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Olympus PEN E-P1
5.7 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-P1

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Olympus E-P1 Camera Review

Backpacking Light
6 December 2013
  • Conclusion: Citation "Olympus E-P1 Camera Review," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/olympus_ep1_camera_review.html, 2009-11-24 00:05:00-07.
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Overall 8

Olympus PEN E-P1

29 September 2011
  • Summary: The final rating of this camera therefore depends greatly on whether it is being compared to a compact camera or against a DSLR. The differences between this one and similar models boil down to handling as they all currently share the same sensor and lens mount.
  • Pros: Very good image quality, just below average for a DSLR, One of the smallest interchangeable lens digital cameras, Nicely saturated colors, Quite good metering, Good dynamic range, Above average automatic white-balance, Good built-in stabilization, 2-Axis Digital Level, Dual control dials, Excelle...
  • Cons: Reduced dynamic range compared to a DSLR, causes highlight clipping, Over-sensitive lower-rear control dial, Slow autofocus system, Not exposure priority, Long continuous drive display lag, No exposure display while showing digital level, Awkward menu system, Poor LCD visibility, No built-in flas...
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Overall 7

Olympus E-P1

PC Magazine
17 March 2010
  • Conclusion: Despite slow focusing, the compact Olympus E-P1 offers a well-rounded shooting experience at a great price.
  • Pros: Sharp images from ISO 100 through ISO 800. Low noise from ISO 100-1600. Beautiful aesthetics and design. HD video capture (720p30). HDMI port. 3-inch LCD.
  • Cons: Noticeable shutter lag. Slow autofocus. Lens is noisy when focusing, which is recorded when capturing video. Few Micro-Four-Thirds lenses available. No optical viewfinder or built-in flash.
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Overall 8

Olympus Pen E-P1 Review

15 March 2010
  • Summary: Buying the E-P1 may look hard to justify at £700 (and a significant further price increase needs to be added when the optional viewfinder and flash are factored in) given it is not a DSLR but priced like one.
  • Pros: Image quality, handling, Super Control Panel, Comprehensive, creative feature set, Good dust reduction system, Retro styling, Build, Lenses.
  • Cons: No (built-in) viewfinder, No built-in flash, Price, screen hard to see in brighter conditions.
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Olympus E-P1 PEN

Digital Photography Interface
12 March 2010
  • Conclusion: The Olympus E-P1 is probably the most anticipated Olympus camera since the announcement of the Micro Four Thirds system and the ‘wooden, compact interchangeable lens’ prototype shown by Olympus some time ago.
  • Pros: Good image quality with low noise, high levels of sharpness and detail, Relatively compact, retro body design, Small, retractable kit lens of decent quality, Remarkably good build camera and ergonomics; uses SD/SDHC cards, Dual command dials (main dial + scroll wheel) a rarity among digital SLRs ...
  • Cons: Autofocus slower than nearest competitor (Panasonic GH1) and entry-level digital SLRs, No optical viewfinder, Low resolution LCD, No built-in flash or focus assist light, Mediocre focusing in low-light, especially with small aperture lenses, No real image stabilization and noisy AF when recording...
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Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen first look review

11 March 2010
  • Summary: Some assembled journalists at the E-P1's launch baulked at the initial UK asking price - Olympus' reasoning being that it's an object of desire. The gripes are down to the fact it's still more than an entry level digital SLR would cost - admittedly one without HD movie capacity - and requires...
  • Pros: Solid feel, fun built-in art filters as found in Olympus' very latest E-series digital SLRs
  • Cons: The camera's relative bulk, no built in optical viewfinder, no on-board flash (though both available as optional extras), the expensive initial asking price at £700
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Olympus E-P1, a Really Nice Surprise: The Review

Akihabara News
17 February 2010
  • Summary: Extremely well built, with great lenses, the E-P1 is a good surprise… You will finally be able to reach DSLR photo quality in an extremely compact, but heavy camera. However, its price, as well as its limited video capability makes the E-P1 a bit difficult for anyone wanting to jump into the...
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Camera Test: Olympus E-P1

Pop Photo
2 February 2010
  • Excerpt: Think big; build small. That's the premise of the Micro Four Thirds system-big imaging performance from small cameras that have interchangeable lenses. And the first model from Olympus, the E-P1, delivers.
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Review: Olympus E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

16 November 2009
  • Excerpt: The Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera is a beautiful piece of hardware and something photo geeks can’t help but want. After all, it has lots of history behind it, it’s one of the best looking digital cameras on on the market, and it packs much of the power of a DSLR into a size close that of...
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Overall 8

Olympus PEN E-P1

Camera Labs
1 November 2009
  • Summary: Squeezing a big sensor into a small camera may sound like an easy thing to do, but involves over-coming a number of technical hurdles. Sigma was the first to achieve the physical goal with its DP1 compact, although this suffered from a number of operational caveats which ruled it out for many...
  • Pros: Compact body with DSLR-sized sensor., Built-in stabilisation works with any lens., HD movie mode and HDMI port., Broad customisation and Level Gauge.
  • Cons: Leisurely autofocus system., No built-in flash or viewfinder., Average resolution screen., Collapsing kit zoom mechanism can annoy.
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