Olympus E-P1 Pen, Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14mm-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Black Lens, 12.3 Megapixel, 3" Live View LCD, Silver Body

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About Olympus

The Olympus E-P1 marks an innovative new era in digital imaging. The Micro Four Thirds camera upholds the legacy of the celebrated PEN family of cameras, with the photographic optics of an SLR and the size and simplicity of a point and shoot. Combining the still image quality of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) with the A/V quality of both a High Definition camcorder and high-end audio recorder, the E-P1 is a virtual full-service imaging studio in one ultra-portable and stylishly retro body.

The E-P1 is the world's smallest 12.3-mexapixel interchangeable lens system camera, yet has the creative flexibility to give you a true professional experience with ease. A still photo, video and audio recorder in one, the E-P1 creates exceptional photos, inventive slide shows and remarkable videos both for personal use or for posting on many of today's social networking websites.

It delivers professional quality images without the bulk of a conventional DSLR, thanks to its slim body and advanced high-speed imager AF (Live View) technologies. The lens mount diameter has been reduced, enabling the use of smaller, lighter interchangeable lenses that perform at the same level as larger DSLR lenses.

The camera fits easily in many pockets and purses. With 12.3 megapixels at its disposal, the E-P1 delivers image quality that makes the difference between ordinary and exceptional still and video imaging. A Live MOS image sensor is complemented by a next generation TruePic V Image Processor, resulting in excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, fine image details in all highlight and shadow areas and reduced noise.

The E-P1's three-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to four shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses: Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for creative high-speed horizontal capture and Mode 3 for high-speed vertical capture. The camera's Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens.

In the Movie Modes the advanced Electronic Image Stabilization tracts the images both vertically and horizontally to achieve clear sharp movies, matching the performance of the in body IS. A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images via a patented ultrasonic technology called Supersonic Wave Filter, which vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the image sensor and confines them to a special adhesive membrane. The 3x standard zoom lens is the smallest and lightest in its class and features a closest focusing distance of only 25cm. The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two aspherical lens elements correct aberrations without increasing lens dimensions. The circular aperture diaphragm enables beautiful defocusing - one of the big advantages of this lens. Excellent mobility is assured by a weight of less than 190 grams.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (6),Easy to use (4),Fast shutter speed (3),Good image quality (3),Great picture quality (3),Large clear LCD (3),Simple controls (3),Strong construction (3)
Cons:
Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Travel (4)

Olympus Features

  • Live View Autofocus: With the seamless precision and simplicity of a point-and-shoot, the E-P1's Live View Autofocus system displays the images to be shot in complete focus on the camera's bright LCD the moment the shutter button is pressed half way down
  • Multiple Exposure: Two frames can be combined and portions of one can be combined with those of another in any of the shooting modes. Images can be combined in playback mode or directly on the LCD through the use of the new TruePic V Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount: The Micro Four Thirds Mount on the E-P1 provides many key benefits, including the effectiveness of a digitally designed image sensor, an ultra-compact design & expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-1 Adapter
  • Art Filters: A series of six built-in Art Filters for replicating countless striking and dramatic effects can be easily activated for both still and video imaging. The innovative Art Filters include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole
  • 12.3 megapixel: The E-P1's powerful 12.3 megapixel Live-MOS sensor packs a powerful high-quality imaging punch for such a compact camera, allowing you to capture more detail than ever before
  • TruePic V Image Processor: In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 6400 ISO
  • In-body Image Stabilization: The camera's In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to 4 shutter speed steps with any of the system's interchangeable lenses
  • Mechanical Image Stabilization: Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens
  • Electronic Image Stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake while shooting in the movie mode
  • Electronic Image Stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake while shooting in the movie mode
  • Perfect Shot Preview: With Perfect Shot Preview, you can preview and select various photographic effects before you take the shot
  • Digital Leveler: The camera's Digital Leveler function is a highly functional and practical feature for such specialized requirements as architectural photography and other similar needs
  • Dust Reduction System: A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it cannot interfere with the picture imaging at any time
  • 19 automatic scene modes: There are 19 automatic scene modes available, including Night-Scenes, Portraits and Landscapes. Edits can be made in the camera after the pictures are shot using the handy ePortrait Mode
  • ePortrait: The ePortrait mode is also useful for smoothing out the facial features of your subjects, which is a tremendous plus for High Definition playback
  • Face Detection: A Face Detection function reduces the chance of blurry faces when shooting groups of people-up to eight subjects at once-even if they're moving while you're pressing the shutter button
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology: Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency. It can also be used in post-editing
  • Aspect Ratios: The E-P1 lets you select one of four Aspect Ratios (4:3, 3.2, 16.9 and 6.6) that help frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors
  • iAuto: iAuto identifies your shooting intent (such as macro or action photography) and instantly adjusts the camera settings to achieve the best results
  • Slideshows: Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-P1's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, add captivating musical soundtracks and much more
  • Ultra-compact body: The E-P1 is the definition of state-of-the-art optical engineering in an ultra-compact body. It weighs just 11.8 ounces and measures just 4.75" (W) x 2.75" (H) x 1.43 (D), giving it the facility to slip into pockets or purses and to take with you anywhere
  • M. ZUIKO lenses: The accompanying Olympus M. ZUIKO lenses are small, lightweight, powerful and precision engineered
  • Four Thirds System Lens Adapter: Other Four Thirds Format lenses can also be used on the E-P1 with an available MMF-1 Four Thirds System Lens Adapter, including extreme wide-angle fisheye and super-telephoto lenses. This further increases your range of creative options
  • Sound recording: The sound recording function of the E-P1 helps you capture all the nuances of any sounds being recorded. The system is capable of recording and playing back WAV files and of adding the most professional-sounding narration to digital slide shows
  • Background music: There are also five separate background music files to choose from that you can add to your still images or video productions

