Next up on our list of camera introductions is the latest mirrorless camera from Olympus... Known for pro quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition video, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 continues the PEN family’s legacy of simple design, intuitive interface and Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) image quality. The new camera also expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight accessory (MAL-1) and the new Olympus PENPalBluetooth accessory. Capturing amazing still images and HD Video just got a lot more fun. Just further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all. Outstanding Features:
  • MSC Lens – the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6  (28mm-84mm equivalent) lens features a high-speed, silent autofocus during still shooting and high definition (HD) video capture;
  • New 3” 460,000 dot LCD - for bright and easy image composition;
  • Live Guide II - preview still image & video effects on the E-PL2’s high-resolution LCD screen to achieve the perfect result effortlessly;
  • Art Filter Variations and Enhancements choose from different art filter looks to expand your creative horizons or overlay different art filters to create something new, now with full manual control;
  • ISO 6400 - take great low-light photos with the camera’s increased ISO sensitivity;
  • New Ergonomic Body Design – shoot stills and videos comfortably with a more ergonomic grip and updated button placement and functionality for ease of use; and
Face Detection with iDetect – an amazing new function makes it easier to capture the spirit of your subject, automatically making a person’s eye the focus point of the image. The E-PL2 further reduces the chance of blurred subjects in images by recognizing up to eight faces, tracking them within the image area, and automatically focusing and optimizing exposure for sharp portraits. The E-PL2 comes with the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. This new kit lens has a smooth, silent and uses a quick inner focus mechanism to make it exceptionally fast and nearly silent when recording high-definition movies. The M.Zuiko Digital MICRO Four Thirds® lenses are designed to be more compact and portable, just like the E-PL2 itself. In addition to the kit lens, choose from the ED m17mm f2.8 lens (34mm equivalent), the super wide-angle zoom ED m9-18mm f4.0-5.6 lens (18-36mm equivalent), the high-power wide to telephoto zoom ED m14-150mm f4.0-5.6 lens (28-300mm equivalent), the wide zoom ED m40-150mm F4.0-5.6, or the super telephoto ED m75-300mm f4.8-5.6 (35mm equivalent 150–600mm). If you’re looking for even more options, the MMF-2 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter makes the E-PL2 compatible with all Olympus Zuiko® Digital Specific lenses and other Four Thirds System lenses from Sigma, Panasonic and Leica. Olympus OM film-based lenses can be attached to the E-PL2 with the MF-2 OM Lens Adapter, and third-party adapters have been developed to fit lenses from a number of other manufacturers. At an affordable $599.99 with the new MSC ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equiv.), the 12.3 megapixel ergonomically-designed E-PL2 is perfect for everyone from beginners, who want to expand their creative horizons, to experienced photographers who desire high-quality results without the size and weight of a traditional DSLR. We expect E-PL2's to be available by the end of March. A reminder that we'll be having our free Digital DSLR Basics Class tomorrow night at 7, right here at the store! And on Friday, we'll cover our next new camera, the Nikon Coolpix P500.

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