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Olympus PEN E-PL1

We have collected and analyzed 138 expert reviews and 1053 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is Jun 10, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 1148922 reviews from other Digital Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the image quality and price are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated, whereas the contrast and viewfinder get mixed reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the shutter and zoom.

portability, usability, performance, price, image quality

zoom, shutter

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Camera - Champagne (14-42mm Silver Lens Kit)Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Camera - Champagne (14-42mm Silver Lens Kit)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 372 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the memory and viewfinder. There are mixed reviews on the contrast and focus.

portability, performance, usability, image quality, price

viewfinder, memory

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Slate Blue)Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Slate Blue)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Views about the design and price are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good views. There are some critical comments about the portability.

performance, usability, image quality, price, design

portability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Black)Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : de.engadget.com (engadget.com)

Olympus E-PL1 Hands-On und Video

 

Die Preise gehen auch für Micro Four Thirds in den Keller und mit der Olympus E-PL1 sogar unter die 550 Euro Grenze, dabei hat die Kamera einiges zu bieten und ist mit dem eingebauten Blitz sogar ein wenig vorraus. Ansonsten hat die E-PL1 zwar ein paar...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Paul Miller (engadget.com)

Olympus E-PL1 review

 

It seems like such a simple thing now, but it took Olympus three revisions to finally get its "Pen" Micro Four Thirds series down below (or even close to)

Great value ; Built-in flash ; High-end video

Audible autofocus noise ; Cheaper construction than pricier versions ; Harder to access manual controls

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Olympus Pen E-PL1

 

Sitting somewhere between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, compact interchangeable-lens cameras offer substantially lower bulk and weight than a DSLR, but more features than a pocket camera.

Fun-to-use Art filters, such as Diorama mode ; Reasonable price ; Small size ; iAuto Mode ; Built-in flash

Poorly-designed interface ; Confusing menus beyond its basic settings ; Sub-par LCD screen

Its image quality isn't quite on par with a DSLR, but the Olympus Pen E-PL1 is a groundbreaking and powerful interchangeable-lens camera that serves as an excellent learning tool.

Aug, 2010

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Olympus E-PL1 Review

 

As one half of the Micro Four Thirds consortium, Olympus was one of the originators of the mirrorless interchangeable lens or system camera. In a little under two years, this new breed has established itself as a credible alternative both to compact...

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...

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...

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL1 review

 

The first round of interchangeable-lens cameras offered a lot to appeal to enthusiasts, but at prices upward of $800, they weren't quite a no-brainer for point-and-shooters in search of an upgrade. The bigger sensors in these models can generally...

Excellent build quality; very good photo quality; can shoot raw+JPEG in every mode, including Art Filters and iAuto.

Slow, with sluggish autofocus; short battery life; low-resolution LCD.

Reasonably priced for an interchangeable-lens model, with the same high-quality photos of its siblings, the E-PL1 nevertheless suffers from slow performance that makes it a poor choice for snapshooters looking to upgrade.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

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.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus E-PL1 Review

 

Olympus has hit a home run with the introduction of their latestDigital PEN, the E-PL1. Not only does it offer all of the features welove about this line, but they added the much needed built-in flash andlowered the price to only $599US! Read more in...

Excellent build quality; Comfortable and stylish aluminium body; Captures tac sharp 12-megapixel photos; Excellent shooting performance; Capable Continuous AF tracking option; Versatile exposure and creative mode options; Great High ISO performance up...

Decent HD video quality; No more sub control dial; Smaller LCD compared to its siblings ; Bottom Line ; Olympus has hit a home run with the introduction of their latestDigital PEN, the E-PL1. Not only does it offer all of the features welove about this...

Olympus has hit a home run with the introduction of their latestDigital PEN, the E-PL1. Not only does it offer all of the features welove about this line, but they added the much needed built-in flash andlowered the price to only $599US! Read more in our

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Daniel Lim (slashgear.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro 4/3 Digital Camera Review

 

Micro-four-thirds cameras may be small in your pocket but their impact on your pocketbook can often still be significant. Stepping into the budget micro-4/3 market is the Olympus Pen E-PL1, packing much of the functionality from the 12.3-megapixel PEN...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

Olympus E-PL1 Review

 

As one half of the Micro Four Thirds consortium, Olympus was one of the originators of the mirrorless interchangeable lens or system camera. In a little under two years, this ...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus E-PL1 Review

 

Prueba de la cámara de sistema Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus toma ventaja con la PEN digital, lo que es lógico. Es un concepto muy inteligente y un interesante cruce entre una cámara compacta y una réflex. El diseño la hace asimismo atractiva para mucha...

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1150
Battery life (CIPA standard):290
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BLS-1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Built-in processor:TruePic V / Y
Calendar:Y / Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming / Resizing, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Colour depth, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Live view: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Muted, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Negative film, Sepia / Black&White, Sepia / Muted, Vivid
Playback zoom:14 / 2-14
Playback zoom (max):14 / 2-14
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:4.29 x 3.54 x 3.35 / Backlight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / beach, Candlelight, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Documents, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Night, Portrait, Sports
Self-timer:12 / 2,12
Self-timer delay:12 / 2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Shutter priority
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, flash, Fluorescent, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade

Certificates

Certification:CE
Energy Star certified: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Blue / Gold / Platinum, Silver / Red / Silver / Silver, White / White
Material:Aluminium, Plastic / Plastic

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7 / 3
Display Diagonal (metric):2.72
Display resolution (numeric):230000 / 230400
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Flash guide number:275.6
Flash modes:Auto / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam:No / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Digital Zoom:7
Focal length range (f-f):0.551 - 1.65 / 0.551 - 5.91
Optical Zoom:10 / 14 / 3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y
ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot / SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Maximum memory card size:4

Networking

Bluetooth:N
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
Wi-Fi:N

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / 0 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60 / 0 - 60

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 11.8 / 1.1 - 3.31
Aperture range (F-F):3.2 - 5.9 / 4 - 5.6
Audio recorder:Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:12300000 / 13100000
Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 60 / 1/2000 - 60 / 60 - 1/2000 / 60 - 1/4000
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP /Vista /7\nMac OS X 10.5 / Windows XP /Vista 7\nMac OS X 10.5 / Windows XP/ Vista/ 7\nMac OS X 10.5
Data compression:Fine, Normal, RAW / JPEG, AVI / JPEG, RAW
Digital SLR:No / Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.51 x 1.63 x 2.84
Effective sensor resolution:12300000 / 13100000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 11.8 / 1.1 - 3.31
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Micro Four Thirds
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video memory capacity:2GB

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / MILC / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image sensor size:4/3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4032 x 3024
Megapixel:12.3
Sensor Type:Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768,2560 x 1920 / 640 x 480,1024 x 768,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,2560 x 1920,3200 x 2400
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 4:3
Total megapixels:13.1

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: No
HDMI:Y
PictBridge: Yes
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:30 / 30, 10
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI / AVI,M-JPEG,RAW
Video Frame Rate:30 / 30, 10
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical
Magnification:7
Viewfinder type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.43 / 1.63
Dimensions (W x D x H):4.51 x 1.63 x 2.84
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):4.51 x 1.63 x 2.84
Height:2.75 / 2.84
Weight:10.4 / 10.6 / 11.8 / 13.1
Width:4.53 / 4.76