Introducing the Incredible Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera
The new Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts. This surprisingly small camera body is packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier cameras and High Definition (HD) camcorders. With features like interchangeable lenses, the new Live Guide and one-touch HD video — the E-PL1 is an easy-to-use and portable all-in-one package that travels with you to capture all the details of your life.
NEW DIRECT BUTTON FOR HD MOVIES
Recording HD movies with the E-PL1 is simple thanks to an easy-to-reach red "direct button" (red record button) on the back of the camera body. If you're about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you're capturing videos! Easily toggle back and forth between capturing stills and video by using your index finger to press the shutter button or your thumb to press the red record button. Having the ability to shoot still images and videos opens up a world of imaging possibilities.
NEW easy-to-use LIVE GUIDE SETS THE SCENE BEFORE YOU SHOOT
The E-PL1's Live Guide simplifies great photography and gets the results you desire at the touch of a button. Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler tones? Simply press ok while in iAuto, select Live Guide and press up or down arrows on the back of the camera to slide through all these photographic effects on the LCD and make adjustments before snapping the shot. Forget about learning technical things like f-stops, shutter speed and white balance, and jump right in by composing, adjusting exposure and more within your scene before the shot is taken. Helpful tips for photographing children, pets, flowers and more are also available.
EXPAND YOUR CREATIVE HORIZONS WITH BUILT-IN EFFECTS
Olympus appreciates that you may not have hours to spend retouching your images on the computer. The E-PL1 has six in-camera Art Filters, including a new filter called Gentle Sepia. This filter gives your images and videos a soft warm sepia cast similar to historical images from the early days of photography, and joins Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pin Hole, Grainy Film and Diorama (the filter that makes everything look as small as the E-PL1). With the E-PL1's Multiple Exposure function available for still image capture, you are free to tell a visual story your way. The image capture options enable you to shoot one shot, then another and combine them in real time, or capture both shots separately and combine them within the camera later.
STABILIZE ALL OF YOUR LENSES
Instead of selling more expensive lenses that have image stabilization inside them, Olympus takes a different approach by having image stabilization built right into the body of the E-PL1. That means that any lens attached to the E-PL1 will deliver blur-free images thanks to three modes of In-body Image Stabilization that automatically compensate for camera shake in low light or when shooting without a tripod. Since the PEN cameras are the world's smallest interchangeable lens cameras with In-body Image Stabilization, you'll feel comfortable taking the E-PL1 on the road with you to capture the action.
BIG SENSOR, NOT A BIG BODY
At the heart of the E-PL1 is a large-size image sensor that's the same sensor as the one inside the Olympus E-30 and E-620 Digital SLR models. The only difference between this sensor and what the pros use is that this big sensor is inside the much smaller body of the E-PL1. This high-performance 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor (8 times larger than the average point-and-shoot camera sensor) delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and state-of-the-art technology to reduce noise and capture fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.
NEW POP-UP FLASH
The E-PL1 is the first camera in the Olympus PEN series with a built-in pop-up flash that makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red eye, and fill in dark areas. The camera is also compatible with a range of optional external flashes including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R that can be controlled wirelessly by the E-PL1, so you can dynamically control lighting.
LENSES AND ACCESSORIES
Get more out of the E-PL1 with an expanded line of exclusive Micro Four Thirds lenses that deliver uncompromising image quality and brightness in a compact package. A variety of cases and accessories are available, and an adapter lets you use standard Four Thirds lenses.
IN-CAMERA SLIDESHOW WITH SOUND
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL1's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.
IAUTO AND IENHANCE
The iAuto mode automatically identifies what you're shooting and adjusts settings for you to capture the best result depending on the situation. With iEnhance the warm yellow and orange colors of a sunset are heightened to a dramatically lifelike color that's truer to what you see with the naked eye. iEnhance can be used in any mode, and automatically engages when in iAuto to enrich color in any subject.
TruePic V IMAGE PROCESSOR
In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO.
19 SCENE-SELECT MODES
From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL1 is equipped with 19 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject's complexion.
Customer Reviews of Olympus E-PL1 12 Megapixel Digital Camera with Art Filter, Live Guide, HD Movies, In-body Image Stabilization, Black
Camera appears new.5/18/2012
Camera Was in excellent condition with all the accessories included.Only had 60 shutter activations. Working flawlessly.
Awesome micro 4/3 Camera! Awesome Price!1/26/2012
I had been wanting to make the leap from advanced point & shoot to a D-SLR type camera. My biggest hurdle has been camera size, operating complexity and price. Purchased this Olympus E-PL1 refurb after reading so many positive reviews online and I started using it immediately. There is a slight learning curve when stepping up from a point & shoot, but the iLive guide in iAuto mode is excellent. It really helps me make on-the-fly changes even though I know very little about the technical side of photography. I also really like being able to shoot in RAW mode and adjusting on my PC (you can even make adjustments/edits to pics in-camera). The lens included with the camera is very nice as well. I have been able to take nice shots at a distance, as well as some lovely plant macro shots.
I've been wanting a new camera for awhile and my wife and I have been looking at DSLRs but have been hesitant as we have no idea how to use all the features/settings of a DSLR. After speaking with friends who have a PEN-1, we went ahead and purchased this camera and are extremely pleased with it. The pictures are amazing. Very easy to use. Feels sturdy in your hands. The video camera is also wonderful, and has replaced our dedicated HD video camera (what's the point anymore of having one?) Would I purchase this camera again? YES!
Great step up from point and shoot4/13/2011
This is the second time I am buying this camera, I lost my first one and insurance reimbursed me for it. I had no hesitation about my choice or temptation to look into other cameras, as I was extremely happy with this model. Takes great pictures in daylight and in the dark on both automatic and manual mode, it's not too bulky, has a nice retro look. For an amateur it's the perfect step up from a point a shoot.
Coming off of point and shoot camera this is an excellent step up. It has some complex features that can take a while to understand and master but can be used in an automatic mode that is basically as easy to use as a point and shoot. I bought this camera and the Lumix 20mm F1.7 lens. I really like the faster lens for low light pictures and it is nice that it works perfectly with this camera, even in automatic mode. I have barely used the zoom lens that came with this camera. If I could have bought the body alone at a good price I would have but at this price the zoom lens was effectively just an additional ~ $20 or so.