Olympus Pen E-P1 with 14-42mm lens reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

79 customer reviews

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

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9.0 out of 10 based on 79 reviews.
Olympus Pen E-P1 with 14-42mm lens: 12.3 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, XD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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Some customer reviews of Olympus Pen E-P1 with 14-42mm lens

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Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great to hold and use. Excellent images and firmware can easily be updated (which seems to fix any problems mentioned in the early reviews). It would be less conspicuous than a DSLR if it wasn't so stylish!
Bad points:
I hate putting the loose lens cap in my pocket. Optional flash is comparativley expensive and doesnt swivel.
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: 30 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I thought this kit represented excellent value based on the reviews I read - it was also becoming hard to find the camera anyway as a newer and much more expensive replacement was on the market. I am delighted with the camera because it is so well made and produces some excellent pictures. I bought the two lens kit and would recommend this as it provides a lot of flexibility and additional interest.
Bad points:
None as yet
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
great design, I really like the filters and the photos are good quality when the light is right
Bad points:
a lot of the shots are blurry or sometimes I have difficulty getting it to focus, think this is to do with a lack of light (or flash) but it does seem particularly sensitive in this respect as it happens when shooting in a well-lit room.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Oct 2010

John, Tyne and Wear Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Looks great, feels great, is great, Complicated camera but already getting great results.
Bad points:
Handbook to small very hard to read, I downloaded a copy from Olympus , and printed A4
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I just love it.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
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 Oct 2010

Peter , Eltham Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Having for some years tried to find a digital camera that feels and operates like a "proper" camera I am delighted to say that this is it. All the main controls are easily operated by traditional twisty knobs and rings and not fiddly little buttons. I am aware that some reviews criticise this camera as being over-engineered, to be honest it was this comment that prompted me to purchase one. I was not disapointed. Initial use of the camera prove the results obtainable to be excellent.
Bad points:
Just picky ones :
Lack of a viewfinder apart from one for use with the standard pancake lens is regretable.
The build quality of the 14-42 mm lens is quite up to the same standard as the camera body.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Nov 2010

LiJung, Norwich student

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
easy to handle
Bad points:
no flashlight
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Oct 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Silver
Colour White
Media format XD Card
Media format Compact Flash
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 335
Flash No
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 120.5x70x35
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-07-08
Height in mm 7.0
Width in mm 120.5
Depth in mm 3.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

Small & stylish design

Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds system

Stylish design with metal finish

Two colours

SLR image quality

12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor

Built-in I.S. with max. 4 EV steps efficiency

Adapter for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses

TruePic V image processor

Easy operation

New developed GUI for easiest operation via Live Control

Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto

Clear skin with e-Portrait

Two dials for easy handling

Creativity & HD Movie

HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters

Art Filters, Multi-Aspect ratios, Multi Exposure function

Art Filters can be applied to previously taken RAW images in the camera and with Olympus software

Enhanced creativity with special lenses e.g. fisheye is available via the Four Thirds lens adapter.

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