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OlympusE-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 33 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good image quality (9)
  • Great picture quality (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Image stabilization (8)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Family photos (10)
  • Video (5)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small but super!

As a long time DSLR user I've been waiting several years for a high quality compact camera. The minute I saw this camera it intrigued me enough to order it without waiting for press...Read complete review

As a long time DSLR user I've been waiting several years for a high quality compact camera. The minute I saw this camera it intrigued me enough to order it without waiting for press reviews.

My use for the E-P1 has been for family, public photography (candids), and general advanced amateur usage. It doesn't make my kids cringe when I bring it out and when used in public doesn't merit a second glance from others.

The photo quality is absolutely on-par with my DX sensor DSLR's. I was worried about the high ISO performance but have take some nice, sharp, detailed shots at ISO 1,250 and believe it performs better than my Nikon D200 (but not quite as well as my D90).

Positives:
- Great photo quality/IQ
- Responsive and real-world quick
- Great color rendition (in natural jpg mode)
- Low profile, quiet
- 14-42mm lens is sharp wide open at all focal lengths
- Autofocus when using movie mode
- Useful creative shooting modes

Could be better:
- Battery life
- LiveView can generate heat
- No jack to use external microphone
- Grip patch on front is slicker than I'd like. Wish it were rubber

The bottom line is that if you have wanted a compact camera that can go with you nearly anywhere, not attract attention and has full manual controls -- then this camera is worth serious consideration.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

An unfulfilled promise

Having been near the head of the pre-ordering line, I've had my E-P1 for about two weeks now. A retired professional photographer, who also wrote the original book on the Olympus Pen cameras,...Read complete review

Having been near the head of the pre-ordering line, I've had my E-P1 for about two weeks now. A retired professional photographer, who also wrote the original book on the Olympus Pen cameras, I am glad to see the Pen name carried forward, but somewhat disappointed in the result.
The principal question is: how does one use the E-P1? It totally lacks a viewfinder except for the LED screen on its back. My first reaction, which I expressed to an equally retired photographer friend in a email, was that it might best be used as a view camera on a tripod, perhaps even with a focusing cloth, to do landscapes and still lifes. That way, one can equate the LED screen to a view camera's groundglass screen.
But since I've been an active user of RF cameras (Leicas, Canons, and Contaxes), I still have a handful of accessory optical finders that mount on the accessory (flash) shoe, which on the E-P1 is centered directly above the lens, avoiding horizontal parallax problems. If I set the supplied zoom lens to an appropriate focal length for one of my finders (remembering that the finder focal length is twice as long as the actual 4/3 system one), I can use the E-P1 as a sort of autofocusing Leica RF camera whose only real problem is the fact that it autofocuses comparatively slowly when up against, say, the Oly E3 (my main camera).
It should be quite possible to produce the E-P1 with a built-in zoom finder that the user could adjust manually to the focal length he has chosen: this would make it much easier to use, especially if the autofocusing were speeded up. I have yet to encounter a professional miniature camera photographer who is happy with holding the camera a foot or more away from his face; we are used to and depend on the extra support that brow and cheek provide: the E-P1 really needs some sort of VF, and a built-in optical one that zooms -- like the old Tewe and Nikon ones, which were accessories but useful nonetheless -- would make life with this camera more joyful.
All that said, I can report that the camera itself makes fine photos. It has, perhaps, too many lengthy-to-access special-purpose modes, but folk seem to want this sort of stuff nowadays, and the rest of us can ignore them except on the rare occasions when they may help to produce better results (or quicker ones) than using our own experience (perhaps plus PhotoShop or one of its competitors) does.
With an inbuilt finder and faster focusing I would give the truly compact and light-weight E-P1 five stars; my present 3-stars is partly based on affection for the simple revival of the compact Pen F tradition, and mostly on future promise if Olympus keeps developing the micro 4/3 system.

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5.0

Worth the wait

By irishpunk59

from Reno, NV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Kind Of Random Auto Focus

Best Uses

    Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

    I've been sweating buying this camera for a while now and finally took the plunge. While I have a whole lot of cameras, mostly film ones all I have for digital is mostly basic P&S models. So far I have really been enjoying more control over my pictures. I have seen all the tests and such talking about the slow and sometimes just plain bad auto focus on this model but since it has manuel focusing I could care less. Though I purchased this one online I'd still like to comment on the excellent service of B&H. Bought a Nikon FM from them in the late 70s which is still running strong as well, Thanks B&H.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great Alternative To Bulky DSLR Cameras

