Video makers looking to experiment with DSLR film making have one new option to consider. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Olympus debuted the PEN E-PL2 camera which combines point-and-shoot ease with professional HD video.
The heart of the PEN’s abilities lies with the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) lens, which offers a high-speed silent autofocus and high-definition video capture. The ISO 6400 sensitivity makes this a strong low-light performer. It also offers 12.3 megapixels and a 28mm-84mm equivalent zoom lens.
This PEN is able to shoot 720p HD video. If you prefer to view your works immediately on a big screen, the camera comes with an HDMI cable. The Live Guide lets users experiment with effects in photos and videos, such as adding a softer or sharper background, before a shot is taken.
Along with the PEN, Olympus is unveiling five accessories, including a fish-eye lens converter, a wide-angle lens converter, and a macro lens converter. Buyers can also select the Macro Arm Light, which adds two LED lights with flexible metal arms, and the PENPal, a compact drive for storing up to 2600 images and wirelessly transferring them to a Bluetooth-enabled device.
The Olympus PEN E-PL2 will list for $599.99 when it goes on sale this month.