Olympus E-PL1 Review

 
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Other PEN SLDs

The table below compares the Olympus E-PL1 with the E-P1 and E-P2. A red cell means that a given camera performs below the other two, a green cell means that it performs better than the other two, and a yellow cell means it falls between the other two. In cases where two cameras share a superior capability, both cells will be colored green.

E-PL1 vs E-P1 and E-PL2
Manufacturer
Olympus
Olympus
Olympus
Model
E-PL1 E-P1 E-P2
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Sensor Type
Live MOS Live MOS Live MOS
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
13.1 13.1 13.1
Effective Megapixels
12.3 12.3 12.3
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
18.0 x 13.5 18.0 x 13.5 18.0 x 13.5
Pixel Pitch (m)
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
2.0x 2.0x 2.0x
Image Processor
TruePic V TruePic V TruePic V
Viewfinder
Type
External shoe-mounted electronic viewfinder None External shoe-mounted electronic viewfinder
Resolution
1.44 million dots N/A 1.44 million dots
Coverage
100% N/A 100%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
1.15x N/A 1.15x
Eyepoint (mm)
18 N/A 18
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
N/A -3.0 to +1.0
Brightness control
15 levels N/A 15 levels
Color temperature control
15 levels N/A 15 levels
Recording
System
Recording Media / Slot Type
Secure Digital,
SDHC supported
Secure Digital,
SDHC supported
Secure Digital,
SDHC supported
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW, JPEG RAW, JPEG RAW, JPEG
A/D conversion
12-bit 12-bit 12-bit
Maximum Resolution
4,032 x 3,024 4,032 x 3,024 4,032 x 3,024
Reduced Resolutions
4,032 x 2,688
4,032 x 2,272
3,024 x 3,024
3,200 x 2,400
3,216 x 2,144
3,200 x 1,800
2,400 x 2,400
2,560 x 1,920
2,544 x 1,696
2,560 x 1,440
1,920 x 1,920
1,600 x 1,200
1,584 x 1,056
1,536 x 864
1,216 x 1,216
1,280 x 960
1,296 x 864
1,280 x 720
960 x 960
1,024 x 768
1,008 x 672
1,024 x 576
768 x 768
640 x 480
624 x 416
640 x 360
480 x 480
4,032 x 2,688
4,032 x 2,272
3,024 x 3,024
3,200 x 2,400
3,216 x 2,144
3,200 x 1,800
2,400 x 2,400
2,560 x 1,920
2,544 x 1,696
2,560 x 1,440
1,920 x 1,920
1,600 x 1,200
1,584 x 1,056
1,536 x 864
1,216 x 1,216
1,280 x 960
1,296 x 864
1,280 x 720
960 x 960
1,024 x 768
1,008 x 672
1,024 x 576
768 x 768
640 x 480
624 x 416
640 x 360
480 x 480
4,032 x 2,688
4,032 x 2,272
3,024 x 3,024
3,200 x 2,400
3,216 x 2,144
3,200 x 1,800
2,400 x 2,400
2,560 x 1,920
2,544 x 1,696
2,560 x 1,440
1,920 x 1,920
1,600 x 1,200
1,584 x 1,056
1,536 x 864
1,216 x 1,216
1,280 x 960
1,296 x 864
1,280 x 720
960 x 960
1,024 x 768
1,008 x 672
1,024 x 576
768 x 768
640 x 480
624 x 416
640 x 360
480 x 480
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Processing Parameters,
Color Space
&
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Gradation, Picture Styles) with number of Increments
5 levels for contrast, saturation, and sharpness, three settings for gradation (plus auto).

6 Picture styles (i-Enhance [High, Medium or Low effect], Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monochrome), plus 1 user defined
5 levels for contrast, saturation, and sharpness, three settings for gradation (plus auto).

5 Picture styles (Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monochrome), plus 1 user defined
5 levels for contrast, saturation, and sharpness, three settings for gradation (plus auto).

