If you recall, the Olympus PEN E-P1 had a few major caveats when it launched. Since then, Olympus has released a few different iterations but failed to quell the camera’s short comings, that is until now.
First off, they’ve finally built-in in a pop up flash. All previous PEN cameras required you to buy a separate flash, which mounted onto the camera’s hot shoe. Not ideal for the on go photos and practically negated its use time by as much as 50% (night vs day).
Olympus says they’ve also improved the auto focus time, enough to boast the the “World’s Fastest AF** speed” – we assume the “**” means in its class. ISO has been increased to 12,800 and full HD movies can now be recorded with 16-bit CD quality sound. There are also a variety of exposure options that you can work through depending on your fancy as well as a 3D mode, which requires to shoot and slowly pan across whatever image you’re shooting.
Under the hood is a 12.3 megapixel sensor and a new processing chip called TruePic VI. On the back of the camera is a 3-inch OLED touchscreen that rocks a 614k dot resolution. You can touch to focus like the iPhone and administer all your settings, but Olympus says they haven’t done away with the manual buttons, just in case you’re wondering.
When the camera ships this August for $900, you’ll be able to choose between two lenses; the Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm II R ƒ3.5/5.6 zoom or the Zuiko Digital ED 17mm ƒ2.8 prime.