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: It’s hardly a secret that Canon and Nikon dominate the DSLR market . Rather than beating their heads against the wall by competing directly against them, other manufacturers are zeroing in a new type of camera—one with a large imaging sensor, smaller size and interchangeable lenses so you can get...
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: 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: 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: 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.
Olympus PEN E-PL1 – Good Performance From an Average Looker
23 June 2011
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.
Excerpt: Bruce Buckman tests a Micro Four Thirds camera he wouldn’t mind taking on holiday No matter how much you love it, no camera is the perfect tool for every job. I realised that a few years back while half way up the 275 stairs of Yorkminster Cathedral’s tower, a weighty dSLR and a couple of lenses...
Pros: Blessedly light, Takes a great shot
Cons: Not as easy to use as you might expect, Lacks the sophistication of the E-P2
Summary: With more sensible pricing, the latest addition to the PEN range is definitely a step in the right direction The Micro Four Thirds "semi-compact" digital camera system is catching on, accounting for more than 10% of interchangeable-lens camera sales in December last year, according to market...