Olympus Specifications

Product type
Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory
SD Memory Card(SDHC compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Screen size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
12.3 million pixels
Image Pick-up Unit
High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels
Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF
Fixed type
IR cut filter
Hybrid type
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format (Still)
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format (Still)
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size (Still)
[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size (Still) RAW
4032(H)x3042(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
Set1(LF): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
Set2(LN): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
File Size (Still) Large
4032 x 3024 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 8.2MB
4032 x 3024 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
4032 x 3024 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
4032 x 3024 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.8MB
File Size (Still) Middle
3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.4MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.4MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.2MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.2MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
File Size (Still) Small 1
1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
File Size (Still) Small 2
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
Recording format (Movie)
AVI Motion JPEG(30fps)
Movie Mode
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio (Movie)
1/12
File Size (Movie)
Max 2GB(limited by AVI format)
Maximum Recording Time (Movie)
HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Recording format (Sound)
Wave Format Base
Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Maximum Recording Time
Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Live View Type
Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view
100%
Display Mode
Normal Mode
Grid Line Mode
Histogram Mode(3 types)
Magnified View Mode
Comparable View Mode
OFF Mode (for OVF user)
Magnification Ratio
x7, x10
View finder information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, My Mode, Internal Temperature Warning, Face Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area Only when E-system Flash attached : Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
Display of Face Detection
Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF
High speed imager AF
Image stabilizer System
Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Image stabilizer Mode
3 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, 1 dimensional activation in portrait frame to horizontal direction moving ), OFF
Manual Function
Input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Effective compensation range
Approx.4EV steps (in maximum effect with 50mm lens)
Shutter speed range
2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
IS for Movie
Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS)
Monitor type
HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Monitor Size
3.0 inches
Playback field of view
100%
Brightness control
+7 levels and -7 levels
Color balance
A-B: +7 levels and -7 levels, G-M: +7 levels and -7 levels
AF system
Imager Contrast Detection AF system
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF
Focusing point
11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
Auto from 25 area when Face detection is ON
Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Manual Focus Assist
When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Metering system
TTL Image Sensor metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range
EV 0 - 18 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
(At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
1) i Auto (2) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter
Scene select AE
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow
ISO sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps, Movie ISO 160-1600
Exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Available
Exposure bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment
1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Auto WB system
High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance
8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting)
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
1 custom setting can be registered
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation
4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Shutter type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
60 - 1/4000 sec
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Max. recordable pictures
RAW mode: Max. 10 frames
On sequential shooting
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 12 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
Compatible external flash
E-system Flash(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
External Flash control mode
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash mode of External Flash
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off
Synchronization speed
1/30-1/180
Flash intensity control
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Art Filter Mode
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole
Multi Exposure Number of picture
2 frames
Multi Exposure Functions
Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture
Multi Aspect - Aspect Ratio
4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6
Multi Aspect Process
RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Level Gauge Detection
2-axis
Level Gauge Display
Rear LCD monitor
Color Universal design
Only White version is approved by Color Universal Design Organization
Playback mode
Single-frame
Information Display
Index Display(4/9/16/25/49/100 frames, Calendar)
Close-up (2 - 14X)
Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
Picture rotation (auto mode available)
Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Languages
Japan: Japanese, English
Others: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
My mode
2 setting recordable
Erasing function
Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
Protect function
Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
RAW picture editing
RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
JPEG editing
Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), e-portrait
Image Overlay
Up to 3 RAW images
Print function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available
TV interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available
USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available
HDMI
Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
DC-in
No
Battery
BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode
Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 300 shots
Focal Length
14-42 mm 28-84mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length)
Lens construction
10 Elements in 8 Groups, (including ED lens & 2 Aspherical lenses)
Focusing System
Internal Focusing System
Angle of View
75 deg.-29 deg.
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m
Maximum Image Magnification
0.19x (equivalent to 0.38x on a 35 mm film camera)
Minimum Field Size
91 x 68 mm
Number of Blades
7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture
f3.5 (14mm) - f5.6 (42mm)
Minimum Aperture
f 22
Filter Size
Diameter 58 mm
Tele Converter EC-14
Yes
Extension Tube EX-25
Yes
Lens Hood
LH-61D
Lens Cap
LC-58C
Lens Case
LSC-0814
Temperature
0 - 40 degrees (operation) / -20 - 60 degrees (storage)
Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Lens Dimensions
Diameter 65.5x61mm
Lens Weight
190g
Dimensions
120.6 mm (W) x 69.9mm (H) x 36.4 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight
335g (body only)
Warranty
Olympus 1 year limited warranty

