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Olympus E-PL1 Detailed Specification, Price and Review

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The Olympus E-PL1 is a clean, traditional looking camera, with minimal controls. The Olympus PEN E-PL1’s body is majorly constructed of polycarbonate plastic, with metal used only for the lens mount, strap lugs and tripod socket. The camera is power-packed with 12-megapixel LiveMOS sensor and the same TruePic V image processor, a combo we found quite compelling on the previous models.

The Olympus E-PL1 is the first consumer model in their rapidly expanding Micro Four Thirds digital camera line. Over the ages Olympus has come up with a line up of some sensational and exclusive cameras.

Lets look at the detailed specifications, facts and features of this gadget:

Model Number: E-PL1
Camera Format: SLD
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $599.95
Street Price: $573.28
Date Available: 2010-04-01
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 17.0 oz (482 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Weight Includes Kit Lens? Yes
Size: 4.5 x 2.8 x 1.6 in.
(115 x 72 x 42 mm)
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: N-MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Total Megapixels: 13.1
Effective Megapixels: 12.3
Sensor Format: Four Thirds
Sensor Size (dia.): 0.85″
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor-shift Stabilized: Yes
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4032 x 3042 (12.3 MP, Other),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2), RAW (.ORF)
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280×720, 640×480
Movie Frame Rate: 30, 30
Movie Audio: Yes
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
Kit Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 L ED M.Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 – 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) – f/22
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Filter Thread: 41mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: 11-point contrast detection w/ tracking
Face Detection: Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light? No
Manual Focus: Yes
Electronic Viewfinder
Electronic Viewfinder: No
Electronic Viewfinder Type: Optional external shoe-mount electronic viewfinder (VF-2)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Size (inches): 2.7
LCD Resolution (pixels): 230,000
Articulating LCD: No
Max Playback Zoom: 14.0x
ISO Settings: Auto (200 – 3200), 100 – 3200 (1/3, 1 EV steps)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Shutter Speed Range: 60 – 1/2000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 324-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot (with Highlight/Shadow mode)
Program AE: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: 19 Scene Mode, 8 Art Filters
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse:
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: TTL-Auto, Auto, Manual, Off
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 7 m / 23 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens aperture
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exp Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
Memory Included (MB):
File System: FAT32
DCF Compliant: Yes
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control:
Remote Control Type:
Other Connection: Accessory port, Multi Connector (USB/AV), Mini HDMI
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BLS-1
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary BLS-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes
CIPA Rating: 290
Included Software: OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS
Notes & Features: Cost reduced E-P2 with built-in flash. Available in Champagne Gold, Black and Slate Blue.

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