit various shooting styles
* Enlarge button to facilitate focusing and composition check
* Magnified-frame AF for both small AF target and wide-area AF target
* Built-in image stabilization mechanism for compensation of camera shake with any lens
* Proven dust reduction system for worry-free lens changes
* Choice of 4 aspect ratios to suit users' creative objectives and display format preferences
* Multi-exposure function with simultaneous LCD monitor display
* i-ENHENCE Picture mode for clear imaging with a heightened sense of realism
* Multi-Mix Slideshow playback with background music
* e-Portrait function for smooth rendering of skin texture
* MF Assist function for manual focusing with auto image magnification
* Continuous-tracking AF that locks onto subject and tracks movement in the frame
* Seamless recording of movie and still images using the dedicated Movie button and shutter button
* Shadow Adjustment Technology for beautifully exposed portraits and group photos
* Gradation Auto to prevent blown highlights and blocked-in shadows
* HDMI output for high-quality image and movie playback
* High-precision 324-zone evaluative metering system
* SDHC/SDXC card compatibility
* RM-UC1 Remote Cable compatibility

OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL2 is scheduled to go on sale on January 28th, 2011.

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