Olympus PEN E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

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8.9 out of 10 based on 80 reviews.
Olympus PEN E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens: 12.3 MP (Megapixels), SDHC Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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Paulina, Newport Professional photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The camera does exactly what you want to achieve. With manual option selected, you have full control over the picture quality and colour. The quality is similar to Nikon D300S and Nikon D700, so I was very surprised with the camera's quality and options.
Bad points:
The battary runs out quickly and it takes a long time to recharge. With auto option selected, you don't have enough influence over the colours.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Sep 2011

Katrina, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Really easy to use, beautiful pictures and videos.
Bad points:
None.
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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Aug 2011

Sam , Glasgow Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I'm very new to SLR cameras so can't give much of a review in the way of technical points but can hopefully give some insight from a novice point of view. I wanted a camera that was able but not one that was too professional.
Generally, I really like this camera. The retro style design is really eye catching and I have recieved many positive comments about it!
On getting the camera I charged up the battery, put on the lens, switched it on and was able to take some photos in Auto immediately. It was very easy to use. I've given it a 9 because I felt intimdated by all the buttons and features but once I read up on what they did (and got someone who knows to talk me through things like aperture and shutter speed) it was super easy.
Image quality is fantastic: I bought the camera to take up photography as a hobby but also just to take photos on a daily basis. My last camera was a 7mp Pentax that I bought in 2007, so this is a MAJOR improvement.
Bad points:
The only bad points is that it is sometimes a bit blurry with moving objects (but then again I don't know if my shutter speed is the cause of this!) and I miss a view finder but the screen does the job.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 May 2011

Turtle, Worcestershire Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Coming from even a high end 'point & shoot' camera to this Micro 4/3 Olympus will blow your mind. The larger sensor and better quality lens will stagger you when you view your results on a computer or HDTV.
Built like a tank, but not the size of one, you feel pro carrying it, but not like a paparazzi like you would most full size DSLRs.
Looks vaguely retro, less so in the black, but is a cool looking piece of kit.
Bad points:
The desirable pancake lens (17mm) is about the same price as the camera, and the cost of any upgrade lenses leaves me making do with the kit lens, which is good enough.
Should really come with a case at this price, but this sort of scrimping is normal these days.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 May 2011

Charles, Halifax Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The olympus is very easy to use and very user friendly. It is a compact that behaves just like an SLR. The picture quality is excellent and downloading is very easy. Changing the lens is easy and very quick. All round a good starter for someone getting interested.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2011

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use and clear simple instructions. The image quality is first rate. An ideal camera to take on hiking/mountaineering trips as it is very light unlike a cumbersome DSLR.
Bad points:
Only one - the button to activate the video is in the position where you would naturally place your thumb. It's possible to activate the video mode unintentionally.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Aug 2011

Brian, Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Price/features/relatively small size.
Bad points:
No case. Screen difficult to see in sunlight.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Sep 2011

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Colour Gold
Colour Red
Colour Silver
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Weight (g) 296
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 114.6x72.2x41.5
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2010-02-09
Height in mm 7.2
Depth in mm 4.2
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Olympus PEN E-PL1 14-42mm Lens

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Manufacturer's Description

The new Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts, with a surprisingly small camera body packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier and heavier professional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and High-Definition (HD) camcorders. This third-generation PEN is built for shutterbugs who always wanted better pictures and considered a DSLR, but were intimidated by the bulky size and complex interface. The new camera’s simple design and easy interface enable photographers to easily create amazing images never dreamt possible.

The E-PL1 equals an affordable and powerfully simple all-in-one package that travels with you to capture life in the high quality that your memories deserve.

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