Summary Olympus E-P1

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 2
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 33
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 18x13.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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The Olympus E-P1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
Thickness Thin Help


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The Olympus E-P1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
536 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.4 bits
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
2500 ms startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
3D Doesn't take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Announced Old Help
June 2009
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.4 EV
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
1187 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help




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Antoine20008 (1:38 PM, February 03, 2011)
i bought that camera because of leica "m series" adaptor possibilities. I would like to share opinions on those possibilities,
I am not shure to have an optimized way of shooting with a 35 mm summicron leica adapted on it..thanks for discussing..