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Olympus E-PL1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Olympus E-PL1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas the zoom and performance get mixed views. Some have doubts about the battery and shutter.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

screen, durability, viewfinder, shutter, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-PL1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Olympus E-PL1


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.

Currently the least-expensive Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy. Beautiful, sharp images. Newbie-friendly features.

Sluggish autofocus. Noticeable shutter lag. Flimsy-feeling build. Proprietary USB port.

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Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Olympus E-PL1 camera


Newly introduced, and at the exact same price as Olympus' recently reviewed E-600 Four Thirds digital SLR with 14-42mm kit lens, is the manufacturer's latest Micro Four Thirds system hybrid in the E-PL1 Digital Pen. Small-ish and easy-ish to use,...

On-board flash, operation simplifying Live Guide, the E-PL1 offers the cheapest entry point to date into the Pen camera range

Plastic construction where the E-P1 and E-P2 offered steel, pared down ISO and LCD

Small-ish and easy-ish to use, Olympus is claiming "big camera" results from its latest Pen. Pictures from it are invariably a match for its acclaimed predecessors if they're not quite, to our eyes, as sharp as a similarly priced mid-range DSLR with a...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Lexy Savvides (

Olympus E-PL1


Pop-up flash. Excellent SLR image quality for the price. Good noise control. HD video recording.

Slow autofocus. Small, low-resolution LCD.

The E-PL1 isn't fast enough to accurately capture moving subjects, but as a cheap entry into the Micro Four Thirds format it's a pretty good camera indeed.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Tim Smalley (

Olympus E-PL1 review


More sensibly priced than earlier compact Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-PL1 is a definite step in the right direction

Apr, 2010

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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Cameras


One of the most VALUE FOR MONEY cameras to come for a LONG TIME.Right after I recieved the brand new camera kit, I immediately removed the standard zoom lens and attached an Ai to M4/3 adaptor (and an FD to M4/3 adaptor too!)Voila!All my Ai Nikkor and...

The 4/3 system is one great modular people's system.Almost ANY lens, even 30-40 years old, can fit into the camera via an adapter.The body is cheap! (lenses are not...) Take it anywhere and run it to the ground... broken? Get a new one! It's THAT...

The lens caps of the original zoom kit is so tiny, a tether should be provided to prevent loss and misplacement.The video "standard"settings tend to blow out highlights. Use "neutral" instead

Oct, 2011

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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Cameras


Great little camera, with excellent image quality.

Superb image qualitySizeSharp kit lensGood lookingVery good priceCompact for it's featuresDecent grip for sizeGood noise performance (especially when compared to Panasonic counterparts).Good jpeg processing

Slow to auto-focusSometimes fails to AF in low lightSome accessories are very expensive e.g. VF-II and SEMA-1Cheap build qualityNo control dialsAverage screen resolutionCannot take any release cable or remoteSlow burst modeBattery and Card compartment...

Jun, 2011

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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Cameras


I bought the EPL-1 to have a light weight street camera that I could use my Voigtlander lenses on. I wanted the EPL-1 so I would have the ability to use a EVF making focusing easier. I have played around with the Voigtlander 28mm and 15mm Heliar. Their...

Smalll size, great image quality, nice colors, Ability to use Leica and Voitlander lenses via an adapter. In body image stabilization. Very useable images up to 800iso

Hard to use in manual. I wish there was a thumb wheel for shutter speed changes, weak LCD, Not sure I like the lock feature on the 14-42mm lens

Mar, 2011

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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Cameras


This camera type is selling like hotcakes to many enthusiastic consumers. However, conceptually and practically it represents pointless technology to the serious photographer. AF, pic quality, shutter lag, LCD screen are all unacceptable to anyone...


Screen, relative bulk, shutter lag, pic quality

Sep, 2010

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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Cameras


I've been intrigued with the micro four thirds format for quite awhile, but had been hesitant to pull the trigger. I liked the idea of a smaller overall package, that would still give me outstanding quality photos. Having been spoiled by L lenses and...

Easy to useBuilt in Scene presets make shooting for novices a snapArt filters add some funExcellent Zuiko lenseNicely priced for those that want more than a P&S, but don't want full on DSLRAbility to switch lenses

RAW support is seriously lacking right now (this may chance in the future, as it is still a new product)Body loses some of that classic rangefinder look of the EP1 and EP2, looks like it's designed more like the G series of cannon.SD card/Battery...

May, 2010

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Amazing price performance

not the fastest auto focus

Jun, 2012

Price comparison for Olympus E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds...
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OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera...
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$59.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R Zoom...
3.75x zoom lens
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Movo MT-FT47 3-Piece AF Chrome Macro Extension Tube...
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7artisans 50mm F1.8 APS-C Manual Fixed Lens for M4/3...
50 millimeter focal length and maximum aperture of f/1.8. F/1. 8 large aperture which helps to separate the...
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7artisans 25mm F1.8 APS-C Manual Fixed Lens for M4/3...
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7artisans 55mm F1.4 APS-C Manual Fixed Lens for M4/3...
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$109.00 TO SHOP
Opteka 420-800mm (w/ 2X- 840-1600mm) f/8.3 HD...
QUICK SPECS: Push/Pull Zoom, Manual Focus, Minimum Focus Distance: 5.25' (1.6 m), Aperture -16, Filter Size...
$109.00 TO SHOP
7artisans 25mm F1.8 APS-C Manual Fixed Lens for M4/3...
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$79.00 TO SHOP

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