Olympus Pen E-PL1 specs

By Cliff Smith


Quick Glance
Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Optical Zoom By lens
Megapixels 12.3
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 114.6
Depth 72.2
Weight (body only) 297g
Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Optical Zoom By lens
Megapixels 12.3
Image Sensor 4/3-inch High-Speed Live MOS Sensor
Optical focal length By lens
Viewfinder None
Shutter speed 60 secs to 1/2000
Auto focus 11-zone multi-point
Manual focus Yes
Video (max res/format) 1280x720, 30fps
Max output resolution 4032x3024
Other resolutions 2560x1920, 1280x960, 4032x2272, 2560x1440, 1280x720, 2544x1696, 1296x864, 3024x3024, 1920x1920, 960x960
Focus range By lens
Exposure metering Multi-pattern, centre-weighted, spot
Image Stabilisation Sensor shift
ISO settings Auto, 100-3200, 1/3EV increments (1/2 and 1 EV optional)
LCD Monitor 2.7-inch 230k
Flash range Guide number: 7, ISO100
Flash modes Auto, red-eye reduction, slow synchro, 2nd curtain slow synchro, fill-in, variable power
White balance modes Tungsten, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade, dial-in temp, adjustable pre-sets
Drive modes Multi-pattern, centre-weighted, spot
Image formats JPEG, Exif 2.21, Raw, AVIMotion JPEG
Picture adjustments Contrast, sharpness, saturation
Movie length 14mins, 2GB file size
Self timer 12/2 secs
Memory card slot SD,SDHC
Supplied memory None
Batteries supplied 1080mAh Li-ion
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output PAL, NTSC
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual 127 pages printed


August 28, 2010, 1:47 pm


The E-pl1 is very good. Even more so with the panasonic 14-45.

The only thing missing is a viewfinder.

Great review. Like most of your reviews.



August 28, 2010, 5:49 pm


I send you an email two days ago requesting that you review this camera, it is done so fast. I am sure it must in the pipe line by the time my email reaches you.

I read a number of reviews from consumers of this camera, their main gripes of this camera are:

1. a slower auto-focus compared to others.

2. cannot/difficult to auto-focus in bad light

3. the image is not so sharp when it is fully extended.

I don't think you mentioned these in your review. I assume you use the latest firmware. Is it possible that these problems have been fixed in the latest firmware. Maybe you like to comment on them. Otherwise it is a fine camera indeed, esp at the price it is selling. It is on special in some stores in Australia and the States. I heard you can get it at B&H in the States for $499.


September 3, 2010, 8:47 pm

I moaned like the old man that I am when Olympus started fooling around with MFT... But I would not have done if they had started with this one. Looks really modern and retro at the same time. The price is very interesting and the features and performance are what an ancient fan expects of Olympus.

Fair question about shutter lag. If it's mainly the time it takes to focus, and there is no problem getting the focus before you release the shutter, it'll be as manageable as it is on any successful compact.

That doesn't mean I'm about to trade in my E-620, but there would have been an outside chance of me buying an E-PL1 if it had been well established in the market place when I bought the E-620.

Mike B

October 16, 2010, 11:25 pm

I feel you may as well have a Panasonic G10 rather than this camera. the G10 has a built in viewfinder (EVF) and better handling due to the grip, given it weighs about the same as a PEN and is very close in size then why compromise?

Danilo Ingan-eng

October 30, 2010, 7:59 am

E-PL1 with latest firmware can now shoot As Soon As Possible but not in All Shooting Angle Possible restricted by its fixed image viewer.


December 28, 2010, 4:05 am

I'm confused about Mike B's comments. Having compared the image quality of the 2 cameras, the Olympus wins hands down, so how can it be a compromise, especially when firmware updates appear to have fixed many of the niggles?

I also question the 9/10 for image quality given to the Olympus, having compared it to cameras given 10/10 it appears to perform as well, and even better (in my humble opinion) than cameras given 10? I want a small camera and was previously sold on the Panasonic FZ38, however, having found this at a significantly reduced price, I'm revisiting my finances! ;)

Merry Christmas everyone!

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