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: 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.
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. On the whole however, the E-PL1 offers a lot for the price.
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.
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 features to allow a beginner’s photographic skills to develop.
Olympus' PEN E-PL1 budget interchangeable camera works well, but there are other cameras that offer better value
Good Gear Guide.au
27 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
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 slung over my shoulder, pain pulsing through my not-terribly-fit body. I’d taken such heavy kit on holiday because I didn’t want to sacrifice image quality and creative control.
Pros: Blessedly light, Takes a great shot
Cons: Not as easy to use as you might expect, Lacks the sophistication of the E-P2