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Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1
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Reviews
130 Reviews + 17 Awards
68
Features
Good Features
72
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
67
Age
9 Years Old
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
Multiple reviews mentioned that this camera is able to produce good images, compact but it has a bad screen. It's a good spec and multi award winning 296g camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 16 further awards from other expert sites.
Trusted Reviews Recommended DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
12.3MP
4032 X 3024
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
3,200
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
296g
7x
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2.7"
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Olympus PEN E-PL1 number 75 across all digital cameras.

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Kagoo Score
93
Reviews
69
Features
73
Popularity
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Value for Money
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Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 73?

purchasers report that it has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%, based on 130 reviews. This digital camera has received 17 awards including a "Recommended" award from Dinside.no/data plus eight other sites and a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com plus one other site.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Olympus digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
The PEN E-PL1 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Has an image stabiliser
Large minimum aperture number
Introducing the incredible olympus PEN e-pl1 camera
New direct button for hd movies
NEW easy-to-use LIVE GUIDE SETS THE SCENE BEFORE YOU SHOOT
Expand your creative horizons with built-in effects
Stabilize all of your lenses
Big sensor, not a big body

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each digital camera by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the digital camera is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec digital cameras come to market, the older digital cameras will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

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Average Review Score

4.3 stars (130 reviews)

35%

of Customers Would Recommend
5 Stars
45 Reviews
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8 Recommended Awards

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has received eight Recommended Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews and letsgodigital.org/nl/.
Recommended from What Digital Camera Recommended from Trusted Reviews Recommended from letsgodigital.org/nl/ Recommended from M3.idg.se Recommended from focus-numerique.fr Recommended from theregister.co.uk Recommended from IT Reviews.com Recommended from dinside.no/data

2 Especially Recommended Awards

It's received an Especially Recommended Award from expert review sites Lydogbilde.no and ljudochbild.se.
Especially Recommended from Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended from ljudochbild.se

7 Further Awards

It's received seven Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and pcforalla.idg.se.
Silver from DP Review Highly Recommended from PhotographyBlog.com Good Choice from pcforalla.idg.se Technical Image Press Association Award from tipa.com 5 Star from 01net.com Editor's Choice from CNET.co.uk Platinum from buy-n-shoot.com

What Are People Saying About the Olympus PEN E-PL1?

Picture Quality
16
4
Price
16
1
Size and Weight
16
1
Lens System
3
3
Flash
4
2
Features
2
0
Ease of Use
10
1
Design
5
2
Viewfinder / Screen
1
0
Video Capability
0
1
Support
2
0
Robustness
0
2
Noise Level
0
1
The Majority of Customers Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Had a Good Price
  • ... enthusiasts on tight budgets. The E-PL1 offers excellen... A good value at under $600 with lens, the Olympus E-PL1 offers D-SLR image quality without the ...
    PC Mag 19 Mar 2010
  • Newly introduced, and at the exact same price as Olympus' recently reviewed E-600 Four Thirds digital SLR with 14-42mm kit lens, is the manufacturer's ...
    Pocket Lint 5 Mar 2010
  • ... we came away impressed with what Olympus added to their budget compact while taking away relatively little compared with the camera's more expensive siblings. ...
    thestar.com.my 18 Jul 2010
  • ... camera. Available in black, gold, w... While not cheap, this is the most affordable Digital Pen to date and the concept of great quality pictures from ...
    T3.com 19 Mar 2010
  • One Person Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Was Sub-Standard Quality
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    5 Out of 10 Customers Thought it Was Solidly Made

    Several people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was strong and durable, well made and reliable.

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    Strong and Durable
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... it stands now neither is the quality levels...Good image quality, sturdy build quality, simple interface design, auto modes work well, ability to save ...
    techtree.com 31 May 2010
  • ... micro four thirds cameras (Panasonic and Olympus) were evaluated as a... Rugged body. Unique Tap Control. Very good feature set. Poor control layout. Produces ...
    Wlcastleman.com 1 Jan 2005
  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • View All Reviews About Sturdy
    Well Made
    3 people agree
    6 people disagree
    Reliable
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Some Owners Thought This Digital Camera Had a Battery That Needed Frequent Recharging

    Three people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had a bad battery life.

