E-PL1

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Chow Monkey, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yes, I wonder what (if anything) is implied by the L in E-PL1 ?

    E-PL(ight)1?

    It will be interesting to see whether Olympus have managed to include IBIS if the camera is smaller/lighter/cheaper... somehow I doubt it.

    Still, if it reduces the size and entry level price for m4/3rds - can only be a good thing! On second thoughts, I'm really frustrated by the lack of High Grade Olympus lenses for m4/3rds... thank heavens Panasonic have created at least 1 decent lens for the format.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  2. willo

    willo Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Jan 25, 2010
    London
    Dunno if it's just me but I'm getting bored of new Olympus bodies, just give us some good fast glass (m43 version on the 12-60mm or 14-54mm II would be a good start!!).

    I think this model will sit below the E-P1/2 with no IBIS, very similar to how the E-420 sits in the current line up. Wonder if they will allow it to use the E-P2 EVF?
     
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Well, there is hope - the teaser ad talks about not being able to hide innovation... so maybe there's something new here.

    The thing is, P&S cams seem to have the leading edge, innovative features... like GPS, touch sensitive screens etc. I wonder if this will be true innovation - or something we've already seen in a P&S?

    I suppose, if this is going to be a cheaper high volume cam - maybe they'll be looking to do something new as they would in the P&S market?

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I have the Pen 1. In my mind it is still the new Oly.
    Maybe this new one, if priced right would keep my wife off my Pen.
    She just loves that camera.
    More info please.....
     
  5. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    A lower priced m43 cam will compete directly with highend p&s cams. I think Olympus wants to get dominate this market first before launching more lenses..
     
  6. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Well, I love the bit about 'launching more lenses..' - I hope you're right Chow :biggrin:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  7. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    There are more consumers who are less interested in pro lenses than people like us. So my guess is Olympus will target at the largest market first..
    The current m43 cams are still rather expensive compared to highend p&s cams. It's extremely smart if they now launch an m43 in the same pricerange as for example the Canon G11.

    Today I received my 20mm btw and untill now after only a few testshots I'm happy what I see :wink:
     
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  8. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Congratulations - it's a killer lens for m4/3rds... the best thing to happen so far imho.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  9. Dad3*3

    Dad3*3 Mu-43 Rookie Charter Member

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    Jan 21, 2010
    PA
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  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Chow....forgive me Bro but that new camera looks like something you might eat but not make photos with....

    Hey..hey...I'm just sayin'
     
  11. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    It's horrible.. Really.. Not sure what Olympus was thinking.. They started of with an insanely nice designed Pen and now they just are trying to get a quick part of the market by dumping toys.. It's not why I choose Olympus to be honest.. So let's wait if they recover and come up with a m43 flagship..
    I feel sorry for all those E-3 owners also who see Olympus develop a new m43 every month now while they are still waiting for the E-5 which I suspect will be the last dslr if it ever appears..
     
  12. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    It's a tough economic world even for big companies, so I'm guessing that they're doing what they can to keep a share of the market. Those of us who aren't interested in this type of camera will be fine, while others will feel good having this new one and most likely get a better quality of photo and have a good time doing it.

    Meanwhile, I want a fast wide angle!:biggrin:
     
  13. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    Well with the 5D Mark II, the 7D and Nikon with it's insane dslr range I doubt if Olympus can really launch a competitor in that segment. I wouldn't be surprised if on the long term Olympus will decide to drop that game and focus entirely on this m43 market and get a good hold on it. Neither Canon and Nikon are active in this part so Olympus seem to be eager to get hold on that.. And if they put all their r&d in m43 than I'm pessimistic on further highend dslr development.. But I might be wrong..

    Yes and I want this 12 or 14mm wideangle also.. With 1.7 or better..
     
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  14. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    Real Name:
    John
    I hope you are wrong but realistically I think it could go either way. On the one hand, if the MFT market booms as it seems it will, Olympus may well decide to concentrate exclusively on that and stop :horse: with standard Four Thirds.

    On the other hand, and this is the scenario I hope for, success in the MFT market may give Olympus the funding to further develop their DSLR range. There is, after all, a certain marketing kudos in having a "pro" flagship like the E-3. I think the big test will be whether or nor they release an E-3 successor this year....that will certainly point the way ahead.

    In any case, I think within ten years virtually all cameras will be mirrorless. For those that still need a bit of heft in a camera, such as when using extreme telephotos, there is no reason why MFT mirrorless technology should not be incorporated in a pro spec full size camera - with a built in EVF, of course.

    But all this is just crystal ball gazing, I doubt even Olympus know for sure what direction they will ultimately take in this respect. One thing is sure, the next few years will be very interesting. :wink:
     
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  15. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Tokyo
    To me it looks very similar to what preceded it. However, it's in silver. Here at least, Mr & Ms Average like silver. Left to choose for themselves, Mr may choose black and Ms may choose pink, but neither moans too much about silver.

    Olympus DSLRs don't sell well. Olympus P&Ss don't sell well. The "Pen" has been successful in its niche, but the niche is small. If Olympus can add a flash and yet more varieties of automation, drop one or two extras that may interest people here but don't interest most people, show that the result is better than an average P&S or cellphone, and keep the price down, the result may sell well. (Or it may not. I have no MBA.) Later Olympus may add black (or, gods help us, "olive drab" or camo) for the guys and pink for the gals.
     
  16. voyager

    voyager   Charter Member

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    Dec 31, 2009
    I really like the camera. Although I noticed that there are no dials on it whatsoever.
     
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  17. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    no dials is no good, v-ger

    but i think a camo or a flat olive would be way cool
     
  18. willo

    willo Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Jan 25, 2010
    London
    The reason there are no dials is to differenciate it from the E-P1/2, otherwise everyone would buy the E-PL1. Most companies do it.
     
  19. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
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    Peter
    Imaging Resource has posted their preview. First time I have seen a pic of the built in flash and it is crap. They say it even vignettes with the 17mm f/8.8 lens.

    Seems the camera supports control of up to 3 R type flashes using the built in flash as the master.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/EPL1/EPL1A.HTM