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Olympus E1 SLR

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 06/24/2003, Updated: 03/16/2004

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Olympus E-1


Model Name:

Olympus E-1 
Model Number: E-1 
Camera Format: Pro SLR 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $2199.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-05
Date Available: 2003-10-31
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: RM-1 wireless, RM-CB1 wired 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: Metal 
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 23.3 oz (660 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2 in.
(141 x 104 x 81 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Movie Resolution:  
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 5.00
CCD Size (inches): 4/3 
CCD Filter Type: RGBG 
CCD Manufacturer: Unknown CCD 
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.00
Movie Audio: No 
Quality Levels: 4
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: 3-point TTL phase detection 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Min Macro Area:  
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture:  
Aperture Range Description: Varies with lens used 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type: Varies with lens used 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: SLR type, eye-level pentaprism 
Optical VF Accuracy: 99%
LCD Viewfinder:  
LCD VF Accuracy:  
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 134,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 4.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
ISO Rating Max: 3200
Number of White Balance Settings: 14
White Balance Settings: Auto, 3000K, 3300K, 3600K, 3900K, 4000K, 4300K, 4500K, 4800K, 5500K, 6500K, 6600K, 7500K, Manual 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 60 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/4000 
Exp Adj Range: 5.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: ESP multi patterned, Center-weighted averaging (60%), Spot (2%) 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2 or 12
Internal Flash: No 
No of Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Guide Number (Meters): n/a
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
No of Flash "Pops": n/a
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, Sync Terminal 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2 
Other Memory Types: Microdrive 
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format: TIFF, RAW 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format: None 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No 
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: USB 2.0, DC In 
Included Software: Olympus Viewer, Adobe Photoshop Elements 
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 1.720 seconds
Shutdown Time: 3.460 seconds
Play -> Record: 0.980 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 3.780 seconds
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.208 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE: 0.266 seconds
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.173 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.076 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 0.560 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 0.570 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 0.580 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 12
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 3.000
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second: 3040.00
Battery Form Factor: BLM-1 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary BLM-1 Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features:  
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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