6 Picture styles (i-Enhance [High, Medium or Low effect], Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monochrome), plus 1 user defined
WB settings
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2,000 ~ 14,000K 2,000 ~ 14,000K 2,000 ~ 14,000K
WB Adjustment Range
Amber-Blue correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Magenta-Green correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Set on graph on LCD monitor,
Both types of correction can be combined
Amber-Blue correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Green-Magenta correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Set on graph on LCD monitor,
Both types of correction can be combined
Amber-Blue correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Magenta-Green correction,
in +/-7 steps;
Set on graph on LCD monitor,
Both types of correction can be combined
WB Bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps of both Amber-Blue and Green-Magenta correction 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps of both Amber-Blue and Green-Magenta correction 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps of both Amber-Blue and Green-Magenta correction
Shadow Adjustment
Yes (when Gradation set to Auto) Yes (when Gradation set to Auto) Yes (when Gradation set to Auto)
Shading Compensation
Yes (On / Off) Yes (On / Off) Yes (On / Off)
Adjustable High ISO NR (levels)
Yes (3 plus off) Yes (3 plus off) Yes (3 plus off)
Long Exposure NR
Yes (On, Off, Auto) Yes (On, Off, Auto) Yes (On, Off, Auto)
Autofocus
System
Type
Contrast detection using image sensor Contrast detection using image sensor Contrast detection using image sensor
# of Focusing Points
11 points 11 points 11 points
AF Modes
Single, Continuous, Manual, Single + manual, Continuous + tracking Single, Continuous, Manual, Single + manual Single, Continuous, Manual, Single + manual, Continuous + tracking
Face Detection
Yes Yes Yes
Manual Focus Assist
Optional, 7x zoom at selected focus point when focus ring turned in MF or S-AF + MF modes. Optional, 7x zoom at center frame when focus ring turned in MF or S-AF + MF modes. Optional, 7x zoom at selected focus point when focus ring turned in MF or S-AF + MF modes.
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
7 - Auto, Program AE (Program Shift supported), Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual (Bulb supported), Scene Select AE, Art Filter 7 - Auto, Program AE (Program Shift supported), Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual (Bulb supported), Scene Select AE, Art Filter 7 - Auto, Program AE (Program Shift supported), Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual (Bulb supported), Scene Select AE, Art Filter
Scene Modes
20 - Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow 13 - Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow 20 - Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Art Filters
6 - Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia 6 - Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole 8- Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process
Metering Zones
324 324 324
Metering Modes
Digital ESP multi-pattern, center weighted average,
1% spot, highlight control spot, shadow control spot
Digital ESP multi-pattern, center weighted average,
1% spot, highlight control spot, shadow control spot
Digital ESP multi-pattern, center weighted average,
1% spot, highlight control spot, shadow control spot
Metering System Working Range
EV 0 ~ 18 EV 0 ~ 18 EV 0 ~ 18
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 3,200 100 ~ 6,400 100 ~ 6,400
Exposure Compensation
3 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments 3 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments 3 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV steps 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV steps 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV steps
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter Computerized focal-plane shutter Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Range
1/2,000 ~ 60 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb (30 minutes max.) 1/4,000 ~ 60 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb (30 minutes max.) 1/4,000 ~ 60 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb (30 minutes max.)
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth (manufacturer spec w/ Toshiba 4GB Class 6 SDHC)
3 fps
18 large/fine JPEG
or 10 RAW frames
3 fps
12 large/normal JPEG
or 10 RAW frames
3 fps
12 large/normal JPEG
or 10 RAW frames
Shutter lag, multi-area full AF at telephoto (sec.)
0.938 1.190 0.929
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.070 0.072 0.072
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes
7 meters / 23 feet
No
N/A
No
N/A
Flash X-Sync Speed. (sec.)
1/30 ~ 1/160 1/30 ~ 1/180 1/30 ~ 1/180
Built-in Wireless Flash Control
No No No
Hot Shoe
Yes, intelligent Yes, intelligent Yes, intelligent
PC Sync Terminal
No No No
Playback
System
LCD Size / Resolution
2.7 in. LCD / 230,000 dots 3.0 in. LCD / 230,000 dots 3.0 in. LCD / 230,000 dots
Field of View
100% 100% 100%
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.5~10x in 15 steps / Yes 1.5~10x in 15 steps / Yes 1.5~10x in 15 steps / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
15 steps 15 steps 15 steps
LCD Monitor Hue Adjustment Range
15 steps 15 steps Amber-Blue, 15 steps Green-Magenta 15 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes Yes Yes
Other Features
Accessory Port (for electronic viewfinder or microphone adapter)
Yes No Yes
Movie Mode
Yes, AVI Motion JPEG
HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps)
SD (640 x 480 pixels, 30fps),
up to 2GB per clip
Yes, AVI Motion JPEG
HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps)
SD (640 x 480 pixels, 30fps),
up to 2GB per clip
Yes, AVI Motion JPEG
HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps)
SD (640 x 480 pixels, 30fps),
up to 2GB per clip
Microphone
Internal monaural, optional external stereo w/ accessory port adapter Internal stereo Internal stereo, optional external stereo w/ accessory port adapter
Computer Connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed USB 2.0 High-Speed USB 2.0 High-Speed
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes Yes Yes
HD Video Out
Yes, mini HDMI Yes, mini HDMI Yes, mini HDMI
Menu Languages
34 (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Czech, Greek, Danish, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Indonesian, Bahasa Malay, Thai, Japanese ) 3 (English, Japanese, plus one additional language from either French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Czech, Greek, Danish, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Indonesian, Bahasa Malay, or Thai) 34 (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Czech, Greek, Danish, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Indonesian, Bahasa Malay, Thai, Japanese )
Camera Default Reset
Yes Yes Yes
Remote Control
No RM-UC1 remote cable (optional) RM-UC1 remote cable (optional)
HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (with compatible TVs)
Yes (optional) No Yes (optional)
Ultrasonic sensor dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
Yes
Electronic Level
No
Yes,
Pitch and Roll
Yes,
Pitch and Roll
Anti-Shake
(sensor shift)
Yes Yes Yes
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Polycarbonate Aluminum top / bottom panels,
stainless steel back and sides
Aluminum top / bottom panels,
stainless steel back and sides
Weather Resistant
No No No
Control Dials
0 2 2
Power System
Battery Compatibility
BLS-1 lithium ion rechargeable BLS-1 lithium ion rechargeable BLS-1 lithium ion rechargeable
CIPA Rated Shooting Capacity at 23C/73F
290 300 300
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
115 x 72 x 42
121 x 70 x 36 121 x 70 x 35
Weight (body only)
296g / 10.4 oz.
335 g / 11.8 oz. 335 g / 11.8 oz.
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40C / 32 ~ 104F
0 ~ 40C / 32 ~ 104F 0 ~ 40C / 32 ~ 104F
Operating Humidity Range
30 - 90% 30 - 90% 30 - 90%
M.S.R.P.
M.S.R.P. / Kit Bundle
US$599.99
w/ 14.42mm lens
US$799.99
w/ 14.42mm lens
US$1.099.99
w/ 14.42mm lens and VF-2 electronic viewfinder

 

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