Inspected Gadget: Olympus E-PL1 Four-thirds camera

The new Olympus E-LP1 camera is the latest in that company’s offerings in the micro four-thirds arena. What’s that? Think exchangeable lenses plus a DSLR sized sensor, minus the mirror and prism commonly found in an SLR, all in a relatively small camera.

The full name for the camera is pretty long: “Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens.” Here are the general specs:

  • 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
  • Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
  • Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new “Direct Button” for easy recording
  • New Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)

DPreview has a nice, longĀ writeup.

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Iam2257

    Panasonic Lumix GH1 beats the shit out of this Olympus junk. Compare for yourself. I have both. The Olympus is getting sold on craigslist with the quickness.

  2. Peter McFarland

    Shame that overpriced heap of crap the Panasonic Lumix GH1 gets its ass beaten by a far superior product from Olympus which has better imaging, handling, price, software and looks. Watch ebay for people giving away their crappy GH1s for nothing.

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  4. Iam2257

    Have you used either of them, Peter? Interested in hearing why you chose one over the other. I couldn\’t stand the Olympus. Manual op was no comparison. GH1 beat it down. Image quality was superior, as well. Don\’t even get me started on the video superiority. GH1. Hands-down. And now that you can pick up the GH1 kit for $1k, I don\’t see the Olympus possibilities outweighing the GH1.

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