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Olympus PEN E-PL1
6.6 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Overall 7
7.0

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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Overall 7
6.9

Expert Review

DP Review
13 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 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 10
10
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 8
8.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
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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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus E-PL1

MacNN
27 June 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 9
8.5

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
14 April 2010
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.4

A Gift From Zeus

AskMen.com
3 February 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.2
Features 8
8.0
Build quality 7
7.0
Autofocus 8
8.0

Olympus Pen E-PL1 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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...
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Overall 7
7.0

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
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Overall 8
8.3
Performance 10
10

Olympus' PEN E-PL1, a retro-styled Micro Four Thirds camera

PC Authority
29 October 2010
  • Summary: With more sensible pricing, the latest addition to the PEN range is definitely a step in the right direction
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus PEN E-PL1 – Good Performance From an Average Looker

Tech2
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.
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