May 01, 2011
I've waited a couple month since getting the EPL-1 to write a review, since I've learned that newness can both intimidate and obscure. Well now it's a few thousand pictures later.I've had film SLRs and a Digital SLR. I've had numerous high end point and shoots from Olympus, which were great cameras. I've waited for a hybrid like this, that combines many of the features of both worlds.
I've come to expect great colors from Olympus, and this camera doesn't disappoint in that regard. The Focus is a little slow with the kit lens (14-42) compared to a DSLR, but it is very accurate. and the lens very sharp. I was a convinced RAW shooter, until really examining the quality of the jpg output from this camera. Now I can use my time taking pictures instead of processing them, and yet if I have a tricky exposure...RAW is there for latitude in developing. The high ISO noise is also less than I expected.
One of the main reasons I purchased the little EPL-1 is because with reasonably priced adapters, many, many older manual focus lenses can be used. I would recommend the excellent VF-2 viewfinder for that and also for shooting in bright light.
The kit lens sort of amazed me in color, contrast and sharpness. It's a very good kit lens.
To me this camera combines both the world of the point and shoot, and the DSLR in a good way. It's a great camera for those moving from point and shoots, and those who are tired of carrying a 20 pound bag of lenses, but still want high image quality.
April 27, 2011
I've only had the Camera a few weeks, but really like what I see. It's portable and the quality of photos is fantastic. I also own an Olympus DP&S that I love. (Stylus 800)
The E-PL1 lets me cross over at my own rate into the Digital, yet manual realm. I can see that it will take me a while to utilize all the great features, but I'm really looking forward to the learning curve. The samples are a few of the first photos I've taken.
April 21, 2011
I was trying to decide whether to buy a DSLR or a regular point and shoot digital, when I saw this camera. I bought it to take pictures at Yellowstone next month, so I haven't used the 300mm lens too much. I have taken lots of pics around home though and they look amazing. The art filters are great too!
April 21, 2011
Purchased for the amazing Photos it produces,
just as good as any SLR without the bulk,
and much better than any point & shoot.
With the 14-42 Kit Lens it is most probably all you will ever need.
Clean image quality not like some Cameras that smear to make it look good, images from this are superb.
You can customise this to your liking, for example I did not like the Movie Button where it is so I set it to my Custom settings 1 so now I no longer press it by mistake and have to fumble around pressing buttons, to get back to taking Pictures.
April 19, 2011
You have a much superior products
Excellent image quality low noise cannot compete with a point and shoot
Much more fun and convenient than a
Heavy DSLR. Makes a fantastic family camera that will last many years to come...
April 15, 2011
My E-PL1 does about everything better than my expectations. The kit 14-42mm lens delivers really sharp images under every circumstance I have been in. Part of the secret seems to be the camera's image processing engine that can remove most of the noise from ISO's that my former P&S couldn't deal with and make a useable photo. The majority of my photographs are taken using existing illumination, and the E-PL1 excels here. Olympus would do well to make a good, fast,really sharp 20mm lens. I'd buy it.
April 14, 2011
I've had my E-PL1 for almost a year. A friend told me about the M4/3 format and the concept was very appealing to me.
I started out using the camera's automatic features and got some great photos. Another friend of mine is heavily into photography and started showing me how to do HDR photos.
That's what's amazing about the E-PL1: if you want to just point and shoot, you can do that. If you want to get into controlling aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings, bracketed exposures and so on, the E-PL1 can do it.
My friend lugs around 40 pounds of gear: 2 DSLRs, a large tripod, battery packs, etc. I carry the compact E-PL1 and a light tripod. We get very similar results with exactly the same editing software.
April 14, 2011
I have taken excellent pictures with this camera and it seems to do well at stopping action. It is easier than most to use in the aperture and shutter priority modes. The extended zoom (40-150) has a great range.
April 12, 2011
I purchased the E-PL1 and the PT-EP01 with the addition of a strobe for underwater photography. I wanted something that had interchangeable lenses and was above the performance and quality of the typical point-and-shoots but I did not want the massive bulk associated with a full-size D-SLR.
The E-PL1 is a perfect fit for my needs. It is lightweight, performs as well as almost any other still camera system for underwater pictures and produces amazing pictures. The case is easy to maintain and all of the switches are easy to find and maneuver as it is designed.
Video is easy to shoot with the one-touch record button and it looks great. Autofocus with the video is reasonable and fast enough for quality video to show off.
For someone looking for a high quality underwater camera without the costs and bulk associated with a full D-SLR setup, then this is a perfect option for you.
April 06, 2011
Pilot 2 be
Excellent little camera that has the flexibility of an SLR with the size of a point and shoot. I have another point and shoot camera, and a few SLR's. This camera is great to take anywhere. It takes really great pictures. The lenses are top quality. I am already enjoying the camera a lot. I highly recommend this camera to anyone. I just wish it was a little less expensive.