Summary: Okay, why am I reviewing a first-generation micro four thirds camera in late 2014? I must be behind the times, right? Be that as it may, this camera still bears attention. When Olympus got into the M4/3 game, they were behind Panasonic, who focused on making easy-to-use, somewhat minimalistic cameras with very good image quality. Olympus decided to go one better and basically pioneer the new emphasis on retro design, by emulating their old PEN line of small film cameras.
Summary: I currently have in my bag a Nikon D7000, a panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2, a Olympus E-P1, a Canon SX50HS and a Sony DSC-HX9V. Each camera has it's purpose and the Olympus E-P1 is my dedicated sunrise/sunset camera. Of all of the cameras I own it is the Olympus that captures the subtle color shades of the sunrise/sunsets that make my photographs stand out and lucrative.
An honest review from a average guy just looking for excellent photos
Charles in Montreal, Amazon
7 April 2011
Summary: It always amazes me the depth of reviews that are available at websites (dpreview, imaging-resource, to name a few but the list goes on) plus the super-detailed online reviews from pros and fanatics. These are great reviews, but with a many technical details or features that are not always relevant to me. I am just an average guy who still wants to have amazing photos of my friends, my family, my travels, the scenery around my country house and a bit for my business.
Excellent SLR image quality in a compact and stylish form
J. Wong, Amazon
30 March 2011
Summary: I purchased the E-P1 to complement my Canon Rebel XSI and as a "camera body" to try out the highly acclaimed Panasonic Lumix 20mm F1.7 lens. I use this outstanding pancake lens with the VF-1 optical viewfinder that came with E-P1. I opted for the E-P1 after also checking out E-PL1 & E-PL2 for the following reasons: 1. Image quality: E-Px and E-PLx all share the same sensor and after comparing the images on DPReview, I concluded that they are basically the same.
Summary: I've been a film photographer for over 40 years and have had some difficulty making the transition from my Nikon F to anything digital, until the E-P1 came along. The E-P1 produces film-like skin tones and colors. Results require little or no post-camera tweaking. Low light, hand-held shots are accomplished easily in most situations. Unlike my old Nikon F (and digital SLRs, for that matter) the E-P1 will fit in a jacket pocket.
Summary: I have a good friend whose a pro photographer, so when I got fed up with being unable to play with things like depth of field with my point-and-shoot, I asked him what I should get. I wanted some manual control, but on a budget. His instant suggestion? The E-P1. It's been almost a year, and I am still in love with this camera. It's really easy to get started straight out of the box using the auto mode. Is auto-focus a little laggy? Yes.
Summary: As a owner of a Canon DSLR, I feel both love and annoyance towards this camera. I bought this camera mostly for its portability, and it is good. I do love its small size (with the 17 mm lens), and I can bring it everywhere (which I will not do with my Canon). And I love its look too. I also find the menu easy to use. The super control panel allows one to control nearly everything needed in taking a photo, and it is easy to access.
Summary: I suppose I would consider myself an amateur photographer. I am by no means an expert, but I did go to film school and I am a professional videographer. I have been doing still photography for about 16 years now. I've owned and used this camera heavily for a few months now... I love this camera. I admit that I am a sucker for retro styling, but this product really delivers.
Summary: Ever since I started using digital cameras, I've wished for one to replace my Leica M6 film bodies. The digital M-series Leicas are beyond my means and are likely to remain that way. Small, simple and fast, Leicas became my most used cameras in the last years film was my dominant medium and I will always have a fondness for them. Well, let me first state that the Oly E-P1 is not the perfect replacement for the Leicas.
Summary: Just what I've been waiting for. The ability to take full control of aperture, iso, shutter speed, etc...and produce high quality images without the bulk of traditional dSLR's. I was so tired of the the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras; small sensor = grainy photos and terrible in low light. I needed more than just being able to put it in my pocket or mega mega pixels (higher count doesn't mean better quality - just a marketing ploy to make it sound better.