Olympus E-P1 Is the Micro Four Thirds Camera We've Been Waiting For

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The Micro Four Thirds lens standard has birthed some decent mini-DSLR-style cameras, but its true, unfulfilled potential lies with compact, Rangefinder-esque hardware. The E-P1, Olympus's modern take on its classic Pen SLR, is exactly what we had in mind.

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All we've really got here are a few leaked photos—no specs, no price, no possible date of delivery—but what we can see, we really like. There's no front photo yet, but all signs point to a modern reimagining of the Pen F, which we outright demanded get the Micro Four Thirds treatment a few months ago. It's outfitted with a 17mm f2.8 prime lens, and looks to be about the size of a mid-to-large-sized point-and-shoot. Oh, and remember Olympus's expected June 15th announcement of a retro Micro Four Thirds camera, due for release in July? I've got a little tiny hunch that this might have something to do with it.

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Photography blogs are buzzing with speculation about all facets of this (presumably) upcoming camera, but it's the concept, not the specific execution, that's exciting: we know Micro Four Thirds sensors can nearly match their APS-C counterparts in quality, and the the ever-expanding catalog of compatible glass ensures DSLR-like versatility for the emerging standard. Now, the format may well be getting its first body that people might actually want to buy. [1001NoisyCameras, 43Rumors via PocketLint]

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JawzX2, Boost Addict. 1.6t, 2.7tt, 4.2t

having recently been told to take my gear and put it back in the car "or else" at a David Byrne concert because of the obvious "Pro" nature of the Sony a900, I'd be very interested in this tiny-little, stylish interchangeable lens camera. I only wish it weren't bound to suffer all the problems associated with the tiny-little 4/3rds sensor....