  • ... mode, including Art Filters and iAuto. Slow, with sluggish autofocus. Short battery life. Low-resolution LCD. Slow, with sluggish autofocus, short battery ...
    CNET.com 5 Apr 2010
  • ... performance in tests. Limited lens selection. No optical viewfinder. Battery life. Small size decently portable. Builtin flash. RAW images 720p video. ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • The Vast Majority of People Thought it Was a Good Size

    More than 10 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was compact and several people thought that it was also a good size, was easy to carry around and was a good body shape.

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    Compact
    14 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... Thirds camera to date is a solid step-up for point-and-shooters, with its compact size, built-in flash, and excellent image sharpness. Current SLR shooters ...
    digitalcamerainfo.com 18 May 2010
  • Not everyone wants a digital SLR, but many do want more than a compact camera. Not only do they want to take higher quality photos, but they want the SLR's ...
    Expert Reviews 8 Apr 2010
  • ... and things to be frustrated by in the camera. The first is the compact camera user who wants better imag...Excellent resolution with lots of detail in ...
    DP Review 16 May 2010
  • ... somewhere between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, compact interchangeable-lens cameras offer substantially lower bulk and weight than a DSLR, but more features ...
    Mac World 3 Aug 2010
  • View All Reviews About Compact
    A Good Size
    6 people agree
    No people disagree
    Easy to Carry Around
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    A Good Body Shape
    2 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Over 10 People Thought it Had a Good Design

    Several people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was retro, well designed and good-looking.

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    Retro
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... a Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL, aka “mirrorless DSLR”) camera with an “almost retro” charm all its own, good handling, very good image quality ...
    photoxels.com 14 Aug 2010
  • ... natural light). Good AF performance (though kit lens holds it back). Hints of retro styling and SLR quality in a compact body. Collapsible kit lens is ...
    DP Review 16 May 2010
  • The camera has a nice retro look and is fairly light weight and easy to use. It comes with a non-attached lens cap, which is easy to lose, but one with ...
    463829fhdg - Amazon.co.uk 5 Feb 2012
  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • View All Reviews About Retro
    Well Designed
    4 people agree
    3 people disagree
    Good-Looking
    3 people agree
    3 people disagree
    Smooth
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    More Than 20 People Thought it Was Easy to Use

    Several people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was very easy to use, had a good interface and had good controls.

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    Really Easy to Use
    9 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... wider audience. Although it impresses us with good quality pictures and easy to use 7...
    techsmart.co.za 2 Aug 2010
  • ... the plunge to buy the Olympus Pen PL1. I am very glad I did...it is very very easy to use...even as a complete novice like me! The basic menus are all ...
    Muzza - Amazon.co.uk 27 Apr 2011
  • ... Well it does. All members of our family have been using it and have found it easy to use and have got different types of pictures - ranging from arty to ...
    Nemo - Amazon.co.uk 5 Dec 2010
  • ... picture quality is extremely good and, once you get used to them, the controls are very easy to use. I mainly use aperture priority auto exposure and it ...
    IanW - Amazon.co.uk 20 Sep 2010
  • View All Reviews About Easy to Use
    Has a Good Interface
    7 people agree
    4 people disagree
    Has Good Controls
    5 people agree
    12 people disagree
    Easy to Handle
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Majority of People Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Had Nice Technical Features

    Seven people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had good features.

  • ... cheapest and easiest to use yet, as well as the only one of its trio of Micro Four Thirds hybrids to feature a built-in flash. Again... The first PEN to ...
    macworld.co.uk 8 Jul 2010
  • ... now have your choice of dozens of supremely competent compacts, all brimming with features. While most of those u... With the E-PL1, Olympus offers a very ...
    digicamera.com 1 Nov 2010
  • ... to...Impressive design and handling. Excellent image quality. Smashing video-recording features. Buttons feel rather cheap. Shonky contracting-lens mechanism.
    CNET.co.uk 9 May 2010
  • ... In terms of still photos, the E-PL1 is on par with any mir...Solid number of features for pros and novices alike. IAuto mode is brilliant for novice shooters. ...
    thestar.com.my 18 Jul 2010
  • Some Customers Thought This Digital Camera Was Good When it Came to Technical Guidance
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    Most People Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Did Not Have an Acceptable Noise Level

    Several people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was noisy and wasn't quiet.

