Excerpt: I've been a fan of micro-four-thirds for a long time. I've owned the E-P1 since release day and have owned nearly every single micro-four-thirds camera that's been released thus far. While the E-PL1 produces stellar JPEGs, I would probably rank it among my least favorite of all micro-four-thirds cameras. For me, there's just way too much going wrong to make up for what's right. My biggest complaint is that the E-PL1 is a slow focuser.
Summary: After reading reviews for a few months and looking at all the beautiful shots that people posted from this camera we finally took the plunge with a Black Friday deal and are very happy that we did so at a place with no restocking charge because it went back the next day. We got it mainly for family pictures, pics of kids, etc. and we did not get ONE good one of our active toddler. Not ONE!!
Summary: I am very disappointed with my Olympus Pen. It takes several seconds for the picture to write to file, missing many shots. The kit 2X is very limiting and does not take a full view at max focal length. With the 2X on you must use an entirely additional set of filters at a different size. The cost of the Olympus longer zoom lens(14-150) is more that the camera!! The cost of the through-the-lens view finder is also very expensive.
Summary: I had to return the camera. In automatic mode the colors were obviously wrong with strong prevalence of red palette. I adjusted the colors, but after I turned off the camera, colors were reset to default. The simplicity of use and light weight are important, but only if pictures are good.
Not compelling for a "pointer and shooter" or for a DSLR user
Cay Horstmann, Amazon
28 March 2010
Summary: I tried this camera, both with its default lens and a much smaller "pancake" lens. I really wanted to like it, as it seemed an ideal combination of good quality and portability. Yes, the quality is good, but the portability isn't. It's too large and too small. Compared to a point-and-shoot camera, the E-PL1 is HUGE. You can't put it in your pocket. You need to carry a case, which meant for me I wouldn't take it all that often.
Summary: I had high hopes for this camera. I brought no bias into this purchase/evaluation, as a mater of fact. I anticipated this camera, but was only slightly concerned about the low res smaller LCD in the back. However, once I got it in the mail, I opened it and was struck by its over-all small size. Although I do have manly hands, they are not huge- and this camera was a little on the small side for me.
Summary: I was really wanting to upgrade from using compact cameras for years to a SLR or the latest Micro Four Thirds cameras that have really taken off. The Olympus E-PL1 was not my first choice, but I was attracted by the price, being such great value for the package you got. My initial feeling of taking the camera out of the box for the first time was slight disappointment. It was very plasticky and build quality wasn't great.
Summary: This camera is good for robotic professionals who shoots all day about anything but portrait of the user smilingly happy that is shot by himself as the user. I wonder why after reading so many blogs and reviews about cameras - critics and the joy of photography is still much like in the film era where the user is, due to high cost can't afford to include himself in the thousands of pictures he make. Is it technology that change but traditions cannot?
Summary: Tremendo error la compra de esta cámara. De noche te quedas sin hacer fotos ya que el objetivo "no ve absolutamente nada". No es capaz de enfocar así lo maten. Lenta por lo demás hasta el bostezo. Una verdadera porquería en muchos sentidos. Solo se salva en fotos diurnas sin prisas y por la duración de la batería.
Summary: Die Olympus Pen E-PL1 war vor zweieinhalb Jahren eine gute Systemkamera. Heute nicht mehr! Warum? Weil Olympus alles dafür tut, alte Kunden zum Kauf einer neuen Kamera von Olympus zu bewegen. Es gibt kein Zubehör mehr für das "alte Eisen". Und man hat sich offensichtlich auf dem Höhepunkt der Systemkamera-Welle noch ein bisschen Luft nach oben gelassen für die Zeit danach, indem man bestimmte Features weg ließ.