Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Goes Legit With 12.3MP, 720p VideoS

After getting us all hot-and-bothered pre-release the Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds rangefinder-esque camera has now been officially revealed.

In addition to wielding a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor (the same 4/3 style as found in many mini-DSLRs) the retro-styled E-P1 "Digital Pen" has a three-inch LCD, in-body image stabilization, a dust reduction system and 19 automatic scene modes. It can also record HD video in 720p/30fps and includes a HDMI TV-out for direct playback.

There will be two Micro Four Thirds lenses available along with the camera for US release in July, a 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake and a 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6. Price-wise it comes in better than expected at $749 for body only, or $799 with the 14-42mm lens. My personal choice, though, would be the body with the 17mm for $899. [Akihabaranews]