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February 3, 2010

Introducing underwater Micro Four Thirds photography with the

PT-EP01 Underwater Case

for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1

PT-EP01 Underwater Case

PT-EP01 Underwater Case

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce the introduction of the PT-EP01 Underwater case for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds System camera. The new housing enables truly high-quality underwater photography with compact camera ease, and is scheduled to go on sale on March 5, 2010.

Main Features

  1. The world's first waterproof housing for a Micro Four Thirds System camera; significantly lighter and more compact than conventional SLR camera waterproof housings (weight reduced by 47%* to approximately 1100g).
  2. Enables high-quality underwater photography with ease by using the Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide scene program modes on the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1.
  3. Supports the Olympus Wireless Remote Control Flash System using the UFL-2 dedicated underwater flash unit.

The PT-EP01 Water Protector for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 is the first waterproof housing to be created for a Micro Four Thirds System camera, and offers waterproof integrity to depths of up to 40 meters.
Making the most of the inherent Micro Four Thirds System advantage in compact, lightweight design, the PT-EP01 Water Protector is significantly lighter and more compact than conventional SLR camera waterproof housings of the past.
In addition, it allows users to easily enjoy underwater photography by taking advantage of the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1's Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide shooting modes.
Optical connectors also allow the use of up to two UFL-2 Underwater Flash units for off-camera illumination.

* in comparison with 2079g, the PT-E06 Water Protector and PPO-E05 Standard Lens Port needed to shoot underwater with a Olympus E-620 digital SLR camera

Product Name & Launch Date

Category Product Name MSRP Launch Date
Underwater case PT-EP01 (for OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1) ¥71,000
(¥74,550 incl. tax)
March 5, 2010

Main Features

1. The world's first waterproof housing for a Micro Four Thirds System camera; significantly lighter and more compact than conventional SLR camera waterproof housings (weight reduced by 47% to 1100g)
The PT-EP01 Water Protector maximizes the compact and lightweight design advantages that are inherent to the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Measuring 179mm x 156mm x 166mm (W x H x D) and weighing approximately 1100g, it is noticeably more compact than, and weighs only about half as much as, 2079g of the PT-E06 Water Protector and PPO-E05 Standard Lens Port needed to shoot underwater with a Olympus E-620 digital SLR camera.
The PT-EP01 Water Protector features a fixed lens port and can accommodate an OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 camera fitted with an M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6L or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 lens. The lens port assures uncompromising image quality by using multi-coated glass to suppress internal reflection.
Shots can be composed on the LCD monitor with the same ease as with a waterproof compact camera, but the protector can also accommodate the optional VF-2 Live Viewfinder, enabling users to choose the shooting style they prefer.

2. Enables high-quality underwater photography with ease by using the Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide scene program modes on the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1
The PT-EP01 Water Protector allows users to take advantage of the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 camera's Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide shooting modes, which ensure vivid and natural color with rich blue tones when shooting underwater.

3. Supports the Olympus Wireless Remote Control Flash System using the UFL-2 dedicated underwater flash unit
The PT-EP01 Water Protector supports the Olympus Wireless Remote Control Flash System, enabling the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 camera's built-in flash to be used as the command unit for advanced multi-flash setups. Optical connectors are provided for up to two UFL-2 dedicated underwater flash units, with full control of flash mode and brightness settings accessible via the camera's LCD monitor when shooting underwater.

Related Accessories

Product Name MSRP Launch Date
PTMC-01 Macro Lens (ø67mm) ¥20,000
(¥21,000 incl. tax)
available now
PMLA-EP01 Macro Lens Adapter
(for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6L)
¥5,500
(¥5,775 incl. tax)
March 5, 2010
PPZR-EP01 Zoom gear
(for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6L)
¥3,500
(¥3,675 incl. tax)
POSR-EP01 Ring
(for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6L)
¥3,500
(¥3,675 incl. tax)
PPZR-EP02 Zoom gear
(for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6)
¥3,500
(¥3,675 incl. tax)
the end of April, 2010
POSR-EP02 Ring
(for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6)
¥3,500
(¥3,675 incl. tax)
PST-EP01 Hand strap
(Red / Blue / Orange)
¥2,400
(¥2,520 incl. tax)
early in April, 2010
*The company names and product names specified in this release are the trademarks or registered trademarks of each company.

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