Reviews about this item

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4

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Portable, Fun, Excellent Image Quality

I love my DSLRs (Canon Rebel XT & 40D) BUT they spend entirely too much time living in my closet and I miss way too many photo ops due to the bulk & weight. It has not been feasible for me to carry them on a daily basis, so I have wanted a portable shooting solution offering quality images for quite some time. I find the E-P1 to be easy to use, portable enough to throw in my purse and I have been pleased with the quality of photos I have been getting with the 14-42mm kit lens. In my opinion,...

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I love my DSLRs (Canon Rebel XT & 40D) BUT they spend entirely too much time living in my closet and I miss way too many photo ops due to the bulk & weight. It has not been feasible for me to carry them on a daily basis, so I have wanted a portable shooting solution offering quality images for quite some time. I find the E-P1 to be easy to use, portable enough to throw in my purse and I have been pleased with the quality of photos I have been getting with the 14-42mm kit lens. In my opinion, the autofocus issues reported by some reviewers have been overstated. I was able to shoot photos of a butterfly in burst mode and did not encounter any issues with focus. The only focus issue I have had thus far is when shooting in very low light - I am planning to get an adapter for my Canon 50mm 1.8 so that I can see what the camera is capable of with a faster, sharper lens. The camera, in turn, will offer stabilisation for this lens, so I will be able to enjoy it without a tripod for the first time. My biggest disappointment with this camera is the lack of a viewfinder, so I have been using a Hood Loupe as an alternative and that has worked well. I am very happy with this camera and have rated it 4 Stars due to lack of a viewfinder.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

the auto focus ended this for me.

Would recommend ONLY with reservations about the AF. Image quality was better than expected but I ended up giving this away and getting the Panasonic GF-2 because of AF & shutter lag issues... traded some slight image quality to get better focus and shutter delay. I've learned since that Oly has updated the kit lens to be more responsive. Use it in the store to see if you could deal with shutter lag and AF speed.

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3.0

the auto focus ended this for me.

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from Boston area  -  Photo Enthusiast

Would recommend ONLY with reservations about the AF. Image quality was better than expected but I ended up giving this away and getting the Panasonic GF-2 because of AF & shutter lag issues... traded some slight image quality to get better focus and shutter delay. I've learned since that Oly has updated the kit lens to be more responsive. Use it in the store to see if you could deal with shutter lag and AF speed.

