Olympus PEN E-PL1 Review

Announced Feb 3, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

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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