Olympus E-PL1

The E-PL1 was Olympus' first attempt to create a lower end version of the Pen lineup of cameras. It is a slightly simplified version of the E-P1, but adds a pop-up flash.

  • Sensor: 12mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop), sensor stabilization
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4032 x 3024 JPEG or 12-bit ORF maximum, 3 fps max 
  • Video:  720P/30, 480P/30 Motion-JPEG, stereo audio
  • Shutter: electronic 60 sec to 1/2,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-6400, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 11 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 2.7" 230k dot fixed LCD, optional EVF via accessory slot
  • Flash: 7m (ISO 100) GN pop-up flash, hot shoe, 1/160 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync, four-level manual, wireless control
  • Remote: none
  • Other Notable Features: powered accessory slot, no orientation sensor
  • Cards: SD, SDHC
  • Battery: BLS-1
  • Size: 4.5 x 2.8 x 1.7" (115 x 72 x 42mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 10.4 ounces (296g)
  • Colors: Black, Silver
  • Price: US$600 with kit lens 
  • Current Firmware: version 1.3
  • Announced: Feb 2010 (discontinued)

Note: There is also an E-PL1s, which came with a slightly higher capacity battery and a new version of the kit lens, but was mainly only sold in Japan.

Thom's Review of the E-PL1

Olympus Lenses for the camera

Panasonic Lenses for the camera

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