    By Dean

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

    I used a Canon DSLR camera for a few years and even though I liked it, it was a little bit bigger than what I really needed. I wanted to take high quality, RAW pictures but have more portability. I found out about the PEN series of cameras that Olympus makes and was instantly sold. I did a lot of research and found that even though the E-P1 wasn't the newest camera, it has the most bang for your buck. It's basically got the same sensor as the E-P2, more or less same body and LCD and it's a lot cheaper. With an adaptor you can put pretty much any lens on there, and with a C-Mount adaptor you can put some really cool CCTV lenses. I would highly recommend this camera for somebody who wants to take really great photos but not have to lug around a huge DLSR>

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 6
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent camera

    By GV

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

      The feel of this camera reminds me of my old Minolta xg film camera, I use a canon and L lens, but the size and weight of this camera is very nice. I took it to a wedding and used it like I would use my Canon, but had my canon and L lens with me just in case I needed it in case that my EP1 could not deliver the performance and picture quality. My set up: I used a vivitar HV285 flash wireless an umbrella and stand, wanted to go bear minnimum and light weight. I was surprised and marveled by the quality and performance of this camera by Olympus. I would not use it for sports but I used it for some moving subjects by panning my camera and it was a blast to the past when focussing with my old Minolta. I printed the pictures and used the software that came with it and I was happy with the results. I printed pictures up to 20x30 and didn't do much cropping with the 4:3 ratio and had great results, I think I'll turn in my canon equipment and use the Pen systems from now on, professional, performance image quality, it's what I was looking for. The only lens I used was the kit lens 14x42mm and a ND filter I'll have to buy the FL-36R flash for TTL on camera flash but don't mind the extra weight compared to my Canon equipment the EP1 is a dream to carry around, and other photographers ask questions like why use Olympus and not canon or nikon? for portraits speed is not an issue time, framing and lightight is needed. Yes the L lens is wonderful but with the controls and camera settings (contrast and more)on the EP1 are very good and pictures look great and compatible to the L lens.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great buy!

      By Bert

      from NYC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder
      • Small LCD Screen

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

      This product provides a great alternative to the typical DSLR. Same quality in a smaller package. There is plenty of lens flexibility providing endless artistic opportunity. Great camera for the price.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      EP-1 refurb deal

      By JOB

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

      I have been looking for a m4/3 camera for quite a while, getting hung up on features and which one is best, etc. I always tend to over investigate before I purchase and so I finally decided that I would grab this EP-1 the next time B&H had the refurbs on sale. The main reason I wanted this format was the small size and form factor and the ability to buy inexpensive lens adaptors to use my old Contax manual focus lens. I haven't used them in years and have not been shooting any film, so this nice glass has been going to waste. I felt that this might recreate the more thoughtful composition and careful shooting I used to do with film.

      So, this is a great way to get a very nice camera body in this format at a low price. The build quality seems excellent with a lot of metal and good weight in a retro-design. The fact that it doesn't have the viewfinder option or the fastest auto-focus is not really a concern. If I really like shooting in this format, i can buy another body with finder. I did buy a nice metal construction C/Y to m4/3 adaptor on-line (from China, of course) and it works quite well with the E-P1. It is easy to config the camera to zoom for manual focus at the push of a button and I have been having fun re-deploying the old lens and carefully framing and focusing shots. This is not for sports or action, but I knew that going in and will still use my Nikon DSLR for that.

      So, get one and try it out, it will re-energize your photo taking again.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      The Olympus E-P1 passes the test!

      By Calvin & Hobbes Fan

      from NE Tennessee

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Battery Life
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom control awesome

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

        I purchased this camera to replace my Canon DSLR that had served it purpose well but it's time was up!

        I received the E-P1 just before Christmas and immediately updated the firmware due to some online blogs. No problems there! Then, I began to put the camera to the test.

        We traveled to Washington DC on Christmas and, in three days, I shot over 1,000 pics. I chose not to fill out the warranty information until we'd returned. This camera passed the test with flying colors.

        I have both the 14-42 & 40-150 Olympus lenses as well as the FL-14 flash. In the future, I plan on purchasing the 17mm pancake lens. However, my current set-up is top notch!!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice Camera when a DSLR is too large

        By fotofunch

        from SF Bay

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

        Nice size / performance ratio. I'm able to carry the camera with the kit lens all day and the image quality is very good up to ISO 800.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 6
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        GOOD CAMERA

        By SS

        from BLOOMINGTON, IN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • LCD LOW RESOLUTION
        • Noisy At High ISO
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

        I USE IT FOR DAILY SHOOTING. IT IS SOLID AND WELL BUILT.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Great camera but a little slow

        By This Just In

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life
        • Slow autofocus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

        Great shooter to take around without being noticed. Images look spectacular from this camera, and the dynamic range captured for post-processing is really on par with some pro cameras. Acceptable "burst" mode, but the autofocus is lacking. I use it with the Panasonic 20mm 1.7, which is a great lens that complements this camera well. However, the camera just can't autofocus fast enough for fast moving targets.

