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.
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...
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.
Excerpt: The Good Good image quality for the price. Solid kit lens. High quality video. Built-in flash. The Bad Possibly over-simplified control. No built-in viewfinder. Art Filters of limited use. Not as quick as it could be.
Pros: Good image quality for the price., Solid kit lens., High quality video., Built-in flash.
Cons: Possibly over-simplified control., No built-in viewfinder., Art Filters of limited use., Not as quick as it could be.
Summary: The Olympus E-PL1 is the latest and most affordable digital camera donning the “PEN” Micro Four Thirds nameplate, priced at $599 with the 14-42mm kit lens. Alongside its older siblings, the higher priced E-P1 and E-P2 , the E-PL1 jumps into the game with many of the same specs, including a...
Pros: Pop-up flash added, Great image quality, Affordable price
Cons: Slow AF system, No optical viewfinder, Cheaper build
Summary: Why? Because every guy wants to take better pictures for posterity. When digital cameras first hit the market in a big way, we were all over it. Finally, we were able to click away aimlessly and experiment with the various settings, and we could see our results right away.
Summary: With the competition for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras hotting up, it is important for a manufacturer to have a full complement of cameras in its range. The Olympus Pen E-PL1 is designed squarely for the entry-level market, and as such it should be simple to operate but with enough...
Olympus' PEN E-PL1 budget interchangeable camera works well, but there are other cameras that offer better value
Good Gear Guide.au
9 November 2010
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a budget interchangeable lens camera, but the problem is that it's just not cheap enough. You don't get an EVF nor any physical exposure controls, and the body is just very plain overall. It doesn't have the appeal of the PEN E-P2.
Pros: Fun art modes, good focusing, focus tracking, sharp overall image quality, built-in flash
Cons: Noticeable noise above ISO 400, mode dial is too stiff, no dedicated controls for changing exposure, no built-in EVF, screen a little dull
Olympus PEN E-PL1 – Good Performance From an Average Looker
21 October 2010
Summary: The Olympus E-PL1 sells at a market operating price of Rs. 22,999. While this may be a decent camera in terms of image quality; this is definitely not the newest. Olympus recently launched the E-PL2 which has a larger screen with more controls.