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Olympus PEN E-PL1
6.4 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Overall 9

Expert Review

20 March 2015
  • Summary: Those looking for an "intermediate" camera -- one that can serve as a bridge for a photographer wanting to move from a point and shoot camera to a more advanced model -- will want to pay attention to the E-PL1 from .
  • Pros: Image quality is outstanding, especially compared to others in its price range, E-PL1 is very easy to use, Shop around, as prices have dropped recently, making it a very good value, Camera has a "retro" look and design, which is appealing, E-PL1 is a nice choice as an "intermediate" or "bridge" c...
  • Cons: Full manual controls are available, but can be tricky to find, Position of popup flash unit is a little awkward, Autofocus sometimes works slowly in low light, at least with kit lens, LCD works OK in sunlight, but it should be larger and have less glare in this price range
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5 January 2015

Hands On: Olympus PEN E-PL1

Pop Photo
1 March 2012
  • Excerpt: The third time's the charm. With the Pen E-PL1 ($600, with 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 lens), Olympus has finally gotten it all together in a Micro Four Thirds camera: plenty of pixels, attention-grabbing size and styling, and a built-in flash that lets you add light to your scene even when using an accessory...
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Review – Olympus Pen E-PL1, Part 3: Image Quality & Conclusion

Enticing the Light
2 March 2011
  • Summary: Olympus have built a beautiful-image maker with this E-PL1 ; if you like shooting JPEGs, you’ll love this camera. It is also a camera that is simple to operate, yet can be customised in hundreds of ways, thus appealing to both the newbie and the experienced shooter.
  • Pros: Compact size (camera plus a couple of lenses can be carried in coat pockets)., Onboard flash can be used for bounce., Auto ISO available in M mode., Beautiful JPEGs out of camera., Surprisingly good kit lens., Surprisingly good ISO 3200., Very customisable., Many options for live view (multiple g...
  • Cons: Cannot assign ISO to one of the two customisable buttons., Auto ISO in M mode not smart enough to compensate overexposure if light gets too bright for ISO 100., ISO tops at 3200., No orientation sensor for vertical shots., No IR/cable remote capability., Won’t display picture until it’s been move...
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Overall 7

Expert Review

DP Review
19 December 2010
  • Summary: Olympus adds point-and-shootability to its retro mirrorless PEN range. A vast array of custom options don't undermine its out-of-the-box capability. Only compact-camera-like controls and build prevent it being a PEN for everyone.
  • Pros: Excellent resolution with lots of detail in the shots, Point-and-shoot interface that also allows user interaction, Superb JPEG engine makes camera's full capability easily accessible, Reliable metering and white balance (in natural light), Good AF performance (though kit lens holds it back), Hin...
  • Cons: Some highlight clipping (and poor dynamic range at ISO 100), Low resolution screen that's hard to see in bright light, No orientation sensor means having to rotate every portrait image manually, Exposure controls slow and awkward to use (by DSLR standards), 1/2000th max shutter speed combined wit...
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Overall 7

Olympus E-PL1

PC Magazine
14 December 2010
  • Conclusion: A good value at under $600 with lens, the Olympus E-PL1 offers D-SLR image quality without the clunky build. But if you're looking for speed, sluggish focusing speeds leave this camera in the dust behind Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds offerings and D-SLRs.
  • Pros: Currently the least-expensive Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy. Beautiful, sharp images. Newbie-friendly features.
  • Cons: Sluggish autofocus. Noticeable shutter lag. Flimsy-feeling build. Proprietary USB port.
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Evaluation of Panasonic Lumix GF1, GF2 and Olympus E-PL1 Cameras

Images by William Castleman
22 October 2010
  • Excerpt: Several micro four thirds cameras (Panasonic and Olympus) were evaluated as a small, light-weight travel camera to substitute for my Canon EOS-40D when space and weight restrictions during travel would benefit from a smaller camera system.
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Overall 10
Design 9
Value for money 9
Ease of use 10
Picture quality 9
Durability 8

Expert Review

21 October 2010
  • Conclusion: Olympus PEN E-PL1 system camera review Olympus is making headway with the digital PEN, which is logical. It is a very smart concept and a very nice cross between a compact camera and an SLR camera. The design also makes it appealing to a lot of people.
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Camera Test: Olympus PEN E-PL1

Pop Photo
12 October 2010
  • Excerpt: So far, Micro Four Thirds cameras have been priced for the early-adopter crowd, with the first models from both Olympus and Panasonic debuting at about $800 (street) with their respective kit lenses.
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Olympus E-PL1 Review

Photography Review
16 August 2010
  • Conclusion: Taking the Olympus E-PL1 to Mazatlan was a great test. I don’t regret it one bit. It made air travel and customs easier, it didn’t attract attention while I was shooting in the street, and the image quality and performance didn’t let me down.
  • Pros: Light and compact, $599 with a lens!, Better image quality than a compact digital camera, 720p HD video, Built-in image stabilization, Pop-up flash, Live Guide creative controls, Auto focus performance not as good as a digital SLR, Image quality not as good as most digital SLRs, No dedicated expo...
  • Cons: Auto focus performance not as good as a digital SLR, Image quality not as good as most digital SLRs, No dedicated exposure controls, Not enough dedicated lens options, Not so great for action photos, EVF (electronic viewfinder) is a $200 accessory, Point-and-shoot photographers who want more cont...
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