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    Noisy
    5 people agree
    4 people disagree
  • ... all its own, good handling, very good image quality and much improved low noise high ISO capabilities. Though the build quality d...
    photoxels.com 14 Aug 2010
  • ... focus tracking, sharp overall image quality, built-in flash. Noticeable noise above ISO 400, mode dial is too stiff, no dedicated controls for changing ...
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 22 Apr 2010
  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • ... is equal parts high...Great value. Builtin flash. Highend video. Audible autofocus noise. Cheaper construction than pricier versions. Harder to access ...
    engadget.com 31 Mar 2010
  • View All Reviews About Noise
    Not {More} Quiet
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Over 20 People Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Had a Lens That Was Good

    Over 10 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had a good lens and six people thought that it also had a good autofocus.

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    Has a Good Lens
    13 people agree
    4 people disagree
  • ... factor is a sound one...Cheapest Pen to date. Comes with flash. Great results from kit lens. Fun digital effects. Still expensive. Smaller LCD. Plastic ...
    T3.com 19 Mar 2010
  • ... natural stills. Very low noise, even at high ISOs. Compact, lightweight. Loved the 17mm lens. Too expensive. Not many lens options. No viewfinder.
    Digitaltrends.com 28 Apr 2010
  • ... not further, it offers great image...Good image quality for the price. Solid kit lens. High quality video. Builtin flash. Possibly oversimplified control. ...
    electronista.com 26 Jun 2010
  • ... back). Hints of retro styling and SLR quality in a compact body. Collapsible kit lens is small and offers dece. Some highlight clipping (and poor dynamic ...
    DP Review 16 May 2010
  • View All Reviews About Lens
    Has a Good Autofocus
    6 people agree
    11 people disagree
    The Vast Majority of Owners Thought it Did Not Have a Good Screen or Viewfinder

    Over 10 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had a bad screen and eight people thought that it also had a bad viewfinder.

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    Has a Bad Screen
    14 people agree
    3 people disagree
  • ... promis...Excellent detail, small form. Some noisenoise reduction issues, low resolution LCD.
    What Digital Camera 28 Apr 2010
  • ... price. Good noise control. HD video recording. Slow autofocus. Small, low resolution LCD. Small, low-resolution LCD.
    CNET.com.au 14 Apr 2010
  • ... Art Filters and effects. Plastic construction. Pared-down ISO, smaller LCD screen at 2.7in.
    macworld.co.uk 8 Jul 2010
  • ... stiff, no dedicated controls for changing exposure, no built-in EVF, screen a little dull.
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 22 Apr 2010
  • View All Reviews About Lcd
    Has a Bad Viewfinder
    8 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Majority of People Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Took Good Pictures

    More than 40 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was able to produce good images and several people thought that it also had a good picture quality, picture resolution and was good in low light.

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    Able to Produce Good Images
    43 people agree
    6 people disagree
  • ... point-and-shooters, with its compact size, built-in flash, and excellent image sharpness. Current SLR shooters may grumble about the relatively slow autofocus ...
    digitalcamerainfo.com 18 May 2010
  • Why? Because every guy wants to take better pictures for posterity. When digital cameras first hit the market in a big way, we were all over it. Finally, ...
    askmen.com 3 Feb 2010
  • ... Weighing only .75 lbs and a TruePic V Image processor, the Olympus E-PL1 DLSR takes amazing pictures, records HD movies and features creative effects. ...
    g4tv.com 5 Jul 2010
  • The Olympus E-PL1 put simply is a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re a DSLR user looking for a capable and affordable compact unit to add to your ...
    buy-n-shoot.com 18 Jul 2010
  • View All Reviews About Images
    Has a Good Picture Quality
    5 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has a Good Picture Resolution
    4 people agree
    5 people disagree
    Good in Low Light
    3 people agree
    6 people disagree
    Has a Good ISO Range
    2 people agree
    7 people disagree
    Good for Underwater Photography
    2 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Most People Thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Was Good for Video Capture

    More than 10 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 was good for video recording.

