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

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

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Olympus E-P1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Compact Design with Pro-system Capabilities
  • 3High-Definition Stills and Video
  • 412.3 MP 4/3-Format Live MOS Sensor
  • 5Compatible with all 4/3-System Lenses
  • 6Live View Mode
  • 7Advanced, Pro-Quality Autofocus & Metering System
  • 8In-Body Image Stabilization
  • 9Dust Reduction
  • 10Advanced Shooting and Post-Capture Editing Modes
  • 11High-Quality Stereo PCM Audio
  • 12Manual Focus Assist

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

Olympus E-P1 Specs

Camera TypeMicro Four Thirds Digital Camera
Imaging
ResolutionEffective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.3MP
Sensor17.3 x 13.0mm CMOS
Bit Depth12-bit
File FormatsRAW, JPEG, AVI
File SizeRAW: Up to 13.9MB
JPEG: Up to 8.2MB
AVI: Up to 2.0GB
Color SpacessRGB, Adobe RGB
Image StabilizationYes
Crop Factor2x
Optics
Lens14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 28-84mm)
ZoomManual, Two-touch
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus TypeAutofocus and Manual Focus
Focus Range0.82' (0.25m) - infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount40.5mm
Shooting Controls
SensitivityISO 100-6400
Shutter Speeds1/4000 - 60 sec, bulb
Metering324-area Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesiAUTO, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene
White BalanceAuto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom
Mirror Lock-UpN/A
Burst CapabilityUp to 3fps
Self Timer12 seconds or 2 seconds
Interval RecordingN/A
Remote ControlRM-UC1 Remote Cable Release (optional)
Flash
Built-in FlashNo
Effective Flash RangeN/A
External Flash ConnectionHotshoe
Dedicated Flash SystemOlympus FL Series
Max Sync Speed1/180
Memory
Built-in MemoryNo
Memory Card TypeSD/SDHC
Still Images per GBRAW: 73
JPEG: High Res: 124 - Low Res: 10,240
A/V Recording
Video RecordingYes
Video Resolution1280x720 @ 30fps, 640x480 @ 30fps
Video Clip LengthUp to 2GB (about 7 minutes in HD, 14 minutes in SD)
Audio RecordingStereo PCM/16-bit, 44.1kHz
Picture with Sound: Up to 30 sec
Audio with Video: dependent on clip length
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder TypeNone
Viewfinder CoverageN/A
Display3" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, HDMI (Type C)
System & Software RequirementsWindows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
Environmental
Operating/Storage TemperatureOperating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Storage Temperature: -4-140°F/-20-60°C
WeatherproofingNone
DurabilityNot Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery TypeBLS-1 Li-ion Battery
Power AdapterNone
Physical
Dimensions4.75 x 2.75 x 1.43" (120.6 x 69.9 x 36.4mm) body only
Weight0.7 lbs (335g) body only

Olympus E-P1 Reviews

Worth the wait

By irishpunk59
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-10-15

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.

EP-1 refurb deal

By Jeff
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-02-25

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.

The Olympus E-P1 passes the test!

By Calvin & Hobbes Fan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-03

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!!

Nice Camera when a DSLR is too large

By Photofunch
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-03

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.

A DSLR in compact's clothing

By Andy (aperture_lag)
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-01-13

Love this camera. Bought this as a refurb here on B&H. Zero problems. Technical image quality is very high -- noise performance is much better than my Canon 300D ever was, but not quite up to my Nikon D5000 / D90.The major advantage of this camera is its size. I can pocket this camera with either the kit lens on it or my Nikon 50/1.4 (via adapter). It's very small. The viewfinder is no retina display, but works surprisingly well for manual focusing. I don't even use the 7x enlargement feature.There are lots of positive features of this camera, but one I don't hear mentioned a lot is the adaptability of the Micro Four Thirds system. I bought a Nikon adapter the day I ordered this camera and I'll be getting an m42 adapter shortly. Being able to use my older F-mount and m42 lenses on a modern body is a terrific opportunity to add some real character to my photos. There's just no modern substitute for a 70s-era Soviet prime lens, you know?The one downside to this camera is the menu system. It's horrible. It's full of confusing terms or non-sensical options... Ex: shadow and highlight control (Active D-Lighting on Nikon) is under the Gradation menu.Also, the interface is simply confusing. For example: to setup a custom reset (the term Olympus uses for what other manufacturers call a preset or custom config), you select the custom reset option, press right, then select Reset 1 or Reset 2. Then you either press right to save your current camera config (giving you the helpful menu options Set or Reset) or click the OK button to set the camera to that preset (again, giving you the helpful options of Set or Reset).Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. I got a good deal on a camera I use every day (I'm doing a 365 this year, and the size of this camera means I can take it anywhere!) and I'm very pleased with the images I get from its Micro 4/3 sensor. I've given it four stars because of the highly confusing menu system. If you're not technically proficient, or have an aversion to reading manuals, you'll be missing out on a lot of excellent features in this camera, as they will be hidden away in the terrible menu system.However, if you (like me) wish only to setup some reasonable defaults and then forget the menu system entirely and just shoot, this is a perfect camera. Inexpensive, great image quality, exceedingly small. I love it.I have photos in my Flickr stream that I've taken with this camera and the kit lens. You can view them with this URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aperture_lag/tags/olympus/

Great Alternative To Bulky DSLR Cameras

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-07-14

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>

Excellent camera

By GV
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-06-20

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.

Great buy!

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-05-22

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.

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