June 18, 2013
Best camera I ever had, I love It!
May 29, 2013
I have always liked the look of the Pen, going back to the half-frame models. This camera had an additional feature fitting my needs perfectly. With an adapter, I can use all of my Minolta lenses. Shooting at aperture priority, manually focusing, is not a problem. In fact, it gives me more control over the exposure, rather than rely on automatic. The built in the body stabiliser lets me use telephoto lenses, even the 500mm mirror lens, without needing a tripod. In a;ll, this camera fits me needs perfectly and quality of construction is excellent.
February 18, 2013
I picked up a manufacturer refurbished E-PL1 for next to nothing, and this has been a fun camera to use.
I shoot mainly DSLRs, and I find the Olympus E-PL1 a great carry anywhere camera which satisfies my artistic nature.
The RAW files are very good, and I have no reservations shooting up to iso 3200.
I actually like the E-PL1 more than the E-P1 I had once owned, and it also gets used more than my other non-Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera.
Fun, easy to use in manual mode and very affordable.
February 15, 2013
Overall it's a great camera. However, one thing I do not like is that when I zoom into portraits I don't have a clear image. It looks grainy. Other than that the camera is great!
July 26, 2012
The E-PL1 is a great combination of ease of use, tremendous picture quality, simple yet powerful features and value. The camera has a long battery life, takes pictuers rapidly and has a solid construction without being bulky. I wanted a camera upgraded from my simple point n shoot ones yet not priced into the high hundreds of dollars.
July 26, 2012
I love all the possibilities this camera has for my use. I can not tell you how interesting tghis camera is.
July 21, 2012
video capture is somewhat below par for the course...don not use it very much...stills are my forte at the current moment in time...
July 13, 2012
I have been using this camera for almost two years now, primarily as a digital back for my lenses from a high end film rangefinder camera I have owned for many years. I have shot everthing from weddings, to mountain tops to under the sea with this camera and the approproate accesories.
It was a very good camera at its introductory price, and is a downright steal at its current price. Out of camera JPEG image quality with a good lens attached is as good or better than a mid range crop sensor dSLR. The kit lens is better than the kit lens of most entry level dSLR cameras and focuses closer too. If you have the 17mm f/2.8 lens and the 40-150mm zoom (a suprisingly good lens for the price) you could probably travel the world with just those two lenses and a polarizing filter. However, if you have any old lenses, or access to them this camera will stabilize them (IBIS really works!)and then it really shines. If you are looking for blisteringly fast tracking auto-focus (think Johny's soccer game) you would be better off with a mid level dSLR. For everything else, this camera is just as good image wise and is much more compact. If you have an eye for composition (or the desire to learn) and put some good lenses on this camera you absolutely can achieve professional results.
ISO is good from 200-1600 for color, up to 3200 for B&W. Noise looks like film grain and is not splotchy.
Utimaltely, compared to a dSLR it is a lot more fun becuase it is never a chore to take with you, it doesn't intimidate people and it has all the functionaltiy and customizability of a professional camera if you want it. It can also be a point and shoot if you want it to as well.
For those of you who are moving up from a small sensor point and shoot where everything is almost always in the depth of field of the lens, be aware that this large sensored camera will have a much narrower DOF unless you stop the lens down. While this is a desirable feature because it is controlable, it is something you need to be aware of.
July 12, 2012
This camera was bought specifically for a trip to the Outer Hebrides. I wanted a camera that did more than a typical point and shoot.
There is a bit of a learning curve and the manual is not terribly clear on some points. With the help of Olympus Pen cameras for Dummies this problem was rectified.
I learned enough to handle auto shooting, Art and Scene modes with some dexterity. I found the camera easy to switch back and forth between these modes.
What I liked ... the small size; interchangable lens; Art and scene shooting. The battery life was excelleent and recharged quickly.
The pictures I took were very good and I have received compliments on them. Some of these photos having been shot with the pop-art setting have stunned those I have showed them to.
I look forward to learning the rest of the camera features.
July 04, 2012
I took the camera with two Lenses and took pictures at Presque Isle and Erie Zoo. Using the manual mode ..... Mostly aperture preferred, I got excellent photos of sail boats, and speed boats with their occupants. At the zoo, I got almost perfect photos, I ran mostly 400 iOS. I love the ergonomics of the camera and the Olympic photo program.