 
4.0

The Pen (E-P1) is Mighty!

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from Cincinnati, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I mainly got this camera/lens combo for a lightweight, casual camera to use while out and about, and for video. It has not disappointed! I even found the video quality to be more than acceptable. I need to use it further to give it a better, full-use review, but I'm very impressed thus far. Also, this little baby shrinks back inside itself when not in use for even more compact storage. It packs in a lot of functionality for such a little thing. There's power in the petite! My only moderate complaint is the lens noise on video. I should mention that the 14-42 lens in this package is much quieter than using the macro lens with an adapter. When using a four-thirds adapter (the MMF-2) and macro lens, the noise was much, much worse. But for still shots, the 50mm 1:2 macro was outstanding in quality. Usually, I edit the audio out of most close-up shots, scenery shots anyway, but for a casual shoot (i.e. with family/friends) it may interfere with dialogue. It was tricky to get used to, and the grip isn't all that comfortable at first (after using nothing but Nikon for years and years!), and I'd say there is definitely a learning curve with this camera. I like that you can switch modes easily in most functions (i.e. using manual focus in the Portrait mode and so on), but you do have to use manual focus for video. Some people may not like that, especially if they're not used to manual cameras. The battery life was fair. I used it solid for two days, and took quite a bit of video as well. It does take up to three hours for a full charge of the battery, so it's not the most efficient for constant use. Overall, I'm very thrilled with it thus far. If you are looking for something more automated for video, I'd definitely go another route. But, if you like the challenge of a manual-based operation (as I do), you'll love this camera! Once you get the hang of the menu functionality and the sheer pleasure of the lightweight feel, you'll grow to love it as much as I have. For the price, you just can't beat this little gem!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Camera!

By

from Warminster, PA  -  Casual Photographer

I got this camera as I wanted a nice camera with a great lens. So far it is great, I need to get a flash for it and I will be able to see if it performs as well as I believe it will. So far the speed is great, in line with a few of the 35mm camera I used to use.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Portable, Fun, Excellent Image Quality

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love my DSLRs (Canon Rebel XT & 40D) BUT they spend entirely too much time living in my closet and I miss way too many photo ops due to the bulk & weight. It has not been feasible for me to carry them on a daily basis, so I have wanted a portable shooting solution offering quality images for quite some time. I find the E-P1 to be easy to use, portable enough to throw in my purse and I have been pleased with the quality of photos I have been getting with the 14-42mm kit lens. In my opinion, the autofocus issues reported by some reviewers have been overstated. I was able to shoot photos of a butterfly in burst mode and did not encounter any issues with focus. The only focus issue I have had thus far is when shooting in very low light - I am planning to get an adapter for my Canon 50mm 1.8 so that I can see what the camera is capable of with a faster, sharper lens. The camera, in turn, will offer stabilisation for this lens, so I will be able to enjoy it without a tripod for the first time. My biggest disappointment with this camera is the lack of a viewfinder, so I have been using a Hood Loupe as an alternative and that has worked well. I am very happy with this camera and have rated it 4 Stars due to lack of a viewfinder.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EP1 This is the one I waiting for.

By

from San Francisco  -  Pro Photographer

I waiting small form factor camera with interchangeable lenses. Also come with high image quality and bigger sensor than most Point & Shoot. Best for travel. Price OK. Size good, light and feel good when holding it. Easy to use. LCD OK but wish for higher resolution like 920,000 dots. Overall I love this camera.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera!

By

from Roanoke, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Had to use this camera a while to get use to it since I'm a Canon user. The camera has complex menus. However, it does have one master menu that you can use that makes changing settings easier. Would have really liked a viewfinder since when you are out in the sun, it is like shooting blind. Also wish they weren't so tight about releasing lenses and adapters so that this camera can be used with other lenses. I got tired of waiting for the adapter and bought the Panasonic adapter which is the exact same thing and works fine. Bought the Olympus 50 mm 4/3rds lens which is tack shart and takes great macro shots. Took some hummingbird pictures and they came out very sharp. I am liking the size and less weight as I have a back injury and just holding something small is a big deal. Think this is a very excellent camera all around and the IQ is great. Also needs a viewfinder, but maybe the next version will include these things.

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