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It Can’t Come Soon Enough

I’m getting a new camera, on September 11th. As revealed yesterday. I’m so excited! Why? It’s a huge step up from the small sensor point and shoot cameras I have been using to date. It has plenty of potential for growth in the future, with lenses, microphones and other bits and pieces I can buy to expand its functionality.

It’s a Micro Four Thirds camera, a format that most people are still not terribly familiar with. Basically, it takes a DSLR, removes the big mirror that makes a DSLR so chunky, but keeps all the important bits that help DSLR’s take photos of such high image quality. In essense that is the large sensor.

The video I’ve posted below is an advert for the camera, and there is another one on YouTube here. Both highlight the superb video quality of the camera, and there is another short video showing how the commercials were made. Olympus also produced a series of videos to explain what the E-PL1 can do, as well as some tutorials.

There’s also plenty of other stuff on YouTube about the Pen E-PL1, including hands on reviews by Which?, DigitalRev TV, What Digital Camera and Weird Hairy John, who I think normally goes by the name Photo John. There’s a pretty indepth review from Geekanoids and their odd voiced presenter – parts 1,2,3,4 and 5.

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10 thoughts on “It Can’t Come Soon Enough

  1. Congratulation on your (impending) acquisition. The PEN is a beautiful camera. Its got a retro look and feel to it. Its not big and clumsy like a mirror swing DSLR. Why, in many aspects it resembles the range-finders of old.

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  2. dan in NC says:

    Gary,
    With any sort of luck it would appear that we can expect great coverage of the “1st annual Taco & Mariachi Festival” in Garibaldi Square next week? In stills & HD video? (just a little challenge for the new puppy…)
    Cheers!
    Dan in NC

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    • I do intend to pay it a visit. The last day will be the first full day with the Pen, though, so I might end up going there with my old TZ5.

      They were building a museum on the Plaza…I assume this will be opened during the festival…assuming it hasn’t opened already.

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  3. Kim G says:

    Wow, what a cool camera! This may be my next. How are the lenses? I think that Olympus lenses are generally a cut above, if I remember correctly.

    Also an interesting advert. In one brief bit toward the end, there’s an image of a front-end loader parked in front of the Abercrombie & Fitch behind my office in Boston. I literally did a double-take when I saw it.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we find ourselves an enabler of photographic addictions.

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    • You know full well that it will be your next camera…! Even if only for a few days! 🙂

      I’ve only read good things about Olynpus lenses in general, but for the MFT lens, the Panasonic MFT lenses seem to be getting the best press.

      Are you really thinking of getting one for yourself though? There is the more expensive E-P2 to choose from as well…

      And it is bizarre when you see bits of what you know turn up on TV! A couple of years after I had arrived in Mexico, I sat down to watch my favourite UK TV show – Top Gear. Which I clandestinely download on Bittorrent.

      And lo and behold, if they didn’t go and pull into my old petrol station. And then crash into the bollard at the exit….

      (At about 6mins 50secs)

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  4. Kim G says:

    Top Gear! What a great show! I’ve seen bits and pieces of it on YouTube. There was one where they went around the south (I think they were on their way to New Orleans after Katrina) and nearly got beaten up by some “good ole boys.”

    I love the dry irony they use when talking about their adventures.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where, between the salt, snow, near-constant rain, and humidity, cars deteriorate with a real sense of urgency.

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  5. Top Gear is the best show ever broadcast on any television set in the world. In my humble opinion, anyway! Did you ever see the episode where they decided to turn a Robin Reliant three wheeled car into a space shuttle? The effort that must have gone into that….!

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