  • ... really like the battery door. Command dial on top of the camera. Video mode direct button. Colour reproduction. Olympus E-P 1.
    Ephotozine 15 Feb 2010
  • ... flash. Excellent SLR image quality for the price. Good noise control. HD video recording. Slow autofocus. Small, low resolution LCD. Small, low-resolution ...
    CNET.com.au 14 Apr 2010
  • ... offers great image...Good image quality for the price. Solid kit lens. High quality video. Builtin flash. Possibly oversimplified control. No builtin viewfinder. ...
    electronista.com 26 Jun 2010
  • ... well, ability to save in RAW and JPEG simultaneously in all modes. 720p video recording. Boxy design, small display, no built-in optical viewfinder, interface ...
    techtree.com 31 May 2010
  • Most Owners Thought This Digital Camera Had a Good Flash

    More than 10 people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had a good flash.

  • ... to be worse -- but it's not. It handles better and does more, thanks to its built-in flash. It's a Micro Four Thirds camera for the masses, and about time ...
    CNET.co.uk 9 May 2010
  • ... The third generation Pen offers the distinct advantage of a built-in flash that will inevitably broaden the fledgling Micro Four Thirds range's appeal to a wider consumer base, ...
    Pocket Lint 5 Mar 2010
  • ... cheapest and easiest to use yet, as well as the only one of its trio of Micro Four Thirds hybrids to feature a built-in flash. Again... The first PEN to ...
    macworld.co.uk 8 Jul 2010
  • ... Four Thirds hybrids to feature a built-in flash. Again... The first PEN to incorporate a flash and the cheapest Micro Four Thirds camera to date. Simplified ...
    macworld.co.uk 8 Jul 2010
  • Two People Thought it Had Good Exposure Controls

    Two people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had good exposure controls.

  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • ... tones are smooth yet detailed. Auto focusing and exposure are good with exposure compensation easily to hand. Movie mode is exceptionally fine. Dislike. ...
    dpexpert.com.au 5 May 2010
  • Some People Thought it is Not Good for Portraits

    Two people thought that the Olympus PEN E-PL1 takes good portraits.

  • ... screen that's hard to see in bright light. No orientation sensor means having to rotate every portrait image manually. Exposure controls slow and awkward ...
    DP Review 16 May 2010
  • Micro Four Thirds is a new breed of pocket-sized cameras that act more like digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras -- and experts say the Olympus PEN ...
    consumersearch.com 1 Nov 2010
  • How Good Are Olympus Cameras?

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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Has an image stabiliser
    Large minimum aperture number
    Has a built-in flash
    Has an HDMI
    Big digital zoom
    High maximum playback zoom
    Has an auto Exposure (AE) lock
    1280 x 720 pixels video resolution
    Features saturation adjustment
    Two aspherical lenses
    Large closest focusing distance
    Supports live view
    Has an external flash connector
    4/3" image sensor size
    Features contrast adjustment
    Has an Auto Focus (AF) lock
    Very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
    High magnification
    Has an HDMI port
    Supports direct printing
    Features calendar
    1280 x 720 pixels video resolution
    ok maximum ISO sensitivity
    ok weight
    Lower than average megapixels
    Long camera shutter speed
    Does not support Wi-Fi
    Does not have a GPS
    Does not feature bluetooth
    Does not support Full HD video
    Smaller than average display diagonal
    Very low display resolution
    Long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
    Does not have an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
    Heavy
    Smaller than average maximum memory card size
    Lower Than Average Megapixels

    The megapixels of the PEN E-PL1 of only 12.3MP is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 30% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 15MP.

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    1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

    The highest video resolution of the PEN E-PL1 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as HD.

    A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as HD.

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    ok Maximum ISO Sensitivity

    The maximum ISO sensitivity of the PEN E-PL1 of 3,200 is ok compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 59% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Long Camera Shutter Speed

    The PEN E-PL1's camera shutter speed of 0.0005s is longer than average when compared to most other cameras. It is longer than 68% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Digital cameras have camera shutter speeds of between 0.000016s and 4s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.01s.

