Summary: Nice little camera a baby step up from a basic point and shoot but not a full fledged DSLR. The camera is not great in low light but in all other ways the Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens meets my very basic needs. The camera was cheap fun to use and easy on my wallet. I took one star off due to lots of noise in low light. If you are outside or in a brightly lit room this camera is great.
Summary: My brothers had been raving about the format. This was an inexpensive body to start shooting with the m43 mount. Very capable body to go with lenses which are already well known for quality of images.
Summary: This is a very good kit to step up from a point and shoot (P&S), as the EPL-1 has features of both a P&S and a DLSR. This kit also includes both the 14-42mm and the 40-150mm lens. I found the E-PL1 easy to use, with good image quality from the kit lenses. Higher ISO photos, however, have a lot of noise, as do long exposure photos. The in-camera menus are not as easy to use as, say, an entry level Nikon DSLR but they work.
Excerpt: I bought this camera because I was cycling at the time and needed something almost pocketable, but with enough dynamic range for bright sunshine shots, and with the ability to control depth of field better than a cellphone. Also, I wanted to experiment with using old Minolta lenses on a digital body. Build quality and general ergonomics are very much like Canon A-series of compact cameras - meaning, they are nothing to write home about.
Excerpt: it's very good camera in this class. I will say I will keep it for, you know. I use Raw Format all the time, and kit lens 14-45mm is not too bad, only if you know how to process it behind your shooting.
Summary: I picked up the Olympus E-PL1 as a smaller backup camera to my DSLR. I already had a Canon G10 as a backup camera, but I needed something that was more versatile and could be used in low-light (without a flash). Paired with the Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake lens, the PL1 becomes quite the compact powerhouse. It's fast, easy to focus, and fits in a coat pocket.