Olympus PEN E-PL1

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.

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Silver Award
69%
dpreview score
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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Other reviews
DCRP Review: Olympus E-PL1
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Mar 24, 2010)

With the E-PL1, Olympus has created a compact, user-friendly interchangeable lens camera that is -- dare I say -- better than its more expensive siblings (the E-P1 and E-P2) in most respects. Sure, it doesn't have the eye-catching retro design, but the E-PL1 produces better looking photos (especially at high ISOs), has faster AF and continuous shooting speeds, and a built-in flash. Add in an...

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Olympus E-PL1 review
By: Matt Golowczynski, What Digital Camera

Evaluating the Olympus E-PL1 isn't entirely straightforward, given the rate at which this particular market is changing.

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