New Olympus PEN E-PL1s camera on November 16th?

The current Olympus E-PL1 model

The current Olympus E-PL1 model

Over a month ago I posted a rumor about a new Olympus EP-3 camera that will be released in the November-December timeframe. Today digicame-info reports that Olympus will release a new PEN E-PL1s camera with a new kit lens on November 16th, 2010. The article also mentions that this upcoming camera has been the reason for the E-PL1 price drop (currently selling for around $520).

The Olympus PEN line has been refreshed every few months in the past: E-P1 was announced in June of 2009, the E-P2 was released in November 2009 and the E-PL1 in February, 2010. A new model before the holiday shopping season makes sense.

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  • SZRimaging

    I was just looking at theses and the Sony NEX series as an alternative to lugging around my DSLR everywhere. Not to mention their lack of mirrors….

    Still, I am not sure if I would be happy with the m4/3 sensor or not.

    • ItsaChris

      there is truly very little difference from DX to 4/3. The largest difference you will see in the photos is from the smaller front lens elements giving the OOF areas a less creamy look. you can see this in the nikon world by comparing images from the 45p to the 50mm 1.4 (nikon or sigma) @ 2.8. or look at the 105 macro lens compared to a portrait lens of the same length (like 70-200 or 105 f2).

      • SZRimaging

        Good to know. The NEX is actually losing out do the lack of a cable release option. Yes, the NEX-5 can use an IR remote, but I think I would rather have a timered cable with an 8 minute exposure.

        Not to mention the Pens have an ISO 100, unlike the NEX.

        • f3lix

          I had the occasion of testing a PEN for 2 hours at Photokina and I was disappointed by the noise on high ISO (high means above 400!!!).
          I will probably buy a NEX-5 (or NEX-7 when it comes out), because it got at least decent noise reduction (and anyway the larger sensor).

          • Lorenzo

            I agree, I also tested a Pen, and started wondering what was the actual advantage over a normal compact. Ok, I know there is such an advantage, but, I guess, the performance is somehow in-between a compact and the best aps-c sensors out there. Over ISO 400 any new APS sensor beats the 43 by far.
            So, if you start a new system, better be a system that is really a step beyond normal compacts. The NEX sensors are apparently much better than the m43. The problem is that I do not like the cameras. I guess I will be waiting for a while…

          • SZRimaging

            I have problems with the NEX system. Needs a better control interface and there is no way to use a cabled release. I want to use a cabled release with an introvelmeter (sp?) to do 2min+ exposures. Have one for the Nikon and it works great.

          • ronnbot

            Couldn’t disagree with you more with regards to the noise of the Olympus sensor. Looking at the ISO comparison done by DPR between the D7000, 60D, and Nex, it performs well up to 800. 1600 is even acceptable and not that for behind Nikon and Canon. You’ll also notice that at 1600 and 3200, the NEX may have a little bit less noise, but has much less detail also than the E-PL1, which is consistent with DPR’s review of the NEX, where they found that it had “slightly less noise than the smaller sensored Olympus, its images don’t appear to have much more detail”.

            The main downside with the E-PL1 sensor is that it doesn’t go beyond 3200. Also, the 2x crop factor where shallow DOF and wide angle shots are more difficult/expensive to attain. But that’s beyond the point since you’re mainly focusing on ISO performance.

            DPR even said this on their review of the E-PL1: “The amount of detail retained at high ISO is immediately apparent, with sharper, more detailed images all the way from ISO 400 upwards. The E-PL1 is not only doing a better job here than either of the other Micro Four Thirds cameras, but is also doing a better job of balancing noise and detail than the larger-sensored D3000.”

            Statements like “over ISO 400 any new APS sensor beats the 43 by far” and “NEX sensors are apparently much better than the m43” are false and baseless.

  • bobx

    i know id be a little upset if i bought a camera and a new / improved model of the same basic thing came out a month or 2 later…

    • Lorenzo

      Depends if the new model is really “new”, or just the old one with some very minor things updated here and there. In this latter case, better have the first camera first, and two months more with it, and more time to shot pics with it.

  • Matt

    If Olympus is really just releasing the E-PL1 with a new lens, and calling it something new, that’s pretty hokey marketing…

    I would buy an E-PL camera TODAY if they would just double the LCD resolution and ideally improve performance (shot to shot time, AF speed). An in-camera HDR would be nice, to overcome the slightly lacking dynamic range. Not that hard to pull off in the 8 months since the E-pl1 was introduced…

  • Catastrophile

    the name suggests it’s gonna be a minor upgrade over EPL1, so yet another 12MP 4/3 sensor camera and yet another camera that’s targeting the lowest section of the lowest entry level segment. I thought Olympus could do better.

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