- 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Four Thirds image sensor delivers 4032 x 3024 pixel images
- Built-in pop-up flash with wireless support
- Accessory port to accommodate optional EVF or external microphone adapter
- Sensor-shift image stabilization with supersonic wave dust reduction filter
- ISO from 100 to 6400
- 2.7-inch LCD with full-time Live View
- 720p HD movies
- SD/SDHC media
- Micro Four Thirds lens mount
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL1s is near-identical to its predecessor (the E-PL1) externally, with the only visible change being a reduction in the number of silver body panels, with more of the camera matching the coloring of the front and rear panels. Only the thin silver trim piece that spans the camera's width adjacent to the top of the hand grip has been retained as an accent that matches the Pen PL1s' silver main controls on the front, top, and rear panels. Under the skin, there are only two significant differences between the Olympus E-PL1s and its predecessor. Where the E-PL1 offered up a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3,200 equivalent, the E-PL1s reaches a maximum of ISO 6,400 equivalent.
The Olympus Pen PL1s also uses a new BLS-5 lithium ion battery pack, which is intended to ready the PL1s for compliance with new requirements of Japan's Electrical Appliance and Material Safety law. Accompanying the new battery, an updated BCS-5 battery charger is included in the Pen Lite PL1s product bundle. The final change in the Olympus Pen Lite PL1s bundle is perhaps the most significant, from the point of view of potential owners. In place of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens from the E-PL1 kit, Olympus Pen E-PL1s kits ship with the new Olympus M. ZUIKO Digital 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II optic.
In other respects, the Pen Lite E-PL1s is essentially unchanged from its predecessor. Other features of note include a pop-up flash, dedicated Movie Record button, Live Guide mode, support for both the VF-2 electronic viewfinder and EMA-1 Microphone adapter accessories, and SD/SDHC card storage.
The Olympus PL1s has only been announced in the Japanese market, where it is available in three body colors -- black, white, or red. List pricing hasn't been announced, but street pricing for the Pen E-PL1s in Olympus' web store is set at ¥64,800 (US$780) for a single-lens kit with the Olympus M. ZUIKO Digital 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II lens, or ¥84,800 (US$1,020) in a dual-lens kit that also bundles the M. ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 lens.
Note: All US prices in this article are approximate values based on conversion of Japanese pricing at current (11-16-2010) market rates, and ignore exchange rate fluctuations, taxes, and duties.
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