Olympus Pen E-P1 In-depth Review
Top of camera controls (left)
The layout of the top of the camera is very much in keeping with the classic design ethos of the whole camera, and to the left of the hot shoe is this unusual sunken mode dial with a knurled thumb wheel poking out of the back, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the film advance wheels found on some of the Pen models (it's a lot easier to use than it looks!). The E-P1 has 7 stills shooting modes plus a movie mode.
Exposure Mode Dial
|Fully Automatic Mode
New for the E-P1 is one of the increasingly common intelligent auto modes. According to Olympus this i-auto mode uses advanced automatic detection technology to allow the camera to recognize the six most commonly used scenes automatically.
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
Aperture Priority Auto
Shutter Priority Auto
Full Manual Exposure
The E-P1's movie mode works in a similar way to most compacts (press the shutter to start and end clips) and there are various options on offer before you shoot. Focus is normally fixed whilst filming but this can be over-ridden by pressing the AFL/AEL button or by activating continuous AF in the menu. There are two movie resolution settings (both are recorded as AVI motion JPEGs):
HD (1280 x 720), 30 fps
SD (640 x 480), 30 fps
Art Filter / Scene
Top of camera controls (left)
On the top left of the camera sit the main on/off button (with a cute green glowing ring around it when powered up), the shutter release and the AE compensation button.
Buttons (Shooting mode)
• -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps (1 EV or 1/2 EV steps selectable)
|ON/OFF||Main Power Switch
Buttons (Play mode)
Although not labeled as such pressing the exposure compensation button while in play mode rotates the displayed image through 90, 180 and 270 degrees.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Lenses
- 3 What's New
- 4 Specifications
- 5 Body & Design
- 6 Body & Design
- 7 Operation & Controls
- 8 Operation & Controls
- 9 Operation (live view)
- 10 Displays
- 11 Menus
- 12 Menus
- 13 Performance
- 14 Video
- 15 Art Filters
- 16 Photographic tests (RAW)
- 17 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 18 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 19 Photographic tests (DR)
- 20 Photographic tests
- 21 Lens tests
- 22 Lens tests
- 23 Compared to
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (JPEG)
- 28 Compared to (JPEG)
- 29 Compared to (JPEG)
- 30 Compared to (RAW)
- 31 Compared to (RAW)
- 32 Compared to (RAW)
- 33 Compared to (RAW)
- 34 Compared to (RAW)
- 35 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 36 Compared to (Resolution)
- 37 Conclusion
- 38 Samples
- 39 Movie Samples
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