Olympus E-P1 Review

4.5
July 13, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Body material Metal
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 '' Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 12.3 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 13.1 Megapixels
Engine
Type TruePic V
Filter
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filter Hybrid type
LPF filter Fixed type
Live View
Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation setting preview (SAT), face detection preview, perfect shot preview, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogram
AF type Contrast detection system
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 4 EV steps
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 s (not available when Bulb is selected)
Focusing System
Method Contrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
Focus areas 11 points / Automatic and manual selection
25 points / Auto selection with Face Detection ON
225 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode
AF lock Yes
Manual focus Yes , Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Single AF Yes
Single AF + MF Yes
Continuous AF Yes
Exposure System
Modes Programme automatic, i-Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene Modes
Exposure compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure bracketing 3 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
ISO bracketing 3 frames ( 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 19
Modes Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Documents, Panorama, Beach and Snow, Fireworks, Sunset, e-portrait
Multi-Exposure
Max. number of frames 2 frames (shooting)
3 frames (editing)
Auto gain control Yes
Frame assistance Live View
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 0 - 18 EV (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100) Digital ESP, centre-weighted average metering, spot metering
Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filters
Pop Art Emphasizes colors and creates bright, vibrant images with a pop-art tone
Soft Focus Gives images a light, ethereal look and evokes a dreamy, mystical mood
Pale & Light Colour Utilizes muted colour tonalities to create a mood of reflection and nostalgia
Light Tone Subdues highlights and shadows to reflect the ambience of a perfectly illuminated scene
Grainy Film Recreates the rich, grainy look and tonality of black & white photography, imparting a dramatic feel to images
Pin Hole Reproduces the peripheral vignetting and unique colour tone of photos taken with a pin hole camera
Sensitivity
Auto ISO 200 - 6400 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual ISO 100 - 6400
Shutter
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/4000 - 60 s
Bulb mode 1/4000 - 60 s Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/4000 - 60 s
Shutter speed A priority 1/4000 - 60 s
Shutter speed S priority 1/4000 - 60 s
Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000 - 60 s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
One-touch white balance 1 custom settings can be registered
White balance adjustment +/- 7 in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB, preset WB mode & one-touch WB)
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
Preset values Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade
Sequence Shooting
Speed (H) Approx. 3 fps
RAW Mode 10 frames
JPEG Mode Depends on compression ratio or number of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 12 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Red, Green
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Black & White.
Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Synchronisation modes Auto, red-eye reduction,slow synchro, 2nd curtain slow synchro, fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
LCD
LCD type HyperCrystal LCD
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 ''
Resolution 230000 dots
Brightness adjustment +/- 7 levels
Colour balance A-B: +/-7 levels, G-M: +/-7 levels
Level Gauge
Detection 2-axis
Display Rear LCD monitor
Super Control Panel
Displayed information Aperture value, Shutter speed, AE bracketing, AF frame, Focus mode, AEL notification, Battery indicator, Face detection, Number of storable frames, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Exposure compensation indication, ISO, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Record mode, Memory card, Internal temperature warning, Histogram
View Images
Index Yes 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
Calendar Yes
Zoom Yes
Slide show Yes
Rotation Yes
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information  
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes Parallel recording
JPEG Yes
Image Size
Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6
RAW 4032 x 3024 compressed / 14 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 5.7 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.7 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) 0.3 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
EXIF yes
PIM yes
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
Voice Appendage
Recording format Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, Wave Format Base
Recording length 30 s
Movie Recording System
Recording format AVI Motion JPEG®
Movie mode HD 1280 x 720 (16:9)
SD 640 x 480 (4:3)
Frame rate 30 fps
Compression ratio 1/12
Max. file size 2 GB
Max. recording time 14 min (SD)
7 min (HD)
Sound recording Yes , format: Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, WAV
Sensitivity ISO 160 - 1600
Image Stabilisation Mode Electronical image shifting (Digital IS)
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
Trimming Yes
e-portrait Yes
Menu
Menu languages in camera 34 languages / 27 European languages (e.g. English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish)
Customisation Options
Fn Button Yes
Custom preset options  
My Mode 2 settings storable
Power Supply
Battery BLS-1 Li-Ion battery (included)
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Live View shooting 300 images (100% with Live View) with BLS-1 and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard
Environment
Temperature 0 - 40 °C operating temperature / -20 - 60 °C storage temperature
Humidity 30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 % storage humidity
Size
Dimensions (W x H x D) 120.5 x 70 x 35 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 335 g (body only)
Interface
Media SD Memory Card(SDHC compatible) Class 6 (4GB) is recommended
HDMI™ Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable

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3 inch LCD, compact, 12 megapixel, olympus, DSLR, Micro Four Thirds, ep1, e p1, Olympus E-P1

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