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.

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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