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12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Comparative Crops

The Olympus E-P1 is compared to its closest competitor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
, and a recent DSLR the Pentax K-7
Pentax K-7
to illustrate the compromise in having a smaller form-factor interchangeable lens camera. To see how such a camera compared with a fixed-lens camera, see the comparative crops for the Panasonic GF1. The images below are 100% crops from each camera set to a fixed ISO, repeated for each ISO setting. The GF1 does stop one short with a maximum ISO of 3200 instead of 6400.

The Olympus E-P1 turns in an impressive performance, producing low noise and detailed images that almost match the DSLR. There is probably less than 1/2 a stop difference between those. Although there are reasons to believe the EP-1 and the GF1 use the same sensor, Panasonic has much more heavy-handed noise-reduction which cause its images to loose sharpness as ISO is increased. In terms of noise we can see that the Olympus EP-1 stands its own quite well even when compared with larger-sensor cameras.

Colors are somewhat over-saturated in this shot and a bit too yellow but this can be toned down using the camera's image settings. There is certainly little to reproach of EP-1's image quality in terms of sharpness and exposure though.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Olympus E-P1 Pentax K-7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 100

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 100

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 200

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 200

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 400

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 400

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 400

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 800

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 800

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 800

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Olympus E-P1  Sample Crop
ISO 6400

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 6400

Olympus PEN E-P1
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By on 2009/12/07
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Olympus E-P1 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
12 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)ISO 100-6400
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
3 FPS Drive, 12 ImagesHot-Shoe
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion
3" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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