I want… Olympus PEN




A couple of weeks ago I hosted the launch of Olympus PEN cameras. With me in this photo are RedDot Philippines’ Denny Dy and Andrew Chong, RedDot Imaging USA’s Rene Buhay, the winner of an Olympus PEN EP-3, Akira “Alex” Fukui of Olympus Asia-Pacific and Japanese colleagues.


If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a huge fan of compact cameras. I do have a DSLR but I only use that when I really absolutely must (to deal with the speed of my moving children) and most recently in India (I can only travel with it if I am traveling solo because it is as big and heavy as Stella). But I’ve always hated lugging it around. I’ve been pleased with all my compact cameras – Leica DLux3, Ricoh GX200 and Ricoh GRD3. I’ve pushed them all to their limits. I learned manual photography on them.

“The Olympus PEN family combines the portability of a point-and-shoot with features found on bulkier cameras or camcorders to deliver amazing image quality and lightning fast speed. With a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic™ VI Image Processor, high ISO of 12,800, a reengineered autofocus system, full 1080i HD video with Dolby Digital sound recording, newly designed user interfaces and a variety of Art Filters and built-in creative features, these powerfully simple cameras offer advanced capabilities without the complexity of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera.” – Source: Press Kit.


This is the flagship Olympus PEN EP-3 with a classic, all-metal design and the world’s fastest autofocus. A body portable enough to travel the world without sacrificing DSLR image quality and control that experienced photographers expect. It features a bright, 614,000 pixel, high-resolution, OLED touchscreen to easily navigate and control the camera at the touch of a finger. Php 47,999


I am lusting after this.  Each new PEN comes packaged with the re-sculpted M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 II R zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent).


The PEN EP3 comes in black, silver and white. My biggest problem was choosing the colour. I still haven’t decided. As you can see, here is the gorgeous body. The holder on the right of the camera is removable. All cameras in the Olympus PEN series have interchangeable lenses. Aside from the kit lens – M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 II R zoom lens – you can buy other lenses according to your needs.


The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12m f2.0 lens is a high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from high-quality, dramatic landscapes in low-light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. And if you’re after a blurry background effect, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens is a single focal length portrait lens with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.


The PEN E-PL3 or PEN Light is a powerful camera perfect for photographers who want their memories to reflect incredible, professional image quality. Easy-to-use creative technologies are packed in its versatile body – the size of a small, portable point-and-shoot camera, but with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. A clever, tilting three-inch LCD empowers photographers to go head-and-shoulders above the crowd to capture graduations, easily stoop to eye-level as babies take their first steps or even lower to the ground to get an adorable shot of the family pet. Available in 4 colours. Php 34,999

The PEN E-PM1 or the PEN Mini is the smallest and lightest Olympus PEN is available in six colors (purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black) and features a new and simplified user interface as well as a streamlined button structure for superior ease of use. Php 29,999


This is it. Christmas wish list. Can’t wait to have my own Olympus PEN.



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