Please note: This is now a camera only rental, you will need to also rent a lens. Now that there is a sufficient amount of Micro 4/3s lenses available, we have unbundled the kit lens from the camera body and lowered the price so that you could choose exactly which lens(es) you want to order with the camera.
The EP-1 uses the Micro 4/3 format and is the smallest interchangeable-lens camera available. It looks rather like a rangefinder camera, but it’s not. It’s an essentially electronic camera, with the optical mirror and viewfinder replaced with a totally electronic viewfinder. It takes 12.3 Megapixel images on a standard 4/3 image-stabilized sensor (the same sensor is used in the E-30), but uses smaller micro 4/3 lenses (because of its small size). It actually improves on the standard Olympus bodies in some respects, having a lighter low-pass filter and TruePic V image processor, which is stated to give increased sharpness and better high-ISO performance.
It not only takes SLR quality still images, it can also record HD video (720p). It also accepts the Micro 4/3 17mm pancake lens and Panasonic Micro 4/3 mount 45-200mm lens if you need a bit of telephoto range. The optional MMF-1 adapter allows existing 4/3 lenses to be mounted on the EP-1, although they will seem huge and autofocus is not always great with them. It does not have a built-in viewfinder, focusing and composing is done in Live-view on the LCD screen. It also accepts the new FL-14 flash .