Olympus is inviting all kinds of confusion with the new Olympus Pen E-PL1s Micro Four Thirds camera. Look at that written down: is it one Olympus Pen E-PL1s, singular, or is it several Olympus Pen E-PL1s, plural? See the problems we have to deal with in our quest to bring the best of technology.
The E-PL1s is an update to the E-PL1. It's an incremental change, with most of the upgrades taking place under the bonnet. There's a new battery design, and the ISO speed has been raised to ISO 6400.
The camera is bundled with a new, lighter kit lens -- 25 per cent lighter, no less. The Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens now has a faster and quieter internal autofocus motor. The near-silent AF means that it won't be audible in your videos as the focus adjusts.
The E-PL1 was the first in the Olympus Pen range with a built-in flash. As the most affordable in Olympus' Micro Four Thirds line-up, we reckoned it deserved one of our prestigious and highly sought-after Editor's Choice Awards. Like the E-PL1, the new camera is a 12-megapixel snapper with a CMOS sensor and 69mm (2.7-inch) screen, packing a hot shoe and HDMI output for high definition playback.
The E-PL1s will be available in red and black as well as the signature Pen retro white and cream. Although we love the louche styling of the Pen range, a bit of variety in the colours should attract those who aren't so keen on the vintage look in the Pen E-P1 and .
UK pricing and launch haven't been confirmed yet. If you're desperate to pick up this latest Pen in the foreseeable, you'll have to nip on over to Japan. It's.