Olympus Pen E-PL1

  • Olympus Pen E-PL1
80
Based on 60 scores, 93 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    14
  • Good:
    31
  • Average:
    12
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • Costs less than others in its class, Interchangeable lenses, Shoots 720p video, RAWJPEGcapable, Solidly built, Has popup flash.
  • Small size & decently portable, Builtin flash, RAW images & 720p video, Manual & automatic shooting
  • Reasonable price, Small size, iAuto Mode, Built-in flash.

Cons:

  • Slow performance in tests, Limited lens selection, No optical viewfinder, Battery life
  • Mediocre LCD display, Daunting menu & navigation, Poor lowlight video quality

Expert reviews and ratings

By Tech2 on 70

The Olympus E-PL1 sells at a market operating price of Rs. 22,999. While this may be a decent camera in terms of image quality; this is definitely not the newest. Olympus recently launched the E-PL2 which has a larger screen with more controls. On the...

By ConsumerSearch on -

Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN E-PL1 is the best of the bunch. It's also one of the least expensive. The E-PL1 shaves costs by...

By Trusted Reviews on -

Just over a year ago I reviewed the , Olympus's first foray into the compact system camera market. The review was generally positive, but I criticised the camera's lack of a built-in flash and relatively high price compared to contemporary...

By Photoxels on -

The Olympus E-PL1 is a Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL, aka “mirrorless DSLR”) camera with an “almost retro” charm all its own, good handling, very good image quality and much improved low noise high ISO capabilities. Though...

By TechReviewSource on 60

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a small camera that's filled with advanced technology found on larger cameras. It's a portable and easy-to-use digital camera that offers 12.3 megapixels, RAW image shooting, 720p HD video recording, and more.The E-PL1...

By Macworld on 60

Sitting somewhere between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, compact interchangeable-lens cameras offer substantially lower bulk and weight than a DSLR, but more features than a pocket camera. The third Olympus camera to enter this category is the...

By TechSmart.co.za on -

Olympus' PEN E-PL1 retails for under R8000, which should put its relatively compact body with regular DSLR sensor size and interchangeable lens system in reach of a wider audience. Although it impresses us with good quality pictures and easy to use...

By Digital Photography School on -

Olympus keeps pushing the PEN, obviously feeding a market need. Now we see an entry level Micro Four Thirds model – the Olympus PEN E-PL1 – that should satisfy the less well-heeled and tech-challenged photographers out there.It’s hard...

By RegHardware on 85

With the E-P1 and E-P2 Olympus was targeting the enthusiasts and the serious photographers who were looking for a lighter and smaller alternative to a DSLR. The E-PL1 reflects a market shift by Olympus as it is aimed at the beginner and the compact...

By Buy-n-Shoot on 100

The Olympus E-PL1 put simply is a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re a DSLR user looking for a capable and affordable compact unit to add to your kit or an amateur photographer looking for a user-friendly unit to intuitively help you...

By AsiaOne on -

Plus, of all the cameras, we're still of the opinion that the E-PL1's iAuto mode is by far the easiest to understand for absolute beginners. It's really in the video quality that perhaps the E-PL1 lags behind because of the strong noise...

By TechCentral on 80

When we first reviewed the E-PL1, we came away impressed with what Olympus added to their budget compact while taking away relatively little compared with the camera's more expensive siblings. In terms of still photos, the E-PL1 is on par with any...

By InsideHW on -

The increasingly large Micro Four Thirds (Micro 4/3) camera community has received a new representative. After the surfacing of the first Olympus PEN E-P1 model last year and PEN E-P2 camera a few months ago, the latest model, titled PEN E-PL1, has...

By Macworld UK on 80

The latest 12.3-megapixel digital PEN camera – named after the popular film camera series of the 1960s – is Olympus’ cheapest and easiest to use yet, as well as the only one of its trio of Micro Four Thirds hybrids to feature a...

By SlashGear on -

Micro-four-thirds cameras may be small in your pocket but their impact on your pocketbook can often still be significant. Stepping into the budget micro-4/3 market is the Olympus Pen E-PL1, packing much of the functionality from the 12.3-megapixel PEN...

By G4tv.com on 100

Video Review: Weighing only .75 lbs and a TruePic V Image processor, the Olympus E-PL1 DLSR takes amazing pictures, records HD movies and features creative effects. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review this versatile camera for $530....

By Electronista on 70

The Olympus E-PL1 is a worthy entry to the ILC ranks for those ready to step beyond the constraints of a typical point and shoot camera. Made for the type of person who chooses to go to the next step, but most likely not further, it offers great image...

By PC Authority on 83

With more sensible pricing, the latest addition to the PEN range is definitely a step in the right direction...

By Popular Photography Magazine on -

So far, Micro Four Thirds cameras have been priced for the early-adopter crowd, with the first models from both Olympus and Panasonic debuting at about $800 (street) with their respective kit lenses. Now, the new Olympus Pen E-PL1 brings the entry...

By infoSync World on 80

The Olympus E-PL1 is perhaps the most anticipated digital camera since the introduction of the company's first Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus E-P1. This time around, Olympus is targeting the beginner circuit, you know, shooters looking to...