Summary Olympus PEN E-PL1

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 24
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 44
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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 PEN E-PL2.

Olympus PEN E-PL2
Olympus PEN E-PL2 announced January, 2011
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus

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Olympus Pen E-PL1
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  • Autofocus
  • Manual focus


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The Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds


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The Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
2200 ms startup delay
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
290 shots
Announced Old Help
February, 2010
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
487 ISO
Screen size Small screen Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Color depth Less color depth Help
21.5 bits
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.1 EV
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Movie continuous focus Lacks movie continuous focus Help
Requires attention to focus while recording
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
820 ms shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity 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