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        5.0

        Great complement or on its own

        By Corey M

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • No flash

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Walkaround Camera

        Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

        SLR picture quality in a compact camera body. I'd considered getting a camera like the Canon G11 to have a walkaround camera or one to travel with that produced great picture quality, but not the bulk of an entire SLR system. The EP-1 has exceptional picture quality (equal to my E-620) and with a pancake lens is quite portable. It also has more flexibility with the changeable lenses, and doesn't have the same problem achieving a shallow depth of field that small-sensor point-and-shoots do.

        I went with the EP-1 over the Panasonic Micro-Four Thirds cameras, because:
        1) my E-620 batteries and cables are already compatible
        2) The EP-1 can use all of my lenses (with a converter), whereas the Panasonics can AF with only some of the 4/3rds lenses.
        3) I like how the JPEGs look from Olympus right out of the camera. Personal preference, but I feel like Panasonic's need more work.

        Cons are that it's not as small as the high-end point and shoots, and there's no onboard flash. (But I rarely use one anyway, and it works with my FL-36.)

        One thing I'd HIGHLY recommend getting with the camera is the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. It's excellent and is easily the lens I leave on it most.

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        5.0

        Great little camera

        By Jordan

        from Sydney, aus

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

          i love this camera it always come will me where ever i go. its solidly build and i love the retro look. i thought i would miss a view finder but honestly the lcd is just as good.

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          5.0

          For some uses truly outstanding

          By Professor A

          from Milwaukee, WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Quiet
          • Unobtrusive

          Cons

          • Slow AF in lower light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

          I will start with a comment on image quality. Being polite, I will say that if someone tells you this camera can only make small prints you can disregard this absolutely. Where I work the gallery curator is a fussy stickler who believes I can make gallery quality 12 by 16s with the E-3, and this camera has better IQ. Of course you can print larger; I refer to exacting standards.
          This is a great camera for some fairly common uses, particularly unobtrusive work with people up close and landscape and related work when weight matters. It can replace the classic camera for the first use, that is, it can replace rangefinders. Because you can hold it out just a bit from your chest it also has the TLR advantage that you don't have to put it between your face and your subjects'. I recently did a four day event and compared my E-3 at waist level with live view (a relatively unobtrusive DSLR) and the difference was clear.
          Indoors in fairly poor light (my recent situation) you either use flash or (as I did) focus manually. Mine is set up to magnify the image as soon as I touch the focus ring and to revert as I press the shutter. Works very well. This was with the 14-54mm II lens and Olympus adapter.
          Outdoors I took it alpine snowshoeing and really noticed the difference the day it snowed and I took my weather-sealed E-3 instead, even though I took the same lens. (To keep weight down with two cameras I'd been using the 50mm f/2 on the E-3). You wouldn't think it would matter but it does. The days I took the E-P1 it was clear in the snowing mountains - as bright as you can get - and I didn't have trouble seeing the image. Moreover the AF works just fine in good light.
          You wouldn't use this camera if you wanted to do sports or other work needing really fast AF nor if you wanted good AF in lower light. However, I am hooked and looking forward to the high end mFT more than I am the E-3's successor.

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          3.0

          stylish though a bit slow

          By leandro

          from belo horizonte, brazil

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow focus

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

          Everybody says about the cool style of my camera when I am shooting. It is really beautiful and well finished. I was reading thousand reviews before buying the E-p1 and choose between it and a Nikon d-90. Comparing with the d-90 and cosidering that the Nikon is a more expansive camera, I consider the image quality very similar and it is possible to custom the e-p1 as much as a much pro camera, but, on the other hand, the focus is much slower than in d-90 and i sometimes really miss the viewfinder. I got my e-p1 just before travelling to a sunny desert landscape, and it was almost impossible to shoot there because the bright ambient. It was a extreme landscape, but, if you consider the e-p1 for a semi-pro use it might be relevant. For more usual ambients and situations the camera is pretty nice and realible, good image details and good kit lens.

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          5.0

          Takes great pictures, quite low weight

          By imweber

          from Sydney, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Audio Quality
          • Good Video Quality
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Auto-focus speed

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

          Exactly the camera I've been waiting to buy for years: interchangeable lenses, DSLR quality pictures, but half the weight and size of a usual entry-level DSLR.

