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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Compact Micro FourThirds Camera System
  • 12.3MP Live MOS Imaging Sensor (4/3)
  • HD Stills and Video with Live View
  • 14-42mm M.Zuiko Zoom (28-84mm equiv)
  • Interchangeable Lenses from 7 to 800mm
  • 3" HyperCrystal LCD
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Advanced Dust Reduction
  • Advanced Shooting & Editing Tools
  • Aluminum & Stainless-Steel Construction
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Olympus E-P1 Overview

  • 1Description

The Olympus E-P1 marks the formal introduction of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds (4/3) camera system in the form of a high-quality, sub-compact digital camera. Designed around a 12.3-megapixel (17.3 x 13mm) Live MOS imaging sensor, the E-P1 enables pro-quality still and video imaging abilities in a small, unassuming package. Along with a new line of compact M.Zuiko Digital lenses, the new system is compatible with all existing 4/3-format fixed-prime and zoom lenses from 7mm through 800mm (114° to 1.5° AOV).

Clad in ergonomically-designed stainless-steel body panels, the Olympus E-P1 takes many design queues from the Olympus Pen F, a popular half-frame SLR that made its initial debut in 1959. But unlike the original Pen F, the E-P1 has the ability to produce vividly-detailed still photographs and HD video with stereo sound, both of which can be enhanced post-capture using the E-P1's advanced in-camera retouching and audio dubbing tools.

Essentially a 4/3-format DSLR minus the prism and mirror housing (hence the smaller body size), images can be composed and edited using the E-P1's 3" HyperCrystal LCD, which features anti-reflective coatings on its surface to enable live viewing of 100% of the image area under the brightest of lighting conditions. When shooting in manual focus, a 5x magnification of the center of the frame pops up as a focusing aid each time you adjust the focusing ring. (This magnification can be can be manually increased up to 10x)

This kit includes a compact 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital zoom lens, which with an angle-of-view of 74-28.5 degrees, is an equivalent to a 28-85mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.

Other features found on the Olympus E-P1 include Dust Reduction technology, in-camera Image Stabilization, which enables low-light hand-held shooting with all 4/3-system lenses, advanced shooting modes, and creative post-capture editing tools.

Compact Design with Pro-system Capabilities
The Olympus E-P1 combines the casual, easy-to-use persona of a pocket-size point-and-shoot camera with the imaging capabilities of a pro-level DSLR. As an extension of Olympus' proven 4/3 imaging system, the E-P1 can shoot casual stills and video as well as complex imagery with equal ease and precision
High-Definition Stills and Video
The Olympus E-P1 enables high-definition capture of still and video images while maintaining full auto-focus functionality and image stabilization with all 4/3-format optics. And unlike video-enabled DSLRs, the Olympus E-P1 maintains full AF in video mode
12.3 MP 4/3-Format Live MOS Sensor
The E-P1 utilizes the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor used in Olympus' 4/3-format DSLRs. Measuring 17.3 x 13mm, this sensor is half the size of 'full-frame' DSLR sensors (2x crop factor), but far larger than comparably-sized digital cameras, all of which lack the option of lens interchangeability
Compatible with all 4/3-System Lenses
Aside from the physically smaller M.Zuiko Digital lenses, the Olympus E-P1 is also compatible with all FourThird-format lenses, which enables you to take advantage of one of the widest angle-of-view (AOV) selections available today (114° to 1.5° AOV, or 14 to 800mm)
Live View Mode
Live View enables real-time viewing of your still and video images as you compose and capture them
Advanced, Pro-Quality Autofocus & Metering System
The camera's 11-point Imager AF autofocusing system ensures quick and accurate focusing under all lighting conditions. For equally accurate metering, the Olympus E-P1 utilizes a 324 segment ESP metering system. There's also the option of selecting Spot or Center-weighted metering as desired
In-Body Image Stabilization
An in-camera stabilization system allows for up to 4-stops EV of movement compensation with all 4/3 and Micro-4/3 format lenses
Dust Reduction
Olympus' Dust Reduction, which runs an ultrasonic cleaning cycle each time you power up the camera, helps keep dust particles out of the image path
Advanced Shooting and Post-Capture Editing Modes
Advanced shooting modes, including ePortrait for optimized portrait photography, iAUTO for decision-free shooting under most common shooting conditions, Shadow Adjustment Technology (SAT) for optimizing highlight and shadow details, and Art Filters (Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, and Pin Hole) are easily employed as needed. Other post-capture editing features include sound dubbing (in stereo) for still and video images
High-Quality Stereo PCM Audio
You can record video with linear, non-compressed sound, as well as add sound to images post-capture
Manual Focus Assist
When shooting in Manual Focus mode (MF) a 5x close-up of the center of the image is superimposed into a box at the center of the screen to aid in fine focusing. This magnification can be increased up to 10x magnification
In the Box
Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black)
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42/3.5-5.6 Lens w/ Front & Rear Caps
  • BLS-1 Battery
  • BSCS-1 Battery Charger
  • USB/Video Multi Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Master CD-Rom
  • Manual
  • 1-year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Olympus E-P1 Specs

