Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

23 customer reviews

+ This digital camera scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.3 out of 10 based on 23 reviews.
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses: 12.3 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description
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Some customer reviews of Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses

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Andrew, Liverpool Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use in Auto mode, just point and take. But also excellent if you want to be more adventurous and creative in manual mode. Much lighter than DSLR but with comparable image quality and flexibility.
Bad points:
Lots of button pushing when using manual modes, I dislike using the LCD screen so purchased the EV2 electronic viewfinder (a bit pricey but well worth the investment).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Dec 2010

Janet, Sutton Coldfield Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I can shoot good photos simply on Auto setting... I'm so busy, this is a real bonus!
Bad points:
None! I just lack time to go through the book properly... but I'm on Flickr, and all the photographs I've uploaded since using the Olympus PEN E-PL1 have reached EXPLORE! This didn't happen much with my old 'point and shoot' camera!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Aug 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Sharp pictures. Both lenses give excellent photo coverage and the range they reach is great.
Bad points:
I keep pressing the movie record button accidentally with my thumb, but that will be easier with time.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Nov 2011

James, Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact size of body an lenses, build quality and quality of images.
Bad points:
Would have preferred the 14-150 lens instead of two separate lenses but is is too expensive.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Oct 2010

Brian, Grimsby Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy for a novice moving up from a click and shoot - you can just leave it on auto setting if you want, but the "live guide" is easy to use to alter settings and this in turn leads you to experiment further with the other options. The camera has a nice solid feel to it and although compact it is not too small for man sized hands and fingers. At the current price it is excellent value.
Bad points:
Cannot fit your pocket when the lens is on. The 40-150mm lens extends a long way when in use and looks a bit silly on such a compact camera. I imagine that a wide angle pancake lens would be more to scale, be more pocketable and be more versatile.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Oct 2011

Andrew, Yorkshire Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fabulous image quality (only shot JPEG so far)
Very compact and easy to carry around
Bad points:
Body good but lenses a bit plasticky
Menus not as slick as other cameras I have used
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2011

Michael, Larne Co Antrim Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I havnt had the camera too long and I'm still getting used to it but I'm very pleased with the results, very clear lens reproduction.
Bad points:
Not come across any bad points yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Dec 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Resolution (Pixels) 4032x3042
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Colour Silver
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 296
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 114.6x72.2x41.5
RAW Format Yes
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 58
Max. Aperture Lens 2 f4.0-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 2 58
Release date 2010/02/01
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Manufacturer's Description

Easiest operation with Live Guide and iEnhance # Ultra compact design in 4 different colours

  1. HD Movie and HDMI Control
  2. Art Filters, Multi Exposure, Multi-aspect
  3. Accessory Port
  4. High Speed 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  5. High-performance built-in image stabiliser
  6. Comfortable Live View thanks to high speed contrast AF**
  7. Real-time effect monitoring
  8. Excellent variety of digital lenses
  9. Unique dust reduction filter (SSWF) Itching to take professional pictures but intimidated by SLRs? Then look no further than the Olympus E-PL1. This camera has it all: high quality, point-and-shoot simplicity, and chic PEN design. Whether capturing an HD movie or snapping once-in-a-lifetime moments, its six special Art Filters let you paint the world from a new perspective. And with a 100% stabilised body for crisp shots with all lens types, an accessory port and a new integrated flash, the colourful E-PL1 really is ready for fun.

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