Olympus E-1 Review
Top of camera controls (right)
The E-1 has its highest concentration of controls (logically) at the top right of the camera. All of these controls are within reach of the finger or thumb of your right hand. Changes of setting can only be made by holding a control button and rolling the main (rear) or sub (top) dial. The exposure mode dial can only be turned by holding the lock button on top of it.
I should make mention of the E-1's excellent 'soft touch' shutter release button, this is far nicer than the 'click type' found on many other digital SLR's, it allows you to squeeze the shutter release in a far more natural manner (it's a personal thing, but I prefer it).
|& Turn main or sub-dial|
Red-eye Reduction On
Red-eye Reduction & Slow-Sync
Slow-Sync 2nd Curtain
Fill Flash (Flash On)
Size & Quality
RAW (2560 x 1920 Olympus ORF)
TIFF (2560 x 1920 8-bit TIF)
SHQ (2560 x 1920 JPEG)
HQ (2560 x 1920 JPEG)
SQ (1600 x 1200 or 1280 x 960 or 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 JPEG)
|WB||White Balance *
3000 K (Incandescent)
3600 K (Incandescent)
4000 K (Fluorescent)
4500 K (Fluorescent)
5500 K (Sunny)
6500 K (Cloudy)
6600 K (Fluorescent)
7500 K (Shade)
Manual Preset 1
Manual Preset 2
Manual Preset 3
Manual Preset 4
|LIGHT||Control Panel Backlight
Pressing this button turns on the Control Panel backlight.
Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
ISO 1600 *
ISO 3200 *
* With "ISO BOOST" set to ON
-5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
|AEL||Auto Exposure /
Auto Focus Lock *
The AEL button can be programmed in a variety of different ways for different focus modes (Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual Focus). It can be programmed to be momentary AE Lock or Memo/Cancel AE Lock, it can also be programmed to perform and lock Auto Focus at the same time. These modes are described later in this preview.
|Auto focus point
Automatic selection from three points
Exposure Mode Dial
|P|| Program Auto Exposure
In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value, exposure compensation and selected ISO sensitivity. Note that the E-1 supports program shift which allows you to choose from a range of equivalent exposures by rolling the main or sub dial (this can be customized). When shifted the exposure mode display in on the viewfinder status bar changes from 'P' to 'Ps'. For example:
|A|| Aperture Priority
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. The aperture is displayed on the top LCD and viewfinder status bar, roll either the main or sub dial (this can be customized) to select aperture. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it is outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink. Available apertures will differ depending on the lens used and the exposure step selected in the camera menu (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV). Using the 14 - 54 mm lens at 14 mm, exposure step set to 1/3 EV:
|S|| Shutter Priority
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Shutter speed is displayed on the top LCD and viewfinder status bar, roll either the main or sub dial (this can be customized) to select shutter speed. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it is outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will blink. Available shutter speeds will differ depending on the exposure step selected in the camera menu (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV). With exposure step set to 1/3 EV:
Top of camera controls (left)
On the right side of the camera (actually running down the edge of the viewfinder case) are the metering mode, drive mode and bracket buttons. Once more these can only be activated by holding the button and rolling either the main or sub dial, although a single press and hold will display the current setting.
|& Turn main or sub-dial|
Center Weighted Average
Continuous (3 fps, up to 12 frames)
Self-timer 12 seconds
Self-timer 2 seconds
Remote release 2 second delay
The available exposure steps depend on the exposure step selected in the camera menu (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV).
3 frames, 1/3 EV
3 frames, 2/3 EV
3 frames, 1.0 EV
5 frames, 1/3 EV
5 frames, 2/3 EV
5 frames, 1.0 EV
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