    Camera Type Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
    Resolution Effective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.3MP
    Sensor 17.3 x 13.0mm CMOS
    Bit Depth 12-bit
    File Formats RAW, JPEG, AVI
    File Size RAW: Up to 13.9MB
    JPEG: Up to 8.2MB
    AVI: Up to 2.0GB
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Crop Factor 2x
    Lens 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 28-84mm)
    Zoom Manual, Two-touch
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Focus Type Autofocus and Manual Focus
    Focus Range 0.82' (0.25m) - infinity
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 40.5mm
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO 100-6400
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 60 sec, bulb

    Bulb exposure is limited to 30 minutes.

    Metering 324-area Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
    Exposure Modes iAUTO, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene
    White Balance Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom
    Mirror Lock-Up N/A
    Burst Capability Up to 3fps
    Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording N/A
    Remote Control RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release (optional)
    Built-in Flash No
    Effective Flash Range N/A
    External Flash Connection Hotshoe
    Dedicated Flash System Olympus FL Series
    Max Sync Speed 1/180
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type SD/SDHC

    Class 6 cards are recommended for HD Video Capture.

    Still Images per GB RAW: 73
    JPEG: High Res: 124 - Low Res: 10,240
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Resolution 1280x720 @ 30fps, 640x480 @ 30fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 2GB (about 7 minutes in HD, 14 minutes in SD)
    Audio Recording Stereo PCM/16-bit, 44.1kHz
    Picture with Sound: Up to 30 sec
    Audio with Video: dependent on clip length
    Viewfinder Type None
    Viewfinder Coverage N/A
    Display 3" LCD
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI (Type C)
    System & Software Requirements Windows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
    Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
    Storage Temperature: -4-140°F/-20-60°C
    Weatherproofing None
    Durability Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Battery Type BLS-1 Li-ion Battery
    Power Adapter None
    Dimensions 4.75 x 2.75 x 1.43" (120.6 x 69.9 x 36.4mm) body only
    Weight 0.7 lbs (335g) body only

    Olympus E-P1 Reviews

    E-P1 Pen Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 14-42mm M.Zuiko Digital Lens (Black) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect SLR Backup I purchased this camera as a back up to my Nikon D300 and to replace my Canon G9. I was looking for a small camera that I could carry around easily, but offered the quality of an SLR. So far, this camera has fit the billing quite well: image quality is superb, even at higher ISO levels. Handling has been easy to get accustomed to, although composing on screen while adjusting a lens manually takes some getting used to. The kit lens is good, but I have already purchased an adaptor to fit my Nikon lenses (in manual mode). A silent auto focus lens (like the Panasonic 14-140) would be a nice addition this camera. My only real complaint is the auto focus is at times erratic (not suited for any type of sports photography).
    Date published: 2009-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal all-round camera 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.
    Date published: 2009-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2009-07-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Jewel of a camera that fails to perfor 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.
    Date published: 2009-11-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great walk about camera 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.
    Date published: 2009-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pen is mightier than you think! 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!
    Date published: 2009-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Olympus E-P1 passes the test! 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!!
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much more then I expected Very light weight camera and lens combo. I can carry it with me all day on a Hot Florida day and do not get tired of carrying around a camera. Excellent color, sharpness, white balance. No loss of quality with tight cropping in photo shop elements. The 14-42 lens is perfect for everyday use. The focus is slow but it makes me take my time with composition and concentrate on the subject matter.
    Date published: 2009-08-10
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