Olympus PEN E-PL1 - Good Performance From an Average Looker
5 June 2013
Excerpt: Olympus is one of the best known camera manufacturers in the market and though they may not be as popular as Canon or Nikon; they still have a significant name in the camera market. Olympus has had their PEN series cameras for more than half a century. In 2009, the PEN E-P1 with an interchangeable micro four thirds lens was first launched.
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), Hints of retro styling and SLR quality in a compact body, Collapsible kit lens is small and offers decent quality, Superb optional viewfinder aids stable holding and shooting in ...
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 with base sensitivity of ISO 200 limits you to small apertures in bright light, i-Enhance picture mode can't be disengaged when using iAuto, Complicated menu at odds with camera'...
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. That may be truer for the E-P1 than for the Olympus PEN E-PL1, which has a bit of a plastic and more angular appearance, making it less charming. But that is just the outside.
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. The body: build quality, controls and ports Based on the other Olympus PEN cameras, the E-PL1 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, measuring in at 12 megapixels.
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.
Conclusion: We give Olympus well-deserved plaudits for blazing a trail with a new type of camera. We really enjoyed shooting the PEN and especially the results it cranked out. Although compact and loaded with features, the E-PL1—even though it takes very high-quality stills–is just a bit too expensive for our taste. We’d love to see it below $500 for the kit. The other issue is the lack of lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. It’s not even close to the roster of Canon and Nikon.
Pros: Excellent, natural stills, Very low noise, even at high ISOs, Compact, lightweight, Loved the 17mm lens
Cons: Too expensive, Not many lens options, No viewfinder
Conclusion: While the E-PL1 doesn't quite have the retro chic of the E-P1 and E-P2, it is generally a much improved camera and at a slightly cheaper price too. In fact, if you're a novice Âphotographer who wants to be able to control the camera like the pros without having the steep learning curve of understanding concepts like depth of field and shutter speed and aperture combinations, then the E-PL1 could very well be the camera for you.
Pros: : Solid number of features for pros and novices alike; iAuto mode is brilliant for novice shooters; good picture quality.
Cons: : Not as nice-looking as the E-P2; autofocus still slower than the competition.
Excerpt: The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is an entry-level version of the Olympus PEN E-P2 interchangeable lens camera. It’s aimed at attracting people who want a camera similar to a digital SL but smaller and cheaper. The Olympus PEN E-PL1 uses the same technology as the Olympus Pen E-P2 , but it has a different design and slightly different exposure specifications.
Olympus' PEN E-PL1 budget interchangeable camera works well, but there are other cameras that offer better value
Good Gear Guide.au
28 October 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. However, it can still be used to take clear and vibrant photos, and it also some fun art modes to play with.
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