4.7 out of 10 based on 591 reviews

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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  • User Score (494)
    8.9 8.9 from 494 reviewers
  • Expert Score (40)
    7.5 7.5 from 40 reviewers
  • Design (6)
    4.7 4.7 from 6 reviewers
  • Value for money (14)
    5.0 5.0 from 14 reviewers
  • Features (2)
    4.4 4.4 from 2 reviewers
  • Ease of use (7)
    5.3 5.3 from 7 reviewers
  • Picture quality (9)
    4.9 4.9 from 9 reviewers
  • Durability (3)
    4.4 4.4 from 3 reviewers
  • Overall quality (2)
    5.6 5.6 from 2 reviewers
  • Battery performance (3)
    4.8 4.8 from 3 reviewers
  • Photo quality (4)
    5.1 5.1 from 4 reviewers
  • Functionality (4)
    5.1 5.1 from 4 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (5)
    4.8 4.8 from 5 reviewers
  • Appearance (3)
    4.8 4.8 from 3 reviewers
  • Build quality (5)
    4.6 4.6 from 5 reviewers
  • Price (3)
    4.8 4.8 from 3 reviewers
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Users:
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  • Expert Reviews

  1. D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail

    D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail
    8.4/10
    1 October 2010

    Bruce Buckman tests a Micro Four Thirds camera he wouldn’t mind taking on holiday No matter how much you love it, no camera is the perfect tool for every job. I realised that a few years back while half way up the 275 stairs of Yorkminster Cathedral’s tower, a weighty dSLR and a couple of lenses... Read more

    • Blessedly light, Takes a great shot
    • Not as easy to use as you might expect, Lacks the sophistication of the E-P2
  2. PhotoReview

    PhotoReview
    8.5/10
    16 February 2012

    The first model in the 12.3-megapixel Olympus Pen series of interchangeable-lens compact cameras with a built-in pop-up flash.The Olympus Pen E-PL1 is a third-generation model in a series of cameras pioneered by Olympus with the aim of providing small, interchangeable-lens cameras with sensors... Read more

  3. DPexpert

    5 June 2010

    The Olympus micro four thirds cameras, along with the Panasonic equivalents, are brilliant. In June Panasonic will release two new models, the G2 and G10 pseudo SLRs, which advance the form even further. Prices are staying high which could be a deterrent. Read more

    • The image quality from the E-P trio is superb. Colours are rich without being over-saturated. Skin tones are smooth yet detailed. Auto focusing and exposure are good with exposure compensation easily to hand. Movie mode is exceptionally fine.
    • The price now seems high, compared with the excellent Samsung NX10.
  4. Good Gear Guide

    Good Gear Guide
    7.0/10
    23 April 2010

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a budget interchangeable lens camera, but the problem is that it's just not cheap enough. You don't get an EVF nor any physical exposure controls, and the body is just very plain overall. It doesn't have the appeal of the PEN E-P2. Read more

    • Fun art modes, good focusing, focus tracking, sharp overall image quality, built-in flash
    • Noticeable noise above ISO 400, mode dial is too stiff, no dedicated controls for changing exposure, no built-in EVF, screen a little dull
  • User Reviews

  1. About time...

    Teds
    8.0/10
    Reviewer: sugarbullet, Teds
    15 May 2010

    Yes, it's larger than your average compact digital camera but it takes a beautiful photo. The manual controls are a bit fiddly but that's not why you would buy this camera. This camera gives a great point-and-shoot experience while offering SLR quality images. Read more

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