Olympus PEN E-PL1

Announced Feb 3, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Feb 3, 2010
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The PEN E-PL1 is a simplified, less expensive addition in Olympus's Micro-Four Thirds camera range. The E-PL1 includes many of the features of its big brothers, the EP-1 and EP-2 and also adds a built-in flash. Compared to the PEN E-P1 and E-P2, the E-PL1's simplified, button-press based interface dictates that it'll be best suited to compact camera users who want to get better photos straight away and learn about things such as apertures in their own time. Experienced users who regularly want to take control of individual shooting parameters are likely to find themselves frustrated by the sheer amount of button-pressing induced by the loss of control dials. That said, the most important aspect of any camera is its image quality and it is, without question, the E-PL1's strongest point. By just about any measure, the E-PL1's image quality is very good indeed and, thanks to one the most capable JPEG engines we've come across, is easily accessible to everybody.

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Review, May 17, 2010
Article, Feb 3, 2010
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto ISO (200 - 3200), Manual ISO (100 - 3200), 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42 mm (4.53 x 2.83 x 1.65)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

Good for: Compact camera users who want the image quality of a DSLR but with the additional level of control remaining optional.

Not so good for: Those wanting to regularly use manual control or supplement their DSLR. Continuous shooting of moving subjects.

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