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Olympus PEN E-PL1 Mirrorless Camera

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh 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.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.Discontinued: 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.

Digital Camera Description

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a Mirrorless Digital Camera with a Four-Thirds sensor and a Micro Four-Thirds lens mount. Its 12 Megapixels CMOS sensor offers an ISO 100-6400 sensitivity range which is expandable to ISO 100-6400. This makes it possible to shoot hand-held in relatively low-light. With 12 MP of resolution, sharp prints are possible up to at 240 DPI.

A builtin 2-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism allows the Olympus PEN E-PL1 to compensate for camera shake with any mounted lens.

This camera features a mechanic shutter that can expose for 1/2000 to 1m. This camera can make Bulb exposures up to 30m. With a fastest shutter-speed of 1/2000, fast action can easily be frozen. Night photography is possible using this digital camera due to its long exposure capability. This camera model offers Full Manual Controls.

Olympus PEN E-PL1

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 features a 11-point Contrast-Detect AF system. Autofocus can continuously adjust according to subject distance. A Real-Time Autofocus Tracking System allows focus to follow a moving subject within the frame. Manual Focus is also available.

A single control-dial on this camera makes it easy to use semi-automatic modes by adjusting the current exposure parameter directly This camera does not feature any seals to protect it against adverse weather, dust and moisture. Care must be taken, just like with most electronics. Framing on the Olympus PEN E-PL1 is performed via a 0.20" Optional EVF with 1.4 Megapixels. This medium EVF has 0.58X magnification and shows 100% coverage.

Model Specifications

BrandOlympus ModelPEN E-PL1
Sensor 12 Megapixels CMOS *LiveMOS Sensor Sensor Size 17 x 13mm
Anti-Alias Filter Yes Sensor Aspect 4:3 Aspect-Ratio
Stabilization 2-Axis Dust-ReductionYes
Sensitivity ISO 100 - 6400 Shutter-Speed 1/2000 - 60s, bulb up to 30m
Lens MountMicro Four-Thirds MountCrop Factor2X
Filter DiameterN / A Focus System 11-point Contrast-Detect, Assist-lamp *Tracking AF-C
Viewfinder Type Optional EVF Viewfinder Size 0.20" EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X) 100% Coverage *Detachable articulating EVF is optional, not sold with camera.
Display Attachment Fixed Display Size 230K Pixels 2.7" LCD 100% Coverage *Adjustable color balance in 15 steps on A-B and G-M axis.
Exposure ModesP, A, T, M, B Scene Modes13Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night+Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow
MeteringMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot Bracketing 3 Shots ±1 EV
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV Flash Compensation ±3 EV, 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
White Balance Auto , Presets, Custom White Balance Tuning 2 Axis, 15 steps
Continuous Drive 3 FPS, 18 JPEG, 10 RAW Self Timer Yes *2s, 12s
Command Dials 1 DOF Preview No
Protection Dust Reduction Yes
Digital Level Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Trigger Eye-Start Sensor No
HDR No Orientation Sensor No
Interval Timer No Multiple Exposure Yes
Image Formats JPEG RAW Flash Ports Hot-Shoe
Built-In Flash Yes (GN 10) Flash Sync 1/160s
Video Capture 1280x720 @ 30 FPS 16:9 *Optional external microphone input. Sound Input
Video Format M-JPEG WiFi No
Memory Secure Digital High Capacity GPS No
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery Life 290 *CIPA Standard, 50% flash use.
Introduced 2010-02-03, DiscontinuedYES Construction Standard
Size 115 x 72 x 42mm (W x H x D) Weight 344g

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Olympus E-PL1 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-6400
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/2000-60s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Optional EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
3 FPS Drive, 18 ImagesHot-Shoe
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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