Olympus launch the E-PL1 camera

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olympus epl1.jpgEntering into the world of SLRs can be a little daunting for photography novices, but Olympus hope to make the transition from a compact easier with their E-PL1.

The E-PL1 takes SLR quality pics with all the simplicity of a compact. An integrated flash and 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor allow for pin sharp shots and HD recording while the TruePic V engine ensures great quality up to ISO 3200.

If you do want to delve a little deeper into the intricacies of semi-pro photography, the E-PL1 makes it easy thanks to its Live Guide. It offers a wealth of picture options, described in laymen’s terms on screen so that anyone can begin taking impressive shots quickly.

Once you’ve got an album’s worth of snaps there’s also a HDMI-out port to let you browse your snaps on the big screen.

The E-PL1 is available from March 2010, costing £549 for the single lens kit and £699 for the twin zoom package.

Gerald Lynch