The Olympus E-PL1 is the cheapest of the Olympus Digital PEN cameras, rolling onto the scene with a 14-42mm kit lens and body for $599. The E-PL1 is compact, stylish and well-priced for its features. It has an image sensor that is larger than a point-and-shoot, and offers the ability to change different lenses. It also comes with most of the same specs as its two predecessors, the E-P1 and E-P2.
Minus a few functions like higher ISOs and shutter speeds, the E-PL1 is a worthy successor to both those cameras, if not an improved one. With a pop-up flash, superior image quality, a size just slightly larger than a point-and-shoot and its powerful processor, the camera earns its niche between advanced point-and-shoots and entry-level DSLRs.
The E-PL1 is the first affordable Micro Four Thirds camera that has HD video and DSLR-like features for about $600. It’s a worthy investment for people who want to step up from their advanced point-and-shoots and for shutterbugs who want a back-up camera for street shooting. Although it lacks a viewfinder and has a slower AF, you can’t beat the camera’s price for what it delivers – great images and versatility. Look at the E-PL1 closely, regardless of shooting skills. Many photographers are going to find something they like about it.
- Great image quality
- Little noise in low light
- Compact design
- Powerful Art Filters
- Affordable price
- AF sluggish, especially in low light
- No viewfinder
- Slower maximum shutter speed
- Camera body not as solid, stylish as predecessors