Olympus E-PL1 Review

4.5
March 4, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Body material Aluminium / Plastic
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
Displayed 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, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 3 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
Modes Manual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking
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, e-portrait, Sunset
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  
Soft Focus  
Grainy Film  
Pin Hole  
Diorama  
Gentle Sepia  
Sensitivity
Auto ISO 200 - 3200 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual ISO 100 - 3200 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/2000 - 60 s
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/2000 - 60 s
Shutter speed A priority 1/2000 - 60 s
Shutter speed S priority 1/2000 - 60 s
Shutter speed scene mode 1/2000 - 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. 13 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, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Internal Flash
Type built-in
Modes TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/2000 s (Super FP Mode)
Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash, Manual
Intensity +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Number of channels 4 channels
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes Auto, FP Manual, FP TTL Auto, Manual, TTL Auto, TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode)
Group setting 3 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
LCD
LCD type HyperCrystal LCD
Monitor size 6.9 cm / 2.7 ''
Resolution 230000 dots
Brightness adjustment +/- 7 levels
Colour balance A-B: +/-7 levels, G-M: +/-7 levels
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 compensation indicatior, ISO, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Contrast compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Record mode, Memory card, Internal temperature warning, Histogram, Flash compensation value
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes parallel recording
JPEG Yes
Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6
Image Size
RAW 4032 x 3042 compressed / 14 MB / frame
4032 x 3042 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 5.7 MB / frame
4032 x 3042 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  
PIM III
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
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
Max. recording time 14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD)
Max. file size 2 GB
Compression ratio 1/12 (HD), 1/8 (SD)
Sensitivity ISO 200 - 1600
Image Stabilisation Mode Yes Digital Image Stabilisation
Sound Recording System
Internal microphone Mono
External microphone Optional
Recording format Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, Wave Format Base
Image footage 30 s
View Images
Modes Index, Calendar, Zoom, Slide show, Movie
Index Yes 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
Zoom Yes 2-14 x
Auto rotation Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Off / On
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
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)
Power Supply
Battery BLS-1 Li-Ion battery (included) Lithium-Ion Battery
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Live View shooting Approx. 280 images (100% with Live View) (with 50% flash light)
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) 120.6 x 69.9 x 36.4 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 300 g (body only)
Interface
Media SD Memory Card(SDHC compatible) Class 6 (4GB) is recommended
HDMI™ Yes Mini connector (type C)
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable

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