Conclusion: The Olympus E-1 is an excellent camera and the start of what promises to be a well designed system. It has a few flaws, but what product doesn't? Olympus is a very progressive company and I'm confident that as time passes the line will be nicely filled out with differing and improved models, and more lenses.
Conclusion: The E-1 is the first lens removable digital SLR which is based around a totally new lens system designed specifically for a smaller sensor. This means smaller, lighter lenses and body. Our side-by-side example of the E-1 with the E 14-54 mm lens demonstrates that it is impossible for a 35 mm based digital SLR with high quality 35 mm lenses to come close to it for compactness and light weight.
Pros: Good tonal balance, average resolution, neutral color, almost no sharpening artifacts, Wide range of image parameter adjustment (color, tone, sharpness), Selectable sRGB or Adobe RGB color space (with embedded profile), Hybrid white balance system performs well in both natural and incandescent light, Wide range of preset white balance settings, all fine-tunable, Designed as a digital SLR system from the ground up, Lens and optical system specifically for the 4/3 size ...
Cons: Bayer interpolation and moiré artifacts, Resolution not as good as we would expect from large five megapixel sensor, Noise levels higher than the competition from ISO 800 upwards (especially RAW), Noise filter and lens shading features have only limited effect on final image, Huge performance hit when enabling noise filter or shading compensation, Auto focus provides just three focus points, about as fast as an EOS 10D, Continuous AF not as fast as some other D-SLR's,...
Excerpt: The Olympus
E-1 ($1799 street price, body only) marks the long-awaited
debut of the FourThirds system, which was jointly developed
by Olympus, Kodak, and Fujifilm. The FourThirds system was
created from scratch, with the aim of being the first SLR designed
for digital. The FourThirds system is a standard, so you'll
be able to swap lenses and accessories between cameras.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, though images sometimes underexposed, Superb performance, Very well built (and I mean it), Tons of manual controls, Lenses are designed for the camera, Very handy dust and hot pixel removal features, AF-assist lamp, Low noise below ISO 800, RAW images can be manipulated in-camera or on your PC, Camera can be controlled on your computer with optional (and expensive) Olympus Studio software, Powerful battery, Hot shoe and flash sync port for ext...
Cons: Images sometimes underexposed, Burst mode cannot be used when noise reduction, noise filter, or shading compensation are turned on, Less resolution, higher price than competition, Only selectable three focus points, Getting exposure info in playback mode is too difficult
Conclusion: As a result of the smaller image sensor used, the Olympus E-1 manages to produce an ergonomic lightweight body and lens design that is durable and splash proof. Not forgetting its interlock controls as a preventive measure against accidental switching of shooting settings, the 12 preset color temperature white balance levels, flexibility in adjusting color saturation levels, contrast, and sharpness, as well as that long battery life.
Summary: For the most part, the Olympus E-1 generates very good-looking images that are fit for use straight away, without the need for further manipulation in an image-editing suite. Lower prices have made the E-1 much more tempting, but Olympus is yet to convince us that its Four Thirds system is better than conventional SLRs. Excellent solid conbstruction, really professional feel and confidence for all weathers.
Excerpt: È di comune accordo che le cose funzionano meglio quando tutti i pezzi si disegnano pensando a tutto e non prendendo un elemento precedente e mettendogli complementi con il calzascarpe. Questo è quello che ha fatto la Olympus con la sua E-1 e il denominato sistema Quattro Terzi. Obiettivi nuovi per un sensore nuovo: armonia perfetta. Senza alcun dubbio, le intenzioni sono buone e sulla carta l'insieme punta in alto.
Pros: buona ergonomia, valido sistema di pulizia del CCD, buon funzionamento del bilanciamento automatico...
Cons: autofocus lento e poco preciso, rumore eccessivo ad alte sensibilità, bilanciamento del bianco manuale poco efficace...
Conclusion: Olympus ha dado un gran y atrevido paso adelante al presentar el sistema Four Thirds. El lanzamiento de la E-1 es admirable y es digno de alabanza que una compañía con un pasado en el mundo de la fotografía tan respetado entre en la era digital a todo gas. La E-1 es el primer modelo que funciona según el nuevo sistema; el nuevo estándar según Olympus. ¿Pero cual es la opinión de Canon y Nikon?. No parecen compartir este punto de vista respecto a este nuevo sistema.
Conclusion: Olympus heeft een grote en gedurfde stap genomen met de introductie van het Four Thirds systeem. De introductie van de E-1 is bewonderenswaardig en het is prijzenswaardig dat een onderneming met een zeer gerespecteerde fotografische achtergrond vol gas het digitale tijdperk in gaat. De E-1 is het eerste model dat volgens het nieuwe systeem werkt, volgens Olympus de nieuwe standaard. Maar wat vinden Canon en Nikon hier nu van?