          Warning to owners of point-and-shoot cams: if you don't know a lot about photography, and don't want to learn: get a different cam. Unless you can invest the time and effort and have the interest to learn, you're better off with something like a Canon G11.

          The menu structure is a bit of a hassle at the beginning: it took me about one week and 1000 shots to get the settings right. Once you're there, however, you're unlikely to change the settings frequently; so I don't consider it a real con.

          The only real con is the auto-focus speed: it takes about 0.6 secs to focus, which is not suitable for things which move quickly and unpredictable, like sports, kids, flying birds.

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          5.0

          The Pen is mightier than you think!

          By beachbum

          from Sunset Beach, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Back friendly
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

            A unique 'little' camera with exciting features, it will not replace your DSLR unless your back is fatigued from carrying that DSLR and 3 to 5 lenses! The 'kit' lense, while poo-pooed in some reviews, is very sharp with great IQ. A plethora of other lenses will fit but remember your back. This gem is designed to be a camera that can be carried all day. Out-of-camera JPEGS are outstanding. Not satisfied? Shoot RAW. The artistic filters are facinating. Overall, the E-P1 is one technological leap. The micro 4/3 format, specifically the E-P1 will make you surprisingly happy!

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            2.0

            A Jewel of a camera that fails to perfor

            By Texas Bud

            from New Hampshire

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

            The Olympus Pen P1 is a jewel of a camera and a delight to hold, look at and operate. I especially like the method of "parking" the zoom lens so it occupies less space. However, in the all-important issue of image quality the P-1 falls well short of most of the 10 mega-pixel competition. When looking at enlargements of the "sunburst pattern" test chart the P-1 image is inferior to that of the Canon G10, the Sony DSC-HX1, and the Canon SD-990. I would judge that a user would be perfectly happy with 4" by 6" snapshots but disappointed with an 8" by 10" print from the P-1 image. Further the dedicated 17mm wide angle lens is no better than the standard zoom set to about 17mm focal length. I really wanted the P-1 to dominate but it doesn't.

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            4.0

            Enjoyable and fun

            By Anne the traveler

            from Tampa, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • fun
            • Good photo quality
            • Light Weight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

                I bought this camera because I was looking for something lighter, but still with interchangeable lenses to take when traveling, the EP-1 fits those needs. I'm a little disappointed with lens development for the EP-1, but am sure Olympus will work on this next. The camera is pretty easy to use and I like working without a viewfinder as I can play with angles.

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                4.0

                A great "walk about" camera

                By Rich F

                from Ridgefield CT

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great picture quality
                • Interchangeable lenses
                • Lightweight and compact
                • Manual focus assist
                • Pop artpinhole art filte

                Cons

                • AEB setting cumbersome
                • Brightness of LCD

                Best Uses

                • Walk about camera

                Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

                I'm not giving up my 5D II any time soon ... but this camera is a perfect complement. It's light, versatile, and takes great pictures. Most importantly, it's FUN.

                Yes, I was concerned about all the talk about slow auto focus, the lack of a built-in flash and no viewfinder. But for what I use it for -- landscapes and an occasional candid, those issues are really no issue at all. I'm also guessing that, any day now, Oly will release a firmware update that addresses the focus issue, if not completely, somewhat.

                What's really cool is that it can take a whole bunch of legacy and new lenses, with the appropriate adapter. Which means I have loads of options, some of which get close to that coveted Leica M8 capability at a fraction of the price.

                So far, the EP-1 is the best back-up to my DSLR that I've seen and used. Recommend it highly.

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                5.0

                Phenomenal all-round camera

                By OriginalBill

                from Fairfield County, CT

                Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

                Not quite a dSLR but almost. Very flexible and light weight while producing photos nearly as good as a 'better' dSLR (Canon 40D) and as good as Canon T1i. Wonderful for travel. Lack of viewfinder may be a problem for some but that can be readily solved by using Hoodman Hoodloupe which fits over the 3" LCD and has glass viewfinder lens with adjustable diopter. No problem now with LCD washout or viewing difficulty and quick to the eye. Great for fine focus in manual mode. A winning combo.

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                5.0

                Great Camera for Snap Shots

                By ttani0224

                from Austin, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Great image quality
                • HD video

                Cons

                • Optical View Finder

                Best Uses

                • Snap-Shots
                • Travel

                Comments about Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black):

                I own E-300 and wanted to upgrade my photo equipment. I was thinking about E-620, but after I saw EP-1 on the store, I liked the size and shape, so that is why I purchased. So far I like the output from this camera.

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