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    Has an Image Stabiliser

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has an image stabiliser, as do 70% of digital cameras.

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    Large Minimum Aperture Number

    The minimum aperture number of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 of 3.5 is larger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 73% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Does Not Support Wi-Fi

    The PEN E-PL1 does not support Wi-Fi, although keep in mind that 72% of digital cameras also do not support Wi-Fi.

    What is Wi-Fi? Less Edit
    Does Not Have a GPS

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 does not have a GPS. 90% of digital cameras also do not have a GPS.

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    Does Not Feature Bluetooth

    Like most other cameras, the PEN E-PL1 does not feature bluetooth. 93% of digital cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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    The Olympus PEN E-PL1's weight of 296g is ok compared to most other cameras. It is heavier than 36% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Has a Built-in Flash
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    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has a built-in flash. 75% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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    Does Not Support Full HD Video

    Like most other cameras, the PEN E-PL1 does not support Full HD video. 71% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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    Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

    The display diagonal of the PEN E-PL1 of only 2.7" is in the smallest 31% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The display diagonals of cameras range from 1" to 6.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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    Has an HDMI
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    The PEN E-PL1 has an HDMI, unlike 62% of cameras which do not have an HDMI.

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    Big Digital Zoom

    The digital zooms of cameras range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The PEN E-PL1's digital zoom of 7x is bigger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the biggest 18% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    High Maximum Playback Zoom

    Cameras have playback zoom (max) of between 1x and 39x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 8.6x. The PEN E-PL1's maximum playback zoom of 14x is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 14% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Has an Auto Exposure (AE) Lock

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has an auto Exposure (AE) lock, which is unusual. 73% of digital cameras do not have an auto Exposure (AE) lock.

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    1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

    The highest video resolution supported by the PEN E-PL1 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by cameras. This camera also supports a video resolution of 640x480 pixels and 1280x720 pixels. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from full hd 1080p pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

    A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

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    Features Saturation Adjustment

    The PEN E-PL1 features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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    Very Low Display Resolution

    The display resolution of the PEN E-PL1 of only 230,000 pixels is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is lower than 75% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The average display resolution of all cameras is 570,000 pixels, with the lowest being 23,000 pixels and the highest being 6,300,000 pixels.

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    Two Aspherical Lenses

    Most of the other cameras only have one aspherical lens, however the PEN E-PL1 has two aspherical lenses.

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    Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

    The PEN E-PL1's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm is longer than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the longest 24% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Does Not Have an Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam

    Like most other cameras, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 does not have an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam. 71% of cameras do not have an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam.

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    Large Closest Focusing Distance

    The closest focusing distance of the PEN E-PL1 of 0.25m is larger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 81% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Supports Live View

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 supports live view, which is unusual. 85% of cameras do not support live view.

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    Has an External Flash Connector

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has an external flash connector. 88% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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    4/3" Image Sensor Size

    The PEN E-PL1 has a 4/3" image sensor size which is bigger than most cameras. Most cameras have a 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size.

    A 1/3 or less" image sensor size is the worst image sensor size amongst similar types of camera.

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    Features Contrast Adjustment

    The PEN E-PL1 features contrast adjustment. 82% of cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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    Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has an Auto Focus (AF) lock, which is unusual. 71% of cameras do not have an Auto Focus (AF) lock.

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    Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

    The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the PEN E-PL1 of only 84mm is shorter than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is shorter than 67% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    High Magnification

    The PEN E-PL1's magnification of 7x is higher than 84% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Has an HDMI Port

    The PEN E-PL1 has an HDMI port. 74% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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    Heavy

    The PEN E-PL1's weight of 0.296kg is heavier than average when compared to most other cameras. It is heavier than 83% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The weights of cameras range from 0.095kg to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 0.23kg.

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    Supports Direct Printing

    The PEN E-PL1 supports direct printing, which is unusual. 85% of cameras do not support direct printing.

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    Smaller Than Average Maximum Memory Card Size

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1's maximum memory card size of only 4GB is very small compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 6% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The maximum memory card sizes of digital cameras range from 1GB to 520GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 42GB.

