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Back to the Future: Olympus E-P1

200910-b-olympus-camerajpg An interesting hybrid between digital point-and-shoots and bigger, bulkier DSLRs, the new Olympus E-P1 ($799) combines a lot of the best of both worlds. (Tech writer Jonathan Blum does a great job summing it up here.)

What excites me the most about this camera is the pinhole-camera mode, which approximates the unpredictable, low-fi charm of a 120 Holga or Diana toy camera. It has a way of making the most prosaic of scenes look strangely appealing, with crazy-vivid color.  The center is in focus, and the edges blurred out and nicely vignetted.

I took my loaner from Olympus around my neighborhood, and I am loving the results. The only thing missing: gaffer's tape and light leaks!

See my slideshow of example Olypus EP-1 pics here.


Whitney Lawson is a photo editor at Travel + Leisure.


Photos courtesy of Whitney Lawson

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