Olympus Pen E-PL1 - Test Shots – Exposure Evaluation



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”Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera’s overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.”

Olympus Pen E-PL1 test photo

This is the 14mm wide angle end of the lens.

Olympus Pen E-PL1 test photo

This is the 42mm long end of the lens from the same spot.

Olympus Pen E-PL1 test photo

Dynamic range is much better than any small-sensor compact, with good highlight and shadow detail.

Olympus Pen E-PL1 test photo

Colour reproduction is good despite the overcast conditions.


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 9
  • Build Quality 8


Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12.3 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) By lensx
Image Sensor 4/3-inch High-Speed Live MOS Sensor
Optical focal length By lens
Shutter speed 60 secs to 1/2000
Auto focus 11-zone multi-point
Manual focus Yes
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
Viewfinder None
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
Video (max res/format) 1280x720, 30fps
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

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 114.6 mm
Depth (Millimeter) 72.2 mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 297g kg