Olympus PEN E-PL1

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

If you're brand new to the Micro Four Thirds system, you can get this camera dirt cheap to see if you like the system. Don't push the ISO past 3200. And even that gets a little noisy...ideally you'd keep it at 1600 or less. Like every Olympus camera except for the E-M1 and E-M1 Mark II, autofocus tracking is not very good. But, within from those limitations, you can still get great images out of this camera.

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minababe
 

I wrote this title (It's a Keeper) for a reason. I loved this camera as soon as I got it, but after awhile I began itching to let it go for petty reasons. The reason why is that I bought it years ago when I was going through cameras like a girl goes through Barbies. Plus, I was suffering from PPS (Pixel Peeping Syndrome), and you know how insidious that disease is. Lastly, I was disappointed that it didn't quite match the IQ of a DSLR. (Don't believe anyone who says it does. At ISO 100 in ...

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In April of 2016 I bought the PL1 with a 14-42 kit lens on Ebay for $100, and got addicted to MFT photography because of it.  I've bought two more of these cameras with kit lenses for about $100 each and gave them to my kids to learn photography. The JPEG image quality of the PL1 is fantastic.  My DSLR cameras stay in the bag, now. The PL1 didn't have an autofocus light, and the autofocus is slower than the later MFT cameras that Oly came out with, especially the E-P3 that was the top of the ...

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At a current street price of about $120.00 USD (body only) the E-pl1 is the best deal in a digital back for manual legacy lenses available today. At base ISO up to about ISO 800, its JPEG image quality is comparable to or exceeds entry level crop sensor DSLR's and its superior live view performance gives accurate WYSIWYG viewing before you take the shot. The E-pl1's native 4/3 format makes it an excellent portrait camera when coupled to a vintage, fast 50mm lens (100mm full frame field of ...

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danijel973
 

I bought this camera because I was cycling at the time and needed something almost pocketable, but with enough dynamic range for bright sunshine shots, and with the ability to control depth of field better than a cellphone. Also, I wanted to experiment with using old Minolta lenses on a digital body. Build quality and general ergonomics are very much like Canon A-series of compact cameras - meaning, they are nothing to write home about. It's not a photographer's camera, that's for sure, but ...

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sovelo2002
 

it's very good camera in this class. I will say I will keep it for, you know. I use Raw Format all the time, and kit lens 14-45mm is not too bad, only if you know how to process it behind your shooting.

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EvoKin
 

When pair with Lumix 20mm, this was my go to camera all the time. Love the IQ. Problems: Slow AF with kit lens. With Lumix 20mm, it helped but the AF still hunts when shooting in a dim situation.

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Ciddi Biri
 

When i use my pl1 many many times i missed focus. I have many blur photos because of this. Body+lens size a littlebit big. It's looks like almost normal d-slr. Generally camera slow working. I thinking cpu unit is not enaught.

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Gorpalm
 

Bought this only a couple of months ago, ex-demo model that was being cleared so got it for a steal. For a model nearly two years old there was little expectation of being wowed, just thought it'd be fun to try it out at the price of a discounted mid-range compact. Surprisingly am really, really enjoying using this, so much so at the moment am leaving my normal walkabout Samsung NX10/30mm at home in favour of this. Funny - Screen is much poorer (so much so that when first using the Olympus ...

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