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    Features Calendar

    The PEN E-PL1 features calendar. 88% of cameras do not feature calendar.

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    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Olympus PEN E-PL1 has been listed on Kagoo since December 2018 and is currently ranked number 75 out of 369 digital cameras.
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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

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    What the Reviews Say

    The majority of customers thought the Olympus PEN E-PL1 had a good price
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    Age

    Olympus PEN E-PL1 Release Date

    February 2010

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    Olympus PEN E-PL1 Specification

    Key Features
    Weight
    Camera Type
    Megapixels
    Picture Quality
    Image Sensor Size
    Still Image Resolution
    Maximum Image Resolution
    Aspect Ratio
    Optical Sensor Size
    Sensor Type
    Image Formats Supported
    Total Megapixels
    Supported Aspect Ratios
    Design
    Certification
    Material
    Colour
    Lens System
    Digital Zoom
    Minimum Aperture Number
    Maximum Aperture Number
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
    Aspherical Lens
    Lens Mount Interface
    Diaphragm Blade
    Filter Size
    Focusing
    Closest Focusing Distance
    Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
    Auto Focus (AF) Lock
    Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
    Auto Focus (AF) Points
    Focus
    Light Exposure
    ISO Sensitivity
    Light Exposure Modes
    Maximum ISO Sensitivity
    Minimum ISO Sensitivity
    Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
    Light Metering
    Light Exposure Correction
    Light Exposure Control
    Shutter
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
    Camera Shutter Type
    Flash
    External Flash Connector
    Flash Modes
    Flash Guide Number
    Flash Sync-Speed
    Flash Metering Modes
    Video
    Full HD Video
    Maximum Video Resolution
    Video Recording
    Video Resolution
    Motion JPEG Frame Rate
    Video Formats Supported
    Analog Signal Format System
    HD Type
    Audio
    Built-in Microphone
    Voice Recording
    Audio System
    Audio Formats Supported
    Memory
    Maximum Memory Card Size
    Compatible Memory Card
    Memory Slots
    Display
    Display Diagonal
    Field of View
    Touchscreen
    Display Resolution
    Display
    Display Diagonal (Metric)
    Viewfinder
    Magnification
    Viewfinder Type
    Ports & Interfaces
    PictBridge
    HDMI
    USB Version
    AV Output
    DC-in Jack
    USB Port
    Camera
    Image Processor
    Built-in Processor
    3D
    GPS
    White Balance
    Shooting Modes
    Photo Effects
    Self-Timer Delay
    Calendar
    Histogram
    Maximum Playback Zoom
    Image Quality Adjustment
    Image Editing
    Camera File System
    Live View
    Camera Playback
    Saturation Adjustment
    Contrast Adjustment
    Direct Printing
    Scene Modes
    Languages Support
    On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
    Weight & Dimensions
    Dimensions (W X D X H) (Imperial)
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Weight (Including Battery)
    Battery
    Battery Technology
    Battery Supported
    Battery Type
    Battery Capacity
    Battery Life
    Power Requirements
    Operational Conditions
    Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
    Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
    Storage Temperature (T-T)
    Operating Temperature (T-T)
    System Requirements
    Mac Compatibility
    Packaging Content
    Cables Included
    Batteries Included
    Battery Charger Included
    Hand Strap
    Networking
    Wi-Fi
    Near Field Communication (NFC)
    Bluetooth
    Network Ready
    Other Features
    Energy Star Certified
    Video Capability
    Power Source Type
    Built-in Flash
    USB 2.0 Port
    HDMI Port
    Weight
    Interface
    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    Data Compression
    Compatible Operating Systems
    Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
    Aperture Range (F-F)
    USB 3.0 Port
    Effective Sensor Resolution
    Frame
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Video Memory Capacity
    Lens System
    Power Supply Type
    Digital SLR
    Flash Metering System
    Accessories Included
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    Technical Details
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    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    olympus n3845392, olympus n3838792, olympus 1705339, olympus 1703334, olympus 262855, olympus epl1s, olympus f3556, epl1bodyw, N3838892

    Barcodes

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