Olympus PEN E-P1

Announced Jun 16, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

It's hard not to fall for the E-P1's charms; the unashamedly nostalgic design combines with true SLR quality in a remarkably pocketable package. The lack of flash and viewfinder will put some off, as will the relatively slow focus, but overall this bodes very well indeed for the new system.

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Highly Recommended
66%
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Good for

Walkaround camera for landscapes, SLR users wanting something pocketable with excellent image quality

Not so good for

Low light, indoor or action/sports/wildlife photography

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Other reviews
DCRP Review: Olympus E-P1
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Aug 8, 2009)

The E-P1 does so many things very well: it takes great pictures, has plenty of features for both the point-and-shoot and enthusiast crowds, and can record HD movies. And let's not forget the incredible retro styling. The trade-offs are many: the autofocus is painfully slow, there's no viewfinder or flash (and those accessories have their own issues), and highlight clipping is a problem -- just...

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Olympus E-P1 review
By: Mat Gallagher, What Digital Camera (Jul 24, 2009)

Though not aimed at the budget buyer, the Olympus E-P1 is not overly expensive. It is pitched as a premium product and will undoubtedly attract attention due to its looks, but considering it costs £699 with the 14-42mm, it is nearly half the price of the Panasonic Lumix GH1, and just over £200 more than the Lumix G1. Though, in retro terms, it is a relative bargain when placed alongside the...

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