Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens – Product Description:

Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera The new Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts, with a surprisingly small camera body packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier and heavier professional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and High-Definition (HD) camcorders. This third-generation PEN is built for shutterbugs who always wanted better pictures and considered a DSLR, but were intimidated by the bulky size and complex interface. The new camera’s simple design and easy interface enable photographers to easily create amazing images never dreamt possible.

Product Features :

  • 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
  • Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
  • Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new “Direct Button” for easy recording
  • Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)

Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera – Review:


It was love at first touch. The moment my hands got onto this sweet baby, I knew I’d found my soul mate. Makes me sorry I spent all that money on the BIG Cannon (sic). Mind you, there are still things that I suspect will call for the bigger gun, but for most things I do, this is perfect.

It is fast. Focuses fast. Recharges (using flash) fast. Has nice speed multiple-shot burst, though not quite as fast as the bigger camera. The anti shake is built into the camera and is not lens dependent, which is a fine thing for shaky old me. It is light and easy on my wrists. It packs up almost as small as my point and shoot, but oh my goodness how much better are the pictures it takes!!!!

The controls are VERY simple. The manual that comes with it, unfortunately, may make the controls sound more complicated than they are. But it’s a pretty decent manual even so and there was an obvious well-meaning attempt to include everything. Which, to fit it all in, they wrote in a kind of short hand that somethimes leaving me saying “huh?”

In I-Auto, it is amazingly smart. They all SAY they are, but this one really IS. It will find a face in the crowd, literally. It is great for photographing my doll collection because it will find all the doll’s faces and perform color correction at the same time … without any assist from me, even using flash. Amazing.

I wish it had a built in viewfinder, but I bit the bullet and ordered the electronic one that attaches to the hot shoe/utility port. I’m used to a viewfinder and it feels weird not having one.

The LCD screen is plenty big and plenty bright.

I have never seen so many choices of scene types or art filters … and everything is easy easy easy to access. You don’t have to navigate though layers of menus. It’s right there.

The controls fit in my hands.

The camera feels solid and well built and biggest shock? The kit lens is fantastic! I did order one more longer lens, but that will cover it for me … and at a price that does not break the bank. There are not yet enough lens choices, but because the 3/4 format lens mount has been standardized, you can use any lens from any 3/4 camera and it will fit. Now there’s a concept the big manufacturers should consider adopting!!!

In short, this is a great camera. REALLY super. I am very happy with it. Now I can take even MORE pictures. I’m sure glad I have a really huge hard drive!!

I feel obliged to make a couple of additional comments:

If you want metadata on photographs, you have to set it to on or it will not record. Most cameras record metadata automatically, but this doesn’t. Just a warning.

The manual is incomprehensible, at least to me. I was a tech writer for 30 years and I know a thing or two about manuals … this one seems fine until you realize that the instructions don’t make any sense. Finally gave in and bought “Olympus Pen E-PL1 for Dummies.” I’m not a dummy, but a quick look at the info in this book made me realize that if I wanted to get the most from my camera, I needed instructions that made sense. The book does. The manual doesn’t.

The software that comes with the camera is awful and as far as I am concerned, useless. I removed it from my computer. Fortunately, between Lightroom and Photoshop, I don’t need it. Don’t count on using it for anything. Get software that works! Corel, Photoshop (or Elements) or something … but don’t count on using the stuff that comes with the camera!



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