Olympus E-PL1 Review

by Johan on May 19, 2010



Dpreview has a comprehensive review of the recently released Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera. As a reminder, the E-PL1 boasts an accessory port for add-ons such as the electronic viewfinder. This 12-megapixel camera also features a simplified ‘Live Guide’ interface, a 2.7-inch LCD screen (230,000 dots), a built-in flash, a 720p HD video recording (MJPEG compression), ISO 100-3200, and 6 “Art Filter” creative effects. Here is the verdict:

The E-PL1 is the first mirrorless camera to marry its size and image quality advantages to the accessibility of a compact camera. Olympus has simply slipped an easy-to-use interface on top of its PEN DSLR-in-a-smaller-box concept. That power is there if you want it, even if the pared back design means the operation isn’t as quick as it can be with the other PENs. Point-and-shoot users won’t get the very most out of the camera but, thanks to an excellent JPEG engine, it’s likely they’ll spend much of their time too delighted by their pictures to worry about it.

You can purchase the Olympus PEN E-PL1 for $599.99. See more pictures after the jump.

[Dpreview]

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