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: Great little camera. I originally purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL1 to fit between my point and shoot Canon A1300 and my Canon EOS cameras. But I found the Olympus has become my main camera. I primarily use adapters and early Pentax Takumar M42 lenses for scenery and Macrophotography...where it does better than my overpriced Canon EOS equipment.
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.
Summary: This is a good camera body for the price [$150]. I use it as a backup for my Lumix G3. Since I have two Lumix lenses, I keep one on the Oly and one on the G3. The Oly has stablization in the body if that is needed. Learning to use two different brands is a little extra work but keeps you thinking! Both are so compact, I keep them both in the same camera bag. I gave it four stars because it is not quite a nice as the Lumix G3 in handling.
Summary: I bought this camera as a second body (I have an Olympus OMD as well). The sensor is amazing and it produces images that are comparable to my crop sensor DSLRs of just a few years ago - at half the size. It does not have the most accessible controls for manual shooting but once understand they work fine. I have photos that show and image quality indistinguishable from the OMD in all but the lowest light where the OMD shines.