Hey, Panasonic, take a look over here. This is how you upgrade a successful, well designed camera. You add almost no changes, boosting the maximum ISO from 3200 to 6400, for example, and perhaps tweaking the color and shaving some weight to make it look a little different from its predecessor. What you don’t do is take possibly the best camera you ever made (GF1) and dumb it down until it is little more than a point-and-shoot with interchangeable lenses (GF2).
Olympus did it right, and the paragraph above contains almost all the tweaks it made to the already good Pen EPL-1. In fact, the new camera does’t even get a new name, just an extra letter: EPL-1s.
A bigger change is the new kit lens, the 4-42mm II ƒ3.5-5.6 which shrinks down to 454g (one pound) and gets a video-friendly silent AF motor which is also faster to focus than the old model.
The EPL-1s can also be had in a nasty burgundy/red colorway.
The new kit is launching in Japan, hopefully making its way overseas soon.
Olympus Pen Lite [Olympus Japan]
New Olympus Pen Adds Flash, Loses Good Looks
Olympus Pen EP-2, Now in Retro-Tastic Silver
CES 2010: Samsung Joins Rangefinder Fray With Large-Sensor NX10 …
Fuente: Gadget Lab