Summary Olympus E-PL1

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL1 with the E-PL2.

Olympus PEN E-PL2
Olympus PEN E-PL2 announced January 2011
Screen size Much larger screen
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen

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The Olympus E-PL1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
334 g
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Olympus E-PL1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen size Very small screen Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Announced Old Help
February 2010
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
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
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
290 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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krvlucky (9:25 AM, August 18, 2013)
I have chosen this camera over canon sx50 hs ..... have two lenses 14-42 and 40-150 with this
camera ....... bought used camera in India from amateurs who own dslr too
...... I got the camera with lenses at
approx cost of 300 usd eqvt in India as i needed a camera here ..... i also feel i can sell
it when i leave India for same price ...... i dont
need much zoom though i get approx 10x or more zoom
with the combined lenses a
range of 28 - 300 (eqvt to 35mm) ...... i preferred this over canon superzoom due to
..... one..... Large sensor ..... Large pixel size ….. better
ISO ...... with flash it indoor photos mostly
..... i feel i can get great pics with combinations
to shoot in natural light
adjusting the ISO (@ max 400) aperture (3.5) and shutter speed (1/30) ....... i regret lower
resolution movies and hdr of canon sx50 which it lacks being of older vintage.....
it is better quality for photography
than videos and the 720p is fine with me
...... used criteria from snapsort to shortlist this camera ...... well
snapsort compares cameras in same range or of same type I have preferred to
this one over point and shoot cameras incl canon superzoom and the cost involved