First produced in 1959, the Olympus Pen has had a makeover

Olympus has very kindly donated a new Olympus Pen e-p1 camera (worth £700) for this month’s Gallery prize.

Olympus has revisited an old classic from its past, the Olympus Pen from 1959, and brought it bang up to date. Over 17 million of the various original models were sold between 1959 and the mid-80s, many used by professional photo­graphers as a second camera.

While purists might argue that the new Pen lacks the original’s mid-century aesthetic charm (as well as a viewfinder), the new camera boasts a host of impressive features that should keep most camera lovers happy. The Pen is more compact than most digital slrs on the market yet boasts 12 mega-pixels, an impressive three-inch screen and the ability to shoot hd film with stereo sound. A set of six ‘art filters’ and a ‘multi exposure’ setting allow you to experiment with images on the fly, or to add effects to pictures after you’ve taken them. Add to this two interchangeable lenses and a detach­able flash and that’s a lot of photo­graphic flexibility.

Olympus has very kindly donated a new Olympus Pen e-p1 camera (worth £700) for this month’s Gallery prize. To enter our competition to win it, simply tell us the name of the legendary designer of the original 1959 Olympus Pen. You can enter here. Terms and conditions on request.

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