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  • Patia says:

    Wow, it’s so small! Exciting!

  • Wes says:

    D’oh! Wish this was out this month instead of next. Looking forward to a full review

  • Photo-John says:

    I’ll add some detail to the review later. But I have to correct what I said about the auto focus with video. There is auto focus in the video mode and it works really well.

  • Eric says:

    Does the \E-System Hot Shoe\ provide access to sensor data or is it pretty much there just to fire a flash? I’m wondiering if it would be possible for Oly to create an add-on EVF down the line that would work with zoom lenses.

  • sammy aka lightbright says:

    That is soooo cool! Look out dp1 and dp2!!

  • Gunz says:

    WOW, looks really cool! Can’t wait to check it out. Enjoyed your ‘box opening’ video-fun.

  • Darcy says:

    Is there a long zoom lens out there that will work on this camera? Like, for example, the zoom lens for the Panasonic Lumix G1?

  • Photo-John says:

    The Panasonic zoom lens will work – any lens with a Micro Four Thirds mount will. But since the Olympus has built-in image stabilization, it’s kind of a waste to use the Panasonic lens, which has optical image stabilization. I think the Panasonic image stabilization also has to make their lens bigger than an equivalent from Olympus. I was thinking about a longer lens for this camera today and I would like to see a compact 50-100 with a fast aperture. That would be equivalent to a 100-200mm lens on a full frame camera and it would be a great compliment to the 14-45mm kit lens it will sell with. I’m sure their working on longer lenses. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

  • gumanow says:

    i can’t wait to get my hands on one of these babies…

    just remember, if you are attaching Leica M glass, you’ll need to do the magnification exercise. My Elmarit 28mm will turn into a 56mm.

  • Amjamjazz says:

    And I’ll be able to use my old Zuikos? Right?

  • Photo-John says:

    Amjamjazz – yes, you can use your old Zuiko lenses, with the adapter. Olympus made sure that was an option.

  • francois says:

    That camera took this video:

    I am sold! I’ll get to use it too in an upcoming bike tradeshow.

  • dsi r4 says:

    This is a great product. Perfect for walking about and shooting great pictures. Having it you’re more likely to have a camera with you at all time. That’s certainly my plan.

  • Liz says:

    I’ve had the E-P1 for about 2 months and love it! In the beginning I was ready to give it up due to the challenging learning curve; however, I learned to take one day at a time beginning with auto, and slowly trying different settings and features.

    Biggest Pro for me personally: IQ is my No. 1 priority for me, and I find the E-P1 produces images comparable to what I got from the XTi and a few “L” lenses.

    Biggest Con: Slow AF. However, with few exceptions I can work around this and it is not a problem for me.

    Other great features include: IBIS, ability to use many other lenses with the E-P1 (thanks Olympus)! Size, rangefinder style, LCD screen viewable in bright sunlight (better than any others I’ve tried)….many more.

    I sold my entire Canon system for the M4/3 system – and have not looked back.

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